Jack Hooker

I joined the Bat Conservation Research Lab in January 2020 to undertake my postgraduate research program working alongside Dr Paul Lintott and Dr Emma Stone. Prior to joining the lab, I have worked for a number of years as an ecological consultant specialising in bat mitigation strategies, as well as working as a research assistant on studies with the University of Exeter and University of Oxford. My main areas of interest use applied research to directly inform practical and deliverable outcomes for biodiversity. This includes studies into the behavioural ecology of bats to inform conservation priorities especially in the field of human-wildlife conflicts, such as the interaction between bats and human built structures.

My current research focuses on understanding the impact of temporary landscape fragmentation on bats, as well as designing and assessing the effectiveness of strategies designed to maintain landscape connectivity during development projects. This PhD is part funded by National Grid and will use data collected as part of their Hinkley Point C Connection Infrastructure development to study methods to mitigate temporary fragmentation of bat commuting corridors in addition to modelling the local and landscape factors influencing their usage.