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Research interests

My research focuses on animal behaviour and conservation taking a multidisciplinary approach to combine genetics, animal movement and the application of social networks.

Previously my research focused on a small passerine recovery programme in Mauritius that examined the competition between the then Critically Endangered Mauritius Fody and the introduced Madagascar Fody. Following this I perused a career in field-based conservation research, where I was the coordinator of the Mauritius Fody recovery programme for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. During this time the species was downlisted to Endangered following a successful translocation project. I have also undertaken research in New Zealand, working as a Biodiversity Ranger for the Government Department of Conservation (DOC) where I worked on the Critically Endangered Orange-fronted Parakeet and Kakapo. I then went on to work in UK environmental consultancy specializing in ecosystem services and cost-benefit analysis that aim to account for our natural resources in sustainable development and decision making.

My PhD research, undertaken at the University of Birmingham through NERC CENTA doctoral training partnership, focused on a colonial seabird that breeds on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. This work aimed to understand the ecology and population trends of the sooty tern, a small seabird that breeds in huge numbers on the island. Primarily this ongoing work focuses on the application of different tools to understand behaviour and survival strategies. I am investigating chick social connectivity during the precocial development stage, and whether this impacts daily survival rates. I have also undertaken genetic analyses to assess levels of population genetic structure and relatedness within the population.

Current Teaching

I teach on the following modules at Hartpury University:

  • Fundamental Skills for Animal Scientists
  • Fundamental Skills for Zoologists
  • Biodiversity
  • Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology
  • Applied Animal Health and Disease

Creative Works

Natural history

  • Scientific taxidermist and advocate of the benefits of natural collections for advancing science, The Natural History Museum, 2001 – present.


  • Printmaker: Exhibitor of art work at the Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition at the Mall galleries 2012, 2013, 2014. Exhibitor at the BTO Annual conference: 2015-2017.

Previous Positions

Lecturer in Aninmal Ecology and Conservation, University of Birmingham. UK

External positions and memberships

  • The British Ornithologists Union (BOU)
  • The British Ecological Society (BES)
  • Seabirds.net
  • The European Society for Evolutionary Ecology (ESEB)
  • Peer reviewer: Ibis

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Ecology and Conservation, MSc, University of East Anglia

30 Sep 200430 Sep 2005

Award Date: 18 Aug 2006

Ecology, BSc, University of East Anglia

30 Sep 200120 Aug 2004

Award Date: 28 Aug 2004

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Research Output

  • 3 Journal Article

A multiplex marker set for microsatellite typing and sexing of sooty terns Onychoprion fuscatus

Garrett, L. J. H., Dawson, D. A., Horsburgh, G. J. & Reynolds, S. J., 20 Dec 2017, In : BMC Research Notes. 10, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

  • Nesting success of a managed population of Mauritius Fodies Foudia rubra marooned on a partially restored island

    Cristinacce, A., Garrett, L. J. H., Cole, R. E., Tatayah, R. V. V. & Jones, C. G., 1 Dec 2010, In : Bird Conservation International. 20, 4, p. 365-374 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

  • Competition or co-existence of reintroduced, critically endangered Mauritius fodies and invasive Madagascar fodies in lowland Mauritius?

    Garrett, L. J. H., Jones, C. G., Cristinacce, A. & Bell, D. J., 1 Nov 2007, In : Biological Conservation. 140, 1-2, p. 19-28 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article