[People] go out into the void spaces of the world for various reasons. Some are actuated simply by the love of adventure, some have the keen thirst for scientific knowledge, and others again are drawn away from the trodden paths by the ‘lure of little voices’, the mysterious fascination of the unknown. – Ernest Shackleton
I am a Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology in the School of Biological & Marine Sciences at the University of Plymouth, UK.
My research is focused on understanding how individual-level attributes (behaviour, physiology, morphology) influence higher-level (groups, populations) processes in terms of ecology and evolution. My interests span: (a) animal personality & behavioural syndromes, (b) social network analysis and collective behaviour, (c) animal cognition, (d) human-induced rapid environmental change (tourism, harvest, pollution), and (e) the use of animal tracking technologies and electronic sensory tags in ecology and conservation.
Research on these topics have led me to conduct research in terrestrial, freshwater and marine (coral reefs, estuary, pelagic, deep-sea) systems across Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Trinidad, and the UK.
Current animal systems of research focus include freshwater stream fishes and amphibians in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica as well as marine species in the UK (mainly the common cuttlefish and a variety of fishes/invertebrates).
I am currently recruiting post docs and postgraduate students (particularly for ResM and MRes programmes at the University of Plymouth), please contact me if you are interested and would like to discuss funding and research opportunities.