Dr Ruth Feber

Research Interests

My main interests relate to the effects of land use on biodiversity, with my research focusing on the responses of biodiversity, and the complex ecological processes underlying them, to land management interventions and land use change at different spatial scales, and across taxonomic groups. Most recently, my interest has been focusing on issues relating to sport hunting, land use and wildlife conservation. Currently, we are using spatial analysis and risk assessment to identify and prioritise where land use alternatives to trophy hunting could be most effective in protecting lions.

Past projects have included long-term studies on the effects of arable field margin management on wildlife, landscape-scale studies of factors affecting the biodiversity of freshwater habitats, and large-scale, multi-site projects on the impacts on biodiversity of agricultural management.

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I have recently finished editing, with David Macdonald, two academic volumes which synthesize the results of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit’s (WildCRU’s) agro-ecology studies over the last 25 years. I am also keen on promoting research outcomes beyond the academic arena and have written a practitioner’s handbook which disseminates key results from our farmland studies in an accessible format.

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