Stephanie Tyler

Stephanie (Steph) Tyler is a British ornithologist, zoologist, naturalist, conservationist, and author from Monmouthshire. She is particularly known for her work on Dippers and the preservation of river habitats.[1]

Stephanie Tyler

Born
Academic background
EducationUniversity of Cambridge (B.A., PhD)
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
ThesisFree-range ponies in the New Forest
Doctoral advisorRobert Hinde
Academic work
DisciplineZoology

CareerEdit

Tyler gained her PhD in Zoology at University of Cambridge, where she also met and married Lyndsay Tyler, a veterinarian. Tyler's doctoral thesis was on the free-range ponies in the New Forest.[2] Following her marriage, Tyler moved with her family to Wiltshire where she conducted a study of the area's Grey Wagtails and became the most prolific female British bird ringer.[3][4] The Tyler family moved first to the United Arab Emirates and then to Ethiopia in 1973.[5]

In Ethiopia Tyler continued her work on bird ringing and made monthly contributions to the newsletter of the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society. Tyler also provided articles and illustrations for the conservation journal Agazen, which was used in around 2,000 schools in Ethiopia.[5] The Tylers also led natural history tours of the area. Tyler also returned to her work on Wagtails funded by the British Ornithological Union and investigated ecological factors that affected the distribution of both local and migratory birds in Ethiopia.[5]

From May 1976, Tyler, together with her husband and two children, were held captive for 8 months by rebels in Tigray. Despite considerable hardship, Tyler continued to make observations of local bird-life and has credited her ornithological skills with helping her family to cope with captivity. Her observations were published in the Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club.[5][6]

On her return to the UK, Tyler and her family moved to Monmouthshire where Tyler worked for Gwent Wildlife Trust and then the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as the Conservation Officer for Wales. From the 1980s, Tyler was a committee member of Gwent Ornithological Society, regional representative for the British Trust for Ornithology, and joint plant recorder for Monmouthshire for the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.[7][8]

In the 1990s, Tyler spent five years in Botswana where she worked on nest card-filling for the new BirdLife Botswana.[9][10]

Tyler was a Trustee of the Welsh Ornithological Society for eight years (2008–2015)[7] and is currently the chair of the Monmouthshire Meadows Group.[11]

HonoursEdit

TV AppearancesEdit

  • Hugh's Wild West Episode 1 (Dipper observation and conservation)[6]
  • Hugh's Wild West Episode 6 (Moth trapping and study)[6]

PublicationsEdit

  • Tyler, Stephanie J. (1972) "Breeding Biology of the Grey Wagtail" Bird Study 19(2):69–80[12]
  • Tyler, Stephanie J. (1979) "Mortality and movements of Grey Wagtails" Ringing & Migration 2:3, 122–131[3]
  • Ormerod, Stephen J. & Tyler, Stephanie J. (1986) "The diet of Dippers Cinclus cinclus wintering in the catchment of the River Wye, Wales" Bird Study 33(1):36–45[13]
  • Co-Author The Gwent Atlas of Breeding Birds (Gwent Ornithological Society, 1987)
  • O'Halloran, J., Gribbin, S., Tyler, S., & Ormerod, S. (1990). The Ecology of Dippers Cinclus cinclus (L.) in Relation to Stream Acidity in Upland Wales: Time-Activity Budgets and Energy Expenditure. Oecologia, 85(2), 271–280[14]
  • Ormerod, S., O'Halloran, J., Gribbin, S., & Tyler, S. “The Ecology of Dippers Cinclus Cinclus in Relation to Stream Acidity in Upland Wales: Breeding Performance, Calcium Physiology and Nestling Growth.” Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 28, no. 2, 1991, pp. 419–433[15]
  • Ormerod, Stephen J. & Tyler, Stephanie J. (1993) "Further studies of the organochlorine content of Dipper Cinclus cinclus eggs: local differences between Welsh catchments" Bird Study 40(2):97–106[16]
  • Tyler, Stephanie J.; & Ormerod, Stephen J. (1994). The Dippers. Poyser: London. ISBN 0-85661-093-3
  • Tyler, S.J. (1994). "The Yungas of Argentina: in search of Rufous-throated Dippers Cinclus schulzi". Cotinga. 2: 38–41.
  • Tyler, Stephanie J. (1997) "First record of Basra Reed Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis in Botswana" Ostrich - Journal of African Ornithology 68(1):44–45
  • Tyler, Stephanie J. (1997) "Observations on the seasonal presence and moult of European Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus at a site in southeast Botswana" Ostrich - Journal of African Ornithology 68: 117–118
  • Tyler, S.J. & Borello, W.D. (1998) Birds of Gaborone area and where to find them (Botswana Bird Club)[17]
  • Tyler, Stephanie J & Tyler, Lindsay (2001) "Biometrics and moult data for nomadic Lark-like Buntings, Emberiza impetuani, in southeastern Botswana" Ostrich - Journal of African Ornithology 72(1):118-120[18]
  • Tyler, Stephanie (2004) "The breeding and population status of the African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris in Botswana" Ostrich - Journal of African Ornithology 75(4):329–332[19]
  • Scientific editor of Peter Hancock & Ingrid Weiersbye (2016) Birds of Botswana (Princeton University Press)[20]
  • Cumming, Graeme, Harebottle, Doug, Mundava, Josphine, Otieno, Nickson & Tyler, Stephanie (2016) "Timing and location of reproduction in African waterfowl: An overview of >100 years of nest records" Ecology and Evolution 6(3): 631-646[21]
  • Tyler, S. (2020). Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y., USA[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2015 – Dr Stephanie Tyler – WOS". Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  2. ^ Tyler, Stephanie J. (1972-01-01). "The Behaviour and Social Organization of the New Forest Ponies". Animal Behaviour Monographs. 5: 87–196. doi:10.1016/0003-3472(72)90003-6. ISSN 0066-1856.
  3. ^ a b Tyler, Stephanie J. (1979). "Mortality and movements of Grey Wagtails". Ringing & Migration. 2 (3): 122–131. doi:10.1080/03078698.1979.9673744. ISSN 0307-8698.
  4. ^ "Personalities. 11. Dr Stephanie Tyler". British Birds. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  5. ^ a b c d "Stephanie Tyler" (PDF). British Birds. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  6. ^ a b c "Hugh's Wild West - Episode guide - BBC Two". BBC. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  7. ^ a b c "Citation for Steph Tyler" (PDF). Welsh Ornithological Society. 2015. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  8. ^ "Points of contact: Monmouthshire | Contacts & Links | SEWBReC". www.sewbrec.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  9. ^ "Volunteer stories | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology". www.bto.org. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  10. ^ "History | BirdLife Botswana". www.birdlifebotswana.org.bw. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  11. ^ "About MMG". Monmouthshire Meadows. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  12. ^ Tyler, Stephanie J. (1972). "Breeding Biology of the Grey Wagtail". Bird Study. 19 (2): 69–80. doi:10.1080/00063657209476328. ISSN 0006-3657.
  13. ^ Ormerod, S. J.; Tyler, Stephanie J. (1986). "The diet of Dippers Cinclus cinclus wintering in the catchment of the River Wye, Wales". Bird Study. 33 (1): 36–45. doi:10.1080/00063658609476888. ISSN 0006-3657.
  14. ^ O'Halloran, J.; Gribbin, S. D.; Tyler, Stephanie J.; Ormerod, S. J. (1990). "The Ecology of Dippers Cinclus cinclus (L.) in Relation to Stream Acidity in Upland Wales: Time-Activity Budgets and Energy Expenditure". Oecologia. 85 (2): 271–280. doi:10.1007/BF00319413. ISSN 0029-8549. JSTOR 4219509. PMID 28312567. S2CID 13401661.
  15. ^ Ormerod, S. J.; O'Halloran, J.; Gribbin, S. D.; Tyler, Stephanie J. (1991). "The Ecology of Dippers Cinclus cinclus in Relation to Stream Acidity in Upland Wales: Breeding Performance, Calcium Physiology and Nestling Growth". The Journal of Applied Ecology. 28 (2): 419. doi:10.2307/2404559. JSTOR 2404559.
  16. ^ Ormerod, S. J.; Tyler, S. J. (1993). "Further studies of the organochlorine content of Dipper Cinclus cinclus eggs: local differences between Welsh catchments". Bird Study. 40 (2): 97–106. doi:10.1080/00063659309477134. ISSN 0006-3657.
  17. ^ abc_admin (2012-12-22). "Birds in the Gaborone area and where to find them". African Bird Club. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
  18. ^ Tyler, Stephanie J.; Tyler, Lindsay (2001). "Biometrics and moult data for nomadic Lark-like Buntings, Emberiza impetuani , in southeastern Botswana". Ostrich. 72 (1–2): 118–120. doi:10.2989/00306520109485297. ISSN 0030-6525. S2CID 86477323.
  19. ^ Tyler, Stephanie J (2004). "The breeding and population status of the African Skimmer Rynchops flavirostris in Botswana". Ostrich. 75 (4): 329–332. doi:10.2989/00306520409485465. ISSN 0030-6525. S2CID 83736467.
  20. ^ Hancock, Peter; Weiersbye, Ingrid (2016). Birds of Botswana. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-15717-7. JSTOR j.ctt15hvxr0.
  21. ^ Cumming, Graeme S.; Harebottle, Douglas M.; Mundava, Josphine; Otieno, Nickson; Tyler, Stephanie J. (2016). "Timing and location of reproduction in African waterfowl: an overview of >100 years of nest records". Ecology and Evolution. 6 (3): 631–646. doi:10.1002/ece3.1853. PMC 4739573. PMID 26865954.
  22. ^ Tyler, Stephanie (2020-03-04), Billerman, Shawn M.; Keeney, Brooke K.; Rodewald, Paul G.; Schulenberg, Thomas S. (eds.), "Gray Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea)", Birds of the World, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, doi:10.2173/bow.grywag.01, retrieved 2020-07-03