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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Dr Finch is an ecologist / ornithologist with interests in avian population ecology, land-use, long-distance migration and conservation.

  • Conservation Scientist / PDRA, RSPB / University of Cambridge (June 2016 to date)
  • PhD, University of East Anglia (2012-2016)
  • MBiolSci, University of Sheffield (2007-2011)


I am interested in reconciling the (generally) competing interests of food production and biodiversity conservation. My current research project, a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the RSPB, explores this trade-off in the English lowlands. Specifically, we are comparing the consequences of different food production strategies (under the land sparing-sharing framework) for farmland bird populations, greenhouse gas emissions and human recreation.


Key publications: 


Finch, T et al. (2016) Insights into the migration of the European Roller from ring recoveries. Journal of Ornithology, doi: 10.1007/s10336-016-1374-y


Finch, T et al. (2015) A pan‐European, multipopulation assessment of migratory connectivity in a near‐threatened migrant bird. Diversity and Distributions21, 1051-1062, doi: 10.1111/ddi.12345


Finch T, Pearce-Higgins JW, Leech DI & Evans KL (2014) Carry-over effects from passage regions are more important than breeding climate in determining the breeding phenology and performance of three avian migrants of conservation concern. Biodiversity and Conservation23, 2427-2444 doi:10.1007/s10531-014-0731-5

Post Doctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology
Dr Tom  Finch

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