David Hope

Quantitative shorebird biologist.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in behavioural ecology and conservation biology. I have a strong statistical background, but fieldwork really is the carrot that drives me forward. I have worked with various study species including western and semipalmated sandpipers,dunlins, raccoons, deer mice, black bears, blue and great tits, and reindeer.

Current Research


Currently, population status migrating shorebird species are determined through laborious counts that provide unreliable population trends only after many years of work. I explored the role that behavioural variation to changing conditions can play in shaping the counts of shorebirds on migration. You can learn more about this project at the project webpage


Email is usually the best way to contact me, but I'm more excited when I get a tweet