School of Geography

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Emma Higgins

PhD Researcher,



Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the use of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in ecological research and wildlife conservation. I am particularly interested in how remote sensing technologies can improve how we can monitor both habitat change and species distributions, particularly as a result of anthropogenic and climatic change.

Research Supervisors

  • Dr Adam Algar, School of Geography, University of Nottingham
  • Dr Doreen Boyd, School of Geography, University of Nottingham

Research Summary

Research Title: Revealing Controls on Distribution and Microhabitat use of Anolis lizards in a changing landscape

In these times of rapid environmental change and species extinction, understanding the drivers and mechanisms governing species' abundance and distribution is more important than ever. The major goal of my current research is to further our understanding of what drives variation in species' abundance and microhabitat use through space, particularly in the context of rapid land cover change and human habitat conversion, using the little explored anole fauna of the Honduran island of Utila as a natural ecological laboratory.

By pioneering emerging technologies in airborne remote sensing for predicting animal abundance and distribution, this project is designed to improve our ability to predict species' ecological responses to habitat conversion and identify key ecological interactions between habitat structure, microclimate, and species' abundance and distribution. Lastly, the work will allow us to improve our understanding and the public appreciation of Utila's little known Anolis fauna, promote its conservation and demonstrate how emerging technologies can help us understand and preserve the natural world.

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