Dr Richard Bevan
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8934
- Address: School of Natural & Environmental Sciences - Biology
Ridley Building 2
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Roles and Responsibilities within School
- Degree Program Director for BSc Zoology
- Degree Program Director for BSc Biology (Ecology & Conservation)
- Member of the Board of Studies for Undergraduate Taught Programmes and the School Teaching and Learning Committee
- External Examiner University of Manchester
- Member of Farne Islands Committee
- Mammal & Marine lead for Natural History Society of Northumbria
- Society for Experimental Biology
- British Ecological Society
Google Scholar page: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=DPNpD0sAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
- BIO1007 Introduction to Marine Vertebrates
- BIO2025 UK Wildlife
- BIO2029 Vertebrate Biology
- BIO3001 Animal Ecophysiology
- BIO3044 Behavioural Ecology
- BIO1010 Biology in Action
- BIO2014 Animal Physiology
- BIO2032 Residential Field Course
- BIO3197/8/9 Undergraduate Research Projects
- BIO8196 MBiol Research Project
- ACE8045 Ecological Survey Techniques
- MSc Projects
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.
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.
I currently supervise:
Ibrahim Al-Farwi, co-supervised with Dr Chris Redfern. PhD title "Impact of large gulls on the breeding biology of terns".
Bethany Cowans, co-supervised with Dr Per Berggren. MPhil title "Seals and drones"
Dan Turner, co-supervised with Dr Jane Delaney. MPhil title "Plastic ingestion in seabirds"
Past students include:
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".
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
- Redfern CPF, Bevan RM. A comparison of foraging behaviour in the North Sea by Black-legged Kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla from an inland and a maritime colony. Bird Study 2014, 61(1), 17-28.
- Clapp JB, Bevan R, Singleton I. Avian Urine: Its Potential as a Non-Invasive Biomonitor of Environmental Metal Exposure in Birds. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 2012, 223(7), 3923-3938.
- Adams D, Arkle S, Bevan RM, Boachie-Ansah G, Bradshaw T, Cameron G, Campbell AM, Chamberlain M, Gibson A, Gowers D, Hayes M, Heritage J, Hollingsworth M, Hooper H, Hudson K, Hughes I, Lindsey N, Meskin S, Park J, Podesta T, Rattray J, Scott G, Shearer M, Smalley H, Smith VA, Smith D, Tierney A, Todd M, Verran J, Wakeford C, Wilbraham J, Wilson J. 1st Year Practicals: Their Role in Developing Future Bioscientists. Leeds: Centre for Bioscience, University of Leeds, 2008.
- Milona P, Townes CL, Bevan RM, Hall J. The chicken host peptides, gallinacins 4, 7, and 9 have antimicrobial activity against Salmonella serovars. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 2007, 356(1), 169-174.
- Coiffait L, Bevan RM, Newton J, Redfern CPF, Wolff K. Elucidating the movements of migratory birds through the combined use of stable isotope ‘signatures’ and DNA markers. In: Boere, G.C.; Galbraith, C.A.; Stroud, D.A, ed. Waterbirds Around the World. Edinburgh: The Stationery Office, 2006, pp.506-507.
- Thaxter, C., Redfern, C.P.F., Bevan, R.M. Survival rates of adult Reed Warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus at a northern and southern site in England. Ringing and Migration 2006, 23(2), 65-79.
- Atkinson PW, Baker AJ, Bevan RM, Clark NA, Cole KB, Gonzalez PM, Newton J, Niles LJ, Robinson RA. Unravelling the migration and moult strategies of a long-distance migrant using stable isotopes: Red Knot Calidris canutus movements in the Americas. Ibis 2005, 147(4), 738-749.
- Hawkins P, Morton DB, Bevan R, Heath K, Kirkwood J, Pearce P, Scott L, Whelan G, Webb A. Husbandry refinements for rats, mice, dogs and non-human primates used in telemetry procedures: Seventh report of the BVAAWF/FRAME/RSPCA/UFAW Joint Working Group on Refinement, Part B. Laboratory Animals 2004, 38(1), 1-10.
- Bevan RM. Stable isotopes: a tool for linking behaviour and physiology. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 2004, 137, S24-S25.
- Morton DB, Hawkins P, Bevan R, Heath K, Kirkwood J, Pearce P, Scott L, Whelan G, Webb A, Joint Working Grp Refinement. Refinements in telemetry procedures - Seventh report of the BVAAWF/FRAME/RSPCA/UFAW Joint Working Group on Refinement, part A. Laboratory Animals 2003, 37(4), 261-299.
- Nolet BA, Bevan RM, Klaassen M, Langevoord O, Van der Heijden YGJT. Habitat switching by Bewick's swans: maximization of average long-term energy gain?. Journal of Animal Ecology 2002, 71(6), 979-993.
- Bevan RM, Butler PJ, Woakes AJ, Boyd IL. The energetics of Gentoo Penguins, Pygoscelis papua, during the breeding season. Functional Ecology 2002, 16(2), 175-190.
- Hale ML, Bevan R, Wolff K. New polymorphic microsatellite markers for the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) and their applicability to the grey squirrel (S. carolinensis). Molecular Ecology Notes 2001, 1(1-2), 47-49.
- Nolet BA, Langevoord O, Bevan RM, Engelaar KR, Klaassen M, Mulder RJW, Van Dijk S. Spatial variation in tuber depletion by swans explained by differences in net intake rates. Ecology 2001, 82(6), 1655-1667.
- Butler PJ, Woakes AJ, Bevan RM, Stephenson R. Heart rate and rate of oxygen consumption during flight of the barnacle goose, Branta leucopsis. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a-Molecular and Integrative Physiology 2000, 126(3), 379-385.
- Ropert-Coudert Y, Bost CA, Handrich Y, Bevan RM, Butler PJ, Woakes AT, Maho YLe. Impact of externally attached loggers on the diving behaviour of the king penguin. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 2000, 73(4), 438-445.
- Y. Handrich,R. M. Bevan,J. B. Charrassin,P. J. Butler,K. Putz,A. J. Woakes,J. Lage,Y. LeMaho. Hypothermia in foraging king penguins. Nature 1997, 388(6637), 64-67.
- Bevan RM, Ropert-Coudert Y, Bost C-A, Handrich Y. Impact of externally-attached loggers on the dive parameters of the king penguin. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology 2000, 73(4), 438-444.