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

  • 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
  • COMPADRE PREDICTS: the role of demographic traits in mediating plant population response to the effects of local land use. (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