Head & Principal Ecologist
David is responsible for the strategic development of BTO’s monitoring programme and associated research, is the main contact for biodiversity indicators, surveys of taxa other than birds, and for conservation initiatives such as BAP and Birds of Conservation Concern.
Interests & Responsibilities
- Senior investigator with extensive experience in the analysis and interpretation of biological data.
- Represents BTO on a range of scientific and statutory committees related to bird and mammal conservation.
- Interested in capacity building and development of monitoring programmes for birds and other taxa in the UK and internationally, particularly in Europe.
- Committed to an evidence-based approach to tackling a range of conservation issues.
- Experience leading a team of researchers on projects related to bird conservation, temporal and spatial variation in bird abundance and distribution and the development of analytical methods.
- Development of bird indicators in the UK and in Europe.
- Previously, researcher on the ecology and behaviour of seabirds in Canada and cuckoo hosts in the UK and Africa, currently investigating effects of pollutants on migratory waders in North America.
European Bird Census Council (EBCC) – Delegate, and Observer on Executive Committee Tracking Mammals Partnership
QualificationsBSc Guelph University, Canada. MSc Queen’s University, Canada. PhD University of Cambridge, UK.
Recent BTO Publications
Pratte, I., Noble, D., Mallory, L.M., Braun, B.M. & Provencher, J.F. 2020. The influence of migration patterns on exposure to contaminants in Nearctic shorebirds: a historical study. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 192 (DOI: 10.1007/s10661-020-8218-1)
Gaston, A.J., Chapdelaine, G. & Noble, D.G. 1983. The growth of Thick-billed Murre chicks at colonies in Hudson Strait: inter- and intra-colony variation. Canadian Journal of Zoology 61 (part 11) : 2 465-2 475 View Abstract Link to Article (DOI: 10.1139/z83-327)
Content Related to David Noble
Birds of Conservation Concern 5
The same group of experts undertook a parallel exercise to assess the extinction risk of all bird species for Great Britain (the geographical area at which all other taxa are assessed) using the criteria and protocols
The sound of spring is changing
Using new techniques, this study shows that the birdsong soundscape in Europe and North America has deterioriated over the past 25 years, due to a reduction in acoustic diversity and intensity.