Alex’s project aims to evaluate the influence of river flow-induced disturbance, including extreme events such as flooding and droughts, on the ecology of river birds in Great Britain. He is using data from the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Waterways Breeding Bird Surveys (WBBS) and river flow archives to build species distribution models (SDMs) that relates river bird distributions to hydrological indices of river flow regimes. In particular, he has been developing an index of vulnerability to flow extremes and modeling the impact of climate change-induced changes in river flow on future bird distributions.
Alex’s current work is funded by a studentship awarded by the UK National Environment Research Council.
BSc Zoology (University of Glasgow 2007) First Class Honours
Alex previously studied Zoology at the University of Glasgow, where he participated in a number of tropical research expeditions as part of the university’s Exploration Society, before working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for 6 months. He has since worked as a Species Text Author for the charity Wildscreen, to profile endangered species for their website, www.arkive.org, spent a year and a half coordinating conservation research projects in Botum-Sakor National Park, Cambodia, and worked for the RSPB to survey for Black Grouse in the Scottish Highlands.
PhD title Assessing the vulnerability of river birds to hydrological disturbance. Supervised by Jon Sadler, David Hannah and Jim Reynolds.
Avian ecology, statistics, ecological modeling, hydrology, wildlife conservation.
Royan, A., Hannah, D.M., Reynolds, S.J., Noble, D.G., Sadler, J.P. (2013) Avian community responses to variability in river hydrology. PLoS ONE, 8(12): e83221. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0083221 http://bit.ly/1qLUVIX
Royan, A., Muir, A.P., Downie, J. R. (2010) Variability in escape trajectory in the Trinidadian stream frog and two treefrogs at different life-history stages. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 88 (9): 922-934.doi:10.1139/Z10-059 http://bit.ly/1p3RF8e
Chapters in books
Royan, A., Metherell, B. (2012) The application of online wildlife imagery as an education conservation tool. In: Blewitt, J. (Ed.) The Media, Animal Conservation and Environment Education. Routledge, London.