Andrew Whitworth

Room 306, Graham Kerr Building
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Tel.: 0141 330 6626
Fax: 0141 330 5971

My research is based around the value of regenerating tropical forests and their potential importance for future levels of biodiversity. The research looks particularly at richness, abundance and diversity levels of birds, mammals, butterflies, amphibians and reptiles within forests of different disturbance histories. I am also interested how current hunting/logging pressures can affect the distribution and movement patterns of mammals and game birds. Predator-prey interactions within regenerating forest are also considered in terms of temporal and spatial patterns, with a further focus on how different predators (Jaguar, Puma and Ocelot) share the habitat.

The research also allows me to evaluate and develop novel monitoring methods in a tropical environment such as tracking methods for snakes, pitfall efficiency and design, canopy research and canopy traps, etc.

Mammal clay licks have also been shown as a vital constituent to many terrestrial and arboreal mammal and bird species in the tropical forests. Part of my research investigates the usage patterns to these licks and their potential as an eco-tourism tool.

Academic History

  • July 2011 - Current: PhD candidate - University of Glasgow
  • 2008 - 2009: MSc Conservation Biology - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • 2002 - 2005: BSc Zoology (Hons) - University of Leeds
  • A multi-taxa assessment on the effects of an unmarked road in the Yachana Reserve, Eastern Ecuador. (In preparation for submission)
  • Neotropical herpetological response to structural habitat changes in the Yachana Reserve, Eastern Ecuador. (Currently under review)
  • UK zoo trends and relationships Zoo Research News - Vol 10 (#4) Oct 2009 (Currently under review for full publication).
  • An observation on the introduction of two servals (Leptailurus serval) at Drusillas Zoo Park. International Zoo News - Vol 54/2 March 2007
  • Field guides to tropical Ecuadorian Amphibians and Reptiles

I am also currently the Scientific Coordinator and Biodiversity Officer for the Crees Foundation, whom have a research facility (The Manu Learning Centre - MLC), situated in the cultural zone of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, SE Peru. The MLC provides a well facilitated base for volunteers, researchers and undergraduate & masters students.

Twitter: @andy_manu_peru