In depth interview of Dr. Liam Bailey on his PhD research, life, the universe and everything…

Former PhD student Liam Bailey – now a postdoc at IZW Berlin- is interviewed by the Journal Of Animal Ecology about his PhD research on extreme climatic events. This half hour in depth interview touches upon topics such as climate change, developing R software, fieldwork stories and much more. The interview coincided with the publication of the study led by Liam on’ Habitat selection can reduce effects of extreme climatic events in a long‐lived shorebird.’ This study uses our 35-year study population of Schiermonnikoog to show that shorebirds do not start nesting higher during their life after more frequent flooding of their nesting sites, but that young birds are more likely to settle in higher areas. This slow inter-generational response however appears insufficient for the population to keep up with the rapid sea level rise and climate change.

Liam in the field
Liam walking over the intertidal flats where the oystercatchers feed. In the background we can see three observation towers through the fog.

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