Dr Louise de Raad


Louise De Raad

Research Fellow
Behavioural and Spatial Ecology & Wildlife Management

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Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

I completed my BSc in Tropical Land Use and MSc in Tropical Nature Conversation at Wageningen University, in the Netherlands. During my dissertations I specialised in behavioural ecology using GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

During my post-graduate degree I worked as a field assistant on the Tsaobis Leopard Project in Namibia run by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). As part of my post-graduate degree I also worked for Conservation International (CI) in the Conservation Steward Program.

After my post-graduate degree, I successfully completed my PhD “Travel routes and spatial abilities in wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus)” at the Department of Anthropology (Evolutionary Anthropology Research Group) at Durham University under supervision of Prof Russell Hill. This PhD was funded through a Durham Doctoral Fellowship.

I worked as a Teaching Assistant at both Wageningen University and Durham University, which lead to my employment as a Teaching Fellow at Aberdeen University following the completion of my PhD. Here, I taught courses on animal behaviour, population ecology, GIS and wildlife management, as well as supervising a number of BSc and MSc student dissertations.

I originally joined Inverness College UHI in 2013 as Educational Technologist, due to my experience with Blackboard Learn (our current Virtual Learning Environment). I developed and delivered a PDA in E-learning to other staff members.

Since 2015 I have taken up a full-time research position within the Landscape, Forests and People Research Group, and I still teach GIS and Remote Sensing to students in the BSc Geography degree.

Research Interests

  • Wildlife and Forest Management
  • Behavioural Ecology
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Animal Behaviour

Current research projects

My main research project investigates at how red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) respond to habitat fragmentation, habitat loss and disturbance caused by forest operations. I am also looking at the potential of using artificial nest boxes as a mitigation measure on sensitive sites or during sensitive times of year. The project involved tagging squirrels with state-of-the-art GPS tracking equipment to track their movements before and after forest operations, in combination with daily radio-tracking. The fieldwork has now been completed and data analyses are underway to gain a better understanding of the relationship between forest practices and red squirrel ecology. The outcomes of this project will allow more effective integration of timber production and red squirrel conservation. This project is carried out in collaboration with Forest Enterprise Scotland.

5 October 2017: There is currently the opportunity of a MSc dissertation as part of this project. The dissertation would focus on the analysis of nest box data and could include some additional field work during the 2018 breeding season (for which funding would be available). If you are a MSc student in a relevant degree and are interested in this opportunity, please email a short cover letter and CV to Louise.de-raad.ic@uhi.ac.uk.


In addition to the above project, I work on migration tracks, staging areas and non-breeding areas of the Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) in collaboration with Dr Ron Summers.

Postgraduate Student Supervision

Stuart Bence (PhD Candidate): “Factors controlling the abundance of pine-tree lappet moth (Dendrolimus pini) in north-east Scotland” (expected submission in the summer of 2018)


De Raad, A.L. (2012) Travel Routes and Spatial Abilities in Wild Chacma Baboons (Papio ursinus), Dissertation, Durham University. Available at Durham E-Theses Online

Groen, T., van Langevelde, F., de Raad, A.L., van de Vijver, C, de Leeuw, J. and Prins, H. (2011). A continental analysis of correlations between tree patterns in African savannas and human and environmental variables. Journal of Arid Environments 74 (8) pp: 724-733.