Hannah Wauchope

Lecturer in Ecology and Conservation


I did my undergraduate and Honours (Australian equivalent of a 1 year MbyRes) at the University of Queensland in Australia, in Zoology and Ecology. I then spent some time working with the Australian Antarctic Division, before starting a PhD at Cambridge, studying the effects of protected areas on waterbird populations (and the methodologies required to do so). I was then an 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, before starting here at Edinburgh. 

Undergraduate teaching

I currently teach on Conservation Science and Data Science in Ecology and Environmental Science, both within BSc Ecological and Environmental Sciences (https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate/degrees/index.php?action=view&code=CF17).

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

If you're interested in working together about anything to do with conservation, climate change, methods, or polar regions, do get in touch!

Research summary

I'm interested in how the changing world is affecting biodiversity, and what we can do to help conserve it. I ask questions at big scales, in both space and time, taking advantage of the increasing availability of big ecological datasets. Some of my work has included modelling how climate change will affect the distribution of Arctic species, assessing how well protected areas (like national parks and nature reserves) affect waterbird species across the world, and developing new methodologies to help conservationists make better decisions. I have a particular interest in the polar regions, with projects in both the Arctic and Antarctic.