Viola is responsible for promoting BTO science. She also edits BTO News and helps to manage BTO social media.
PhD Pecking response in Lesser Black-backed Gull chicks Larus fuscus, Cardiff University 2009
Interests & Responsibilities
Viola has a strong interest in seabirds, their behaviour, ecology and life history adaptations. She holds a BTO C permit for bird ringing, and coordinates gull nest counting and colour ringing on Flat Holm Island SSSI (part of the Severn Estuary Ramsar and SPA). She worked as a Research Ecologist in the BTO's Wetland and Marine Team before being appointed to her current position. Aside from ornithology and communications, Viola is interested in policy, having worked in this field for the European Institutions in Brussels and the RSPB.
Recent BTO Publications
Ferns, P.N. & Ross-Smith, V.H. 2009. Function of coloured bill tips, stripes and spots in breeding gulls. Marine Ornithology 37: 85-92.