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Constructing more informative plant–pollinator networks: visitation and pollen deposition networks in a heathland plant community

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Ballantyne, G., Baldock, K. C. R., & Willmer, P. G. (2015)
Constructing more informative plant–pollinator networks: visitation and pollen deposition networks in a heathland plant community. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 282(1814), 20151130. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1130
Interaction networks are widely used as tools to understand plant–pollinator communities, and to examine potential threats to plant diversity and food security if the ecosyste...

Evaluating, predicting and mapping belowground carbon stores in Kenyan mangroves

Journal Article
Gress, S. K., Huxham, M., Kairo, J. G., Mugi, L. M., & Briers, R. A. (2017)
Evaluating, predicting and mapping belowground carbon stores in Kenyan mangroves. Global Change Biology, 23(1), 224-234. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13438
Despite covering only approximately 138,000 km2, mangroves are globally important carbon sinks with carbon density values 3 to 4 times that of terrestrial forests. A key chall...

Migratory timing of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the central North Pacific varies with age, sex and reproductive status.

Journal Article
Craig, A. S., Herman, L. M., Gabriele, C. M., & Pack, A. A. (2002)
Migratory timing of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the central North Pacific varies with age, sex and reproductive status. Behaviour, 140, (981-1000). doi:10.1163/156853903322589605. ISSN 0005-7959
Humpback whales migrate seasonally between high-latitude summer feeding grounds and low-latitude winter breeding grounds. Identification photographs of humpback whales were co...

Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes

Journal Article
Hill, M. J., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R. A., Gledhill, D. G., White, J. C., …Hassall, C. (2017)
Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes. Global Change Biology, 23(3), 986-999. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13401
Urbanization is a global process contributing to the loss and fragmentation of natural habitats. Many studies have focused on the biological response of terrestrial taxa and h...

Structural and functional indices show similar performance in marine ecosystem quality assessment

Journal Article
Culhane, F. E., Briers, R. A., Tett, P., & Fernandes, T. F. (2014)
Structural and functional indices show similar performance in marine ecosystem quality assessment. Ecological Indicators, 43, 271-280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.03.009
Reliable ecosystem quality assessment of marine environments is increasingly important due to mounting pressures attributable to human activities. Biotic indices are widely us...

Environmental sustainability and biodiversity within the dental practice.

Journal Article
Duane, B., Ramasubbu, D., Harford, S., Steinbach, I., Stancliffe, R., & Ballantyne, G. (2019)
Environmental sustainability and biodiversity within the dental practice. British Dental Journal, 226(9), 701-705. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41415-019-0208-8
This paper forms part of a series of papers, seven in total, which have been requested by colleagues to help them as clinicians understand sustainability as it relates to dent...

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...

Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals

Journal Article
Terraneo, T. I., Fusi, M., Hume, B. C., Arrigoni, R., Voolstra, C. R., Benzoni, F., …Berumen, M. L. (2019)
Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals. Journal of Biogeography, 46(10), 2323-2335. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13672
Aim To assess the diversity of algal symbionts of the family Symbiodiniaceae associated with the coral genus Porites in the Red Sea, and to test for host-specificity and envir...

The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?

Journal Article
Rueckert, S., Betts, E. L., & Tsaousis, A. D. (2019)
The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?. Trends in Parasitology, 35(9), 687-694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2019.06.013
Gregarine apicomplexans are closely related to parasites such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium, which are causing severe health and economic burdens. Colonizing ...

Dynamics of bacterial communities in relation to soil aggregate formation during the decomposition of 13C-labelled rice straw

Journal Article
Blaud, A., Lerch, T., Chevallier, T., Nunan, N., Chenu, C., & Brauman, A. (2012)
Dynamics of bacterial communities in relation to soil aggregate formation during the decomposition of 13C-labelled rice straw. Applied Soil Ecology, 53, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsoil.2011.11.005
The addition of fresh organic matter is known to modify both microbial community structure and soil aggregation. The objective of this study was to understand the relationship...
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Governance for ecosystem services and poverty alleviation

2016 - 2017
This research will draw on the extensive research undertaken by ESPA projects in a range of ecosystem contexts through two main areas of work. The first, supply-driven phase of the research will provi...
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council | Value: £8,552

Understanding the drivers of, and threats to, carbon sequestration in Scottish seagrass

2016 - 2020
Understanding the drivers of, and threats to, carbon sequestration in Scottish seagrass
Funder: Scottish Natural Heritage | Value: £35,155

Incidence and abundance of hybrid hogweed (H. sphondylium x mantegazzianum)

2017 - 2019
Incidence and abundance of hybrid hogweed (H. sphondylium x mantegazzianum)
Funder: The Wild Flower Society | Value: £300

The juvenile fish fauna of a Kenyan mangrove forest: exploring new tools to understand growth and condition.

2016 - 2019
The project will work with a new PhD student who is collecting regular samples of juvenile fish from the Vanga mangrove forest in southern Kenya. The work will focus on two areas: 1) Describing the me...
Funder: ENU Development Trust | Value: £8,300

PUNGUZA HEWA KAA : PARTNERS IN CARBON

2017 - 2018
Gazi Bay in southern Kenya has the potential to become a world-leading centre of excellence in the integration of ecosystem science and community development. Work there, led by scientists from Kenya ...
Funder: British Council | Value: £90,234

As Good as (G)Old? Comparing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Restored and Natural Mangrove Forests in the Wallacea Region

2018 - 2021
Mangrove forests are unique intertidal ecosystems connecting the land- and seascape. They provide habitat to terrestrial and marine species, sustain the livelihoods of millions of mostly poor people g...
Funder: Natural Environment Research Council | Value: £643,839

Microlanding - Symbiont transmission in early life stages of mangrove crabs

2019 - 2022
The 'Microlanding' project aims to unravel the nature, topological interactions, dynamics and functions of the bacterial symbionts associated with mangrove crabs' gills in relation to the evolution fr...
Funder: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology | Value: £174,144

Quantifying and reducing the environmental footprint of crab meat processing and scoping for bioactive compounds – a preliminary study

2019 - 2019
The project is to investigate the quantity and environmental footprint of shell residues produced by the crab meat processing "industry" (i.e. local households) in Mamanguape River Estuary and Brejinh...
Funder: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Quantifying metal bioaccumulation in Nephrops norvegicus larvae exposed to cadmium and pile-driving noise

2019 - 2020
Quantifying metal bioaccumulation in Nephrops norvegicus larvae exposed to cadmium and pile-driving noise - Understanding the impacts and mechanisms of multiple stressors on marine life is fraught wit...
Funder: Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University) | Value: £950

Applicability of the optical mesoscope technology to assess physical effects of noise on statocysts of marine invertebrate embryos/larvae: A proof of concept

2020 - 2020
We perceive oceans as quiet,but increasing levels of man-made noise can have negative effects on marine organisms. Invertebrates are under-represented in noise-related research but play significant r...
Funder: Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance | Value: £10,000