Richard Yarnell

Richard Yarnell

Associate Professor

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Yarnell is the Postgraduate Taught Courses Manager at ARES, and Course Leader for the MSc in Biodiversity Conservation. He also teaches undergraduate modules including Wildlife Management and African Ecosystems. His research interests lie within the broad field of ecology and conservation.

Career overview

Research areas

Areas of research interest include:

  • carnivore ecology and conservation
  • population dynamics of small mammals
  • the effect of disturbance events on biodiversity
  • assessing efficacy of methods used to quantify vertebrate populations
  • focal species include brown hyaena (Parahyaena brunnea) and the European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus).

Current PhD students:

  • Esther Kettle (A comparison of urban and rural behaviours in the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus))
  • Oluseun Akinsorotan (Impacts of illegal human activities on mammal occupancy in Old Oyo National Park, Nigeria)
  • Robert Davis (Leopard ecology and conservation in Malawi – In collaboration with Carnivore Research Malawi and Dr Emma Stone)
  • Inga Jaenecke (Brown hyaena conservation status and distribution – In collaboration with Brown Hyena Research Project and Dr Ingrid Wiesel)

Past PhD students:

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD in the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Science exist, and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

Dr Yarnell is a member of:

He is also a reviewer for the following Journals: PLoS ONE, Journal of Arid Environments, Journal of Mammalogy, European Journal of Wildlife Research, Journal of Zoology, Oecologia, and Ecological Applications.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is conducted with the collaboration, funding and / or support of:


Ecologists need robust survey designs, sampling and analytical methods. Hayward MW, Boitani L, Burrows ND, Funston PJ, Ullas Karanth K, MacKenzie DI, Pollock KH, Yarnell R, Journal of Applied Ecology, 2015, 52 (2), 286-290

Evidence that vulture restaurants increase the local abundance of mammalian carnivores in South Africa. Yarnell RW, Phipps WL, Dell S, MacTavish LM and Scott D, African Journal of Ecology, 2014, 53 (3), 287-294

Using occupancy analysis to validate the use of footprint tunnels as a method for monitoring the hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus. Yarnell RW, Williams B, Neumann JL, Rymer DJ and Baker PJ, Mammal Review, 2014, 44 (3-4), 234-238

Improving individual identification in captive Eastern Grey Wolves (Canis lupus lycaon) using the time course of howl amplitudes. Root-Gutteridge H, Bencsik M, Chebli M, Gentle LK, Terrell-Nield C, Bourit A and Yarnell RW, Bioacoustics, 2014, 23 (1), 39-53

Evaluation of the performance and accuracy of Global Positioning System bug transmitters deployed on a small mammal. Glasby L and Yarnell RW, European Journal of Wildlife Research, 2013, 59 (6), 915-919

Do power lines and protected areas present a catch-22 situation for Cape vultures (Gyps coprotheres)? Phipps L, Wolter M, MacTavish L and Yarnell RW, PLoS ONE, 2013, 8 (10), e76794

Identifying indicators of illegal behaviour: carnivore killing in human-managed landscapes. St. John FAV, Edwards-Jones G, Keane A, Jones L, Yarnell RW and Jones JPG, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2011, 279 (1729), 804-812

Untangling the roles of fire, grazing and rainfall on small mammal communities in grassland ecosystems. Yarnell RW, Scott DM, Chimimba CT & Metcalfe DJ, Oecologia, 2007, 154, 387-402

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Press expertise

  • Conservation
  • Wildlife
  • Hedgehogs
  • Hyaena
  • Badgers
  • Wildlife management