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CONGRATULATIONS to our PhD students, who successfully defended their thesis -

  • Han Honkanen - her thesis “Life stage specific mortality and habitat use in two species of salmonids” on Tuesday 9th May at SCENE. The External was Alistair Duguid (SEPA), Internal Examiner, Colin Bean and the Convenor, Maureen Bain

  • Jessica Fordyce - her thesis “Intraspecific genetic, phenotypic and life history structuring of brown trout (Salmo trutta) in a single complex catchment, the Foyle catchment” on Monday 24th April.  External Examiner, Tom Cross (University College Cork), Internal Examiner Neil Metcalfe and the Convenor Barbara Helm

  • Martin Hughes - his thesis “What makes a ferox? The drivers & consequences of alternative life history strategies in s. trutta” on Wednesday 26th April.  External Examiner, Prof. Andy Ferguson (Queen’s University Belfast), Internal Examiner, Shaun Killen, Convenor Martin Llewellyn


PHOTOSCENE COMPETITION - The GNHS and the Institute held another photographic competition this year. The aims of the competition are to promote interest in Natural History and the work of SCENE (Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment, the University’s field-station at Rowardennan), linkage between the Institute and the Society, and providing pictures for publicity, and to enhance the evening programme of GNHS.
See www.glasgownaturalhistory.org.uk/photoscene.html for further details and to see winning photographs from earlier years.


NATURALLY SPEAKING BLOG: new post from the 'Behind the SCENE' student blog team—Birds and Tree: Doing research in SCENE's woodlands

"SCENE has been home to many research projects over the years. While many of these have been short studies focused on individual researchers’ interests, some study systems have provided a wealth of possibilities leading to decades of detailed and diverse research projects. One such system is the blue tit population inhabiting the woodlands around the research station. Masters student Simon Helfer has recently started to investigate breeding success in blue tits to try to find out what drives success in urban and rural breeders. In this month’s Behind the SCENE, Simon writes about the beginnings of his project."  (14th March 2016) [Read more blog posts from SCENE]

CONGRATULATIONS to Jennifer Dodd, Mathew Newton and Colin Adams, on the award of a grant (£24k) from CREW (Centre of Expertise for Waters; a partnership between the James Hutton Institute and all Scottish Higher Education Institutes; www.crew.ac.uk)  to investigate the effects of natural flood management on riverine fish. (11th March 2016)

CONGRATULATIONS to Colin Adams on the award of £277K from Scottish & Southern Energy to look at The factors affecting coastal marine migration routes in Atlantic salmon. Matt Newton and James Barry will be returning to SCENE to work on this project. (29th January 2016)

CONGRATULATIONS: to Caroline Millins on the successful defence of her PhD thesis entitled “Ecological drivers of a Vector-Borne Pathogen: distribution and abundance of borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato and its vector ixodes recinus in Scotland”.  The external examiner was Dr Jolyon Medlock, Public Health England, the internal examiner was Katie Hampson and the convenor was Barbara Helm. Caroline has also been recommended for the Joseph Black Medal and Hird Prize. (Thursday 7th January 2016.)

CONGRATULATIONS to Travis Van Leeuwen on his successful PhD viva last Friday . His thesis, on migratory and resident brown trout, was entitled 'Should I Stay or Should I Go: Developmental, Physiological, Behavioural and Morphological Differences between Offspring from Alternative Life Histories'. His examiners were Prof. Jorgen Johnsson from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Kevin Parsons, and the convenor was Pat Monaghan.  (Friday 25th September 2015)
CONGRATULATIONS: to Travis van Leeuwen who has been awarded a Journal of Experimental Biology Travelling Fellowship for £1800 for a project entitled "Does the metabolic phenotype of an individual predict habitat preference and migration tendency in a free-ranging marine fish?" Travis will be using the funds to study the movements of wild free-ranging cod in Newfoundland, Canada for most of October (2nd October 2015).


Hooker, O.E., J. Barry, T. E. Van Leeuwen, A. Lyle, J. Newton, P. Cunningham, C. E. Adams. 2016. Morphological, ecological and behavioural differentiation of sympatric profundal and pelagic Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) in Loch Dughaill Scotland. Hydrobiologia. pp 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-015-2599-0
Hughes, M.R., Dodd, J.A., Maitland, P.S and Adams, C.E. (2016). Lake bathymetry and species occurrence predict the distribution of a lacustrine apex predator. J. Fish Biology. doi: 10.1111/jfb.12919

Barry, J., M. Newton, J. A. Dodd, M. C. Lucas, P. Boylan, C. E. Adams. 2016. Freshwater and coastal migration patterns in the silver-stage eel Anguilla anguilla. Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12865

Adams, C. E., C. W. Bean, J. A. Dodd, A. Down, E. C. Etheridge, A. R. D. Gowans, O. Hooker, R. Knudsen, A. A. Lyle, I. J. Winfield, K. Præbel. 2015. Inter and intra-population phenotypic and genotypic structuring in the European whitefish Coregonus lavaretus, a rare freshwater fish in Scotland. Journal of Fish Biology. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12855

Møller, A.P.; Andriaensen, F. ... Nager, Ruedi, et al. (2014) Variation in clutch size in relation to nest size in birds. Ecology & Evolution.

Preston AC, Taylor JF, Adams CE, Migaud H (2014) Surface feeding and aggressive behaviour of diploid and triploid brown trout Salmo truttaduring allopatric pair-wise matchings. Journal of Fish Biology, in press.

Muir, Anna PBiek, Roman, and Mable, Barbara K (2014) Behavioural and physiological adaptations to low-temperature environments in the common frog, Rana temporaria. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 14 (1). p. 110. ISSN 1471-2148 (doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-110)

Muir, A.P., Biek, R. Thomas R. and Mable B.K.  2014. Local adaptation with high gene flow: temperature parameters drive adaptation to altitude in the common frog (Rana temporaria)Molecular Ecology 23(3): 561-574 .

Møller AP, Adriaensen F, Artemyev A, Bańbura J, Barba E, ... Nager, R. et al. (2014) Clutch-size variation in Western Palaearctic secondary hole-nesting passerine birds in relation to nest box design. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 353-362

Muir, A.P., Thomas R., Biek R. and Mable B.K. 2013. Using genetic variation to infer the past, examine the present and predict the future of Rana temporaria in a changing climate. Molecular Ecology 22(14): 3737-3751.

Jenjan, H., Mesquita, F., Huntingford, F. & Adams, C. 2013 Respiratory function in common carp with different stress coping styles: a hidden cost of personality traits? Animal Behaviour, in press.

Siwertsson, A., Knudsen, R., Adams, C. E., Præbel, K. & Amundsen, P. A. 2013. Parallel and non‐parallel morphological divergence among foraging specialists in European whitefish (Coregonus lavaretus). Ecology and Evolution, in press.

Hume, J., Adams, C., Bean, C. & Maitland, P. 2013 Evidence of a recent decline in river lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis parasitism of a nationally rare whitefish Coregonus lavaretus: is there a diamond in the ruffe Gymnocephalus cernuus? Journal of Fish Biology, in press.

Adams, C.E., Griffin, L., Benzies, E., Aherne, D., Bean, C., Dodd, J., Fairlamb, D. & Maitland, P. 2013 Short range dispersal by a rare, obligate freshwater crustacean Triops cancriformis (Bosc). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, in press.

Hume, J., Adams, C., Mable, B. & Bean, C. 2013 Sneak male mating tactics between lampreys (Petromyzontiformes) exhibiting alternative life‐history strategies. Journal of Fish Biology, in press.

Hume, J. B., Adams, C. E., Mable, B. & Bean, C. 2013 Post‐zygotic hybrid viability in sympatric species pairs: a case study from European lampreys. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108, 378-383.

Adams, C. E., Godfrey, J. D., Dodd, J. A. & Maitland, P. S. 2013 Is proximity to the North Atlantic Drift and the Continental Shelf Current sustaining freshwater European eel populations in western Scotland? Freshwater Biology 58, 1-9.