About me

I grew up on the Catalan coast in north-eastern Spain, with countless trips to local nature reserves and summers birding in the Scottish Highlands fuelling my interest in the natural world. My love of nature and wild places eventually led me to return to the UK to get a degree in BSc Zoology from the University of Aberdeen. By the end of my degree I was determined to pursue a career in conservation, and I went on to obtain an MSc in Conservation & Biodiversity a year later from the University of Exeter. I worked on various research projects during this time, focussing primarily on predator-prey ecology and conservation conflicts. Following the completion of my MSc, I spent a brief stint at a wildlife research station in Sweden, where I worked on a project analysing the field preferences of greylag geese on agricultural land.

Work

As a Researcher in the Ecosystem Health and Social Dimensions Unit, I work on a wide range of health related projects. I currently manage our wild bird Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance programme, coordinating the passive monitoring of AI across nine of our sites. I am involved in a variety of our lead poisoning work, from carrying out lead shot analysis in the lab to working on international advocacy and policy. I also support our health and wellbeing work, contributing to projects such as the ‘Blue Prescriptions’ social prescribing programme. I work on various smaller health projects such as the Sarcocystis Survey, a project which allows an emergent wildfowl disease to be monitored through reports sent in from the UK hunting community. I also carry out regular analyses on water samples from across our WWT sites as part of our ongoing water quality monitoring project.

Skills

  • Carrying out ecological fieldwork
  • Animal handling & collection of biometric data
  • Laboratory procedures and diagnostic tests including ELISAs, PCRs and water quality analysis
  • Statistical analysis & mixed modelling in R
  • Mapping spatial data using GIS software

Publications

Cromie, R., Newth, J., & Strong, E. (2019). Transitioning to non-toxic ammunition: Making change happen. Ambio, 48(9), 1079-1096.

Maund, P.R., Irvine, K.N., Reeves, J., Strong, E., Cromie, R., Dallimer, M. & Davies, Z.G. (2019). Wetlands for wellbeing: piloting a nature-based health intervention for the management of anxiety and depression. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(22), 4413.

Muir, A., Ellis, M., Blake, D.P., Chantrey, J., Strong, E.A., Reeves, J.P. & Cromie, R.L. (2019). Sarcocystis rileyi in UK free-living wildfowl (Anatidae): surveillance, histopathology and first molecular characterisation. Veterinary Record.

Newth, J.L., Lawrence, A., Cromie, R.L., Swift, J.A., Rees, E.C., Wood, K.A., Strong, E.A., Reeves, J. & McDonald, R.A. (2019). Perspectives of ammunition users on the use of lead ammunition and its potential impacts on wildlife and humans. People and Nature, 1(3), 347-361.

Reeves, J.P., Knight, A.T., Strong, E.A., Heng, V., Cromie, R.L., & Vercammen, A. (2019). The application of wearable technology to quantify health and wellbeing co-benefits from urban wetlands. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 1840.