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

Publications

  1. & Making sense of ultrahigh-resolution movement data: A new algorithm for inferring sites of interest. Ecology and Evolution
  2. & Implanted Nanosensors in Marine Organisms for Physiological Biologging: Design, Feasibility, and Species Variability. ACS Sensors
  3. & Luck in Food Finding Affects Individual Performance and Population Trajectories. Current Biology 28(23), 3871-3877.e5.
  4. & Tunable, Flexible Composite Magnets for Marine Monitoring Applications. Advanced Engineering Materials 20(9), 1800229
  5. & Towards informed metrics for examining the role of human-induced animal responses in tag studies on wild animals. Integrative Zoology 14(1), 17-29.

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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

  • A new approach for saving the ploughshare tortoise; smart tags that talk back (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Resolving fine scale movement and behaviour sequences across species with contrasting life histories (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • Still under review. (current)

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

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Prof Luca Borger
  • 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
  • Environmental thresholds of resistance in the seagrasses (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Unsworth
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • 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
  • Sensing Movement To Understand Animal Behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • Working title: Art and Design Practices as a Driver for Novel Deformable Materianls, Controls and Frameworks (current)

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

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

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

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

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Emily Shepard
  • '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
  • '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
  • '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