Holding a joint position between the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology (Zoology Dept.) and the Institute of Human Sciences (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography), my research spans Ornithology and Ethno-ornithology. In ornithology, I study the ecology and evolution of woodland birds with a particular focus on ecological adaptation. In ethno-ornithology, which is defined as the study of the relationships between humans and birds, I am especially interested in what bird folk-names can teach us about human perceptions of birds that can be of value to nature conservation. I am also interested in the growing awareness of the relevance of religion for conservation. I co-edited the first book in ethno-ornithology, and with colleagues contributed a chapter that brings together the three areas of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Religion and Conservation in the second edition of Key Topics in Conservation Biology, published in 2013. I am collaborating with Birdlife International to set up a global database for ethno-ornithology: the Ethno-ornithology World Archive.
Dr Gosler's departmental webpage is as follows:
Department of Zoology