Christopher Nichols BSc, MSc

PhD Candidate

Email: christopher.nichols@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5600
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5696
Fax: +44 (0)1420 23653

Address:
Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Farnham
Surrey GU10 4LH
UK

Christopher Nichols studied Biological Sciences at the University of Birmingham in 2008 specialising in Zoology, before studying Ecology, Evolution and Conservation in 2011 at Imperial College, London. Christopher joined Forest Research in 2012 to conduct a PhD with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, on bark stripping behaviour by grey squirrels in British woodlands. 

Current role

PhD Candidate in Forest ecology and invasive species

Current programmes

Royal Veterinary College (RVC) University of London & Forest Research
PhD Forest ecology and invasive species
Thesis: The role of calcium in bark stripping behaviour by the grey squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis.
Supervisors: Dr Nigel Goode, Dr Robin Gill & Dr Julian Drewe
This aim of this PhD is to investigate causal motivators for bark stripping behaviour in the grey squirrel, with the working hypothesis that squirrels strip bark off trees to ameliorate a seasonal calcium deficiency. BBSRC funded.

Professional memberships

  • British Ecological Society
  • The Mammal Society
  • European Calcified Tissue Society

Other affiliations and responsibilities

Enrolled with the Royal Veterinary College, University of London

Current Publications

Nichols, C. P., Drewe, J. A., Gill, R., Goode, N., Gregory, N., 2016, A novel causal mechanism for grey squirrel bark stripping: The Calcium Hypothesis: Forest Ecology and Management, v. 367, p. 12-20.

Nichols, C., 2015, Could your woodland help us discover why grey squirrels damage trees?: Quarterly Journal of Forestry, v. 109(2) p. 94-96.

Nichols, C. P. & Gill, R., In press, Bark stripping behaviour by the grey squirrel Sciurus carolinensis, In: Shuttleworth, C., Lurz, P., & Gurnell, J. eds. The Grey Squirrel: Ecology & Management of an Invasive Species in Europe. European Squirrel Initiative  

Conference presentations

  • Poster Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Dec 2015 
  • “Science slam” Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh, Dec 2015 
  • Poster Presentation: Mammal Society 61st Spring Conference, Lancaster, March 2015 (Winner of the prize for best student poster)
  • Poster Presentation: Endocrine Society’s 97th Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, March 2015
  • Poster Presentation: Royal Veterinary College Annual Postgraduate Day, London, 2013