Reader in Marine Sciences / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
Hart, E. & Sim, K. (in press). On Constructing Ensembles for Combinatorial Optimisation. Evolutionary Computation.. ISSN 1063-6560
Although the use of ensemble methods in machine-learning is ubiquitous due to their proven ability to outperform their constituent algorithms, ensembles of optimisation algori...
Gress, S. K., Huxham, M., Kairo, J. G., Mugi, L. M. & Briers, R. A. (2016). Evaluating, predicting and mapping belowground carbon stores in Kenyan mangroves. Global Change Biology.. doi:10.1111/gcb.13438. ISSN 1354-1013
Despite covering only approximately 138,000 km2, mangroves are globally important carbon sinks with carbon density values 3 to 4 times that of terrestrial forests. A key chall...
Hill, M. J., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R. A., Gledhill, D. H., White, J. C., …Hassall, C. (in press). Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes. Global Change Biology.. 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...
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Huxham, M., Emerton, L., Kairo, J., Munyi, F., Abdirizak, H., Muriuki, T., …Briers, R. A. (2015). Applying climate compatible development and economic valuation to coastal management: A case study of Kenya's mangrove forests. Journal of Environmental Management. 157, 168-181. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.018. ISSN 0301-4797
Mangrove forests are under global pressure. Habitat destruction and degradation persist despite longstanding recognition of the important ecological functions of mangroves. He...
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...
Mcwhinnie, L., Briers, R. A. & Fernandes, T. F. (2014). The development and testing of a multiple-use zoning scheme for Scottish waters. Ocean and Coastal Management. 103, 34-41. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.11.004. ISSN 0964-5691
Marine Spatial Planning attempts to develop integrated planning frameworks for the management of activities within marine ecosystems and support sustainable development. This ...
Culhane, F. E., Briers, R. A., Tett, P. & Fernandes, T. F. (2014). Structural and functional indices show similar performance in marine ecosystem quality assessment. Ecological Indicators. 43, 271-280. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.03.009. ISSN 1470-160X
Reliable ecosystem quality assessment of marine environments is increasingly important due to mounting pressures attributable to human activities. Biotic indices are widely us...
Rideout, A. J. R., Joshi, N. P., Viergever, K. M., Huxham, M. & Briers, R. A. (2013). Making predictions of mangrove deforestation: a comparison of two methods in Kenya. Global Change Biology. 19, 3493-3501. doi:10.1111/gcb.12176. ISSN 1354-1013
Deforestation of mangroves is of global concern given their importance for carbon storage, biogeochemical cycling and the provision of other ecosystem services, but the links ...
Briers, R. A. (2012). Invertebrate communities and environmental conditions in a series of urban drainage ponds in Eastern Scotland: implications for biodiversity and conservation value of SUDS. CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water., n/a-n/a. doi:10.1002/clen.201300162. ISSN 1863-0650
Increasing use is being made of constructed wetlands to store and treat urban drainage prior to release into watercourses. Known as sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS) i...
Kirui, B. K. Y., Kairo, J. G., Bosire, J. O., Viergever, K. M., Rudra, S., Huxham, M. & Briers, R. A. (2012). Mapping of mangrove forest land cover change along the Kenya coastline using Landsat imagery. Ocean and Coastal Management. 83, 19-24. doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.12.004. ISSN 0964-5691
Mangroves in Kenya provide a wide range of valuable services to coastal communities despite their relatively small total area. Studies at single sites show reductions in exten...
Briers, R. A., Waterman, J. O., Galt, K. & Campbell, R. N. B. (2011). Population differentiation and temporal changes of carotenoid pigments and stable isotope ratios in the offspring of anadromous and non-anadromous trout Salmo trutta. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 22, 137-144. doi:10.1111/eff.12011. ISSN 0906-6691
Trout (Salmo trutta) exhibit anadromous and non-anadromous forms which are commonly sympatric. Offspring of the two forms can be separated by differences in characteristics su...
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 ...
Gaston, K. J., Charman, K., Jackson, S. F., Armsworth, P. R., Bonn, A. & Briers, R. A. (2006). The ecological effectiveness of protected areas: The United Kingdom. Biological Conservation. 132, 76-87. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2006.03.013. ISSN 0006-3207
Given the importance placed on protected areas, determining their effectiveness in representing and maintaining biodiversity is a core issue in conservation biology. Nonethele...
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 ...