Research interests:

My core research interests lie in conservation and ecology. My work has focused on long-term and large-scale field systems, using experiments to tease out the impact of population processes and land use on individual behaviour, populations and communities. Current research is on conservation conflicts – how do we enable coexistence between livelihoods and biodiversity conservation?

Career history:

2007- Chair in Conservation Science, Aberdeen University.

2008-2011 Director of ACES

1997-2007 Research Scientist at CEH, Banchory.

1990-1997 Research Scientist at ITE, Monks Wood.

1985-1989 PhD Leeds University.

Active research projects:

Conservation conflicts

I take a broad cross-disciplinary approach to examine how we understand and tackle the conflicts that threaten biodiversity conservation and human livelihoods.

Raptors & red grouse.

The impact of raptors on game has been one of the most contentious conflicts in UK conservation. I have worked on this problem since 1985, quantifying the impact of hen harriers and other raptors on red grouse populations through long-term studies and exploring alternative mitigation strategies. I continue to work with others to explore how we can use robust science, stakeholder dialogue and knowledge exchange to resolve these challenging conflicts.

Snow leopards

I am working with Charudutt Mishra and Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi in the Snow Leopard Trust and the Nature Conservation Foundation to help develop and test conservation stratgies that allow pastoralists and snow leopards to coexist in the high Himalayas. This work is funded by a Darwin grant.

Conflicts and adaptive management in Scotland

I am working with Juliette Young, Nils Bunnefeld, Justin Irvine and Scottish Natural Heritage to understand the conflicts that arise over certain species in Scotland and to explore the role of adaptive management. Following our 2012 report we are now producing guidance for conflict management principles for SNH.

Rabbits, predation risk & myxomatosis

Declines in rabbit populations in Spain have profound consequences for hunting practices and for the wide guild of predators that is dependent on them. I am working with Rafael Villafuerte to test the role of predation risk and disease in preventing population recovery.

Recent publications:

Barraquand, F., New, LF., Redpath, S. & Matthiopoulos, J. (2015). ‘Indirect effects of primary prey population dynamics on alternative prey’. Theoretical Population Biology, vol 103, pp. 44-59.

Ferreira, C., Villafuerte, R., Villar, N., Castro, F., Ferreras, P., Rouco, C., Alves, PC., Arias de Reyna, L., Redpath, S. & Redpath, SM. (2014). ‘Experimental study on the effect of cover and vaccination on the survival of juvenile European rabbits’. Population Ecology, vol 56, no. 1, pp. 195-202.

Martinez-Padilla, J., Redpath, SM., Zeineddine, M. & Mougeot, F. (2014). ‘Insights into population ecology from long-term studies of red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus’. Journal of Animal Ecology, vol 83, no. 1, pp. 85-98.

Arroyo, B., Leckie, F., Amar, A., McCluskie, A., Redpath, S. & Redpath, S. (2014). ‘Ranging behaviour of Hen Harriers breeding in Special Protection Areas in Scotland’. Bird Study, vol 61, no. 1, pp. 48-55.

Martinez-Padilla, J., Perez-Rodriguez, L., Mougeot, F., Ludwig, SC. & Redpath, SM. (2014). ‘Experimentally elevated levels of testosterone at independence reduce fitness in a territorial bird’. Ecology, vol 95, no. 4, pp. 1033-1044.