Katharine Bowgen

Katharine Bowgen

Job Description

Research Ecologist


Katharine works as a Research Ecologist analysing quantitative data from a range of projects from Wales and the rest of the UK with a focus on wetland and marine species.


2016 PhD, Bournemouth University: ‘Predicting the effect of environmental change on wading birds: insights from individual-based models.’
2007 MSc Wild Animal Biology, The Institute of Zoology, London and The Royal Veterinary College. 
2006 BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Nottingham.

Interests & Responsibilities

Having worked on a range of bird species as a Research Assistant before starting her PhD Katharine then have focused on wading bird populations and their responses to environmental change. Using the skills she has gained from these previous positions she is now based within the BTO Cymru office looking at Welsh bird populations and their conservation but she is also a part of the Wetland and Marine Research group in Thetford. 

Recent BTO Publications

Herbert, R.J.H., Davies, C.J., Bowgen, K.M., Hatton, J. & Stillman, R.A. 2018. The importance of nonnative Pacific oyster reefs as supplementary feeding areas for coastal birds on estuary mudflats. Aquatic Conservation View at journal website (DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2938)
Burns F., Eaton M.A., Hayhow D.B., Outhwaite C.L., Fulaijd N.A, August T.A., Boughey KA., Brereton t., Brown A., Bullock D.J., Gent T., Haysome K.A., Isaac J.B., Johns D.G, Macadam C.R., Mathew F., Noblen D.G., Powney G.D., Simsop D.W., Smart S.M., Stroh, P. Walker K.J., Webb J.R., Webbs T.J., Gregory R.D. 2018. An assessment of the state of nature in the United Kingdom: A review of findings, methods and impact. Ecological Indicators 94 (part 1) : 226-236 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.06.033)

Other publications

Griesser, M., Mourocq, E., Barnaby, J., Bowgen, K. M., Eggers, S., Fletcher, K., Kozma, R., Kurz, F., Laurila, A., Nystrand, M., Sorato, E., Ekman, J. 2017. Experience buffers extrinsic mortality in a group-living bird species. Oikos (doi: 10.1111/oik.04098).

Kentie, R., Bowgen, K. M., Loghry, J. P. 2016. Wading through Literature. Wader Study 123 (3): 255-256.

Cartwright, S. J., Bowgen, K. M., Collop, C, Hyder, K., Nabe-Nielsen, J., Stafford, R, Stillman, R.A., Thorpe, R.B., Sibly, R.M. 2016. Communicating complex ecological models to nonscientist end users. Ecological Modelling 338: 51-59.

Bowgen, K. M., Stillman, R. A., Herbert, R. J. H. (2015) Predicting the effect of invertebrate regime shifts on wading birds: Insights from Poole Harbour, UK. Biological Conservation 186: 60-68.

Liu, Y., Webber, S., Bowgen, K., Schmaltz, L., Bradley, K., Halvarsson, P., Abdelgadir, M. & Griesser, M. 2013. Environmental factors influence both abundance and genetic diversity in a widespread bird species. Ecology and Evolution 3 (14), 4683-4695.

Griesser M., Ma Q., Webber S., Bowgen K., Sumpter DJT. 2011. Understanding animal groupsize distributions PLoS ONE 6 (8): e23438.