Dr Emily Shepard
Associate Professor
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 604001
Room: Academic Office - 132
First Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

I am interested in the mechanisms underlying animal movement and distributions, in particular, the movement of flying animals. The costs of flight are modulated by the physical environment, namely the weather, the landscape and the nature of the interactions between them. I use animal-attached technology to investigate how these factors affect the costs and patterns of avian movement and combine this with models to explore the ecological consequences of movement. Animal-attached loggers can now provide us with unprecedented information about wild animal behaviour, including its flexibility and costs, and I believe these data can play a vital role in the formulation of strategies for effective species-based conservation.

Tel: +44 (0)1792 604001

Areas of Expertise

  • Movement ecology
  • Biotelemetry
  • Flight
  • Aeroecology
  • Energetics

Publications

  1. & The Ornithodolite as a tool to quantify animal space use and habitat selection; a case study with birds diving in tidal waters. Integrative Zoology
  2. & Identification of animal movement patterns using tri-axial magnetometry. Movement Ecology 5(1)
  3. & Boldness traits, not dominance, predict exploratory flight range and homing behaviour in homing pigeons. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 372(1727), 20160234
  4. & The energy landscape predicts flight height and wind turbine collision hazard in three species of large soaring raptor. Journal of Applied Ecology
  5. & Fine-scale flight strategies of gulls in urban airflows indicate risk and reward in city living. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371(1704), 20150394

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Supervision

  • 'The foraging ecology of red-tailed tropicbirds' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • Characterizing the aerial habitat for bird flight. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • A new perspective on angling; smart tag monitoring of angler and fish behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • Camouflage during pursuit (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr William Allen
  • The genetic basis of disease resistance in wild and farmed fish populations under the pressures of inbreeding (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo
  • Novel methods for early detection and monitoring of target Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo
  • How does the weather influence bird flight energy expenditure? Disentangling habitat, behaviour and flight style. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • A reef in motion; space-time-species interactions in a coral-based community (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • Pathways of Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species (AIS) in freshwater ecosystems. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Sofia Consuegra Del Olmo
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Towards a predicitive framework for assessing physical tag detriment in birds (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • 'Life in the slow lane: The sloth niche, divine or dangerous?' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • 'An investigation into a new metric for stress' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • 'Can vulture distributions be predicted according to their body size, and the environmental parameters they currently operate in?' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • 'Understanding baboon behavioural ecology in a human altered landscape' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • 'Soaring behaviour in A Social Scavenger: Insights from Bio-logging' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • 'AUKWARD LANDINGS: How do flight characteristics and wind conditions affect nest site selection of auks?' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson

Key Grants and Projects

Research Groups

  • Swansea Lab for Animal Movement

    We research animal movement in its broadest sense, using individual-based approaches to examine the role of the environment in structuring the properties of animal movements and ultimately, distributions. We specialise in obtaining data using novel technologies which allow us to access information from particularly intractable species.