Ecosystem Biology & Sustainability

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.

Research staff

  • Marco Boeri
    Ecological, environmental, health, energy and resource economics.
  • Alison Cameron
    Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation; Biodiversity; Conservation.
  • Tancredi Caruso
    Soil biodiversity, aboveground-belowground linkages, community ecology.
  • Moira Dean
    Food choice and related consumer behaviour; risk perception and communication;
    consumer and health.
  • Jaimie Dick
    Behavioural Ecology; Invasion Biology; Aquatic ecology.
  • Mark Emmerson  (Director of Research)
    Biodiversity and conservation, food webs, and ecosystems.
  • Keith Farnsworth
    Mathematical modelling of biological systems.
  • Richard Holland
    Migration, orientation, navigation, magnetic sense.
  • Jon Houghton
    Marine vertebrates, biotelemetry and gelatinous zooplankton.
  • George Hutchinson
    Chair of Rural & Environmental Economics.
  • Hansjöerg Kunc
    Behavioural ecology, the interface of animal communication and
    evolutionary biology.
  • Jack Lennon
    Spatial & temporal patterns in species distributions (single species), patterns in biodiversity (multiple species) and their causes.
  • Alberto Longo
    Economics of Environment and Health.
  • Ian Montgomery
    Mammals: population and community ecology.
  • Niamh O'Connell
    Farm animal behaviour and welfare.
  • Nessa O'Connor
    Community ecology, marine biodiversity and conservation.
  • Paulo Prodöhl
    Applied Population Genetics: biodiversity management and conservation; focus on fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Jim Provan
    Population genetics and phylogeography, especially of plants.
  • Neil Reid
    Lagomorph behaviour, ecology and conservation
  • Mike Scantlebury
    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.