Robert Briers

Robert Briers

Dr Robert Briers

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Rob Briers is an Associate Professor of Ecology in the School of Applied Sciences. Rob is an ecologist with a particular emphasis on aquatic systems, quantitative methods and all things spatial.
He employs a combination of field-, laboratory- and modelling-based approaches to a range of pure and applied ecological questions in freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and across a range of spatial scales. Current research interests focus on the use of stable isotopes to examine patterns of distribution and reproduction of migratory salmonids, spatial modelling of carbon storage in mangrove ecosystems and patterns of invertebrate diversity and community composition in pond ecosystems.
Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, Rob undertook a NERC-funded post-doc at Aberystwyth University using a combination of novel techniques (stable isotopes and harmonic radar tracking) to examine dispersal patterns of adult aquatic insects in upland streams. Prior to this he gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield on metapopulation ecology of backswimmers.

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Chair of The Wildlife Information Centre Autumn Conference session
  • Convenor of Royal Entomological Society International Symposium
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh
  • Conference Presentation: Edinburgh Consortium for Rural Research
  • Invited Conference Presentation: Second International Sea Trout Symposium, Dundalk
  • Conference Presentation: Constructed Wetlands Research Group Meeting
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting
  • Invited Conference Presentation: European Pond Conservation Network Conference
  • Invited Speaker: University of Sheffield Departmental Seminar
  • Conference Presentation: European Pond Conservation Network Conference, Toulouse
  • Invited Conference Presentation: International Association of Landscape Ecology Conference
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting
  • Conference Presentation: European Pond Conservation Network Conference, Geneva
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Director of The Wildlife Information Centre (Biological Records Centre for South-East and Central Scotland)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner for MRes Aquatic Ecology by Research, Queen Mary University of London
  • External Examiner for MSc Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Queen Mary University of London

 

Research Degree External Examining

  • External Examiner for PhD Candidate: Queen Mary, University of London
  • External Examiner for MPhil Candidate: University of Sheffield
  • External Examiner for PhD Candidate: University of Sheffield
  • External Examiner for PhD Candidate: University of Leeds

 

Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • British Ecological Society representative on Scottish Environment LINK
  • Co-convenor of Constructed Wetlands Research Group
  • Member of British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group
  • Invited Participant in NERC UKPOPNET Working Group on Protected Area Management
  • Member of the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum
  • Member of the Ponds Advisory Council

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Outstanding Publication Award from Energy, Natural Resources and Environment Section of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Freshwater / Marine Origins of Trout Fry in the Tweed Catchment
  • Exploratory study of Freshwater / Marine Origins of Trout Fry in the Deveron Catchment
  • Validation of Stable Isotope Analysis: Tweed and Deveron

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Key Speaker at Second International Sea Trout Symposium, Dundalk
  • Invited Speaker at European Pond Conservation Network Conference, Valencia
  • Invited Speaker at University of Sheffield Departmental Seminar Series
  • Invited speaker at North American Benthological Society Conference
  • Invited speaker: Queen Mary University of London Departmental Seminar
  • Invited Speaker: International Association of Landscape Ecology Conference

 

Reviewing

  • Reviewer: Freshwater Biology
  • Reviewer: Lake and Reservoir Research and Managment
  • Reviewer: Freshwater Biology
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Reviewer: Water Research
  • Reviewer: Diversity
  • Reviewer: Biological Conservation
  • Reviewer: Landscape Ecology
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Grant Reviewer: NERC
  • Grant Reviewer: BBSRC
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Reviewer: Fundamental and Applied Limnology
  • Reviewer: Landscape Ecology
  • Reviewer: Biological Conservation
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Reviewer: Biological Conservation
  • Reviewer: Freshwater Biology
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Reviewer: Aquatic Ecology
  • Reviewer: Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research
  • Reviewer: Ecological Applications
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Reviewer: Journal of Animal Ecology
  • Reviewer: Landscape Ecology
  • Reviewer: Proceedings of the Royal Society of London
  • Reviewer: Archiv fur Hydrobiologie
  • Reviewer: Biological Conservation
  • Reviewer: Ecology
  • Reviewer: Landscape Ecology
  • Reviewer: Aquatic Conservation
  • Reviewer: Biological Conservation
  • Reviewer: Hydrobiologia
  • Reviewer: Journal of Animal Ecology
  • Reviewer: Oecologia
  • Reviewer: Aquatic Conservation
  • Reviewer: Conservation Biology
  • Reviewer: Functional Ecology
  • Reviewer: Aquatic Microbial Ecology
  • Reviewer: Biological Conservation
  • Reviewer: Ecography
  • Reviewer: Journal of Environmental Management
  • Reviewer: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Grant Reviewer: International Foundation for Science
  • Reviewer: Ecology of Freshwater Fish
  • Reviewer: Environmental Science and Policy
  • Grant Reviewer: BBSRC

 

Media Activity

  • Research featured on BBC One Scotland Landward Programme

 

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD supervisions

  • PhD Completion: Dr Lauren McWhinnie