Centre for Ecology and Conservation
University of Exeter, Cornwall campus
Penryn TR10 9EZ
g.mcivor AT exeter.ac.uk
I grew up in the Scottish borders, where, after my (obligatory) career in junior rugby came to a close, I began to pursue a growing interest in the avian taxa by taking up falconry. During my undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow I radio-tracked 40 red kites in northern Scotland to determine why this population had failed to establish as successfully as populations in other parts of the UK. For my honours project I worked on a farm in Iceland where I used wild Eider ducks to investigate why many shorebirds shift from mono-ester to di-ester preen waxes during the breeding season. Following this I moved to St Andrews in 2008 for a PhD with Sue Healy, investigating the nest site choices of crows, and how crows’ nests upon power-poles might best be managed to minimise the occurrence of nest-caused power cuts. While I have become very interested in both the fields of nest site selection and the resolution of human/wildlife conflicts, as an active bird ringer I am also interested in avian migration and the use of large ringing datasets to investigate both population demographics and aspects of life history strategies.