Dr David Bailey - Research Group

  • Dr Deborah McNeill, post-doc
    Debbie’s main job is to run the Glasgow Science Festival, but she also works part-time as a post-doc in my research group. Our projects together are on coral reef fish, in particular the connectivity between fish from different areas of the Red Sea. This work is funded by the British Council
  • Mary Ryan, research assistant
    Mary is just beginning a project on the effects of fishing in the Clyde. She has also previously worked with me on the role of coastal habitats for commercial species around the west of Scotland. Her present work is supported by the Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust.
  • , PhD student  
    Kathy uses baited underwater cameras as a survey method and to study scavenging communities. Her PhD work has taken her to the Red Sea, Antarctica, Pacific Ocean and all around the west coast of Scotland. One of the main aims of her work is to improve the ability of baited camera methods to estimate the abundances of marine animals. Her work has been supported by the Scottish Government, NERC, the Clipperton Project, Mac Roberts Foundation and a Faculty Scholarship.
  • Rosanna Milligan, PhD student
    Rosanna works on how natural and anthropogenic factors affect deep-water fish communities. Much of her work is focussed on the DELOS project off Angola, but she also works in the Porcupine Abyssal Plain using towed cameras, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and trawling. Her work is supported by BP and a NERC CASE studentship.
  • Martina Quaggiotto, PhD student
    Martina studies the effects of marine mammal carcases on coastal systems using underwater photography and SCUBA diving. Martina is in the first year of her project and will shortly begin pilot studies in the Clyde to study the consumption of seal carcasses. She is supported by a College Scholarship
  • Charlotte Hopkins, PhD student
    Charlotte is another first year student and is investigating whether Scotland’s MPA network is resilient to climate change, and how this network will affect the human communities who will need to interact with it. She is linking up with the various Scottish Government policy people in order to achieve this difficult task. Her work is supported by the Scottish Government's ClimateXChange centre of expertise.
  • Alexandra Robbins, PhD student
    Alex works on how seabirds use high-energy environments and how this use might be affected by the installation of tidal stream turbines. Her main study areas are around Shetland and Orkney. She is also interested in developing the methods used to survey coastal birds. She is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage
  • James Thorburn, PhD student
    James works on sharks around the coast of the UK and mainland Europe, focussed particularly on the demographics of spurdog and tope. He uses shark tagging and genetic analyses to determine how adult fish move and how related fish from different areas are. He is supported by a MASTS studentship and his main supervisor is in Aberdeen.

Conservation Ecology

A general theme of my group's work is the development of knowledge to support the management of marine systems. This sometime involves coming up with new ways to survey and monitor areas or bringing in skills from different areas, such as the social sciences. We study the effects of Marine Protected Areas in the UK and overseas, the impacts of renewable energy systems and the behaviour of marine animals in the environment. It is always essential to understand as much as possible about the natural history of any species that we aim to protect and sometimes this involves some very basic questions about what and where they eat, when and where they breed and grow up. The techniques needed to gain this information might be anything but basic though. At the moment we are using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in the abyss, Closed Circuit Rebreathers in the Red Sea, two multi-million dollar observatories on the African continental slope, population genetics and ecological modelling.