- Declan Murphy
- Masters by Research student
- Conservation ecology lab
My name is Declan Murphy and am currently studying for an MRes in Ecology at Bangor University, after graduation from Bangor in 2014 with a 2:1 B.Sc. in Zoology with Conservation. My B.Sc. dissertation concerned the varying energy capacities of biodiesel derived from different species of algae, and the environmental impacts of such a process on an industrial scale.
My current undertaking has taken me to the Mountains of Western Cape, South Africa, where I am conducting a habitat survey of a rare and endangered family of stag beetle (Colophon). This project involves collecting data covering a wide spectrum of biotic and abiotic factors (including vegetation cover, distance from roads) with a particular interest into the soil characteristics, such as pH and conductivity. I will also be using species distribution mapping (and subsequently Max Ent modelling) to investigate the effects of climate change of species range.
I hope that the skills and experiences gained during my time at Bangor University will lead me to a career in Environmental consultancy, or something similar in the field.