Principal Research Officer

About me

I am a conservationist with broad interests in ecology and animal behaviour. I was 12 when I read Douglas Adams’ ‘Last Chance To See…’ and ever since I’ve wanted to work in conservation, and travel, and preferably do both. Most of my working life has been spent in Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean, studying endangered birds and mammals and trying to understand their habitat requirements. After a degree in zoology, I worked in Seychelles, Mauritius and even in the UK for a short time, before completing a PhD on vulture conservation in southern Africa. My first taste of wetland conservation came when I moved to Tanzania to draw up plans to conserve an elephant migration corridor running through East Africa’s largest wetland, the Kilombero Valley. I’ve been at WWT since 2011, initially tasked with researching the Critically Endangered Madagascar pochard and identifying a suitable translocation site.

Work

I deliver the science for WWT’s international conservation and development projects. This currently includes:

  • Planning the rewilding of Lake Sofia in Madagascar.
  • Mapping the remaining areas of natural wetland habitat in the Cambodian Lower Mekong Delta.
  • Research into habitat management for the Madagascar Pochard.
  • Population monitoring of wild and translocated Madagascar Pochard.
  • Supporting our partner organisations in research and data collection methods.
  • Supervision and training of Malagasy and UK PhD students.
  • Monitoring of Malagasy wetland birds including Madagascar Grebe and Madagascar Jacana.
  • Scoping studies for potential new project sites in Madagascar and Cambodia.

Skills

  • I have extensive experience of fieldwork in remote and demanding conditions.
  • Field surveys for mammals, birds and other taxa, using a variety of methods.
  • Animal behaviour data collection.
  • Social survey methods and analysis.
  • Geospatial analyses, based on satellite images, drone images and field surveys, including generating land use maps and Species Distribution Models.
  • Statistical analysis, especially exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing. I am proficient in R, and have also developed models using the programs MARK, DISTANCE and PRESENCE.

Publications

For a full publications list, see my Google Scholar profile:

Razafindrajao F, Bamford AJ, Young HG, Andrianarimisa A, Bin Aboudou AI & Lewis RE (2017). Reassessing the conservation outlook for Madagascar’s endemic Anatidae following the creation of new protected areas. Wildfowl 67: 72-86

Bamford AJ, Razafindrajao F, Young RP & Hilton GM (2017). Profound and pervasive degradation of Madagascar’s freshwater wetlands and links with biodiversity. PLOS ONE 12: e0182673.

Bamford AJ, Sam TS, Razafindrajao F, Robson H, Woolaver L & René de Roland LA (2015). Status and ecology of the last wild population of Madagascar Pochard Aythya innotata. Bird Conservation International 25: 97-110

Bamford AJ, Ferrol-Schulte D & Wathan J (2014). Human and wildlife usage of a protected area buffer zone in an area of high immigration. Oryx 48: 504-513.

Jones T, Bamford AJ, Ferrol-Schulte D, Hieronimo P, McWilliam N & Rovero F (2012). Vanishing wildlife corridors and options for restoration: a case study from Tanzania. Tropical Conservation Science 5: 463-474.