Prof Ian Boyd

Prof Ian Boyd

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Research Overview:

Behavioural dynamics of marine predators

The application of scale-based theoretical and statistical models to examine single- and multi-dimensional behavioural vectors of marine predators, particularly in relation to the distribution of food patches. The objective of this research is to :

- develop and test dynamic models of the way in which predator fitness varies in relation to the distribution and abundance of food and of how this ultimately influences the evolution of life-histories and the viability of predators in different environments;

- characterise the functional relationship (in terms of fitness) of animals to environmental variability and thereby to develop a predictive framework for population trajectories under different environmental conditions;

- examine the impact of marine predators on their food supply.

Recently, this research interest has focused upon the behavioural responses of highly cryptic marine mammals to sound sources, including anti-submarine sonars. This research has also involved extensive studies of bioenergetics and behaviour including the use of remote tracking and recording technology, often using high capacity data streams. The results from these studies are providing the foundation for the development of algorithms to calculate the direction and dynamics of energy flux through predators populations and for solving problems in behavioural optimisation in particular circumstances.


Management of marine ecosystems

Development of ecosystem-based management procedures for the sustainable exploitation of marine resources. This interest lies at the interface between ecology, systems modelling and economics and applies risk-based modelling to decision-making in the context of environmental exploitation.

-use predators at the top of marine food chains as models of sustainable exploitation in marine ecosystems;

-through the use of signals from top food chain predators, to examine the underlying natural levels of variability from large-scale physical forcing of the ecosystem and to develop an appreciation of their role in marine resource management;

- to develop the conceptual and strategic models underlying ecosystem-based management


Ecological economics

This aims to bridge to gap between economics and ecology. Traditionally, ecological economics has stressed the importance of natural resources for commerce and conservation. In fact it covers the whole range of subjects from bioenergetics through to resource exploitation by commercial interests. The objectives are to:

- apply theory developed within economics to understanding the criteria used by animals when making investment decisions and also the evolutionary implications of those decisions.

- providing a better understanding of how we should place a value on natural resources (such as unexploited wildlife populations) which have no marketable value.


20 (of 139 published available) for ilb (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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An inside view on pesticide policy Ian Boyd
Nature Ecology and Evolution 2018
Mitigation of harm during a novel behavioural response study involving active sonar and wild cetaceans Brandon Southall, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Ian Boyd
Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 2017 vol.16 pp.29-38
The stuff and nonsense of open data in government Ian Boyd
Scientific Data 2017 vol.4
Toward pesticidovigilance Alice Milner, Ian Boyd
Science 2017 vol.357 pp.1232-1234
Taking the long view Ian Boyd
Nature 2016 vol.540 pp.520-521
International Quiet Ocean Experiment science plan Peter Lloyd Tyack, George Frisk, Ian Boyd, Edward Urban, Sophie Seeyave
Capital and income breeding Philip A. Stephens, Alasdair I. Houston, Karin C. Harding, Ian Boyd, John M. McNamara
Ecology 2014 vol.95 pp.882-896
On the use of systematic reviews to inform environmental policies Gary Bilotta, Alice Milner, Ian Boyd
Environmental Science and Policy 2014 vol.42 pp.67-77
The effectiveness of a seal scarer at a wild salmon net fishery Rob Harris, Catriona M Harris, Callan David Duck, Ian Boyd
ICES Journal of Marine Science 2014 vol.71 pp.1913-1920
The effectiveness of a sear scarer at a wild salmon net fishery. Rob Harris, Callan David Duck, Ian Boyd
ICES Journal of Marine Science 2014 vol.71 pp.1913-1920
Delphinid whistle production and call matching during playback of simulated military sonar. Stacy Lynn De Ruiter, Ian Boyd, Christopher Clark, Chuck Gagnon, Brandon Southall, Peter Lloyd Tyack
Marine Mammal Science 2013 vol.29 pp.E46-E59
Making science count in government Ian Boyd
eLife 2013 vol.2
Mid-frequency broadband sounds of Blainville's beaked whales Darren Talbot, Ian Boyd, Luke Edward Rendell
Bioacoustics 2013 vol.22 pp.153-163
The consequence of tree pests and diseases for ecosystem services Ian Boyd, Peter H Freer-Smith, Chris A Gilligan, H.C.J. Godfray
Science 2013 vol.342 pp.823
Urban forests on the front line response Ian Boyd, P.H. Feer-Smith, C.A. Gilligan, H.C.J. Godfray
Science 2013 vol.343 pp.249
Responses of Antarctic pack-ice seals to environmental change and increasing krill fishing J Forcada, P.N. Trathan, P.L. Boveng, Ian Boyd, J.M. Burns, D.P. Costa, Mike Fedak, T.L. Rogers, C.M. Southwell
Biological Conservation 2012 vol.149 pp.40-50
Technology requirements to investigate the effects of sound on marine wildlife Ian Boyd
Underwater Technology 2012 vol.30 pp.123-133
The art of ecological modeling Ian Boyd
Science 2012 vol.337 pp.306-307