About me

I am a conservationist with broad interests in ecology and animal behaviour. I caught the travel bug early, living in Indonesia for a year when I was 6. Most of my working life has been concerned with Africa and the islands of the Indian Ocean. After a degree in Zoology at the University of Sheffield I went to Seychelles as a volunteer, then to Mauritius to work on the pink pigeon recovery project. I then returned to the UK to work as a research assistant on long-tailed tits in the UK. I completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham on the conservation of vultures in southern Africa, and then moved to Tanzania to draw up plans to conserve an elephant migration corridor between two national parks. I’ve been at WWT since 2011, initially tasked with researching the ecology of the Critically Endangered Madagascar pochard and identifying a suitable release site for captive bred pochards.

Work

I am involved with all aspects of WWT’s Madagascar programme. I am responsible for developing and implementing a research agenda for the programme, including the Madagascar pochard translocation project. I design and help implement data gathering to support and monitor the work of WWT and our partners in Madagascar. I supervise and train Malagasy research assistants and PhD students, and provide support to other researchers working at WWT’s field sites. I am also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with our partner organisations in Madagascar and on-the-ground management of our community conservation and development projects.

Skills

  • Field surveys for mammals and birds using a variety of methods.
  • Behavioural observations of wild birds and mammals.
  • Social survey form a large component of my work and I am familiar with a variety of methods.
  • I have extensive experience of fieldwork in remote and demanding conditions.
  • Statistical analysis, especially exploratory data analysis and hypothesis testing. I am proficient in R, and can carry out a wide range of tests including mixed-effects linear and non-linear models, and principal components analysis.
  • GIS analyses, including generating land use maps and Species Distribution Models.

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.

Bamford AJ, Monadjem A, Anderson MD, Anthony A, Borello WD, Bridgeford M, Bridgeford P, Hancock P, Howells B, Wakelin J & Hardy ICW (2009). Trade-offs between specificity and regional generality in habitat association models: a case study of two species of African vulture. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 852-860.