Teresa Montras Janer
PhD project: MITIGATING CONFLICTS BETWEEN CONSERVATION AND FARMING - LARGE GRAZING BIRDS AND CROP DAMAGE AT WETLANDS.
Populations of large grazing birds have increased all over Europe in the last decades, with an increase of crop damage as a result. These birds often gather together on high concentrations in wetlands and use the surrounding agricultural landscape as a feeding ground. That supposes a loss of yield for farmers and therefore, a conflict arises.
I will study the mechanisms driving the spatiotemporal patterns behind crop damage at different spatiotemporal levels; develop spatial distribution models of large grazing birds at different scales; predict areas at risk; and finally, develop and asses preventive measures to reduce the risk of crop damage.
Catalan birder from the NE of the Iberian Peninsula. Born in 1977. I finished my Biology - Wildlife and Ecosystems studies in 2002, with a Master degree on Shorebird Migration Ecology at Barcelona University. Since then, ecology and ornithology field work and nature guidings have built up my professional career, across my homeland and beyond. I have worked in Spain, UK, Canada, Colombia, Australia, Israel, Denmark and Sweden. I have been birding on the Azores islands, NW India, Poland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Gambia, Senegal, Trinidad and Tobago, and of course, all over Spain several times. Nowadays, I am living in the Swedish countryside where I work and collaborate with the Great Reed Warbler team from Lund's University and Kvismaren Bird Observatory on bird migration ecology research. In September 2016, I have started my PhD in Applied Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.