Kat Hamill (née Fingland) is a Lecturer in Animal Science for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. In her role, Kat assists with teaching various animal and research modules, as well as fieldtrips and laboratory practicals. Alongside this, Kat is working towards completing a part-time PhD researching urban ecology of red squirrels.
Prior to joining NTU, Kat worked as a Project Officer for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, on their Saving Scotland's Red Squirrels project. Kat also worked as a Field Research Assistant for the James Hutton Institute, assessing mountain hare abundance in the Cairngorms. Kat has a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Southampton and a MSc in Wildlife Management & Conservation from the University of Reading.
Kat’s PhD research focuses on urban ecology of red squirrels; specifically how red squirrels use the urban environment and how this influences their ecology, with the aim of contributing to the conservation of this endangered native species.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist within the school of Agriculture, Rural and Environmental Sciences, and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
A systematic review into the suitability of urban refugia for the Eurasian red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris. Fingland K, Ward SJ, Bates AJ, and Bremner-Harrison S, Mammal Review 2021, 52: 26-38.
The genome sequence of the eastern grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis Gmelin 1788. Mead D, Fingland K, Cripps R, et al., Wellcome Open Research 2020, 5: 27.
The genome sequence of the Eurasian red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris Linnaeus 1758. Mead D, Fingland K, Cripps R, et al., Wellcome Open Research 2020, 5: 18.
Clutch abandonment as a result of brood adoption in the Red Grouse. Fingland K and Ludwig S, British Birds 2015, 108: 294-295.
Course(s) I teach on
UN Sustainable Development Goals
Kat's teaching and research closely aligns with UN SDG 14: Life Below Water and 15: Life on Land.