Antonio Uzal

Antonio Uzal Fernandez

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


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.

Dr Uzal's current research areas of interest include landscape and spatial ecology, animal movement ecology, population dynamics, the use of telemetry techniques to study animal populations and the wider topics of human-wildlife conflict and how to conserve biodiversity.

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.

Current PhD students:

  • Anthony Seveque (Started 2017) Trophic Cascades: the role of apex predators in Europe’s modern human- dominated landscapes. <Director of Studies>
  • 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.
  • Shashank Balakrishna (Started 2018): Barn owl breeding success.
  • 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.

Sponsors and collaborators

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


Testing the influence of habitat experienced during the natal phase on habitat selection later in life in Scandinavian wolves. Milleret, C., Ordiz, A., Sanz-Perez, A., Uzal, A., Carricondo-Sanchez, D., Eriksen, A., Sand, H., Wabakken, P., Wikenros, C., Åkesson, M. and Zimmermann, B., 2019.Scientific Reports, 9 (1): 6526. ISSN 2045-2322

Scale-dependent effects of density and habitat on foal survival. Laforge MP, UZAL A, Medill SA and McLoughlin PD, The Journal of Wildlife Management, 2016, 80 (2), 347-354

Density-dependent, central-place foraging in a grazing herbivore: competition and tradeoffs in time allocation near water. Rozen-Rechels D, Van Beest FM, Richard E, Uzal A, Medill SA and McLoughlin PD, Oikos, 2015, 124 (9), 1142-1150

Increasing density leads to generalization in both coarse-grained habitat selection and fine-grained resource selection in a large mammal. Van Beest FM, Uzal A, Vander Wal E, Laforge MP, Contasti AL, Colville D and McLoughlin PD, Journal of Animal Ecology, 2014, 83 (1), 147-156

Sika deer distribution and habitat selection: the influence of the availability and distribution of food, cover, and threats. Uzal A, Walls S, Stillman RA and Diaz A, European Journal of Wildlife Research, 2013, 59 (4), 563-572

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Press expertise

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

Course(s) I teach on

  • Student using camera trap
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2019

  • Binoculars
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2019

  • Students surveying rhino
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2019