Margaret Bolton

Research Assistant

Biotic interactions are a fundamental component of a species ecological niche, yet they have remained understudied in the context of species distribution modelling. I am interested in our limited understanding of how the strength of interactions systematically vary across environments, and to what extent they can alter species ranges. 

An added level of difficulty arises from the associated data: some metrics being more readily available than others gives rise to potential sources of bias in our interpretation of the underlying ecology. My main interest in this context is geographic variability in recorded metrics, ontologies, and semantics.

Following on from my BSc in Ecology at the university of Edinburgh, and my MSc in Applied Ecology at the University of Exeter, I have remained with Exeter through the Environmental Intelligence Centre for Doctoral Training. I have also completed an internship with the RSPB as a trainee Reserve Warden.

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