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...
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...
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Reader in Marine Sciences / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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. (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...
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...