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

About Me

Publications

  1. & Pushed to the limit: food abundance determines tag-induced harm in penguins. Animal Welfare 24(1), 37-44.
  2. & Are bio-telemetric devices a drag? Effects of external tags on the diving behaviour of great cormorants. Marine Ecology Progress Series 519, 239-249.
  3. & Sloths like it hot: ambient temperature modulates food intake in the brown-throated sloth (Bradypus variegatus). PeerJ 3, e875
  4. & TimeClassifier: a visual analytic system for the classification of multi-dimensional time series data. The Visual Computer 31(6-8), 1067-1078.
  5. & Options for modulating intra-specific competition in colonial pinnipeds: the case of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in the Wadden Sea. PeerJ 3, e957

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Teaching

  • BIO229 Terrestrial vertebrates

    This module follows on from the introduction of vertebrates in the Level 4 Animal Diversity, Form and Function module, providing detail on form and function in vertebrates that spend all or part of their life cycle on land. Aspects of vertebrate morphology and physiology will be considered in terms of adaptation and evolutionary contraint. Practicals will provide an introduction to the anatomy of birds and mammals by means of dissection, avian flight (specifically the factors that have lead to differences in wing shape and flight performance), and an exploration of how climate affects population level processes in amphibia. Overall, students will gain an appreciation of the diversity of vertebrate types and an insight into the fundamental importance of metabolic rate in animals.

  • 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

  • Nominal – Powering a life on vegetation (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Borger
  • How flight characteristics and wind conditions affect nest site selection in seabirds (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • A new perspective on angling, smart tag monitoring of angler and fish behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • How does rain affect the flight costs and capacity in raptors? (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Ecological analogues in a half shell (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Borger
  • TBC (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Matt Jones
  • Animal-attached accelerometers; a foray into motion manifestation of state, behaviour and performance. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Geoff Proffitt
  • Environmental thresholds of resistance in the seagrass Zostera marina (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Unsworth
  • 'Ecology of sea turtles in the Caribbean and Indian Ocean' (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Luca Borger
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'A New Paradigm for Deriving Animal Behaviour: Tri-Axial Magnetometry' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • 'Informed movement, one step at a time: do animals have a fundamental step length?' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'Climate change impacts on sea turtle population viabilities' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Andrew Rowley
  • 'Tracking the behaviour and energy use of teleost fish: Insights from accelerometer loggers' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'Decision-Making in a Central-Place Forager: A Case Study of the Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina)' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'Maternal effects on the early life stages of Atlantic salmon: implications for conservation' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'The movement ecology of Rhincodon typus. A new pitch on fish movement; what can accelerometry tell us about whale shark behaviour?' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 'Swimming against the tide: How movements and foraging activity of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in West Wales relate to tidal currents in terms of energetics.' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Patricia Lee
  • 'How does the environment structure movement? A case study with Grain Weevils' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Use of accelerometry to measure disease in cockroaches (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Professor Tariq Butt
  • 'The Movement Ecology Toolkit: Novel biotelemetry methodologies for elucidating animal behaviour and location' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'New ideas for determination of wild animal behavioural ecology: The case for acceleration' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Graeme Hays
  • 'Foraging Behaviour of Juvenile Southern Elephant Seals' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Patricia Lee
  • 'A study of parasites and pathogens of juvenile (pre-recruit) edible crabs, Cancer pagurus L, from Pembrokeshire, U.K.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Professor Andrew Rowley
  • 'Improving survey methodologies of temperate endothermic species: a case study of grass snakes (Natrix natrix)' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Andrew King
  • ''Life on a Free-bee: An insight into bird flight'' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • 'Dynamic body acceleration as a proxy for human energy expenditure' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Iwan Griffiths
  • 'Lagrangian analysis of sea turtle ecology' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Graeme Hays
  • 'Avian rucksacks for science: In search for minimum-impact tagging procedures for birds' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Graeme Hays
  • Linking River Connectivity with Genetic Variation of Brown Trout in Wales (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • River connectivity and fragmentation of brown trout (Salmo trutta) populations in Wales: a stable isotope approach (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Conservation ecology of the endangered freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • A life ruled by motion; fine scale activity and energetics in shark ecology (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Graeme Hays
  • Use of Accelerometers to Assess Potential Conflicts of Sharks and Fisheries (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • Patterns of spatial variation: bacteria and tintinnids of the North Atlantic Ocean (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Graeme Hays
  • The life history of jellyfish in UK waters: abundance, behaviour and role in fisheries. (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Graeme Hays
  • Strategies for efficient foraging in a deep-diving bird: the imperial shag (Phalacrocorax atriceps) (awarded 2009)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Forman
  • The ecology and behaviour of the Humpback whale , Megaptera novaengliae, as determined from its surface behaviour (awarded 2008)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Forman
    Other supervisor: Dr Peter Hayward
    Other supervisor: Professor Paul Brain
  • Gaping at environmental variability: How do bivalves react to changing circumstance? (awarded 2008)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Carlos Garcia De Leaniz
  • An examination of a degraded coral reef system and the biological processes that may lead it to recovery: Castle Harbour, Bermuda (awarded 2007)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Andrew Rowley