Research

Our current team

Dr. Chris Newman and Dr. Christina Buesching run the Badger Project on behalf of Prof. David Macdonald, having joined the project as grad students themselves back in 1991 and 1996, respectively. Chris specialises in population ecology and climate change, Christina in animal behaviour and olfactory communication.

Students

Nadine Sugianto is advancing with her DPhil thesis looking at badger mating strategies and endocrinology.

Tanesha Allen started her DPhil last year evaluating the suitability of olfactory advertisement as a means of honest fitness advertisement signalling.

Julius Bright-Ross will join us from October 2017 to study for a DPhil. He will build on work looking at badger activity and energy expenditure regimes in relation to weather and food supply, as a model for broad mammalian climate change responses.

Henricus (Sil) van Lieshout is working towards his PhD at Leeds University, co-supervised by Dr. Hannah Dugdale, and is leading our work on telomeres and senescence..

Veronica Tinnesand  has recently gained her PhD from Telemark University (Norway), co-supervised  by Dr. Christina Buesching. She continues to collaborate with WildCRU’s badger project  looking at aspects of badger olfactory communication.

Collaborations

A lot of what we do involves collaboration with colleagues and labs not only in the UK, but also around the world. Too numerous to list in their entirety, we mention a selection of current collaborators:

Prof. Youbing Zhou, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing University, China. In addition to our European badgers, there are several other species of badger, especially in Asia. Our work with Youbing looks at hog badgers, Chinese ferret badgers and a host of other small carnivores, such as yellow-throated martens and masked palm civets.Through Youbing, we also have a collaboration with

Dr. Zhaomin Zhou, formerly with the Chinese Wildlife Enforcement agency, policing illegal wildlife trade and now a researcher at China West Normal University. Our work with Zhaomin on illegal wildlife trade has led to several recent high-impact publications.

Prof. Yayoi Kaneko, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. We have worked with Yayoi for many years, who specialises in another badger species, the Japanese badger or ‘Anakuma’. Less is known about the Japanese badger and so we are working with Yayoi to better understand the society of these similar badgers.

Prof. Frank Rosell, Telemark University, Norway. Initially working with Frank to explore similar climatic responses in his beaver data set to those we have observed with our badgers (via then student Dr. Roo Campbell, now with SNH), we now collaborate with Frank’s group in the context of  badger scent communication.

Prof. Andrew Markham, Oxford University Department of Computer Science. Andrew’s expertise has led to the development and manufacture of all of our ground-breaking tracking collar technology, and the expert analysis of these immense datasets.

Dr. Hannah Dugdale, Leeds University. An aluma of the badger project, Hannah now runs her own research group at Leeds University, but continues to collaborate in badger research and to co-supervise students involved in genetics.

The Badger Project
Background

How do we study badgers?
Insights into badger society
Genetics and mate choice
Social interactions
The effects of weather conditions on badger population dynamics
What we need
References

 

Citizen Science

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