Members of this research group are involved in a wide range of projects in ecosystem biology and sustainability. Research includes broad areas of Ecology (Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial), Behavioural Ecology; Ecophysiology, Animal Behaviour; Molecular Ecology, Conservation (including Conservation Genetics), Aquaculture, Systematics (both Molecular and Morphological), and Environmental Economics.
This diverse range of interests is linked by common approaches including the integration of theoretical, laboratory, field and economic investigations. Research facilities include the QUB Marine Laboratory at Portaferry, which hosts the Modiolus Restoration Research Group (MRRG). The Gibson Institute for Land Food and Environment is also housed on the MBC site.
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Biodiversity; Conservation.
Soil biodiversity, aboveground-belowground linkages, community ecology.
Food choice and related consumer behaviour; risk perception and communication;
consumer and health.
Behavioural Ecology; Invasion Biology; Aquatic ecology.
Mark Emmerson (Director of Research)
Biodiversity and conservation, food webs, and ecosystems.
Mathematical modelling of biological systems.
Migration, orientation, navigation, magnetic sense.
Marine vertebrates, biotelemetry and gelatinous zooplankton.
Chair of Rural & Environmental Economics.
Behavioural ecology, the interface of animal communication and
Spatial & temporal patterns in species distributions (single species), patterns in biodiversity (multiple species) and their causes.
Economics of Environment and Health.
Mammals: population and community ecology.
Farm animal behaviour and welfare.
Community ecology, marine biodiversity and conservation.
Applied Population Genetics: biodiversity management and conservation; focus on fisheries and aquaculture.
Population genetics and phylogeography, especially of plants.
Lagomorph behaviour, ecology and conservation
Reproductive, behavioural and ecological physiology.
- Julia Sigwart
Evolution and phylogenetics of molluscs.
Opportunities for postgraduate research
Studentships are available for postgraduate research. The closing date for most applications was Friday 23 January, 2015.
There is a possibility that projects may be DEL funded (Department for Employment and Learning Studentships). For further information on eligibility for funding, please visit the DEL website.