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Local contributions to beta-diversity in urban pond networks: implications for biodiversity conservation and management

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Hill, M., White, J., Biggs, J., Briers, R., Gledhill, D., Ledger, M., …Hassall, C. (2021)
Local contributions to beta-diversity in urban pond networks: implications for biodiversity conservation and management. Diversity and Distributions, 27(5), 887-900. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13239
Aim: An understanding of how biotic communities are spatially organised is necessary to identify and prioritize habitats within landscape-scale biodiversity conservation. Loca...

The functional response and resilience in small waterbodies along land-use and environmental gradients

Journal Article
Thornhill, I. A., Biggs, J., Hill, M. J., Briers, R., Gledhill, D., Wood, P. J., …Hassall, C. (2018)
The functional response and resilience in small waterbodies along land-use and environmental gradients. Global Change Biology, 24(7), 3079-3092. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14149
There is growing recognition of the essential services provided to humanity by functionally intact ecosystems. Freshwater ecosystems are found throughout agricultural and urba...

Dispersal of adult stoneflies (Plecoptera) from upland streams draining catchments with contrasting land-use

Journal Article
Briers, R., Cariss, H., & Gee, J. (2002)
Dispersal of adult stoneflies (Plecoptera) from upland streams draining catchments with contrasting land-use. Fundamental and Applied Limnology, 155(4), 627-644. https://doi.org/10.1127/archiv-hydrobiol/155/2002/627
Populations of benthic invertebrates in neighbouring streams are isolated from each other by intervening terrestrial habitat. The adult stages of stream insects that are capab...

First genetic evidence that invasive bullhead (Cottus L. 1758) in Scotland is of English origin and the difficulty of resolving the European Cottus species taxonomy

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McLeish, J., Briers, R., Dodd, J., & Rueckert, S. (2020)
First genetic evidence that invasive bullhead (Cottus L. 1758) in Scotland is of English origin and the difficulty of resolving the European Cottus species taxonomy. Journal of Fish Biology, 96(3), 617-630. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14247
The European bullhead (Cottus gobio) is widely distributed across Europe and within the UK is native to England and Wales, where it is protected under the Habitats Directive. ...

Component processes of detection probability in camera-trap studies: understanding the occurrence of false-negatives

Journal Article
Findlay, M. A., Briers, R. A., & White, P. J. C. (2020)
Component processes of detection probability in camera-trap studies: understanding the occurrence of false-negatives. Mammal Research, 65, 167-180. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-020-00478-y
Camera-trap studies in the wild record true-positive data, but data loss from false-negatives (i.e. an animal is present but not recorded) is likely to vary and widely impact ...

From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel

Journal Article
Wale, M. A., Briers, R. A., Hartl, M. G., Bryson, D., & Diele, K. (2019)
From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel. Science of the Total Environment, 689, 126-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.380
Responses of marine invertebrates to anthropogenic noise are insufficiently known, impeding our understanding of ecosystemic impacts of noise and the development of mitigation...

Developing an empirical approach to optimal camera-trap deployment at mammal resting sites: evidence from a longitudinal study of an otter Lutra lutra holt

Journal Article
Findlay, M., Briers, R., Diamond, N., & White, P. (2017)
Developing an empirical approach to optimal camera-trap deployment at mammal resting sites: evidence from a longitudinal study of an otter Lutra lutra holt. European journal of wildlife research, 63(6),
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...

Quantifying two-dimensional dichromatic patterns using a photographic technique: case study on the shore crab (Carcinus maenas L.)

Journal Article
Todd, P. A., Ladle, R. J., Briers, R. A., & Brunton, A. (2005)
Quantifying two-dimensional dichromatic patterns using a photographic technique: case study on the shore crab (Carcinus maenas L.). Ecological research, 20(4), 497-501. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11284-004-0034-5
Contrasting patterns of pigmentation, such as those associated with crypsis and aposematism, are common in many taxa. In order to determine why patterning varies among individ...

Community heterogeneity of aquatic macroinvertebrates in urban ponds at a multi-city scale

Journal Article
Hill, M. J., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R. A., Ledger, M., Gledhill, D. G., …Hassall, C. (2018)
Community heterogeneity of aquatic macroinvertebrates in urban ponds at a multi-city scale. Landscape Ecology, 33(3), 389-405. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0608-1
Purpose Urbanisation is a leading cause of biotic homogenisation in urban ecosystems. However, there has been little research examining the effect of urbanisation and biotic h...

Flight activity of adult stoneflies in relation to weather

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Briers, R. A., Cariss, H. M., & Gee, J. H. R. (2003)
Flight activity of adult stoneflies in relation to weather. Ecological Entomology, 28(1), 31-40. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-2311.2003.00480.x
1. Dispersal of adult aquatic insects between streams may have important consequences for local and regional population dynamics, but little is known about how dispersal is af...
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An overview of diffuse pollution inputs and their impacts upon organisms in the River Almond, Scotland

2015 - 2018
David Lawson | Director of Studies: Dr Robert Briers | Second Supervisor: Dr Linda Gilpin

The impacts of tree harvesting on the carbon balance and functioning of mangrove forests

2009 - 2013
Mangrove forests are considered one of the most efficient natural carbon sinks and their preservation is thus im...
Joseph Langat | Director of Studies: Prof Mark Huxham | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

The effects of anthropogenic noise playbacks on marine invertebrates

2014 - 2018
Anthropogenic noise has profoundly changed the acoustic environment of aquatic habitats, and is known to negatively affect many taxa...
Dr Matt Wale | Director of Studies: Prof Karen Diele | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

Gender differences in the expression of narcissism: Diagnostic assessment, aetiology, and intimate partner violence perpetration

2017 - 2020
Ava Green | Director of Studies: Dr Kathy Charles | Second Supervisor: Dr Kathy Charles

Coriander yield decline: investigating potential management options

2017 - date
Amanda Jones | Director of Studies: Prof Ian Singleton | Second Supervisor: Dr Fiona Stainsby

Trophic polymorphism in the Himalayan fish Tor putitora? An Investigation into morphological variation

2013 - date
Ian Martin | Director of Studies: Dr Robert Briers | Second Supervisor: Dr Sonja Rueckert

Geographical variation in life history response to stress in the freshwater snail Lymnaea stagnalis.

2006 - 2013
Life histories are known to vary across geographic ranges in response to a number of factors, both b...
Dr Iain Reid | Director of Studies: Dr Robert Briers

Exploring the causes of Red Vent Syndrome in wild Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) from coastal waters around Scotland

2014 - 2018
"In 2005, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) migrating to the UK exhibited swollen, haemor...
Alexander Kent | Director of Studies: Dr Sonja Rueckert | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

Mapping belowground carbon and developing new tools to estimate carbon stores in Kenyan and Tanzanian mangroves

2011 - 2016
Selena Gress | Director of Studies: Dr Robert Briers | Second Supervisor: Prof Mark Huxham

Non-native bullhead in South-East Scotland: Molecular and morphological identification and parasite links with native fauna

2014 - 2018
The PhD is to investigate the ecological implications of invasive bullhead in...
Jenny Mcleish | Director of Studies: Dr Sonja Rueckert | Second Supervisor: Dr Robert Briers

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