School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Richard Bevan

Senior Lecturer


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

  • Member of Farne Islands Committee
  • Mammal & Marine lead for Natural History Society of Northumbria


  • Society for Experimental Biology
  • British Ecological Society

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Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader
  • BIO1007 Introduction to Marine Vertebrates
  • BIO2025 UK Wildlife
  • BIO2029 Vertebrate Biology
  • BIO3001 Animal Ecophysiology
  • BIO1022 Ecology & Conservation
  • BIO1010 Biology in Action
  • BIO2014 Animal Physiology
  • BIO2032 Residential Field Course
  • BIO3044 Africa Field Course
  • BIO3197/8/9 Undergraduate Research Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

Module leader
  • BIO8196/7 MBiol Research Project
  • ACE8045 Ecological Survey Techniques
  • MSc Projects


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"
Past students include:

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