Associate Professor
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 295443
Room: Academic Office - 100
First Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

My research focusses on the impacts of stochastic environmental variability on population processes affecting ecological and evolutionary dynamics.

I combine analytical, simulation and statistical modelling approaches to investigate how different forms of environmental variation (spatial and/or temporal) drive changes in population size and behavioural decisions. Where possible, I also try to link these approaches to data from natural populations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex dynamics
  • environmental stochasticity
  • species–environment interactions
  • dispersal
  • species–species interactions.
  • coloured stochastic processes
  • synchrony
  • spatio-temporal dynamics
  • data analysis
  • quantitative approaches
  • Saltmarsh

Publications

  1. & The colour of environmental fluctuations associated with terrestrial animal population dynamics. Global Ecology and Biogeography
  2. & Meta-analysis reveals that fisheries co-management alters socio-economic outcomes and resource well-being. Marine Ecology Progress Series 600, 127-140.
  3. & Optimising physiochemical control of invasive Japanese knotweed. Biological Invasions 20, 2091-2105.
  4. & Natural enemy composition rather than richness determines pest suppression. BioControl
  5. & Boom-bust dynamics in biological invasions: towards an improved application of the concept. Ecology Letters 20(10), 1337-1350.

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Teaching

  • BIO109 Core Skills for Biological Sciences

    This module is divided into three sections, scientific writing, data analysis and chemistry, which will equip students with the core skills needed throughout their degree program. The content of the module includes understanding the different types of data that can be measured and collected, the tools to formally present and analyse data and data analyses, and practical applications of spreadsheet software. There is a 'hands on' focus on dealing with data and developing basic mathematical and statistical analytical skills. Furthermore this module introduces first year undergraduates to the key skill of scientific writing, developing their ability to locate, understand, evaluate and communicate scientific information. Basic chemistry will be covered as a foundation to its importance to biological processes.

  • BIOM25B Science Skills and Research Methods

    This intensive lecture and practical based module covers science skills for students wishing to pursue postgraduate studies, including MSc, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees. It will teach students how to make good use of library and internet resources (including Web of Science, Voyager and Blackboard), to design and analyse their experiments, and to make presentations of their data during conferences and symposia. It will provide PG students in the Department of Biosciences (and other Departments in the College of Science) with the research and analytical skills necessary to carry out their research projects. It will teach them how to formulate and test scientific hypotheses, and how to generate and analyse scientific results using a variety of research methods. Lecture topics include Reporting and Presentation skills, Numerical skills, Philosophy and Methodology of Science, and Biostatistics. The lectures are taught during the first part of the Semester. The module is examined through a combination of CA (50%) and Examination in the form of a MCQ test (50%). Basic reading: Whitlock, M. and Schluter, D. (2014) The Analysis of Biological Data (Roberts & Co.). Crawley, M.J. (2005) Statistics: An Introduction Using R (Wiley). Original research papers given in reading list

Supervision

  • Modelling direct biotic interactions with a focus on filamentous fungi (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Lloyd Bridge
    Other supervisor: Prof Chenggui Yuan
  • Evolutionary games in small worlds – it’s not just whom you play, but where you play. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
  • Working title - A comprehensive review of Himalayan Balsam distribution and the influencing factors. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Forman
  • Community ecology and interspecific competitive interactions of wood primary wood decay fungi (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • 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
  • Resource competition, context dependent interactions, co-existence and succession of decomposer communities in variable environments (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Dan Eastwood
  • Trade-offs between multiple ecosystem services in UK and US salt marshes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • Daphnia magna-induced defenses in two green algae -Scenedesmus quadricauda and Chlorella vulgaris: morphological and chemical changes. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Kam Tang
  • Biodiversity and resilience on coastal ecosystems to climate change (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • Biodiversity of natural enemies and the control of agricultural pests (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • 'The Causes and Consequences of Variation in Different Dimensions of Biodiversity on Rocky Shores' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin