Reader in Marine Sciences / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
Smith, D., Dougherty, K. & Yates, K. (2015). Ensuring standards of clinical care provided by veterinary nurses through regulation, registration and accredited training
The gestation of veterinary nursing as a recognised and self-regulated profession in the United Kingdom can be best described as long and difficult. Caught between the twin e...
Cooper, B. & Smith, D. (2015). Veterinary Nurse training in the UK
Veterinary Nursing in the UK is still a relatively young profession. Whilst it is known that there were animal nurses in existence in the late 1800’s the role and title ‘Veter...
Smith, D. & Copper, B. (2015). Regulations relating to Registered Veterinary Nurses in the United Kingdom
Veterinary nursing is now a well recognise professional route in the UK. There is considerable capacity within the industry to increase the number of veterinary nurses employ...
Gazi Bay in southern Kenya has the potential to become a world-leading centre of excellence in the integration of ecosystem science and community development. Work there, led by scientists from Kenya ...
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Simith, D. D. J. D. B., Abrunhosa, F. A. & Diele, K. (2017). Metamorphosis of the edible mangrove crab Ucides cordatus (Ucididae) in response to benthic microbial biofilms. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.022. ISSN 0022-0981
Benthic microbial communities can play an important role in the induction of larval metamorphosis in marine invertebrates. The role of biofilms in recognizing the parental hab...
Briers, R., Campbell, R., Galt, K., Walters, M. & Holmes, J. (in press). Using stable isotopes to assess the distribution of reproduction by migratory and resident Salmo trutta within river systems: some complicating factors. In Sea Trout Science and ManagementISBN 9781788035354
Understanding the distribution of spawning resident and migratory trout in a river system is important for fishery management. In most cases this information is lacking or onl...
Pülmanns, N., Mehlig, U., Nordhaus, I., Saint-Paul, U. & Diele, K. (2016). Mangrove Crab Ucides cordatus Removal Does Not Affect Sediment Parameters and Stipule Production in a One Year Experiment in Northern Brazil. PLoS ONE. 11(12), e0167375. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0167375. ISSN 1932-6203
Mangrove crabs influence ecosystem processes through bioturbation and/or litter feeding. In Brazilian mangroves, the abundant and commercially important crab Ucides cordatus i...
Chandler, M., See, L., Andrianandrasana, H., Becker, D., Berardi, A., Bodmer, R., …Williams, J. N. (2016). The value and opportunites of community-and citizen-based approaches to tropical forest biodiversity monitoring. In Szantoi, Z., Jongman, R., Paganini, M., Mora, B., Luque, S. & Gill, M. (Eds.). A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables in Tropical Forests with Remote SensingISBN unknown
Introduction - Earth Observation (EO) refers to the direct and indirect measurement of the Earth’s surface that can be undertaken using satellites, aircraft, on the ground and...
Hill, M. J., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R. A., Gledhill, D. H., White, J. C., …Hassall, C. (2017). Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes. Global Change Biology. 23(3), 986-999. doi:10.1111/gcb.13401. ISSN 1354-1013
Urbanization is a global process contributing to the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats. Many studies have focused on the biological response of terrestrial taxa and h...
White, S., Briers, R. A., Bouyer, Y., Odden, J. & Linnell, J. D. C. (2015). Eurasian lynx natal den site and maternal home-range selection in multi-use landscapes of Norway: Habitat selection by denning Eurasian lynx. Journal of zoology : proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 297(2), 87-98. doi:10.1111/jzo.12260. ISSN 1469-7998
In carnivores, securing suitable den sites with associated early maternal home ranges is important for successful reproduction, and understanding natal den site selection is e...
Lancaster, J. & Briers, R. A. (Eds.). (2007). Aquatic insects: challenges to populations. doi:10.1079/9781845933968.0000. ISBN 9781845933968
This book considers some of the potential influences on individuals and populations (e.g. environmental stresses, parasites, cannibalism, dispersal limitations), the 'cunning ...
Önal, H. & Briers, R. A. (2006). Optimal Selection of a Connected Reserve Network. Operations Research. 54(2), 379-388. doi:10.1287/opre.1060.0272. ISSN 0030-364X
Spatial considerations are important in conservation reserve design. A particularly important spatial requirement is the connectivity of selected sites. Direct connections bet...
Todd, P. A., Briers, R. A., Ladle, R. J. & Middleton, F. (2006). Phenotype-environment matching in the shore crab (Carcinus maenas). Marine Biology. 148(6), 1357-1367. doi:10.1007/s00227-005-0159-2. ISSN 0025-3162
The shore crab (Carcinus maenas) exhibits a range of carapace pattern polymorphisms, but little is known regarding their function or maintenance. If patterns represent some fo...
Briers, R. A. & Biggs, J. (2005). Spatial patterns in pond invertebrate communities: separating environmental and distance effects. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 15(6), 549-557. doi:10.1002/aqc.742. ISSN 1052-7613
1.The nature and extent of spatial pattern in communities has important implications for their dynamics and conservation. Previous studies of pond ecosystems, over relatively ...
Briers, R. A., Cariss, H. M., Geoghegan, R. & Gee, J. H. R. (2005). The lateral extent of the subsidy from an upland stream to riparian lycosid spiders. Ecography. 28(2), 165-170. doi:10.1111/j.0906-7590.2005.04020.x. ISSN 0906-7590
Adult aquatic insects emerging from streams can subsidize riparian food webs, but little is known of the spatial extent of these subsidies. Stable isotope (15N) enrichment of ...
Briers, R. (2016). biotic: Calculation of Freshwater Biotic Indices. R package version 0.1.2. https://github.com/robbriers/biotic
The biotic package calculates a range of commonly used UK freshwater invertebrate biotic indices, based on family level identification. Indices that can be calculated are BMW...