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Movement ecology of the Western European hedgehog: A case study in animal telemetry, from welfare to dispersal

  • School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2023
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2023

Project ID: ARES 12

Fundamental questions in animal ecology can be understood by the study of movement ecology. Over the last 10-years, researchers at Nottingham Trent University have gathered a large amount of GPS based telemetry data from individual hedgehogs across the United Kingdom. This project will collate that data and using mathematical and statistical modelling techniques answer questions relating to hedgehog conservation and management in the UK. First, the study will explore the welfare consequences of attaching telemetry devices to hedgehogs.  Secondly, step-selection functions will explore hedgehog movement patterns in relation to habitat selection in the Orkneys to understand whether hedgehogs actively seek out and predate endangered ground nesting birds, or whether their movement decision processes are driven by other factors. Finally, hedgehog dispersal will be described, and used to inform models of habitat connectivity and gene flow between fragmented populations – a current issue of conservation concern for the species.

Supervisory Team:

Director of Studies: Dr Richard Yarnell

Co-Supervisor: Dr Antonio Uzal

Entry qualifications

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How to apply

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Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2023 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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