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Queen's University Belfast

Quercus & Natural Heritage Research Partnership Manager

 

Dr. Neil Reid

Dr. Neil Reid


BSc Hons Zoology (2002), Queen's University Belfast.
PhD (2006), Queen's University Belfast:
“Conservation ecology of the Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus)”

Tel:     +44 (0)28 9097 2281
Fax:    +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Email:  neil.reid@qub.ac.uk

Summary

Neil took over management of Quercus during 2008 and is responsible for the strategic development of the Research Centre, its day-to-day management, delivery of all outputs and is the line manager for all staff. He is also the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) manager and coordinates all Queen’s University Belfast research funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). He also lectures undergraduates on a range of subjects including population dynamics, conservation biology and mammalian evolution and phylogeny. He is a member of the 'Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics Research Cluster' within the School of Biological Sciences.

Neil is an applied ecologist specialising in mammalogy and conservation science. He has a particular interest in the behaviour, ecology and conservation of lagomorphs. He is the Deputy Chair of the IUCN/SSC Lagomorph Specialist Group and a member of the UK Mammal Society.

 

Research Interests 

  • Policy-relevant evaluation of conservation strategies
  • Conservation ecology of priority species
  • Applied ecology of farmland species
  • Ecology of invasive species
  • Statistical advances in terrestrial mammal abundance estimation techniques
  • The impact of hunting wild mammals with dogs

  

Current PhD students

  • Edith Guilleton (2013-present) "Ecology and genetics of brook and river lamprey in Northern Ireland"
  • Katie Leach (2012-present) “Quantifying the impact of climate change on the Order Lagomorpha
     
  • Anthony Hallam (2012-present) “Interspecific interactions between the invasive European and native Irish hare” 
  • Rebecca Kyle (2012-present) "Assessing the vulnerabilities of juvenile freshwater pearl mussels"
     
  • Irena Tománková (2008-present) “Causes of diving duck population declines at Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland
     
  • Lyndsey Herron (2008-present) “The impact of conservation grazing by domestic stock and natural grazing by wild rabbits on sand dune systems

 

Past PhD students

  • Ruth Kelly (2008-2012) “Freshwater invasive plants in Ireland: distribution, impacts and spread
     
  • Lorraine Chivers (2008-2012) “Foraging ecology and reproductive success of the black-legged kittiwake, common guillemot and razorbill

 

 
Publications

A total of 34 peer-reviewed papers since PhD graduation (Dec 2006) = 4.9 papers/yr.

 

Publication metrics

 
REF 2013 papers

  1. Wilson, C.D., Roberts, D. & Reid, N. (2011) Applying species distribution modelling to identify areas of high conservation value for endangered species: a case study using Margaritifera margaritifera (L.). Biological Conservation 144(2): 821-829. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.11.014 (2012 Impact factor = 3.794) 13th Dec 2010 – 23 citations
  2. Reid, N., McDonald, R.A. & Montgomery, W.I. (2010) Homogeneous habitat can fulfil the discrete and varied resource requirements of hares but may set an ecological trap. Biological Conservation, 143; 1701-1706. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.03.041 (2012 Impact factor = 3.794) 7th May 2010– 9 citations
  3. Reid, N., Thompson, D., Hayden, B., Marnell, F. & Montgomery, W.I. (2013) Review and meta-analysis suggests of diet suggests the Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) is likely to be a poor bioindicator. Ecological Indicators, 26: 5-13. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2012.10.017 (2012 Impact Factor = 2.890) Dec 2012 – 4 citations
  4. Chivers, L.S., Lundy, M.G., Colhoun, K., Newton, S.F., Houghton, J.D.R. & Reid, N. (2013) Identifying optimal feeding habitat and proposed Marine Protected Areas (pMPAs) for the Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) suggests a need for complementary management approaches. Biological Conservation, 164: 73-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2013.04.022(2012 Impact factor = 3.794) 6th June 2013 – 0 citations

All other papers

  1. Reid, N., Lundy, M.G., Hayden, B., Lynn, D., Marnell, F., McDonald, R.A. & Montgomery, W.I. (2013) Detecting detectability: identifying and correcting bias in binary wildlife surveys demonstrates their potential impact on conservation assessments. European Journal of Wildlife Research. DOI: 10.1007/s10344-013-0741-8 (2012 Impact Factor = 1.355) Online Early
  2. Reid, N., Dingerkus, S.K., Stone, R.E., Buckley, J., Beebee, T.J.C., Marnell, F., Wilkinson, J.W. (2013) Assessing historical and current threats to common frog Rana temporaria populations in Ireland. Journal of Herpetology, awaiting pagination. DOI: 10.1670/12-053(2012 Impact Factor = 0.893) 18th July 2013
  3. Tománková, I., Reid, N., Enlander, I. & Fox, A.D. (2013) Ringing and recovery data provide little utility in detecting migratory short-stopping of diving ducks throughout Europe. Ringing & Migration, 28(1): 30-38. DOI:10.1080/03078698.2013.811184 (2011 SJR = 0.514) 5th Jul 2013.
  4. Reid, N., Dingerkus, S.K., Stone, R.E., Kelly, R., Pietravalle, S., Buckley, J., Beebee, T.J.C., Marnell, F., Wilkinson, J.W. (2013) Population enumeration and assessing conservation status in a widespread amphibian: a case study of Rana temporaria in Ireland. Animal Conservation, awaiting pagination.DOI: 10.1111/acv.12022(2012 Impact Factor = 2.692) Early View
  5. Reid, N., Keys, A., Preston, S., Moorkens, E., Roberts, D. & Wilson, D. (2013) Conservation status and reproduction of the critically endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera).Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 23(4): 571-581. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2306 (2012 Impact Factor = 1.917) 8th Nov 2012
  6. Tománkova, I., Boland, H., Reid, N. & Fox, T. (2013) Assessing the extent to which temporal changes in waterbird community composition are driven by either local, regional or global factors. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 23(2): 343-355. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2303 (2012 Impact Factor = 1.917) 30th Oct 2012
  7. Dick, J.T.A, Gallagher, K., Avlijas, S., Clarke, H.C., Lewis, S.E., Leung, S., Minchin, D., Caffrey, J., Alexander, M.E., Maguire, C., Harrod, C., Reid, N., Haddaway, N.R., Farnsworth, K.D., Penk, M. & Ricciardi, A. (2012) Ecological impacts of an invasive predator explained and predicted by comparative functional responses. Biological Invasions, 15(4): 837-846. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0332-8 (2012 Impact Factor = 2.509) 7th Sept 2012
  8. Guy, C., Reid, N. & Roberts, D. (2013) Ageing slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) shells from Belfast Lough. Irish Naturalists' Journal.
  9. Tománkova, I., Harrod, C., Kunc, H.P. & Reid, N. (2013) Gizzard contents and morphometrics of overwintering diving ducks shot at Lough Neagh. Irish Naturalists' Journal.
  10. Chivers, L.S., Lundy, M.G., Colhoun, K., Newton S.F., Houghton, J.D.R. & Reid, N. (2012) Diet of Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) feeding chicks at two Irish colonies highlights the importance of clupeids. Bird Study, 59(3); 363-367. DOI:10.1080/00063657.2012.707638(2013 Impact Factor = 1.017). 30th July 2012
  11. Chivers, L.S., Lundy, M.G., Colhoun, K., Newton S.F., Houghton, J.D.R. & Reid, N. (2012) Foraging trip time-activity budgets and reproductive success in the black-legged kittiwake. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 456; 269-277. DOI: 10.3354/meps09691 (2012 Impact Factor = 2.546). 7th June 2012
  12. White, T.A., Lundy, M.G., Montgomery, W.I., Montgomery, S., Perkins, S., Lawton, C., Meehan, J.M., Hayden, T.J., Heckel, G., Reid, N., Searle, J.B. (2012) Range expansion in an invasive small mammal: the influence of life-history and habitat quality. Biological Invasions. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-012-0225-x (2012 Impact Factor = 2.509) 18th April 2012
  13. Everest, D.J., Griffin, J.,  Warnock,  N.D., Collins, L., Dick, J., Reid, N., Scantlebury, M., Marks, N., & Montgomery, I. (2012) Adenovirus particles from a wild red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) from Northern Ireland. Veterinary Record 170; 188. DOI: 10.1136/vr.e1128 (2012 Impact Factor = 1.803). 18th Feb 2012
  14. Montgomery, W.I., Lundy, M.L. & Reid, N. (2012) ‘Invasional meltdown’: evidence for unexpected consequences and cumulative impacts of multispecies invasions. Biological Invasions, 14(6); 1111-1125. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-0142-4 (2012 Impact Factor = 2.509) 1st Dec 2011
  15. Chivers, L., Lundy, M.G. & Reid, N. (2012) Stable breeding despite variable feeding in two sympatric auk species. Bird Study, 59(1), 67-73. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2011.632618 (2012 Impact Factor = 1.017) 3rd Nov 2011
  16. Davis, E.S., Reid, N. & Paxton R.J. (2012) Quantifying forage specialisation in polyphagic insects: the polylectic and rare solitary bee, Colletes floralis (Hymenoptera: Colletidae). Insect Conservation and Diversity, 5(4); 289-297. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2011.00166.x (2012 Impact Factor = 1.937) 19th Sept 2011
  17. Reid, N., Wilson, G.J., Montgomery, W.I. & McDonald, R.A. (2012) Changes in the prevalence of badger persecution in Northern Ireland. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 58(1); 177-183. DOI: 10.1007/s10344-011-0560-8 (2012 Impact Factor= 1.355) 20th Jul 2011
  18. Reid, N., Etherington, T.R., Wilson, G.J., Montgomery, W.I. & McDonald, R.A. (2012) Monitoring and population estimation of the European badger (Meles meles) in Northern Ireland. Wildlife Biology, 18; 46-57. DOI: 10.2981/11-016 (2012 Impact Factor = 1.102) 7th July 2011
  19. Wilson, C.D., Arnott, G., Reid, N. & Roberts, D. (2011) The pitfall with PIT tags: marking freshwater bivalves for translocation induces short-term behavioural costs. Animal Behaviour 81(1): 341-346. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2010.10.003 (2012 Impact factor = 3.068) 9th Nov 2010
  20. Reid, N. (2011) European hare (Lepus europaeus) invasion ecology; implications for the conservation of the endemic Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus). Biological Invasions 13(3): 559-569. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-010-9849-x (2012 Impact factor = 2.509) 21st Aug 2010
  21. Dingerkus, S.K., Stone, R.E., Wilkinson, J.W., Marnell, M. & Reid, N. (2011) Developing a methodology for the National Frog Survey of Ireland: a pilot study in Co. Mayo. Irish Naturalists' Journal, 31(2); 85-90.
  22. Dick, J.T.A., Freeman, M., Provan, P. & Reid, N. (2011) First record of a free-living Reeves' muntjac deer (Muntiacus reevesi (Ogilby 1839)) in Northern Ireland. Irish Naturalists' Journal, 31(2); 151.
  23. Reid, N. (2011) First record of minimum Irish hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus Bell 1837) longevity in the wild. Irish Naturalists' Journal, 31(2); 151.
  24. Farren, A., Prodöhl, P.A., Laming, P. & Reid, N. (2010) Distribution of the common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) and landscape favourability for the species in Northern Ireland. Amphibia-Reptilia, 31; 387-394. DOI: 10.1163/156853810791769428 (2012 Impact Factor = 0.680) 1st Jul 2010
  25. Reid, N., Magee, C. & Montgomery, W.I. (2010) Integrating field sports, hare population management and conservation. Acta Theriologica, 55(1); 61-71. DOI: 10.4098/j.at.0001-7051.030.2009 (2012 Impact Factor = 0.949) 12th Oct 2009
  26. Reid, N. & Harrison, A. (2010) Post-release GPS tracking of hand-reared Irish hare Lepus timidus hibernicus leverets, Slemish, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. Conservation Evidence, 7; 32-38.
  27. Reid N., McEvoy P.M. & Preston J.S. (2009) Efficacy of sod removal in regenerating fen vegetation for the conservation of the marsh fritillary butterfly Euphydryas aurinia, Montiaghs Moss Nature Reserve, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Conservation Evidence, 6; 31-38.
  28. Reid, N., McDonald, R.A. & Montgomery, W.I. (2007) Factors associated with hare mortality during coursing. Animal Welfare, 16(4); 427-434. (2012 Impact Factor = 1.433) 1st Nov 2007
  29. Reid, N. & Montgomery, W.I. (2007) Is naturalisation of the brown hare in Ireland a threat to the endemic Irish hare? Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 107b(3); 129-138. DOI: 10.3318/BIOE.2007.107.3.129 (2011 Impact Factor = 0.415) 1st Sept 2007
  30. Reid, N., McDonald, R.A. & Montgomery, W.I. (2007) Mammals and agri-environment schemes: hare haven or pest paradise? Journal of Applied Ecology. 44(6); 1200-1208. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2007.01336.x (2012 Impact Factor = 4.740) 21st Jun 2007

Reports

 
A total of 32 Government reports since PhD graduation = 5.33 reports/yr.
 

  1. Warnock, N., Tosh, D.G., McInnes, C.J., Everest, D.J., Montgomery, W.I., Marks, M., Scantlebury, M., Dick, J.T.A., Reid, N. & Collins, L.M. (2012). Squirrelpox virus in Northern Ireland: quantifying the risk to red squirrels. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for the Research and Development Series No. 12/XX. 
  2. Stone, R.E., Coyle, A., Grimes, G., Montgomery, W.I. & Reid, N. (2012). Intertidal seagrass survey of Strangford, Carlingford and Killough, Northern Ireland 2012.Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for the Research and Development Series No. 12/XX 
  3. Buckley, D., Dool, S., Lundy, M.G., Montgomery, W.I. & Reid, N. (2012) Potential swarming sites for bats in Northern Ireland.Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for the Research and Development Series No. 12/XX. 
  4. Buckley, D., Montgomery, W.I. & Reid, N. (2012). Bat Survey of Crom Estate 2012, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in collaboration with the National Trust for the Research and Development Series No. 12/XX. 
  5. Reid, N., Hayden, B., Lundy, M.G., Pietravalle, S., McDonald, R.A. & Montgomery, W.I. (2012) National Otter Survey of Ireland 2010/12. Prepared by Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Hertiage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland. 
  6. Beatty, G.E., Reid, N. & Provan, J. (2012) Conservation genetics of the Yellow Marsh Saxfrage (Saxifraga hirculus) in Ireland. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for the Research and Development Series No. 12/XX. 
  7. Reid, N., Dingerkus, S.K., Stone, R.E., Buckley, J., Beebee, T.J.C. & Wilkinson, J.W. (2012) National Frog Survey of Ireland 2010/11. Irish Wildlife Manuals, No. 58. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin, Ireland. 
  8. Dick, J.T.A., McKillen, J., Chapman, N., Collins, L., Provan, P., Freeman, M., Hogg, K. & Reid, N. (2012) Post-mortem examination of a wild muntjac from Northern Ireland. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) between Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) for the Research and Development Series No. 12/12. ISSN 1751-7796. 
  9. Wilson, C.D., Keys, A., Horton, M., Moorkens, E., Roberts, D. & Reid, N. (2012) Protocols for the ex-situ conservation and reintroduction of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in Northern Ireland. Prepared for Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series No. 12/09. ISSN 1751-7796. 
  10. Reid, N., Ruddock, M., Weston, E. & Leckie, F. (2011) Hen harrier (Circus cyaneus) satellite tracking pilot study. Report for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Research and Development Series No. 12/05. Belfast. ISSN 1751-7796. 
  11. Reid, N., Preston, S.P. & Keys, A. (2011) Freshwater pearl mussel survey of Northern 2011. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series No. 10/XX. 
  12. Reid, N., Wilson, C.D., Preston, S.J., Keys, A. & Moorkens, E. (2011) Assessment of the reproductive capacity of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera in Northern Ireland. Report for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) produced by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) with Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast. 
  13. Reid, N. & Montgomery, W.I. (2010) Retrospective analysis of the Northern Ireland Irish hare Survey data from 2002-2010. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series No.11/16. ISSN 1751-7796. 
  14. Reid, N., Harrison, A.T. & Robb, G.N. (2010) Northern Ireland Irish hare survey 2010. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series. 
  15. Reid, N. (2010) European hare invasion ecology: implications for the conservation status of the endemic Irish hare. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  16. Preston, S.P. & Reid, N. (2010) Northern Ireland Otter Survey 2010. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series. 
  17. Paxton, C.G.M., Reid, N. & Borchers, D.L. (2010) Technical Report for the estimation of Irish hare abundance in Northern Ireland from 2002-2010. Internal report prepared by the Research Unit for Wildlife Population Assessment (RUWPA), Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Monitoring (CREEM), University of St. Andrews and the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. 
  18. Gallagher, K., Reid, N., Maguire, C.M., Harrod, C., Caffrey, J. & Dick, J.T.A (2010) Potential impact of a new freshwater invader: the bloody-red shrimp (Hemimysis anomala). Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Inland Fisheries Ireland. Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series. 
  19. Freeman, M., Reid, N. & Dick, J.T.A. (2010) Evaluation of the veracity of anecdotal muntjac records in Northern Ireland. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus, Queen’s University Belfast for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland Environment Agency Research and Development Series. 
  20. Ruddock, M. & Reid, N. (2010). Review of windfarms and their impact on biodiversity: Guidance for developments in Northern Ireland. Report by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  21. Roy, S., Reid, N., McDonald, R.A. (2009) A review of mink predation and control in Ireland. Irish Wildlife Manuals, No. 40. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin, Ireland. 
  22. Guy, C., Roberts, D. & Reid, N. (2009)Aging slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata) shells from Belfast Lough.Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  23. Keeble, H., Williams, P., Biggs, J. & Reid, N. (2009) Important Areas for Ponds (IAPs) and other small waterbodies in Northern Ireland. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland, UK. 
  24. Hughes, M., Reid, N., Montgomery, W.I. & Prodöhl, P. A. (2009) Verification of hybridisation between introduced European and native Irish hares. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  25. Dick, J.T.A, Provan, J. & Reid, N. (2009) Muntjac Knowledge Transfer: Ecology of introduced muntjac deer and appraisal of control procedures. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  26. Bradley, C., Preston, S.J., Provan, J. & Reid, N. (2009) Current status and conservation genetics of the river water-crowfoot Ranunculus fluitans. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  27. Bradley, C., Preston, S.J., Provan, J. & Reid, N. (2009) Current status and conservation genetics of Alder buckthorn Frangula alnus in Northern Ireland. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  28. Preston, S.J. & Reid, N. (2008) Efficacy of sod removal in regenerating fen vegetation. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  29. Robb, G.N., McDermott, T. & Reid, N. (2008) Current distribution of Spartina anglica in Northern Ireland. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Northern Ireland, UK. 
  30. Tinkler, E. & Reid, N. (2008) Identifying priority actions on climate change within the Natural Heritage Directorate. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland, UK. 
  31. Reid, N., Harrison, A.T. & Robb, G.N. (2008) Northern Ireland Irish hare survey 2009. Report prepared by the Natural Heritage Research Partnership, Quercus for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Northern Ireland, UK. 
  32. Reid, N., Dingerkus, K., Montgomery, W.I., Marnell, F., Jeffrey, R., Lynn, D., Kingston, N. & McDonald, R.A. (2007) Status of hares in Ireland. Irish Wildlife Manuals, No. 30. National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dublin, Ireland.