Sophia C Cooke

Sophia C Cooke
University of Cambridge | Cam · King's College

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Research Associate at King's College, Cambridge, studying possibilities of Sustainable Development Goal achievement in Galapagos. Primary interests include sustainable development and invasive species.
Additional affiliations
June 2020 - present
University of Cambridge
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
October 2015 - May 2020
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Wildlife conservation (Impacts of roads on birds)
September 2013 - June 2014
University of Reading
Field of study
  • Wildlife Conservation
October 2009 - June 2012
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Natural Sciences

Publications

Publications (14)
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The study of island subspecies provides excellent “natural experiments” for examining the impacts of different selective regimes on animal taxa. We examined the morphological differences between the Hawaiian and continental North American subspecies of the Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata sandvicensis and G. g. cachinnans, respectively), for whi...
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Roads and their traffic can affect wildlife over large areas and, in regions with dense road networks, may influence a high proportion of the ecological landscape. We assess the abundance of 75 bird species in relation to roads across Great Britain. Of these, 77% vary significantly in abundance with increasing road exposure, just over half negative...
Thesis
Roads and their traffic are known to affect bird species at both individual and population levels. Collisions with vehicles can cause direct mortality, and noise, light and chemical pollution can have sub-lethal impacts. Additionally, roads can cause habitat degradation, fragmentation and edge effects. However, thus far, the published literature on...
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The global road network, currently over 45 million lane‐km in length, is expected to reach 70 million lane‐km by 2050, while the number of vehicles utilizing it is expected to double. Roads have been shown to affect a range of wildlife, including birds, but most studies have been relatively small scale. We use data from across Great Britain to anal...
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The dangers posed by invasive species for endemic island wildlife are well recognised. Introduced domestic cats (Felis catus) represent a significant threat to several endemic species of the Galápagos archipelago—including hatchling marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) and potentially green turtles (Chelonia mydas)—yet little is known about the...
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The introduced smooth-billed ani Crotophaga ani has become widespread across the Galápagos archipelago in the past half-century. It is known to predate upon a range of native and endemic species, and is a potential vector for the spread of invasive plants and parasites. Here we report previously undocumented examples of smooth-billed ani predation...
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Conservation science is a crisis-oriented discipline focused on reducing human impacts on nature. To explore how the field has changed over the past two decades, we analyzed 3245 applications for oral presentations submitted to the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) in Cambridge, UK. SCCS has been running every year since 2000, aims...
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Conservation science is a crisis-oriented discipline focused on delivering robust answers to reducing human impacts on nature. To explore how the field might have changed during the past two decades, we analyzed 3,245 applications for oral presentations submitted to the Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) in Cambridge, UK. SCCS has be...
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Road ecology, the study of the impacts of roads and their traffic on wildlife, including birds, is a rapidly growing field, with research showing effects on local avian population densities up to several kilometres from a road. However, in most studies, the effects of roads on the detectability of birds by surveyors are not accounted for. This coul...
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The smooth-billed ani (Crotophaga ani) is a widespread introduced bird species in the biologically important archipelago of Galápagos. Many scientists and local people consider it to be a damaging invasive, and it is possible that it impacts native species and ecosystems via multiple mechanisms. However, evidence for this is largely anecdotal and r...
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Galápagos is one of the most pristine archipelagos in the world and its conservation relies upon research and sensible management. In recent decades both the interest in, and the needs of, the islands have increased, yet the funds and capacity for necessary research have remained limited. It has become, therefore, increasingly important to identify...
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Galápagos is one of the most pristine archipelagos in the world and its conservation relies upon research and sensible management. In recent decades both the interest in, and the needs of, the Islands have increased, yet the funds and capacity for necessary research have remained limited. It has become, therefore, increasingly important to identify...
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Galápagos is one of the most pristine archipelagos in the world and its conservation relies upon research and sensible management. In recent decades both the interest in, and the needs of, the islands have increased, yet the funds and capacity for necessary research have remained limited. It has become, therefore, increasingly important to identify...

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Projects (4)
Project
To promote and facilitate collaboration and coordination between policy-makers, researchers and the community in Galapagos to achieve the 2030 SDG Agenda.
Project
To analyse the impact Smooth-billed Anis are having on native and endemic species in Galapagos.
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To quantify the proportion of declines in British bird populations that can be attributed to increased density of, and traffic levels on, our road network.