Oliver Leedham

Research Interests

I am interested in predator-prey interactions in a community ecology context, and the role of predators in ecosystem health and conservation ecology. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how predators shape the organisation and dynamics of ecological communities. As a member of the Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics Group, I investigate the ecological role of wolves in Yellowstone National Park. Following their reintroduction in 1995 and 1996, the wolves and their major prey species, elk and bison, have been closely monitored by our collaborators in the US. In the past 25 years, diverse and widespread ecological change has been recorded in Yellowstone. I use empirical analyses of population, demographic and GPS movement data to construct simulation models to explore the dynamics of the Yellowstone community, with a focus on social and demographic processes in wolves. In 2018, I graduated from the University of St Andrews with a BSc in Zoology. In my undergraduate research project, I used a temperature-logging live-trapping methodology to record the nocturnal activity of the Wood Mouse in the wild. I used these data to explore how mouse activity patterns relate to variation in environmental conditions over a range of time scales.

My work is supported by a Clarendon Scholarship.