This project will address behavioural and spatial interactions between alien and native species (focusing on cavity-nesting birds such as the alien common Indian mynas and native noisy miners).

It includes fieldwork (including cavity box experiments, radio tracking and playback), or database work or a combination of both. It will combine aspects of urban ecology – conservation of urban biodiversity.

The study will examine the factors shaping success of species in urban environments. You will examine how urbanisation shapes bird diversity and interactions, and study aggressive and other behavioural interactions and the role of interactions between invasive alien species in shaping introduction success.

The study will include questions about urban biodiversity and ecology of urban birds and mammals.

You will apply a range of tools, such as camera traps and radio tracking, to study invasive birds, their spatial distribution and the processes shaping invasion

This will be part of a larger study examining bird and mammal biodiversity, ecology and conservation and behavioural interactions between alien and native species (focusing on cavity-nesting birds and mammals).

You should have some field and bird identification experience.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Salit Kark