School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Bevan

Lecturer

Background

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Program Director for BSc Zoology
Degree Program Director for BSc Biology (Ecology & Environmental Biology)
Subject specialist for JH BSc Biology & Psychology


Google Scholar page: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=DPNpD0sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader
BIO1007 Introduction to Marine Vertebrates
BIO2025 UK Wildlife
BIO2029 Vertebrate Biology
BIO3001 Animal Ecophysiology
BIO3044 Behavioural Ecology


Contributor
BIO1010 Biology in Action
BIO2002 Biodiversity & Conservation
BIO2003 Field ID Skills
BIO2014 Animal Physiology
ACE3070 Global Ecosystems and Env. Change
BIO3022 Residential Field Course
BIO3194/5/6 Undergraduate Research Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

Contributor
BIO8006 Field ID Skills
ACE8045 Ecological Survey Techniques
ACE8061 Global Ecosystems and Env Change
MSc Projects (Biology, AFRD, MaST)

Research

Research Interests

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 cover 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 Projects

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.

Conservation grazing of large herbivores.
The use of cattle, sheep and goats (particularly native breeds) as tools to improve the biodiversity of an area is now fairly common practice but is not always based on scientific evidence. I remotely monitor the herbivores within these schemes and link the movements and behaviour of the animals to their impact on the biodiversity.   

Postgraduate Supervision

I currently supervise:
Ibrahim Al-Farwi with Dr Chris Redfern. PhD title "Impact of large gulls on the breeding biology of terns".
Bob Hunt with Dr Per Berggren. MPhil title "Abiotic and biotic factors affecting Grey Seal population dynamics during pupping season on the Farne Islands, UK".
Ross Ahmed, MPhil title "Habitat use by Brent Goose at Holy Island, Northumberland".

Past students include:
Yaser Binaser, PhD title "Physiological effects of global climate change on common British Marine invertebrates".
Laura Morris, PhD title "Breeding ecology of Artic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) and Common Tern (Sterna Hirundo)".
Jim Clapp, PhD title "Avian urate spheres :a non-invasive method to biomonitor environmental pollution and stress in birds".
Liz Coiffait, PhD title "Elucidating the movements of migratory birds through the combined use of stable isotope signatures and DNA fingerprints".
Matt Edwards, PhD title: "Foraging behaviour of seabirds : modelling the interaction between individuals and their environment".

I also supervise MSc projects on a variety of topics such as red kite reintroductions and seabird ecology

Publications