Lecturer in Conservation Biology
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...
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...
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...
Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University)
Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on the Embryogenesis of Squids, Loligo spp.
Continuous Monitoring of Marine Soundscapes: Assessing Anthropogenic Noise Near Breeding Seabird Colonies
Exposure of Marine Invertebrate Larvae to Underwater Speaker Playbacks of Noise Pollution Sources in the Field
PhD student Edward Bolger
01 November 2016
02 November 2016
Reader in Marine Sciences / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
Findlay, M., Briers, R., & White, P. (in press). Developing an empirical approach to optimal camera-trap deployment at mammal resting sites: 1 evidence from a longitudinal study of an otter Lutra lutra holt. European journal of wildlife research,
The study of nocturnal mammals relies on indirect evidence or invasive methods involving capture and tagging of individuals. Indirect methods are prone to error, while capture...
Ballantyne, G., Baldock, K. C. R., Rendell, L. & Willmer, P. (2017). Pollinator importance networks illustrate the crucial value of bees in a highly speciose plant community. Scientific Reports. 7(1)doi:10.1038/s41598-017-08798-x. ISSN 2045-2322
Accurate predictions of pollination service delivery require a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between plants and flower visitors. To improve measurements of p...
Patchett, R., Ballantyne, G. & Willmer, P. (in press). Estimating pollinator performance of visitors to the self-incompatible crop-plant Brassica rapa by single visit deposition and pollen germination: a comparison of methods. Journal of Pollination Ecology. ISSN 1920-7603
Estimating the pollen-deposition effectiveness of flower visitors is fundamental to understanding their performance as pollinators. While estimates of visitation rates, pollen...
Pestana, D. F., Pülmanns, N., Nordhaus, I., Diele, K., & Zimmer, M. (2017). The influence of crab burrows on sediment salinity in a Rhizophora-dominated mangrove forest in North Brazil during the dry season. Hydrobiologia, 803(1), (295-305). doi:10.1007/s10750-017-3282-4. ISSN 0018-8158
Many ecological processes are influenced by salinity. Burrowing crabs, abundant fauna of mangrove forests around the world, can facilitate sediment water fluxes, which may dec...
Rueckert, S., & Devetak, D. (2017). Gregarines (Apicomplexa, Gregarinasina) in psocids (Insecta, Psocoptera) including a new species description and their potential use as pest control agents. European Journal of Protistology, 60, (60-67). doi:10.1016/j.ejop.2017.05.007. ISSN 0932-4739
Gregarine apicomplexans are unicellular organisms that infect invertebrate hosts in marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats. The largest group of invertebrates infested o...
Njoroge Githaiga, M., Gitundu, K., Gilpin, L. & Huxham, M. (2017). Carbon storage in the seagrass meadows of Gazi Bay, Kenya. PLoS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177001
Vegetated marine habitats are globally important carbon sinks, making a significant contribution towards mitigating climate change, and they provide a wide range of other ecos...
Willmer, P. G., Cunnold, H., & Ballantyne, G. (2017). Insights from measuring pollen deposition: quantifying the pre-eminence of bees as flower visitors and effective pollinators. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 11(3), (411-425). doi:10.1007/s11829-017-9528-2. ISSN 1872-8855
Using our accumulated datasets from Kenyan savanna, Mediterranean garigue, UK gardens and heathland, involving 76 plants from 30 families, we present detailed data to quantify...
Vitikainen, E. I. K., Marshall, H. H., Thompson, F. J., Sanderson, J. L., Bell, M. B. V., Gilchrist, J. S., …Cant, M. A. (2017). Biased escorts: offspring sex, not relatedness explains alloparental care patterns in a cooperative breeder. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 284(1854), 20162384. doi:10.1098/rspb.2016.2384. ISSN 0962-8452
Kin selection theory predicts that animals should direct costly care where inclusive fitness gains are highest. Individuals may achieve this by directing care at closer relati...
Thompson, F. J., Cant, M. A., Marshall, H. H., Vitikainen, E. I. K., Sanderson, J. L., Nichols, H. J., …Johnstone, R. A. (2017). Explaining negative kin discrimination in a cooperative mammal society. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 114(20), 5207-5212. doi:10.1073/pnas.1612235114. ISSN 1091-6490
Kin selection theory predicts that, where kin discrimination is possible, animals should typically act more favorably toward closer genetic relatives and direct aggression tow...
Gilchrist, J. (2017). In defence of the grey squirrel, Britain’s most unpopular invader. The Conversation
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 Management
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. (2017). On Constructing Ensembles for Combinatorial Optimisation. Evolutionary Computation. , 1-21. doi:10.1162/EVCO_a_00203. 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...
Production of final version smartphone application and data queries for citizen science research in Brazil to improve mangrove crab fisheries management.
Experiment with single and combined noise and temperature stress treatments
The AEB Charitable Trust
Collaboration with the National Trust for Scotland, St Abb's Head to determine the impacts of cliff-top walkers and boats on the nesting success of seabirds at St Abbs's Head, Scotland