About me

Before WWT I spent seven years as a molecular biologist studying the genomics of wild plant-virus ecology for The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) in Oxford. This period culminated with a PhD in Environmental Genomics from the University of Birmingham. After seven years behind a lab bench I travelled for a year and decided I wanted to work in applied conservation. I joined WWT as a volunteer in 2012, initially working for three months with the Slimbridge reserve team before finding a position in the Ecosystem Health Unit.


Until recently I was responsible for conducting laboratory procedures for WWT’s wild and captive animal health programmes and co-ordinating WWT’s contribution to the UK dead bird surveillance programme and contributing to the Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual and it’s development into a website (wetlandhealth.org). I also had continued involvement in the research and monitoring for WWT’s campaign to prevent wildlife poisoning from lead ammunition. More recently my work has shifted to focus on developing WWT’s research programme on the health and well-being benefits wetlands bring to people. Amongst other projects I’m working in collaboration with Imperial College London on developing methods for measuring the psychological, cognitive and physiological effects of visiting urban wetlands. To this end I was awarded a NERC Valuing Nature placement in 2017 (http://valuing-nature.net/placements-2017-jonathan-reeves).


I’m experienced in the logistics of field sampling and laboratory screening of wild and captive birds for health surveillance. I’m skilled in a variety of molecular biology techniques. I’m FERA certified to trap and vaccinate badgers. I’m currently developing the methods and skills required for taking ambulatory EEG and physiology recordings, as well as designing and delivering social research surveys.


Cromie, R., Newth, J., Reeves, J., O’Brien, M., Beckmann, K., & Brown, M. (2015). The sociological and political aspects of reducing lead poisoning from ammunition in the UK: why the apparently simple solution is so difficult. In: Delahay, R.J. & Spray, C.J. (Eds.) The Oxford Lead Symposium. Lead Ammunition: understanding and minimising the risks to human and environmental health. Edward Grey Institute, Oxford University, UK. 104-124.

Cromie, R.L., R. Lee, R.J. Delahay, J. L. Newth, M.F. O’Brien, H.A. Fairlamb, J.P. Reeves & D.A. Stroud. (2012). Ramsar Wetland Disease Manual: Guidelines for Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Animal Disease in Wetlands. Ramsar Technical Report No. 7. Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Gland, Switzerland. pp353.