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Daphne du Maurier
Centre for Ecology and Conservation
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Exeter, Penryn Campus
Professor Bearhop is an ecologist at the University of Exeter, UK, with a range of interests mainly related to migration and foraging ecology of vertebrates (particularly birds) and the application of stable isotope techniques in animal ecology. He is a member of the Ecology and Conservation research group at the University of Exeter.
- 2011-present: Professor of Animal Ecology, University of Exeter
- 2010-2011: Associate Professor in Animal Ecology, University of Exeter
- 2007-2010: Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology, University of Exeter
- 2004-2006: Lecturer in Conservation Biology, Queen’s University Belfast
- 2001-2003: NERC Independent Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast & University of Glasgow
- 2000-2001: NERC Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Durham
- 1999-2000: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Glasgow
Professor Bearhop’s research focuses on spatial and trophic ecology of animals, with a particular interest in the causes and consequences of intra-population variation in foraging and dispersal behaviours. He also works on the cascading effects of nutrient fluxes, and applications of stable isotope techniques. His research group works at field sites all over the world: Sub-Antarctic New Zealand, South Atlantic, Portugal, Germany, Iceland, Great Britain (including Shetland, St Kilda), Northern Ireland & ROI, the Bahamas, USA, Canadian Arctic and the central Pacific.
- Drivers of fitness in long distance migrants
- Social structure among group living animals
- The causes and consequences of individual foraging specialisations
- Stable isotopes as markers of diet
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- Robertson A, McDonald RA, Delahay RJ, Kelly SD, Bearhop S (2015). Resource availability affects individual niche variation and its consequences in group-living European badgers Meles meles. Oecologia, 178(1), 31-43.
- Bodey TW, Jessopp MJ, Votier SC, Gerritsen HD, Cleasby IR, Hamer KC, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2014). Seabird movement reveals the ecological footprint of fishing vessels. Current Biology, 24(11), R514-R515.
- Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green JA, Grémillet D, Jackson AL, et al (2013). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science, 341(6141), 68-70.
- Harrison XA, Hodgson DJ, Inger R, Colhoun K, Gudmundsson GA, McElwaine G, Tregenza T, Bearhop S (2013). Environmental conditions during breeding modify the strength of mass-dependent carry-over effects in a migratory bird. Plos One, 8(10).
- Rutz CR, Bluff LA, Reed N, Troscianko J, Newton J, Inger R, Kacelnik A, Bearhop S (2010). The Ecological Significance of Tool Use in New Caledonian Crows. Science, 329, 1523-1525.
- Parnell A, Inger R, Bearhop S, Jackson AL (2010). Source partitioning using stable isotopes: coping with variation. Plos One, 3(5).
- Harrison XA, Blount JD, Inger R, Norris DR, Bearhop S (2010). Carry‐over effects as drivers of fitness differences in animals. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80, 4-18
- Inger R, Harrison XA, Ruxton GD, Newton J, Colhoun K, Gudmundsson GA, McElwaine G, Pickford M, Hodgson D, Bearhop S (2010). Carry-Over Effects Reveal Reproductive Costs in a Long Distance Migrant. Journal of Animal Ecology, 79, 974-982.
Professor Bearhop’s research has been featured regularly in the international press, the science press, radio and television.
His work on geese has featured in several BBC documentaries and on the Autumnwatch and Springwatch series.