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  • Community heterogeneity of aquatic macroinvertebrates in urban ponds at a multi-city scale

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  • Developing an empirical approach to optimal camera-trap deployment at mammal resting sites: evidence from a longitudinal study of an otter Lutra lutra holt

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  • Urban ponds as an aquatic biodiversity resource in modified landscapes

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Details of students who I am currently involved in supervising, plus recent past members of the group.

Jenny McLeish (PhD)

Non-native Bullhead in Scotland: molecular and morphological identification and parasite links with native fauna.

Co-supervised with Dr Sonja Rueckert

Ian Martin (PhD)

Morphological variation, population structure and habitat utilisation of the mahseer, Tor putitora in the Mahakali river, western Nepal.

Co-supervised with Dr Sonja Rueckert

Alex Kent (PhD)

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

Co-supervised with Dr Sonja Rueckert and Dr Karen Diele

Matt Wale (PhD)

Effects of anthropogenic noise on marine invertebrates.

Co-supervised with Dr Karen Diele

Edward Bolger (PhD)

Responses of early life stage marine invertebrates to underwater sound.

Co-supervised with Dr Karen Diele

Melanie Findlay (PhD)

Investigating the potential for camera trapping technology to improve efficacy of otter derogation surveys.

Co-supervised with Dr Pat White

David Lawson (MRes)

An assessment of diffuse pollution inputs and their impacts on invertebrates in the River Almond, Scotland.

Co-supervised with Dr Linda Gilpin

Mike Thornton (MRes)

Modelling the winter foraging dynamics of the Taiga Bean Goose Anser fabalis fabalis population on the Slamannan Plateau, Central Scotland.

Co-supervised with Dr Pat White

Recent alumni

Dr Selena Gress

Mapping belowground carbon and developing new tools to evaluate carbon stores in Keynan mangroves. LinkedIn Profile

Dr Lauren McWhinnie

Developing and testing approaches for Marine Spatial Planning: the case of aquaculture. Joint supervision with Professor Teresa Fernandes at Heriot-Watt University. Now a postdoc at Victoria University.

Dr Iain Reid

Geographical variation in life history response to stress in a freshwater snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Still with us as a member of the technical team. LinkedIn Profile

Dr Fiona Culhane

The use of benthic communities in environmental health assessment. Now a postdoc at the University of Liverpool. LinkedIn profile


Anthropogenic impacts

Impacts of underwater noise, diffuse pollution and other stressors


Coding projects; the biotic R package, Python, even VBA

Conservation planning

Systematic approaches to prioritisation of areas for conservation

Spatial Ecology

Patterns and processes in populations and communities


I teach across a range of subjects, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I have a particular interest in Technology Enhanced Learning. Since we adopted Moodle as our VLE, I have also been spending some time hacking together HTML and scripts to develop resources for both students and academic staff. If you are interested in Stats teaching, check out my popular StatsTV series of videos for Minitab. These will be superceded by R versions soon as we revise our undergraduate stats teaching.

Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader for:

Freshwater Biology

Fisheries Biology

Scientific Research Project

I also contribute to the teaching of:

Scientific Communication: Dissertation & Statistics (the stats side of things)

Population and Community Ecology

Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Management (GIS)

Advances in Aquatic Science

Postgraduate Teaching

Module leader for:

Management of Aquatic Protected Areas

I also contribute to the teaching of:

Field and Laboratory Skills (GIS and freshwater taxonomy)

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Every October, we take a party of third year undergraduates to the Isle of Cumbrae for residential field course at FSC Millport. Whilst there, they are immersed in a world of intertidal ecology, looking at influences of habitat characteristics, adaptation and interactions that makes the descriptions and illustrations of Begon or Molles a little more real and apparent. As part of the work, we look at zonation on both rocky and sandy shores (like a million other student groups!


Mapping the spread of a migratory bird using Twitter: @WaxwingsUK