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. & Impact of changing wind conditions on foraging and incubation success in male and female wandering albatrosses. Journal of Animal Ecology
  2. & Contrasting movement strategies among juvenile albatrosses and petrels. Scientific Reports
  3. & ‘You shall not pass!’: quantifying barrier permeability and proximity avoidance by animals. Journal of Animal Ecology 85(1), 43-53.
  4. & Global patterns of terrestrial assemblage turnover within and among land uses. Ecography
  5. EDITORIAL: Stuck in motion? Reconnecting questions and tools in movement ecology. Journal of Animal Ecology 85(1), 5-10.

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Teaching

  • BIB214 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 most basic data analysis in biology. Students will receive 8 computer-based workshops/practicals, complemented by short introductory lectures to each workshop. These workshops will cover 5 key themes: 1). Scientific computing, reproducibility and the R Software Environment; 2). Data management; 3). Data visualization; 4). Data analysis - The general linear model; 5). Data analysis - Outline of more advanced methods. The module will be subject to continuous assessment consisting of 8 pieces of computer-based work, 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. There will also be a weekly 1 hour feedback session/lecture.

  • 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 at 1pm, 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 the 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.

  • BIO308 Movement ecology

    This module will examine why, how, where and when organisms move. The lectures will draw on first principles of animal movement in order to examine the costs and benefits of different movement strategies, and how they apply to organisms from aphids to eagles. While the module will refer to movement in a wide variety of animals, many strands of behavioural ecology have been developed using birds as model organisms, several themes therefore feature birds (both marine and terrestrial) more than other organisms. Movement will be examined over a range of spatial and temporal scales, as recorded using some of the very latest technologies.

  • BIO334 Advanced Data Analysis

    This module extends core knowledge of statistical computing to cover a range of more specialized topics of particular importance to the analysis of real world biological datasets, such as those collected for final year undergraduate research dissertations. We use the R software environment; building on experience of this gained during the core Second Year module, BIB214 – Ecological Data Analysis. Students will be guided through 5 computer-based workshops / practicals, including brief introductory lectures to each topic. Further help will be provided through a series of drop-in sessions and a dedicated module Facebook group. The workshops, and associated additional guidance, will cover 5 key themes: 1) Linear modelling refresher, 2) Generalised Linear Modelling A - Count data, 3) Generalised Linear Modelling B - Proportion data, 4) Non-parametric analysis, 5) Introduction to grouped data. The module will be subject to continuous assessment, consisting of 5 pieces of computer-based work, throughout the course. In addition, students will complete a coursework assignment after the course, where they will gain additional experience of analysis and interpreting biological data.

  • BIOM31 Term papers for Environmental Biology

    Students in this course will learn to identify scientific papers of relevance using literature databases, to appraise the results of scientific research and effectively extract information of relevance, and to present the results of a literature search in a clear and logical manner within a correctly structured essay format

  • BIOM33 Movement Ecology - Theory and Applications in Ecology and Conservation

    This module introduces students to the Movement Ecology Framework, a unified conceptual approach for analysing and modelling the movement of organisms, ranging from bacteria, to plants, to animals. Students will receive 10 lectures which introduce specific subject areas, combined with 10 computer-based practicals/workshops and six field-based practicals. The module is assessed by a combination of continuous assessments (40%) and weekly project work (60%), which replaces the end-of-year exam.

  • BIOM51 MRes Literature Reviews (Biosciences)

    Students in this course will learn to (1) identify scientific papers of relevance to their program of study using literature databases, (2) appraise the results of primary research and effectively extract and summarise scientific information, and (3) present the results of a literature search in a clear and logical manner within a correctly structured review format Assessment for this module is 100% through continuous assessment. This module requires the submission of two pieces of work of appropriate standard and according to the format of a peer-review publication. The topic of the first review will be given by the instructor and will be submitted before the end of term 1 (worth 40% of the mark), while the second term review (topic chosen by the student) will be submitted at the end of the term (worth 60% of the mark). There are no examinations for this module

Supervision

  • The role of PCBs on parasitism in harbour porpoise using UK strandings data (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • 'Title: A slippery subject: what can otter diet tell us about eel population trends?' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Forman
  • The role of phenology on grey seal pup production and survival (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • 'The impact of agricultural practice on two invertebrate predator taxa over multiple spatio-temporal scales' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • ''''Diel and seasonal occupancy dynamics of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in Swansea Bay using static acoustic data loggers (C-PODs)'''' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Hanna Nuuttila
  • Can vulture distributions be predicted by soaring conditions and body size? (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • The role of detection probability in understanding the population dynamics of grey seals. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • Nominal – Powering a life on vegetation (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Rory Wilson
  • Linking plant demography, ecological dynamics and population genetics across space and time. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • 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
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Elaine Crooks
  • Life in the slow lane: The sloth niche, divine or dangerous; a case study in Costa Rica. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Rory Wilson
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Life on the slow lane – tortoise movement ecology (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Rory Wilson
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown