Robert Briers

Robert Briers

Dr Robert Briers

Associate Professor

Biography

Dr Rob Briers is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Head of Life Sciences in the School of Applied Sciences.

Dr Briers is a spatial ecologist whose research focuses on how and why biodiversity and environments vary across space, from local to global scales, working mainly in aquatic ecosystems. His advanced quantitative and geo-information skills are put to use answering a range of pure and applied questions in ecology, biodiversity and conservation. This work is undertaken in collaboration with a diverse range of colleagues within the university and at a range of national and international institutions.

Dr Briers has extensive experience of undertaking field- and modelling-based research. Current projects focus on carbon flows in upland freshwaters, evaluating conservation value of urban ponds and impacts of anthropogenic noise in aquatic ecosystems. He is also leading research into conservation and valuation of coastal carbon stores (mangroves and seagrass) using Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing techniques.

He is a Director of the Wildlife Information Centre and has extensive links to the biodiversity data and recording sector. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier, Dr Briers 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. He gained a PhD from the University of Sheffield on spatial population dynamics of freshwater invertebrates.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Elected to Steering Committee for European Pond Conservation Network
  • Scotland National Contact Point for European Pond Conservation Network
  • Member of the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum
  • British Ecological Society representative on Scottish Environment LINK
  • Member of British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group
  • Co-convenor of Constructed Wetlands Research Group
  • Invited Participant in NERC UKPOPNET Working Group on Protected Area Management
  • Member of the Ponds Advisory Council

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • Organiser of UK Meeting of European Pond Conservation Network
  • Chair of The Wildlife Information Centre Annual Conference
  • Convenor of Royal Entomological Society International Symposium

 

Editorial Activity

  • Associate Editor for Aquatic Conservation: Marine & Freshwater Ecosystems

 

External Examining/Validations

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

 

Fellowships and Awards

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

 

Grant Reviewer

  • Grant Reviewer for International Foundation for Science
  • Grant Reviewer for EU Joint BiodivERsA and Water JPI call
  • National Science Foundation (USA) Grant Reviewer
  • Grant Reviewer for EU Joint BiodivERsA and Water JPI call
  • Grant Reviewer: NERC
  • Grant Reviewer: International Foundation for Science
  • Grant Reviewer: BBSRC
  • Grant Reviewer: BBSRC

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited speaker at European Pond Conservation Network conference: Sound of the suburbs: exploring riparian soundscapes and conservation value of urban ponds
  • Invited speaker at UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference, Cheshire
  • Oral Presentation at Ecology Across Borders Conference (BES/GFÖ/NecoV/EEF)
  • Conference Presentation at Scottish Freshwater Group Annual Meeting
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting, Edinburgh
  • Invited Key Speaker at Second International Sea Trout Symposium, Dundalk
  • Conference Presentation at International Congress for Conservation Biology
  • Conference Presentation: Edinburgh Consortium for Rural Research
  • Conference Presentation: Constructed Wetlands Research Group Meeting
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting
  • Invited Speaker at European Pond Conservation Network Conference, Valencia
  • Invited Speaker: University of Sheffield Departmental Seminar
  • Conference Presentation: European Pond Conservation Network Conference, Toulouse
  • Invited Conference Presentation: International Association of Landscape Ecology Conference, Oxford
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting
  • Invited speaker: Queen Mary University of London Departmental Seminar
  • Conference Presentation: European Pond Conservation Network Conference, Geneva
  • Conference Presentation: British Ecological Society Annual Meeting
  • Invited speaker at North American Benthological Society Conference

 

Media Activity

  • Coverage of paper in the Economist and the Times Higher Education
  • BBC media coverage of letter to NCC
  • Paper on noise effects on mussels featured in several national newspapers
  • Research featured on BBC One Scotland Landward Programme

 

Non-executive Directorship

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

 

Research Degree External Examining

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

 

Reviewing

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

 

Date


64 results

Effects of pile driving sound playbacks and cadmium co-exposure on the early life stage development of the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus

Journal Article
Stenton, C., Bolger, E., Michenot, M., Dodd, J., Wale, M., Briers, R., …Diele, K. (2022)
Effects of pile driving sound playbacks and cadmium co-exposure on the early life stage development of the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 179, Article 113667. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.113667
There is an urgent need to understand how organisms respond to multiple, potentially interacting drivers in today’s world. The effects of the pollutants of anthropogenic sound...

Quantification and Characterisation of Pre-Production Pellet Pollution in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai, Aotearoa-New Zealand

Journal Article
Hunter, E. C., de Vine, R., Pantos, O., Clunies-Ross, P., Doake, F., Masterton, H., & Briers, R. A. (2022)
Quantification and Characterisation of Pre-Production Pellet Pollution in the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/Ihutai, Aotearoa-New Zealand. Microplastics, 1(1), 67-84. https://doi.org/10.3390/microplastics1010005
Plastic pollution is threatening aquatic ecosystems and wildlife. Understanding the characteristics and extent of plastic pollution is the first step towards improving managem...

Pond ecology and conservation: research priorities and knowledge gaps

Journal Article
Hill, M. J., Greaves, H. M., Sayer, C. D., Hassall, C., Milin, M., Milner, V. S., …Wood, P. J. (2021)
Pond ecology and conservation: research priorities and knowledge gaps. Ecosphere, 12(12), https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.3853
Ponds are amongst the most biodiverse and ecologically important freshwater habitats globally and may provide a significant opportunity to mitigate anthropogenic pressures and...

The Impact Of Shadow Flicker Or Pulsating Shadow Effect, Caused By Wind Turbine Blades, On Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar): Research Summary

Report
Dodd, J. A., & Briers, R. A. (2021)
The Impact Of Shadow Flicker Or Pulsating Shadow Effect, Caused By Wind Turbine Blades, On Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar): Research Summary. Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW

The impact of shadow flicker or pulsating shadow effect, caused by wind turbine blades, on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

Report
Dodd, J. A., & Briers, R. A. (2021)
The impact of shadow flicker or pulsating shadow effect, caused by wind turbine blades, on Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW

Policy Note: The Impact Of Shadow Flicker Or Pulsating Shadow Effect, Caused By Wind Turbine Blades, On Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar)

Report
Dodd, J. A., & Briers, R. A. (2021)
Policy Note: The Impact Of Shadow Flicker Or Pulsating Shadow Effect, Caused By Wind Turbine Blades, On Atlantic Salmon (Salmo Salar). Scotland’s Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW

Multi-scale habitat selection and spatial analysis reveals a mismatch between the wintering distribution of a threatened population of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis and its protected area

Journal Article
Thornton, M., Mitchell, C., Griffin, L., Briers, R., Minshull, B., Maciver, A., & White, P. (in press)
Multi-scale habitat selection and spatial analysis reveals a mismatch between the wintering distribution of a threatened population of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis and its protected area. Bird Study, https://doi.org/10.1080/00063657.2021.1966740
Capsule: Our multi-scale habitat selection and spatial analysis of a threatened population of Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis highlights the importance of monitoring and review...

Marine invertebrate anthropogenic noise research -Trends in methods and future directions

Journal Article
Wale, M., Briers, R., & Diele, K. (2021)
Marine invertebrate anthropogenic noise research -Trends in methods and future directions. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 173(A), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2021.112958
Selecting the correct methods to answer one's chosen question is key to conducting rigorous, evidence-based science. A disciplines' chosen methods are constantly evolving to e...

Same data, different conclusions: Radical dispersion in empirical results when independent analysts operationalize and test the same hypothesis

Journal Article
Schweinsberg, M., Feldman, M., Van Assen, M. A. L. M., Bernstein, A., Staub, N., Sommer, S. A., …Druijff-van de Woestijne, G. B. (2021)
Same data, different conclusions: Radical dispersion in empirical results when independent analysts operationalize and test the same hypothesis. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 165, 228-249. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.obhdp.2021.02.003
In this crowdsourced initiative, independent analysts used the same dataset to test two hypotheses regarding the effects of scientists’ gender and professional status on verbo...

Genetic diversity of the Nubian ibex in Oman as revealed by mitochondrial DNA

Journal Article
Al-Ghafri, M. K., White, P. J. C., Briers, R. A., Dicks, K. L., Ball, A., Ghazali, M., …Senn, H. (2021)
Genetic diversity of the Nubian ibex in Oman as revealed by mitochondrial DNA. Royal Society Open Science, 8(5), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.210125
The Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) is patchily distributed across parts of Africa and Arabia. In Oman, it is one of the few free-ranging wild mammals found in the central and sou...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Completion: Dr Lauren McWhinnie (Aquaculture site selection: A GIS-based approach to marine spatial planning in Scotland)