Name: Tom Porteus
Program: Zoology, PhD
Thesis: Use of Bayesian methods to determine strategy for control of terrestrial vertebrate pest species
Supervisor: Murdoch McAllister
Degree Held: MSc, Wildlife Management (University of Reading, UK); BSc, Biology (University of Durham, UK)
I am developing a model for the small-scale population dynamics of red foxes, a pest species in the UK, using Bayesian methods.I will use this model to evaluate alternative management strategies in orderto make control effort more effective with respect to the management aims forthis species. This approach can then be applied to a suite of other pest speciesthat are not managed optimally. I am funded by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.