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...
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...
Pack, A. A., Herman, L. M., Craig, A. S., Spitz, S. S., Waterman, J. O., Herman, E. Y. K., …Lowe, C. (2017). Habitat preferences by individual humpback whale mothers in the Hawaiian breeding grounds vary with the age and size of their calves. Animal Behaviour, 133, (131-144). doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.09.012. ISSN 0003-3472
We investigated whether calf age and calf size influence habitat choice by humpback whale motherecalf pairs in their breeding grounds. During 1997e2008, we conducted focal fol...
Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University)
Continuous Monitoring of Marine Soundscapes: Assessing Anthropogenic Noise Near Breeding Seabird Colonies
Reader in Marine Sciences / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
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...
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...
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...
Hill, M. J., Biggs, J., Thornhill, I., Briers, R. A., Gledhill, D. H., White, J. C., …Hassall, C. (2017). Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes. Global Change Biology, 23(3), (986-999). doi:10.1111/gcb.13401. ISSN 1354-1013
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...
Gress, S. K., Huxham, M., Kairo, J. G., Mugi, L. M., & Briers, R. A. (2016). Evaluating, predicting and mapping belowground carbon stores in Kenyan mangroves. Global Change Biology, 23(1), (224-234). doi:10.1111/gcb.13438. ISSN 1354-1013
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...
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. doi:10.1098/rspb.2015.1130. ISSN 0962-8452
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...
Maggs, G., Nicoll, M., Zuël, N., White, P. J. C., Winfield, E., Poongavanan, S., …Norris, K. (2015). Rattus management is essential for population persistence in a critically endangered passerine: combining small-scale field experiments and population modelling. Biological Conservation. 191, 274-281. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.06.039. ISSN 0006-3207
Invasive species are a major threat for island biodiversity, causing species decline and extinction globally. Of all invasive mammals rats are one of the most detrimental and ...
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). doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.04.018. ISSN 0301-4797
Mangrove forests are under global pressure. Habitat destruction and degradation persist despite longstanding recognition of the important ecological functions of mangroves. He...
Mcwhinnie, L., Briers, R. A., & Fernandes, T. F. (2014). The development and testing of a multiple-use zoning scheme for Scottish waters. Ocean and Coastal Management, 103, (34-41). doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2014.11.004. ISSN 0964-5691
Marine Spatial Planning attempts to develop integrated planning frameworks for the management of activities within marine ecosystems and support sustainable development. This ...
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). doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.03.009. ISSN 1470-160X
Reliable ecosystem quality assessment of marine environments is increasingly important due to mounting pressures attributable to human activities. Biotic indices are widely us...
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. doi:10.1111/2041-210x.12074
The relative importance of specialized and generalized plant-pollinator relationships is contentious, yet analyses usually avoid direct measures of pollinator quality ...
Gaston, K. J., Charman, K., Jackson, S. F., Armsworth, P. R., Bonn, A. & Briers, R. A. (2006). The ecological effectiveness of protected areas: The United Kingdom. Biological Conservation. 132, 76-87. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2006.03.013. ISSN 0006-3207
Given the importance placed on protected areas, determining their effectiveness in representing and maintaining biodiversity is a core issue in conservation biology. Nonethele...