Esther Kettel leads important ecological research at NTU

Esther Kettel leads important ecological research at NTU

 April 18, 2023

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At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), research is more about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. The leading university is bringing together the brightest minds to re-imagine research and find the answers to the questions that really matter.

And, these brightest minds of course include many talented women whose important research is often quoted in the media.

Meet Esther Kettel, a Senior Lecturer at NTU's School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences. With research focused on ecology and conservation of birds and mammals, Esther penned a fascinating article for The Conversation in defense of vultures. A species that is often an easy target for fear and loathing, Esther suggests why they should be celebrated, rather than dreaded. "They are more than harbingers of death. They are a symbol of hope and luck in places from Ghana to Chile to Tibet, and, if we let them, they can warn of environmental change and illegal activities," says Esther.

Read the full article to learn more about Esther's research expertise at NTU.

An active researcher with ecology interest 

NTU researcher

Esther is an active researcher, with interests in avian and mammalian ecology and conservation. Esther is particularly interested in assessing the impact of changing landscapes on population trends and human-wildlife conflicts.

Studying at Nottingham Trent University

Esther gained a first-class honors degree in Wildlife Conservation from Nottingham Trent University, an MRes in Conservation Biology from the University of Nottingham, and a PhD in Ecology from Nottingham Trent University.

Previous career experience in ornithology

Before joining NTU as a Lecturer, Esther worked as a Research Ecologist with the British Trust for Ornithology where she worked on a range of projects related to bird populations.

Esther has also worked with the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and People's Trust for Endangered Species, conducting riparian mammal research across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Esther has also worked as a Freelance Ecological Consultant, carrying out bird, bat, amphibian and reptile surveys.

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