School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Bevan

Lecturer

Background

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 roles

  • External Examiner University of Manchester
  • Member of Farne Islands Committee
  • Mammal & Marine lead for Natural History Society of Northumbria

Memberships

  • Society for Experimental Biology
  • British Ecological Society

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
  • BIO2014 Animal Physiology
  • BIO2032 Residential Field Course
  • BIO3197/8/9 Undergraduate Research Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

Module leader

  • BIO8196 MBiol Research Project

Contributor

  • ACE8045 Ecological Survey Techniques
  • MSc Projects

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, 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

Publications