Amory Building, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4RJ , UK
Roger is undertaking a PhD looking into the social and socioeconomic implications of reintroducing the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) to England. This includes an exploration of the potential benefits and costs that may occur and what they may mean for the potential opportunities and possible conflicts between humans and beavers or conflicts between humans about beavers.
His work has included undertaking a nationwide survey of attitudes towards beaver reintroduction and he is now undertaking more focused studies. Particular areas of interest for his research include (but are not limited to) the relationship between beavers and ecotourism, agriculture, flood alleviation and fishing activity.
Roger sits on the ‘River Otter Beaver Trial’ Science & Evidence Forum which is currently writing the final science report for the Trial. This is due to be published in 2020, following which the UK Government is due to make a decision on the future of beavers in England. Roger also sits on the ‘Beaver Project Board’ for a proposed fenced project at Poole Farm in Plymouth and works in partnership with the Cornwall Beaver Project.
He also has experience in marine conservation. He completed his BSc Zoology research project on the patterns of turtle stranding in Northern Cyprus, where he also volunteered through two nesting seasons with the Marine Turtle Conservation Project at Alagadi (Northern Cyprus). Roger has volunteered with AK Wildlife Cruises in Cornwall since 2014 and has a personal interest in outdoor swimming.
Professor Richard Brazier
Professor Stewart Barr
Roger’s PhD is funded by University of Exeter, Devon Wildlife Trust, Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Wildlife Trust. Additionally, the nationwide attitude survey was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.
Broad research specialisms:
Human-Wildlife Conflict and Human-Human Conflicts About Wildlife, Wildlife Reintroduction, Perceptions, Socio-Economics, Ecosystem Services, Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber)
MSc Conservation Science & Policy, BSc (Hons) Zoology
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