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Prof Ian Boyd

Prof Ian Boyd
Professor


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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.

 

Recent publications


20  (of 139 published available) for ilb. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018 (30/4)
Nature Ecology and Evolution

(Article)
2017 (27/10)
Journal of Cetacean Research and Management
vol.16 pp.29-38
(Article)
2017

(Commissioned report)
2017 (22/9)
Science
vol.357 pp.1232-1234
(Article)
Toward pesticidovigilance
Alice Milner, Ian Boyd 
2016 (20/12)
Nature
vol.540 pp.520-521
(Comment/debate)
2015 (5/11)
Nature
vol.527 pp.38
(Article)
2015

(Commissioned report)
International Quiet Ocean Experiment science plan
Peter Lloyd Tyack, George Frisk, Ian Boyd, Edward Urban, Sophie Seeyave 
2014 (10)
Environmental Science and Policy
vol.42 pp.67-77
(Article)
2014 (9)
ICES Journal of Marine Science
vol.71 pp.1913-1920
(Article)
2014
ICES Journal of Marine Science
vol.71 pp.1913-1920
(Article)
2013 (4)
Marine Mammal Science
vol.29 pp.E46-E59
(Article)
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 
2013 (2/7)
eLife
vol.2 
(Article)
2013 (7/1)
Bioacoustics
vol.22 pp.153-163
(Article)
Mid-frequency broadband sounds of Blainville's beaked whales
Darren Talbot, Ian Boyd, Luke Edward Rendell 
2013
Science
vol.342 pp.823
(Article)
The consequence of tree pests and diseases for ecosystem services
Ian Boyd, Peter H Freer-Smith, Chris A Gilligan, H.C.J. Godfray 
2013
Science
vol.343 pp.249
(Article)
Urban forests on the front line response
Ian Boyd, P.H. Feer-Smith, C.A. Gilligan, H.C.J. Godfray 
2012
Biological Conservation
vol.149 pp.40-50
(Article)
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 
2012
Science
vol.337 pp.306-307
(Article)

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