Dr Ellie Devenish-Nelson

Visiting Lecturer, Visiting Research Associate

My background is in ecological research in the tropics and the UK, with a focus on quantitative ecology and threatened species ecology. My work focuses on integrating theoretical and empirical approaches, using long-term ecological data to bring new insights into patterns and processes for wildlife conservation and management decision-making. 

Overview

I have over 10 years of experience working extensively on a range of ecological projects in the tropics, including on threatened species population dynamics in Trinidad and Tobago. Most recently, I worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Chester, modelling climate change impacts on dry forest habitats in Grenada. In the UK, I have previously worked on questions on mammalian ecology, including for my PhD on the spread of sarcoptic mange in red fox populations, and the consequences of mange for population dynamics and disease management. I completed my PhD at Durham University, and previously studied for an MSc in Conservation at University College London and a BSc in Zoology at the University of Leeds.

Teaching

At Chester, I have taught population ecology, behavioural ecology, work-based learning and supervised dissertation students. I also have experience teaching conservation and sustainable use of natural resources.

Research

My current research includes using population modelling to gain insight into the long-term dynamics of both threatened and common species and to predict how species respond to climate change. 

Please see my ResearchGate profile or email me to find out more.



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Published work

Devenish-Nelson, E. S., Richards, S. A., Harris, S., Soulsbury, C. D., & Stephens, P. A. (2014). Demonstrating frequency-dependent transmission of sarcoptic mange in red foxes. Biology Letters. 10(10): 20140524.

Bhagratty, H., Taylor, K., Lawrence, A., Devenish-Nelson, E.S. and Nelson, H.P. (2013). Population density of silky anteaters (Cyclopes didactylus Xenarthra: Cyclopedidae) in a protected mangrove swamp on the island of Trinidad. Mammalia. 77(4): 447–45.

Devenish-Nelson, E. S., Stephens, P. A., Harris, S., Soulsbury, C. D., & Richards, S. A. (2013). Does litter size variation affect models of terrestrial carnivore extinction risk and management? PLoS ONE. 8(2): e58060.

Devenish-Nelson, E. S., Harris, S., Soulsbury, C. D., Richards, S. A., & Stephens, P. A. (2013) Demography of a carnivore, the red fox, Vulpes vulpes: what have we learnt from 70 years of published studies? Oikos. 122 (5): 705-716. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20706.x.

Devenish-Nelson, E. S., Harris, S., Soulsbury, C. D., Richards, S. A., & Stephens, P. A. (2010) Uncertainty in population growth rates: determining confidence intervals from point estimates of parameters. PLoS ONE. 5(10): e13628. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013628.