Lynda Donaldson

Lynda Donaldson

Research supervision

Dr Ilya Maclean and Dr Rob Wilson

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Lynda Donaldson


I am a PhD student within the Bioscience department, working with Dr Ilya Maclean and Dr Rob Wilson on the conservation and ecology of wetland birds in Africa. My research explores the regional configuration of papyrus swamps in Uganda; this is a naturally fragmented habitat which hosts a unique and threatened biodiversity and provides important goods and services for millions of people. The project will enhance our understanding of how birds respond to habitat loss and fragmentation, and ensure that conservation resources are targeted effectively in the region, sustaining regional populations of birds with consideration for the livelihoods of people.   

Research interests

  • Avian ecology
  • Wetland conservation
  • Applied ecology
  • Biodiversity conservation and human livelihoods
  • Wildlife management
  • Human-wildlife conflict


2011 MSc Conservation & Biodiversity (University of Exeter)
2006 BSc Zoology (University of Glasgow)


2012-2013 Research Assistant, BirdLife International, Cambridge
2012  Field Surveyor, Thomson Ecology, Argyll & Bute 
2012 Field Assistant, Sparrow Weaver Project, Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
2009-2010 Information Officer, RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Renfrewshire
2007-2008 Science Communicator, Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow