Dr. Sam Cartwright
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant
- 2015–present: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (badger and cattle contact; DEFRA), ZSL
- 2014–15: Knowledge Exchange Fellow ( approximate Bayesian computation for individual based models; NERC), School of Biological Sciences, University of Reading, UK
- 2013–14: Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (agriculture and the life histories of Mauritius kestrels; NERC/University of Reading and farmland birds as biodiversity indicators for the Cool Farm Tool™; BBSRC), Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading, UK
- 2012: Research Assistant, BirdLife International, UK
- 2012: Field Assistant (Urban Pollinators Project), University of Bristol, UK
- 2007–11: PhD (agriculture and the life histories of Mauritius kestrels; BBSRC), Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading, UK
- 2006–07: MSc Conservation, University College, London, UK
- 2006: Research Assistant (Predator Conservation Project), Lake Mburo, Uganda
- 2005: Project Administrator (Carbon Management Project), University of Warwick, UK
- 2004: Field Assistant, Madagascar
- 2000–04: BSc (Hons) Ecology, University of East Anglia, UK
I am broadly interested in how wildlife responds to anthropogenic environmental change and devising appropriate conservation management of threatened animal populations. I currently work on the DEFRA-funded badger and cattle contact project, which aims to identify the opportunities for transmission of the pathogen Mycobacterium bovis (responsible for bovine tuberculosis), between badgers and cattle. Since the pathogen can survive in the environment for some time, transmission could potentially occur through direct (‘nose-to-nose’) contact, or indirectly, through shared use of the same environment. Since badgers forage on cattle pasture, we would expect there to be at least some ‘indirect contact’. I am primarily using GPS-tracked movements of badgers and cattle on Cornish farms to quantify the potential for direct and indirect contact.
In the past I have investigated lifelong consequences of exposure to agricultural habitat in a population of the threatened Mauritius kestrel Falco punctatus. My fieldwork contributed to the long-term individual-based dataset, which I then used to question how habitat variation in the territories that individuals occupy was associated with differences in their life histories. I have managed and carried out field research in a number of countries, including Djibouti where I surveyed the last known population of Critically Endangered Djibouti francolin within the severely degraded high altitude juniper forest.
Cartwright SJ, Nicoll MAC, Jones CG, Tatayah V, and Norris K, 2014. Agriculture modifies the seasonal decline of breeding success in a tropical wild bird population. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(5): 1387–95. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12310.
Cartwright SJ, Nicoll MAC, Jones CG, Tatayah V, and Norris K, 2014. Anthropogenic natal environmental effects on life histories in a wild bird population. Current Biology 24(5): 536–40. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.01.040.
Fisher ZSY, Cartwright S, Bealey C, Rayaleh HA, McGowan P, and Milner-Gulland EJ 2009. The Djibouti francolin and juniper forest in Djibouti: the need for both ecosystem and species-specific conservation. Oryx 4(4): 542–51. doi:10.1017/S0030605309990214.