[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.

 

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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) computational ethology, (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.

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A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind – Albert Szent-Györgyi

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, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Trinidad and the USA.

For the most part, my research focuses on fishes and both aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates as study systems.

I am currently recruiting post docs and graduate students, please contact me if you are interested and would like to discuss funding and research opportunities.

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