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Kathryn Fingland

Kat Hamill

Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Kat Hamill (née Fingland) is a Senior Lecturer in Zoology for the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Alongside this, Kat is working towards completing a part-time PhD researching urban ecology of red squirrels.

Career overview

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.

Research areas

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 Doctoral 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.

Press expertise

Red squirrels
Wildlife conservation
Behavioural ecology

Course(s) I teach on

  • Snake
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023

  • Chameleon
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023

  • Students in research arena
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2023

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Kat's teaching and research closely aligns with UN SDG 14: Life Below Water and 15: Life on Land.

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