BSc Zoology (Hons) 1986, Glasgow University;
PhD. Animal Behaviour and Ecology, 1989,
Queen's University Belfast.
Module Coordinator, Level 3 Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology Member, Ethical Review Committee (Ethical Review Process, Personal and Project Licences, Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986) Student Consultative Committee Postgraduate Staff/Student Consultative Committee School Management Board; School Board.
Behavioural Ecology: mate choice, mating strategies and systems, aggression, cannibalism, maternal care, conflict resolution, life-history strategies and tactics. Ecology: interspecific competition, predation, trophic interactions, introduced species, biodiversity, environmental and parasite mediation of species interactions. Study species: native and introduced freshwater and marine invertebrates (especially crustaceans) and fish (e.g. pollan, salmon, trout, eels, lamprey). I seek to integrate studies at the levels of the individual, population and community with the use of field and laboratory data, with complementary mathematical modelling. I currently work independently and collaboratively e.g. with Biology staff at Queen's University Belfast and ecologists at the Universities of Amsterdam, Nijmagen, Leeds and Bristol.
Maternal care and reproductive success in amphipods Behavioural attributes and environmental impacts of introduced species Effects of environmental factors on species interactions and modelling of associated population and community change Environmental influences on reproductive output and population change Reproductive isolation and speciation in amphipods Development of behavioural biomonitoring tools with aquatic crustacea New ecotoxicological methods using amphipods Conservation and aquaculture of crustaceans Trophic interactions among fish, crustacean prey and parasites Parasite-mediated competition and predation Decision making in animals Fisheries and conservation Animal Welfare.
Member of NERC Peer Review College ESF Pool of Peer Reviewers Editorial Board of 'Behavioural Processes' Review Staff, 'Marine Ecology Progress Series' Referee for NERC, Leverhulme Trust and European Science Foundation Grant Proposals Scientific Advisor to W5 (Odyssey Complex, Belfast) Scientific Advisor to the Gortin Burn Environmental Project, Co. Tyrone Scientific Advisor to Ballygrangee Trout Fishery, Carrowdore Scientific Advisor to Abbey Grammar School, Newry Development and delivery of teaching in environmental issues in a cross-community Primary Schools project (Gortin, Omagh; Leader Dr. Lucinda Blakiston Houston).