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.
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.
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 Advisory Council.
Current PhD students:
- Beth Smith (Started 2020): -The use of Livestock Guarding Dogs to mitigate human-carnivore conflict. <Director of Studies>
- Helle Hydeskov (Started 2019): Lead poisoning of Scandinavian brown bears (Ursus arctos) and other terrestrial scavengers. <Director of Studies>
- Anthony Seveque (Started 2017): From global to local: impacts of human disturbance on niche partitioning among carnivores. <Director of Studies>
- Rachael Leeman (Started 2021): Monitoring wildlife populations using tourist photographs.
- Shashank Balakrishna (Started 2018): Barn owl breeding success.
- Jessica Schaus-Calderon (Started 2017): Responses of the European hedgehog to urbanisation: impact on population dynamics, animal movement and habitat selection.
- 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.
- Large predators
- Wildlife populations
- Use of GIS / GPS / VHF technologies to monitor wildlife