Curlew Copyright billywhiz07 on flickr

Changing environments and wading birds

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.

Dr Sam Franks

British Trust for Ornithology

Samantha Franks
Sam Franks

I didn’t discover a passion for studying birds until I was in my twenties. After a couple of ornithological fieldwork jobs, I undertook my PhD studying the migration patterns of western sandpipers.

After several years researching waders in the Alaskan Arctic, I joined the BTO as a Research Ecologist, where my interests focus on exploring how our changing environment is influencing bird populations, particularly for waders and long-distance migratory birds. Currently, I am leading elements of the BTO’s breeding wader research, with a particular focus on the curlew. In my spare time, I’m a bird ringer and photographer.”

Find out more about the work of the British Trust for Ornithology here.


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