Degree Program Director for MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Ecotourism
BIO1007 Introduction to Marine Vertebrates
BIO3001 Animal Ecophysiology
BIO1002 Animal Kingdom
BIO1010 Biology in Action
MST1001 Biodiversity of Marine Animals
BIO2002 Biodiversity & Conservation
BIO2003 Field ID Skills
BIO2014 Animal Physiology
MST2013 Marine Vertebrates
ACE3070 Global Ecosystems and Env Change
MST3021 North Sea Marine Science
BIO3022 Residential Field Course
BIO3194/5/6 Undergarduate Research Projects
ACE8042 Wildlife Conservation: Policy and Practice (joint)
BIO8006 Field ID Skills
ACE8061 Global Ecosystems and Env Change
ACE8096 Habitat/Species Survey/Management Project
Animal Ecophysiology: how animals work in the wild.
The way that animals interact with their environment both physiologically and behaviourally is vital if we are to understand and interpret their biology. Physiological limitations will affect an animal’s behavioural repertoire while conversely an animal’s behaviour can influence the development of an animal’s physiological limits. By integrating physiology and behaviour, we can gain a better understanding of the overall ecology of the animals.
My research interests are broad and span from studying the basic physiological processes of an animal up to those occurring at the animal-environment interaction. Underpinning my work is the use of state of the art, remote monitoring technology such as heart rate monitoring, electronic data archival devices and satellite telemetry. Specific areas of study include: the physiology, ecology and behaviour of aquatic animals; energy expenditure of free-ranging animals; foraging behaviour of seabirds; use of stable isotopes to study animal ecology; spatial movements of animals; animal conservation.
Current work is focussed mainly on determining the factors affecting the foraging behaviour and reproductive success of seabirds. To understand these factors better, I am deploying new technology to determine the movements and behaviour of seabirds while they are at sea.
I currently supervise:
Yaser Binaser with Prof Jon Bythell. PhD title "Physiological effects of global climate change on common British Marine invertebrates."
Rhos Ahmed with Dr Peter Garson. MPhil title "Habitat use by Brent Goose at Holy Island, Northumberland.
Past students include:
Laura Morris with Dr Chris Redfern. PhD title "Factors affecting chick mortality in Arctic and Common terns".
Jim Clapp with Dr Ian Singleton. PhD title "Using avian guano as a non-destructive biomonitor of environmental heavy metal exposure".
Liz Coiffait with Dr Kirsten Wolff. PhD title "Elucidating the movements of migratory birds through the combined use of stable isotope signatures and DNA fingerprints".
Matt Edwards recently completed his thesis. PhD title: "Modelling the behaviour and physiology of pursuit in diving birds".
I also supervise MSc projects on a variety of topics such as red kite reintroductions and seabird ecology