William Gough

William Gough


Academic Qualifications

Zoology (BSc) – Aberystwyth University

  • Thesis title – ‘The distribution of the froghopper Cercopis vulnerata under climate change, assessing its future role as a potential vector for the plant bacterium Xylella fastidiosa in new home ranges’

Taxonomy, Biodiversity & Evolution (MSc) – Imperial College London

  • Thesis title – ‘Modelling habitat suitability for the Critically Endangered Manumea or Tooth-Billed Pigeon (Didunculus strigirostris) using past and present baselines’


Relevant Work Experience

  • RSPB – Ringed Plover Field Officer
  • Nottingham Trent University – Research Assistant
  • Aspect Ecology – Field Ecologist
  • Operation Wallacea – Lead Ornithologist
  • RSPB Volunteer since December 2021

William Gough

PhD title: "From landscape to soundscape: what drives spatial variation in natural soundscape characteristics?"

This project will employ a novel framework for the large-scale reconstruction and acoustic analysis of natural soundscapes to examine the relationships between landscape structure and land-use, avian community composition and soundscape characteristics. The student will combine long-term UK Breeding Bird Survey and Bird Atlas data with recordings of individual species to reconstruct avian soundscapes for specific habitats, seasons and years. This data will be supported by the targeted deployment of Passive Acoustic Monitoring units.

Other information

Volunteering experience:

RSPB on their Twite Recovery Project

Norfolk & Norwich Bat Group