Lesser redpolls University Museum of Zoology collection ©University of Cambridge

Understanding bird populations in a changing world

To celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month the Museum is sharing the stories of 27 inspirational women, alongside the animals they work with the most.

Eleanor Miller

Department of Zoology

Eleanor Miller

We live in an era of significant environmental and climatic change. To understand how species might cope with different climates in the future, it is important to explore how they responded to rapid environmental change in the past.

I’m interested in how populations of different birds have reacted to major climate events tens of thousands of years ago. Modern surveys only cover recent time, so I use genetic data to calculate how species’ population sizes have changed since the last ice age. The patterns of these changes can then be used to inform our understanding of populations in a changing world.”

Find out more about this research on the Evolutionary Ecology Group or Eleanor’s website here.


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