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Antonio Uzal

Antonio Uzal Fernandez

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Environment

Role

Senior lecturer in Wildlife Conservation.

Dr Uzal is the course leader for MSc / MRes Biodiversity Conservation. He teaches on the BSc and MSc/MRes courses and is currently supervising five PhD students.

Career overview

Dr Uzal obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees in Spain. Following this he worked as a freelance consultant in wolf conservation in Spain. In the UK Dr Uzal has worked for Reading University and The Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust studying the impacts of farming on invertebrates biodiversity.

Dr Uzal's doctorate was obtained from Bournemouth University, with his research focused on the ecology and impacts of Sika deer (Cervus nippon) on lowland heath plant and animal communities.

After gaining his doctorate Dr Uzal collaborated as Postdoctoral Researcher with the University of Saskatchewan examining the population dynamics and resource use of feral horses on the Sable Island (Nova Scotia, Canada). He has also worked as freelance Adviser for The Deer Initiative. He joined NTU in 2013.

Dr Uzal is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and a Full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM)

Research areas

During the last 20 years Dr Uzal has worked on a number of different projects including:

  • Monitoring grey wolf (Canis Lupus) and brown bear (Ursus arctos) populations in Spain and Scandinavia
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Effects of farming on biodiversity of invertebrates
  • Use of telemetry techniques (radio and GPS tracking) to study habitat use and ecology of Sika deer (Cervus nippon)
  • Effects of grazing and browsing by a large herbivore on plant and animal communities of lowland heath
  • Analysis of deer-vehicle collisions in relation to traffic and landscape characteristics
  • Population dynamics and resource selection of feral horses on Sable Island (Nova Scotia, Canada)

In 2016, People's Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society commissioned Dr Uzal and Dr Yarnell a study to estimate hedgehog densities using a new method that involves camera trapping and GPS/VHF technology. This project has since expanded with the involvement of a PhD student (Jessica Schaus-Calderon).

Dr Uzal's current research areas of interest include Impacts of human disturbance on wildlife, conservation and management of game species, carnivores and endangered species, spatial ecology landscape ecology, remote sensing, relationship plant-herbivores, animal behaviour, population dynamics, telemetry, remote sensing, ecosystem services.

Current collaborative projects:

  • Grey wolf (Canis lupus) and brown bear (Ursus arctos) ecology. Collaboration with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences,  Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
  • Ecotoxicology of scavengers. Collaboration with the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.
  • Hedgehog ecology and conservation. Different collaborations with Reading University, Hartpury College and the University of Brighton.
  • One Mara Research Hub. Member of the steering committee.

Current PhD students:

  • Helle Hydeskov (Started 2019): Lead poisoning of Scandinavian brown bears (Ursus arctos) and other terrestrial scavengers. <Director of Studies>
  • Anthony Seveque (Started 2017): Trophic Cascades: the role of apex predators in Europe’s modern human- dominated landscapes. <Director of Studies>
  • Beth Smith (Started 2020): -The use of Livestock Guarding Dogs to mitigate human-carnivore conflict.
  • Shashank Balakrishna (Started 2018): Barn owl breeding success.
  • Jessica Schaus-Calderon (Started 2017):  Individual and population responses of wild mammals to human-induced disturbance events.
  • Katie Lee (50% Matched funding PTES/NTU) (Started 2017): Untangling the roles of prey availability, habitat quality and predation as predictors of hedgehog abundance.
  • Robert Davis (Started 2016) Leopard ecology and conservation in Malawi – In collaboration with Carnivore Research Malawi and Dr Emma Stone.

Further opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD or MSc by research exist in the broad areas of ecology and human-wildlife conflict. Further information regarding MPhil/PhD study may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

External activity

Sponsors and collaborators

Current research is being conducted with the funding of People's Trust for Endangered Species and British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Publications

2019/2020 Publications:

ORDIZ, A., MILLERET, C., UZAL, A., ZIMMERMANN, B., WABAKKEN, P., WIKENROS, C., SAND, H., SWENSON, J.E. and KINDBERG, J., 2020. Individual variation in predatory behavior, scavenging and seasonal prey availability as potential drivers of coexistence between wolves and bears. Diversity and Distributions, 12 (9), p. 356. ISSN 1366-9516

BEARMAN-BROWN, L.E., BAKER, P.J., SCOTT, D., UZAL, A., EVANS, L. and YARNELL, R.W., 2020. Over-winter survival and nest site selection of the West-European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) in arable dominated landscapes. Animals, 10 (9): 1449. ISSN 2076-2615

SÉVÊQUE, A., GENTLE, L.K., LÓPEZ‐BAO, J.V., YARNELL, R.W. and UZAL, A., 2020. Human disturbance has contrasting effects on niche partitioning within carnivore communities. Biological Reviews. ISSN 1464-7931

SCHAUS, J., UZAL, A., GENTLE, L., BAKER, P.J., BEARMAN-BROWN, L., BULLION, S., GAZZARD, A., LOCKWOOD, H., NORTH, A., READER, T., SCOTT, D.M., SUTHERLAND, C.S. and YARNELL, R., 2020. Application of the random encounter model in citizen science projects to monitor animal densities. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. ISSN 2056-3485

ORDIZ, A., UZAL, A., MILLERET, C., SANZ-PÉREZ, A., ZIMMERMANN, B., WIKENROS, C., WABAKKEN, P., KINDBERG, J., SWENSON, J.E. and SAND, H., 2020. Wolf habitat selection when sympatric or allopatric with brown bears in Scandinavia. Scientific Reports, 10 (1): 9941.

BYRNE, B., STONE, E.L., MGOOLA, W.O. and UZAL, A., 2019. First confirmed record of suni (Neotragus moschatus) and rusty‐spotted genet (Genetta maculata) in Nyika National Park, Malawi. African Journal of Ecology, 57 (3), pp. 415-418. ISSN 0141-6707

MILLERET, C., ORDIZ, A., SANZ-PÉREZ, A., UZAL, A., CARRICONDO-SANCHEZ, D., ERIKSEN, A., SAND, H., WABAKKEN, P., WIKENROS, C., ÅKESSON, M. and ZIMMERMANN, B., 2019. Testing the influence of habitat experienced during the natal phase on habitat selection later in life in Scandinavian wolves. Scientific Reports, 9 (1): 6526. ISSN 2045-2322

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Press expertise

  • Conservation
  • Wildlife
  • Hedgehogs
  • Large predators
  • Wildlife populations
  • Use of GIS / GPS / VHF technologies to monitor wildlife