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Applying Climate Compatible Development and economic valuation to coastal management: A case study of Kenya's mangrove forests

Journal Article
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.018
Mangrove forests are under global pressure. Habitat destruction and degradation persist despite longstanding recognition of the important ecological functions of mangroves. He...

Changes of bat species composition over altitudinal gradients on northern and southern aspects of the Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa.

Journal Article
Weier, S. M., Linden, V. M., Gaigher, I., White, P. J., & Taylor, P. J. (2017)
Changes of bat species composition over altitudinal gradients on northern and southern aspects of the Soutpansberg mountain range, South Africa. Mammalia, 81(1), https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2015-0055
In order to gain insight into the pattern of bat species composition over altitude and the environmental variables driving the observed pattern, we compared data from moist so...

Pollinator importance networks illustrate the crucial value of bees in a highly speciose plant community

Journal Article
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), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-08798-x
Accurate predictions of pollination service delivery require a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between plants and flower visitors. To improve measurements of p...

From shiny shoes to muddy reality: understanding how meso-state actors negotiate the implementation gap in participatory forest management

Journal Article
Kairu, A., Upton, C., Huxham, M., Kotut, K., Mbeche, R., & Kairo, J. (2018)
From shiny shoes to muddy reality: understanding how meso-state actors negotiate the implementation gap in participatory forest management. Society and Natural Resources, 31(1), 74-88. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2017.1382628
Recent research on participatory forest management (PFM) in the global south has highlighted the existence of a widespread “implementation gap” between the ambitious intent en...

Mangroves and People: Local Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate

Book Chapter
Huxham, M., Dencer-Brown, A., Diele, K., Kathiresan, K., Nagelkerken, I., & Wanjiru, C. (2017)
Mangroves and People: Local Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate. In V. H. Rivera-Monroy, S. Y. (. Lee, E. Kristensen, & R. Twilley (Eds.), Mangrove Ecosystems: A Global Biogeographic Perspective, 245-274. Springer Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-62206-4_8
Mangrove forests provide many services, some of which are used mostly or exclusively by local people, often the relatively poor and marginalised. Here, such ‘local ecosystem s...

Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation

Journal Article
Potouroglou, M., Bull, J. C., Krauss, K. W., Kennedy, H. A., Fusi, M., Daffonchio, D., …Huxham, M. (2017)
Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation. Scientific Reports, 7, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-12354-y
Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbo...

Framework for understanding marine ecosystem health

Journal Article
Tett, P., Gowen, R., Painting, S., Elliott, M., Forster, R., Mills, D., …Wilkinson, M. (2013)
Framework for understanding marine ecosystem health. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 494, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10539
Although the terms ‘health’ and ‘healthy’ are often applied to marine ecosystems and communicate information about holistic condition (e.g. as required by the Ecosystem Approa...

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 Article
Patchett, R., Ballantyne, G., & Willmer, P. (2017)
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, 21(3), 78-85
Estimating the pollen-deposition effectiveness of flower visitors is fundamental to understanding their performance as pollinators. While estimates of visitation rates, pollen...

Why flower visitation is a poor proxy for pollination: measuring single-visit pollen deposition, with implications for pollination networks and conservation

Journal Article
King, C., Ballantyne, G., & Willmer, P. G. (2013)
Why flower visitation is a poor proxy for pollination: measuring single-visit pollen deposition, with implications for pollination networks and conservation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(9), 811-818. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210x.12074
Summary The relative importance of specialized and generalized plant-pollinator relationships is contentious, yet analyses usually avoid direct measures of pollinator quality ...

Floral visitors and ant scent marks: noticed but not used?

Journal Article
Ballantyne, G., & Willmer, P. (2012)
Floral visitors and ant scent marks: noticed but not used?. Ecological Entomology, 37(5), 402-409. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2311.2012.01378.x
1. Bee behaviour when visiting flowers is mediated by diverse chemical cues and signals, from the flower itself and from previous visitors to the flower. Flowers recently visi...
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Rates of desimentation in seagrass meadows

2013 - 2014
Radiometric dating of seagrass sediments using short-lived isotopes
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £875

Parasites in the deep

2014 - 2016
Parasites collected from different fish species (e.g. Barathrites iris) from the New Hebrides trench and the Kermadec trench will be identified on a morphological and molecular level.
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £600

Oral Infestation Challenge

2016 - 2016
Live Atlantic salmon will be experimentally infested with live anisakis simplex. The experiment will run for 35 days, and at certain sampling points, salmon will be euthanised and blood will be taken....
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £490

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

2016 - 2017
This research will make direct comparisons of δ13C and δ15N isotope values from muscle tissue between populations of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) returning to the North, East and West coasts of Scotl...
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council

Building and evaluating recorders for seabird vocalisations at nesting sites with differing degrees of human disturbance

2016 - 2017
Long-duration recorders are commercially available for week-scale terrestrial sound monitoring, but expensive and large, thus difficult to disguise in colonies. We have an active collaboration with th...
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £980

Phd studentship (Earthwatch), Determinants Of Habitat Use By Fish In Mangroves In Kenya

2016 - 2019
Mangrove for fish: understanding and enhancing the nursery function
Funder: Earthwatch | Value: £40,000

Effects of artifical noise on marine invertebrates

2014 - 2016
To address this lack of knowledge investigating whether underwater noise, such as arising from installation and running of marine renewables, has any effects on a range of behavioural, physiological, ...
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £3,800

Effects of Anthropogenic Noise Playbacks on Marine Invertebrates

2015 - 2016
The project aims to address this lack of knowledge investigating whether underwater noise, such as arising from installation and running of marine renewables, has any effects on a range of behavioural...
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £500

CESEA - coastal ecosystem services in east Africa

2013 - 2017
The CESEA project is a collaboration between scientists and researchers in Tanzania, Kenya and the UK. By bringing together experts in ecololgy and development it will find new ways to help local peop...
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council | Value: £281,546

BES Travel Grant for PhD student Alex Kent

2017 - 2017
Travel grant to allow PhD student to attend Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting/conference in Hawaii.
Funder: British Ecological Society | Value: £500