Dr James Grecian

Dr James Grecian

Contact details:
Room 517, Graham Kerr Building
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine
College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8QQ

Tel.: 0141 330 6648
Fax: 0141 330 5971
E-mail: James.Grecian@glasgow.ac.uk


Research Interests

Research Interests

My interests span conservation biology, population dynamics, foraging ecology, spatial ecology, migration ecology and predictive modelling. To date, my research has focused on quantifying the interactions between seabirds and the marine environment. By understanding how these apex marine predators use and respond to their environment over different temporal and spatial scales we will be better placed to understand how they may respond to potential threats such as offshore development and climatic change. To answer these questions I use a range of techniques including stable isotope analysis, bio-logging technology, and theoretical models.

I am currently working on a NERC funded project with Prof. Bob Furness and Dr Richard Phillips (British Antarctic Survey) examining the impacts climate change may have on the migration of prions. These seabirds breed on islands in the southern oceans, and feed almost exclusively on large copepods. Due to recent climatic change plankton species have shifted in distribution toward the poles, and prions will have to adapt their migration strategies to match this change. The aim of the project is to examine the winter distribution of these birds using bio-logging and stable isotope analysis and then compare that with historical distributions inferred from museum specimens. Using this information we will be better placed to understand how seabirds may respond to the effects of climatic change.

For additional information about my current and past research, and photography, see my personal research website.

Academic History

Academic History

Current: NERC Post-doctoral Research Associate at University of Glasgow
"Using stable isotopes to assess climate-change impacts on migrations of prions" with Prof. Bob Furness

  • 2011-2012: Post-doctoral Research Associate at Environmental Research Institute, University of the Highlands and Islands
    Role: Investigating the potential impact of wave energy devices on seabird populations in the Pentland Firth.
  • 2008-2011: PhD Marine Ecology University of Plymouth
    Title: "Factors influencing the marine spatial ecology of seabirds: Implications for theory, conservation and management"
    Supervisors: Dr. Steve Votier, Prof. Martin Attrill, Prof. Stuart Bearhop and Prof. Brendan Godley
  • 2006-2007: MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter
  • 2001-2005: BSc (Hons) Applied Zoology, Liverpool John Moores University

Publications

Publications

  • Robertson, G. S., Bolton, M., Grecian, W. J. & Monaghan, P. (2014) Inter- and intra-year variation in foraging areas of breeding kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) Marine Biology 161: 1973-1986
     
  • Robertson, G. S., Bolton, M., Grecian, W. J., Wilson, L. J., Davies, W. & Monaghan, P. (2014) Resource partitioning in three congeneric sympatrically breeding seabirds; foraging areas and prey utilization. The Auk 131(3): 434-446
     
  • Waggitt, J. J., Briffa, M., Grecian, W. J., Newton, J. Patrick, S. C., Stauss, C. & Votier S. C. (2014) Testing for sub-colony variation in seabird foraging behaviour: Ecological and methodological consequences for understanding colonial living. Marine Ecology Progress Series498: 275-285
  • Leat, E. H. K., Bourgeon, S., Magnusdottir, E., Gabrielsen, G. W., Grecian, W. J., Hanssen, S. A., Olafsdottir, K., Petersen, A., Phillips, R. A., Strøm, H., Ellis, S., Fisk, A. T., Bustnes, J. O., Furness, R. W. & Borgå, K. (2013) The influence of wintering area on concentration and pattern of persistent organic pollutants in a breeding migratory seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series 491: 277-293
  • Patrick, S. C., Bearhop, S., Grémillet, D., Lescroël, A., Grecian, W. J., Bodey, T., Hamer, K. C., Wakefield, E. D., Le Nuz, M. & Votier, S. C. (2013) Individual level responses to environmental cues and foraging specialisation in a wide ranging marine predator. Oikos 123(1): 33-40
  • Stauss, C., Bearhop, S., Bodey, T. W., Garthe, S., Gunn, C., Grecian, W. J., Inger, R., Knight, M. E., Newton, J., Patrick, S. C., Phillips, R. A., Waggitt, J. J. & Votier, S. C. (2012) Sex-specific foraging behaviour in northern gannets Morus bassanus: Incidence and implications. Marine Ecology Progress Series 457: 151-162
  • Grecian, W. J., Witt, M. J., Attrill, M. J., Bearhop, S., Godley, B. J., Grémillet, D., Hamer, K. C., Votier, S. C. (2012) A novel projection technique to identify important at-sea areas  for seabird conservation: an example using Northern gannets breeding in the North East Atlantic. Biological Conservation 156: 43-52.
  • Fort, J., Pettex, E., Tremblay, Y., Lorentsen, S.-H., Garthe, S., Votier, S. C., Pons, J. B., Siorat, F., Furness, R. W., Grecian, W. J., Bearhop, W. J., Montevecchi, W. A., Grémillet, D. (2012) Meta-population evidence of oriented chain migration in northern gannets (Morus bassanus). Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10(5): 237-242
  • Witt, M. J., Sheehan, E. V., Bearhop, S., Broderick, A. C., Conley, D. C., Cotterell, S. P., Crow, E., Grecian, W. J., Halsband, C., Hodgson, D. J., Hosegood, P., Inger, R., Miller, P. I., Sims, D. W., Thompson, R. C., Vanstaen, K., Votier, S. C., Attrill, M. J. & Godley, B. J. (2012) Assessing the biodiversity impacts of wave energy: the Wave Hub experience. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 370: 502-529 
  • Votier, S., Grecian, W. J., Patrick, S. & Newton, J. (2011) Inter-colony movements, at-sea behaviour and foraging in an immature seabird: results from GPS-PPT tracking, radio-tracking and stable isotope analysis. Marine Biology 158, 355-362.
  • Grecian, W. J., Inger, R., Attrill, M. J., Bearhop, S., Godley, B. J., Witt, M. J. & Votier, S. C. (2010) Potential impacts of wave-powered marine renewable energy installations on marine birds. Ibis 152: 683-697.
  • Inger, R., Attrill, M. J., Bearhop, S., Broderick, A. C., Grecian, W. J., Hodgson, D. J., Mills, C., Sheehan, E., Votier, S. C., Witt, M. J. & Godley, B. J. (2009) Marine renewable energy: potential benefits to biodiversity? An urgent call for research. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 1145-1153.