Professor Rory Wilson
Professor of Aquatic Biology/Sustainable Aquaculture
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 295376

Publications

  1. & What can knowledge of the energy landscape tell us about animal movement trajectories and space use? A case study with humans. Journal of Theoretical Biology 457, 101-111.
  2. & Give the machine a hand: A Boolean time-based decision-tree template for rapidly finding animal behaviours in multisensor data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  3. & Investigating the relationship between energy expenditure, walking speed and angle of turning in humans. PLOS ONE 12(8), e0182333
  4. & Combined use of two supervised learning algorithms to model sea turtle behaviours from tri-axial acceleration data. The Journal of Experimental Biology 221(10), jeb177378
  5. & Food provisioning in Magellanic penguins as inferred from stable isotope ratios. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 32(6), 489-494.

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Teaching

  • BIO318 Ecology of Marine Animals

    This is a research-led module that explores the free-living behaviour of a range of marine animals through recent advances in biotelemetry such as satellite tracking and use of miniaturized dive computers and activity sensors attached to animals ranging from fish to air-breathing vertebrates.

  • BIO325 Physics for Biologists

    This module will examine how physics governs much of what we observe in the way vertebrates are built and how they react according to circumstance. It will become apparent that comprehension of physics is key to enhanced analysis, synthesis and evaluation of much of vertebrate biology.

Supervision

  • Environmental thresholds of resistance in the seagrasses (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Unsworth
  • Habitat selection and movement energetics of giant tortoises on Round Island, Mauritius. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • A new approach to assessing sea turtle behaviour and wellbeing in a controlled environment: in search of a fingerprint for animal welfare (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • TBC (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jennifer Pearson
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Robinson
    Other supervisor: Prof Matt Jones
  • 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 Luca Borger
  • Characterizing the aerial habitat for bird flight. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 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 Luca Borger
  • Evolution and behavioural ecology of antipredator defences in snakes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kevin Arbuckle
  • Towards a predicitive framework for assessing physical tag detriment in birds (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • ''Behaviour, energetics and movement through biologging in the Canidae'' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • A new perspective on angling; smart tag monitoring of angler and fish behaviour (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'The foraging ecology of red-tailed tropicbirds' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'An investigation into a new metric for stress' (awarded 2018)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • 'Semiochemical sprays "flush out" Western Flower Thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) from cryptic habits and improve monitoring and control' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Tariq Butt
  • 'AUKWARD LANDINGS: How do flight characteristics and wind conditions affect nest site selection of auks?' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • '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 Luca Borger
  • 'The use of accelerometers as a window into aspects of the human condition' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Geoff Proffitt
  • 'Dynamic ungulates and the use of accelerometry to define movement patterns' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger