Cats and their owners
How can we improve the welfare of cats and other wildlife?
Sarah Crowley - Postdoctoral Researcher
Sarah gained her PhD from the University of Exeter in 2017, and is now working as a Postdoctoral researcher within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. She specialises in understanding the social dimensions of managing introduced and invasive species. Her PhD research focused on the management of monk parakeets in southeast England, Eurasian beavers in Devon and grey squirrels nationwide.
Sarah has a background in animal behaviour and anthrozoology – the interdisciplinary study of human-animal interactions. Her research interests include environmental conflict, human-animal interactions and introduced and invasive species management and policy. She is keen to continue conducting and promoting applied, interdisciplinary research into complex socioecological problems.
Martina Cecchetti – PhD Student
Martina is a PhD student within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences working under the supervision of Professor Robbie McDonald. She holds a BSc Biological Sciences from the University of Perugia and an MSc Evolution of Animal and Human Behaviour from the University of Turin.
Previously she has worked as a fieldworker with Ornis Italica, a not-for-profit association of independent researchers based in Rome. Here she studied the effect of free-roaming cats on shearwaters on Linosa Island, in collaboration with University of Palermo. She also worked as a radar specialist for raptor migration on the Strait of Messina. Martina’s research interests include wildlife conservation, animal welfare and the impacts of invasive species on island endemics.
Professor Robbie McDonald – Supervisor
Professor McDonald is Chair in Natural Environment at the University of Exeter. He leads the University's partnership with the National Wildlife Management Centre as part of a Wildlife Research Co-Operative. He is also a member of the Environment and Sustainability Institute. His research interests lie in mammal ecology and small carnivores in particular, having previously studied the biology of the weasel family. His current projects are looking at the ecology and management of invasive, non-native species, ecological and social aspects of wildlife management and understanding human conflicts over wildlife. His research has also focused on the science, policy and practical implications of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in badgers, and the impacts and management of invasive species. He hopes to develop a programme of applied, interdisciplinary work that will help Cornwall, the South West, and the UK develop in a sustainable way.