Professor
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 513112
Room: Academic Office - 137
First Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Movement ecology
  • Population ecology
  • Community ecology
  • statistics
  • spatial ecology
  • Agroecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Applied ecology
  • roe deer
  • animal movements
  • habitat use
  • home range
  • biodiversity

Publications

  1. & Declining home range area predicts reduced late-life survival in two wild ungulate populations. Ecology Letters 21(7), 1001-1009.
  2. & Net displacement and temporal scaling: Model fitting, interpretation and implementation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  3. & Socially informed dispersal in a territorial cooperative breeder. Journal of Animal Ecology
  4. & Modelling and Projecting the Response of Local Terrestrial Biodiversity Worldwide to Land Use and Related Pressures: The PREDICTS Project. In Next Generation Biomonitoring: Part 1. -241). Academic Press.
  5. & Challenges With Inferring How Land-Use Affects Terrestrial Biodiversity: Study Design, Time, Space and Synthesis. In Next Generation Biomonitoring: Part 1. (pp. 163-199). Academic Press.

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Teaching

  • BIB700 Trends in Biosciences

    In this module you will discover what it takes to be a research scientist and discuss world-leading research with biologists from Universities and research institutes from all over the UK and further afield. You will attend our Biosciences seminar series, generally held every second Thursday, as well as a series of journal clubs and more informal talks, held on the Thursdays in between the biweekly seminars. Following each seminar there will be a group workshop with the speakers where you will to learn to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline, and gain a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in Biosciences. For a selection of seminars, you will summarise the research highlights (3 to 5 bullet points, maximum 85 characters) and write an abstract on the research (max 300 words). You will also produce brief, webinar-style presentations and blogs for Swansea BioTalks, the blog for our seminar and journal club series at the Department of Biosciences. These tasks will allow you to fine-tune your communication skills and increase your depth of understanding of the latest research in Biosciences.

  • BIO252 Ecological Data Analysis

    This module introduces students to the basics of analyzing ecological data, using the R Software Environment for Statistical Computing. The topics covered will be also broad enough to be equally applicable to basic data analysis across biology. Students will receive 7 computer-based workshops/practicals, complemented by 7 lectures before each workshop. Furthermore, a weekly drop-in stats help session will be provided, as well as help through a course Facebook page. The module will cover 5 key themes: 1). Data analysis and statistics, reproducibility and the R Software Environment; 2). Data management; 3). Data visualization; 4). Data analysis - The general linear model; 5). Data analysis - Presentation of results and outline of more advanced methods. The module will be subject to continuous assessment consisting of 6 pieces of computer-based work (70% of final mark), which will require the students to carefully complete all course work assigned on a weekly basis ('independent learning'), in order to be able to complete the assignments. A further 30% of the final mark will consist in a data analysis report, to be completed after the end of the course. Weekly readings and non-assessed computer-based exercises will be assigned, too.

Supervision

  • Habitat selection and movement energetics of giant tortoises on Round Island, Mauritius. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • How does the weather influence bird flight energy expenditure? Disentangling habitat, behaviour and flight style. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • The population structure and distribution of zebra shark in the Mozambique channel (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • Predicts and Compadre – Quantifying plant responses to land use change through demographic attributes (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Cynthia Froyd
  • The role of polymorphism, mutation and trade-offs in spreading speeds of biological invasions (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Elaine Crooks
  • Working title; 'Determinants of fine-scale movements in the trajectories of Magellanic penguins Spheniscus magellanicus navigating between their nests and the sea' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • Advanced Telemetry and Bio-logging for Investigating Grey Seal Interactions with Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) Installations. (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • Alpine ungulates movement (ALPEN): Quantification of spatiotemporal environmental energetics and social interaction. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • Linking plant demography, ecological dynamics and population genetics across space and time. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • ''Behaviour, energetics and movement through biologging in the Canidae'' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • 'Ecological engineers on the move: Identifying the environmental factors controlling the movement and dispersal of the Aldabra tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) on Round Island, Mauritius.' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • 'The movement and space-use of grey seals, Halichoerus grypus, in the Pembrokeshire Marine SAC (awarded 2018)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    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: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'The role of PCBs on parasitism in harbour porpoise using UK strandings data' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • 'Dynamic ungulates and the use of accelerometry to define movement patterns' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson
  • 'Ecological proxies in a half shell: What dictates the movement of ecological analogue, Aldabra Tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea) on Round Island, Mauritius' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Rory Wilson