Kirsty is a Professor in Conservation Ecology within Biological & Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling.
After a BSc at Leeds University she went on to study bat ecology for a PhD at Bristol University.
Her research is concerned with the effects of human activity on biodiversity and how best to manage this, focussing on animal ecology and conservation in managed environments (e.g. urban, agriculture, forestry). She is interested in addressing questions such as: What measures can we use to improve agricultural landscapes for wildlife? How can we make plantation forests work for timber and wildlife? How do we prioritise conservation efforts to restore functioning ecological networks?.