Dr Elizabeth Preston

BA Oxf, MRes PhD Exeter


Dr Beth Preston is a Stipendiary Lecturer at St Hilda's and Worcester Colleges, and holds a research position with the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme in the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. She teaches Diversity of Life, and Ecology and Evolution to first year undergraduates, and topics related to ecology, evolution, animal behaviour and statistics to second year undergraduates.


Dr Preston studied Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford, and then a Master’s by Research in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Southampton. She went on to complete a PhD at the University of Exeter with Professor Michael Cant studying intergroup conflict in banded mongooses. She subsequently came back to Oxford to join the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme.

Dr Preston's research currently investigates long-term population dynamics in the Ethiopian wolf, in relation to disease outbreaks of rabies and distemper. She is also investigating the use of social network analysis in wildlife conservation, using the Ethiopian wolf as a case study to address questions around disease transmission, reproductive success and conservation translocations.


Preston, E., Thompson, F., Ellis, S., Kyabulima, S., Croft, D. & Cant, M. (2020) Network‐level consequences of outgroup threats in banded mongooses: Grooming and aggression between the sexes. J Anim Ecol.; 90: 153– 167. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13323

Preston, E., Johnson, J., MacDonald, D. & Loveridge, A. (2019) Hunting success of lions affected by the moon’s phase in a wooded habitat. African Journal of Ecology; 57:586–594. https://doi.org/10.1111/aje.12624

Davidson, Z., Dupuis-Desormeaux, M., Dheer, A., Pratt, L., Preston, E., Gilicho, S., Mwololo, M., Chege, G., MacDonald, S. & Doncaster, P. (2019) Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul: Managing Threatened Predators of Endangered, Declining Prey Species. PeerJ.

Green, P., Preston, E., Nichol, M., Croft, D., Thompson, F. & Cant, M. (In press – Ethology) Testing the conflict-cohesion hypothesis: metrics of social cohesion during simulated territorial intrusions in banded mongooses (Mungos mungo). DOI: 10.1111/eth.13204