Quercus Director

Prof. W. Ian Montgomery

Prof. W. Ian Montgomery

Professor of Animal Ecology


BSc Zoology (1973), University of Manchester.

PhD (1977), University of Manchester:

“Studies on the ecology of two sympatric species of Apodemus”

Tel:     +44 (0)28 9097 5786
Fax:    +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Email: i.montgomery@qub.ac.uk 



Professor of Animal Ecology with over 150 publications and reports including over 100 in peer-reviewed refereed journals, edited books and published symposia proceedings. Primary or joint supervisor of 37 postgraduate students.

Member of Committee Heads of University Biological Sciences, Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, Institute of Biology, British Ecological Society, Mammal Society, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, British Society for Parasitology and previous editor of the Proceeding of the Royal Irish Academy; Biology and Environment.

Research Interests

  • Rodent population and community ecology
  • Community ecology of helminth parasites
  • Behavioural ecology of carnivores
  • Role of wild mammals in disease transmission
  • Community and population ecology of bats
  • Upland ecology
  • Ecology of introduced invertebrate and vertebrate species
  • Sexual selection in orb web spiders
  • Ecology and behaviour of overwintering wildfowl
  • Ecology of seed eating birds
  • Biotope and community analyses in site monitoring and designation

Recent Publications

Reid, N., Montgomery , W.I. & McDonald, R.A. (2007) Mammals and agri-environment schemes: hare haven or pest paradise? Journal of Applied Ecology, 44(6), 1200-1208.

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.

Reid, N., Montgomery, W.I. & McDonald, R.A. (2007) Factors associated with hare mortality during coursing. Animal Welfare , 16 (4).

Sadlier, L & Montgomery, W.I. (2004) The impact of sett disturbance on badger (Meles meles) numbers; when does protective legislation work? Biological Conservation, 119 (4): 455-462.

Feore, S., Smal, C. M. & Montgomery, W.I. (1993) Survey of badger setts in Northern Ireland ; progress report. In Hayden, T. J. (ed.), The Badger. Dublin, Royal Irish Academy , 23–25.

Dingerkus, S.K. & Montgomery, W.I. (2002). A review of the status and decline in abundance of the Irish Hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus) in Northern Ireland . Mammal Review 32: 1-11.

Sadlier, L and Montgomery, W.I. (2004). The impact of sett disturbance on badger Meles meles numbers: when does protective legislation work? Biological Conservation, 119: 455-462.

Russ, J.M., Briffa, M. and Montgomery, W.I. (2003). seasonal patterns in activity and habitat use by bats (Pipistrellus spp. and Nyctalus leisleri) in Northern Ireland, determined using a driven transect. Journal of Zoology, 259: 289-299.

Prenter, J.,Elwood, R.W. and Montgomery, W.I. (2003). Mate guarding, competition and variation in size in male orb-web spiders, Metellina segmentata: a field experiment. Animal Behaviour, 66: 1053-1058.

Kelly, D.W., Dick, J.T.A., Montgomery, W.I. and MacNeil, C. (2003). Differences in composition of macroinvertebrate communities with invasive and native Gammarus spp.(Crustacea: Amphipoda). Freshwater Biology, 48: 306-315.

Kelly, D.W., Dick, J.T.A. and Montgomery, W.I. (2002). The functional role of Gammarus (Crustacea, Amphipoda): shredders, predators, or both? Hydrobiologia, 485: 199-203.

Russ, J.M. and Montgomery, W.I. (2002). Habitat associations of bats in Northern Ireland: implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, 108: 49-58.

Dingerkus, S.K. & Montgomery, W.I. (2002). A review of the status and decline in abundance of the Irish Hare (Lepus timidus hibernicus) in Northern Ireland. Mammal Rev. 32: 1-11.

MacNeil, C., Dick, J.T.A., Bigsby, E., Elwood, R.W., and Montgomery, W.I., Gibbins, C.N. & Kelly, D.W. (2002). The validity of the Gammarus : Asellus ratio as an index of organic pollution: abiotic and biotic influences. Water Research, 36: 75-84.

Kelly, D.W., Dick, J.T.A. and Montgomery, W.I. (2002). Predation on mayfly nymph, Baetis rhodani, by native and introduced Gammarus: direct effects and the facilitation of salmonid predation. Freshwater Biology, 47: 1-12.

MacNeil, C., Dick, J.T.A., Elwood, R.W. and Montgomery, W.I. (2001). Coexistence among native and introduced freshwater amphipods (Crustacea); habitat utilization patterns in littoral habitats. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, 151: 591-607.

MacNeil, C., Montgomery, W.I., Dick, J.T.A. and Elwood, R.W. (2001). Factors influencing the distribution of native and introduced Gammarus spp. in Irish river systems. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, 151: 353-368.

Russ, J.M., Hutson, A.M., Montgomery, W.I., Racey, P.A. and Speakman, J.R. (2001). The status of Nathusius' pipistrelle, Pipistrellus nathusii (Keyserling & Blasius 1839), in the British Isles. J. Zool. Lond., 254: 91-100.

Dingerkus, S.K. and Montgomery, W.I. (2001). The diet and landclass affinities of the Irish hare Lepus timidus hibernicus. J. Zool. Lond., 253: 233-240.

Ryan, A.W., Montgomery, W.I. and Duke, E.J. (2000). Microgeographic distribution of House mouse Mus domesticus mitochondrial DNA types on farmland in north-east Ireland. Biology and Environment: Proc Roy.Ir.Acad., 100B: 159-163.

Mathers, R.G., Watson, S., Stone, R. Montgomery, W.I. (2000). A study of the impact of human disturbance on Wigeon Anas Penelope and Brent geese Branta bernicla hrota on an Irish sea loch. Wildfowl, 51: 67-81.

O'Teangana, D., Reilly, S., Montgomery, W.I. and Rochford, J. (2000). Distribution and status of the Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) and Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) in Ireland. Mammal Review, 30: 45-55.