Areas of Expertise

  • Carnivore Ecology and Conservation
  • Wildlife Disease
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecological Montoring
  • British Wildlife
  • Freshwater Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Predator diet
  • Bat Ecology
  • Ecosystem Service Concept
  • Pollinators and pollination services
  • Otter Ecology

Publications

  1. & The ecological determinants of baboon troop movements at local and continental scales. Movement Ecology 3(1)
  2. & Distribution of Angiostrongylus vasorum and its gastropod intermediate hosts along the rural–urban gradient in two cities in the United Kingdom, using real time PCR. Parasites & Vectors 9(1)
  3. & Predation of newts (Salamandridae, Pleurodelinae) by Eurasian otters Lutra lutra (Linnaeus). The Herpetological Bulletin 132, 9-14.
  4. & Increased prevalence and geographic spread of the cardiopulmonary nematode Angiostrongylus vasorum in fox populations in Great Britain. Parasitology 142(09), 1190-1195.
  5. & Silver spoons in the rough: can environmental enrichment improve survival of hatchery Atlantic salmonSalmo salarin the wild?. Journal of Fish Biology 85(6), 1972-1991.

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Teaching

  • BIL300 Literature Review Module

    This module is an alternative for students that are unable to attend the Biology, Zoology or Marine Biology field courses. Students will be supplied with data to analyse and directed to research and investigate relevant habitats that emulate those studied on the field course.

  • BIO000 Foundation Biology

    This module will provide the learner with a detailed and holistic overview of life on earth and includes a range of subject matter including evolution, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as behaviour, ecology and conservation. The module is supported by two practicals that aim to build core skills required within the field of biology including identification skills, field based sampling, and numerical skills.

  • BIO234 Animal behaviour in conservation and welfare

    This module assesses the role of animal behaviour in driving and understanding conservation and welfare policy. Students will be introduced to the concept of conservation biology and biodiversity and the current status of species. Specific aspects of conversational concern, such as fragmentation, degradation, over-exploitation, invasive species, in situ and ex situ are introduced and examples are provided of how behavioural studies and knowledge of animal behaviour can, and have been used within conservation. The use and role of animal behaviour in laboratory animal's welfare is also introduced. Furthermore students are also introduced to the domestication process and how to effectively manage animals for cultivation.

  • BIO249 Introduction to field ecology

    This residential field course comprises practical work employing techniques appropriate to sample biodiversity and environmental parameters from a range of terrestrial and freshwater habitats (woodlands, grasslands, freshwater systems). Students will learn techniques for the identification of species, practice recording accurate field notes, and gain experience in the analysis and presentation of ecological data. Furthermore students will be able to recognise different temperate habitats and the indicator species associated with them.

  • BIO316 Mammalian Carnivore Ecology and Conservation

    This course aims to explore the ecology and conservation of one of the most fascinating and iconic groups of extant animals. The charismatic appeal of most mammalian carnivores often overshadows their evolutionary significance and ecological importance. The course covers a wide variety of topics including predator-prey ecology, evolution of the modern mammalian carnivores, social and foraging behaviours, and disease. The module will also discuss the threats currently facing this group, and the global and local strategies that are attempting to halt the decline of many species.

  • BIO328 Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases

    The purpose of this module is to provide the learner with a detailed understanding and overview of notable infectious diseases with an emphasis on zoonoses. Diseases covered in this module may include Lyme disease,Toxoplasmosis, influenza, echinococcosis/Hydatid, Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Cryptosporidiosis and Rabies. Case studies will be used to illustrate key principles of disease epidemiology, pathogen detection,surveillance, risk assessment and control strategies in an applied context. This module would be of particular interest and utility for those learners who wish to pursue a career / further research in parasitological, medical and veterinary subjects

  • BIO331 Professional Techniques in Ecology, conservation and Resource Management

    This field based module will introduce students to the professional techniques utilised to monitor and study animals and plants in a variety of terrestrial habitat types and in relation to conservation management and biodiversity monitoring in the United Kingdom. The course places a strong emphasis on ecological census techniques and basic classification and taxonomy. Students will learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that define different UK habitats and be introduced to the natural history of Wales. This module is suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in ecological consultancy or conservation.

  • BIOM32 Ecosystems: Ecology, Conservation & Resource Management

    In this module, the students will learn to identify and understand the diversity and contrasting characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems with an emphasis on the origin and effects of various human-induced environmental impacts.

Supervision

  • Assessment of Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) removal from riparian zones and its impact on intra-river biodiversity and habitat quality: Implications for catchment level best management practices. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mike Fowler
    Other supervisor: Dr Laura Roberts
  • Semi-natural grassland habitats as a source of pollinating insects to the wider countryside. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Penny Neyland
    Other supervisor: Dr Geoff Proffitt
  • A slippery subject: what can otter diet tell us about eel populations?'' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • 'A comparison of two popular pollinator planting initiatives and associated insect pollinator species diversity and abundance within major urban areas of South Wales' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • 'American mink (Neovision vision) diet in the UK and Ireland and an intra-guild assessment of carnivore diet at a site containing water voles (Arvicola amphibius)' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Penny Neyland
  • 'The feeding and movement ecology of yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus) in a primate rich habitat: the Issa valley of western Tanzania' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • 'The ecology and distribution of migrant and resident shorebirds within a Site of Special Scientific Interest in Swansea Bay' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Geoff Proffitt
  • 'A baseline ecological assessment of macro-invertebrate biodiversity and water quality at the rivers Garw and Ogmore, Bridgend, at the beginning of large scale forestry clearance.' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Ian Horsfall
  • Factors affecting the distribution of the brown hare (Lepus europaeus) on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Brain
  • 'Churchyards and cemeteries as a refuge for biodiversity in urbanised areas: habitats, plant and invertebrate diversity, and management' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Hipkin
  • TERRITORIALITY IN DRAGONFLIES AT THE NATIONAL WETLANDS CENTRE WALES (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Brain
  • Habitat, demography, home range and diet of the water vole (Arvicola terrestris) : Patch use in a non-linear wetland landscape (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Hipkin
  • Analyses of the Eurasion Otter (Lutra lutra L.) in South Wales: Diet, distribution and an Assessment of Techniques (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Brain
  • Improving the survival and fitness of hatchery-reared salmonids in restoration programmes (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Strategies for efficient foraging in a deep-diving bird: the imperial shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) (awarded 2009)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • The ecology and behaviour of the Humpback whale , Megaptera novaengliae, as determined from its surface behaviour (awarded 2008)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Brain
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter Hayward