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

Publications

  1. Recent advances in telemetry for estimating the energy metabolism of wild fishes. Journal of Fish Biology 88(1), 284-297.
  2. & Pushed to the limit: food abundance determines tag-induced harm in penguins. Animal Welfare 24(1), 37-44.
  3. et. al. A spherical-plot solution to linking acceleration metrics with animal performance, state, behaviour and lifestyle. Movement Ecology 4(1)
  4. & Swimming activity and energetic costs of adult lake sturgeon during fishway passage. The Journal of Experimental Biology 219(16), 2534-2544.
  5. & Extreme roll angles in Argentine sea bass: Could refuge ease posture and buoyancy control of marine coastal fishes?. Marine Biology 163(4)

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Teaching

  • BIO229 Tetrapod evolution

    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

  • Towards a predicitive framework for assessing physical tag detriment in birds (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Prey capture, movement energetics and climate change responses in the African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) foraging ecology. (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
  • Movement energetics of giant tortoises on Round Island, Mauritius (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • A new measure of stress; a case study with humans and bears (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • TBC (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Matt Jones
  • Use of semiochemicals in the control of Western Flower Thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis. (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Tariq Butt
  • Environmental thresholds of resistance in the seagrass Zostera marina (current)

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

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

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

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • '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