Dr Thomas Morrison

  • Research Fellow (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

telephone: 6993
email: Thomas.Morrison@glasgow.ac.uk

Biography

Academic History
2016: Research Associate, University of Glasgow, Scotland
2015: Postdoctoral Scientist, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Laramie, WY.
2012-2014: Postdoctoral Scientist, Wake Forest University. Serengeti National Park Tanzania.
2010-2012: Postdoctoral Scientist, Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Laramie, WY.
2004-2011: PhD, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
1998-2002: BSc, Duke University


Research interests

My research lies at the intersection of population biology, animal behavior and conservation where I focus on addressing practical aspects of wildlife management and conservation problems. At the University of Glasgow, I work with Dr Grant Hopcraft and Prof. Dan Haydon on the EU Horizon 2020 African BioServices project to understand the causes and consequences of large mammal migration in the Greater Serengeti Ecosystem. Much of my past work has examined how large vertebrates respond – demographically and behaviorally – to changes in their landscape caused by humans. I use an array of analytical tools and ecological methods to address these questions, and whenever possible, I rely on theoretical (sometimes even mathematical) models to broaden the generality of results. While much of my research focuses on migratory ungulates, I am a broadly trained ecologist with interests in how animal and plant populations respond and adapt to environmental variation and disturbances.

Current Projects:
African BioServices: Based in the East African Serengeti-Mara Region, this project aims to unravel how human activity (population growth, land-use change) and climate change impact key ecosystem services, i.e. the benefits humans derive from natural ecosystems and their associated biodiversity. The project will look at how such impacts affect human wellbeing and exacerbate poverty, with the aim to derive novel sustainable solutions that will protect biodiversity, and improve the benefits that people derive from the unique ecosystems within the region.


Additional Links:
Snapshot Serengeti: Citizen Science camera trap classification project established by researchers at the University of Minnesota in the US in collaboration with Zooniverse.
Wild-ID: Open-source software for identifying individual animals with unique coloration and patterning.


Supervision

  • McDevitt, Heather
    Animal movement, ecological integrity and sustainable infrastructure development in sub-Sahara Africa

Publications

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Number of items: 12.

2019

Hodgkinson, J. E. et al. (2019) Refugia and anthelmintic resistance: concepts and challenges. International Journal for Parasitology, 10, pp. 51-57. (doi:10.1016/j.ijpddr.2019.05.001) (PMID:31125837) (PMCID:PMC6531808)

Probert, J. R. et al. (2019) Anthropogenic modifications to fire regimes in the wider Serengeti‐Mara ecosystem. Global Change Biology, (doi:10.1111/gcb.14711) (PMID:31282085) (Early Online Publication)

Veldhuis, M. P. et al. (2019) Cross-boundary human impacts compromise the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Science, 363(6434), pp. 1424-1428. (doi:10.1126/science.aav0564) (PMID:30923217)

Morrison, T. A., Holdo, R. M., Rugemalila, D. M., Nzunda, M. and Anderson, T. M. (2019) Grass competition overwhelms effects of herbivores and precipitation on early tree establishment in Serengeti. Journal of Ecology, 107(1), pp. 216-228. (doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13010)

2018

Hempson, G. P., Parr, C. L., Archibald, S., Anderson, T. M., Mustaphi, C. J. C., Dobson, A. P., Donaldson, J. E., Morrison, T. A., Probert, J. and Beale, C. M. (2018) Continent-level drivers of African pyrodiversity. Ecography, 41(6), pp. 889-899. (doi:10.1111/ecog.03109)

Torney, C. J. , Hopcraft, J. G. C. , Morrison, T. A., Couzin, I. D. and Levin, S. A. (2018) From single steps to mass migration: the problem of scale in the movement ecology of the Serengeti wildebeest. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1746), 20170012. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0012) (PMID:29581397)

Morrison, T. A., Estes, A. B., Mduma, S. A.R., Maliti, H. T., Frederick, H., Kija, H., Mwita, M., Sinclair, A.R.E. and Kohi, E. M. (2018) Informing aerial total counts with demographic models: population growth of Serengeti elephants not explained purely by demography. Conservation Letters, 11(3), e12413. (doi:10.1111/conl.12413)

Beale, C. M., Courtney Mustaphi, C. J., Morrison, T. A., Archibald, S., Anderson, T. M., Dobson, A. P., Donaldson, J. E., Hempson, G. P., Probert, J. and Parr, C. L. (2018) Pyrodiversity interacts with rainfall to increase bird and mammal richness in African savannas. Ecology Letters, 21, pp. 557-567. (doi:10.1111/ele.12921) (PMID:29441661)

Tucker, M. A. et al. (2018) Moving in the Anthropocene: global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science, 359(6374), pp. 466-469. (doi:10.1126/science.aam9712) (PMID:29371471)

2017

Bond, M. L., Bradley, C. M., Kiffner, C., Morrison, T. A. and Lee, D. E. (2017) A multi-method approach to delineate and validate migratory corridors. Landscape Ecology, 32(8), pp. 1705-1721. (doi:10.1007/s10980-017-0537-4)

Rugemalila, D. M., Morrison, T., Anderson, T. M. and Holdo, R. M. (2017) Seed production, infestation, and viability in Acacia tortilis (synonym: Vachellia tortilis) and Acacia robusta (synonym: Vachellia robusta) across the Serengeti rainfall gradient. Plant Ecology, 218(8), pp. 909-922. (doi:10.1007/s11258-017-0739-5)

2016

Morrison, T. A., Link, W. A., Newmark, W. D., Foley, C. A. H. and Bolger, D. T. (2016) Tarangire revisited: consequences of declining connectivity in a tropical ungulate population. Biological Conservation, 197, pp. 53-60. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.02.034)

This list was generated on Sat Sep 21 05:55:29 2019 BST.
Jump to: Articles
Number of items: 12.

Articles

Hodgkinson, J. E. et al. (2019) Refugia and anthelmintic resistance: concepts and challenges. International Journal for Parasitology, 10, pp. 51-57. (doi:10.1016/j.ijpddr.2019.05.001) (PMID:31125837) (PMCID:PMC6531808)

Probert, J. R. et al. (2019) Anthropogenic modifications to fire regimes in the wider Serengeti‐Mara ecosystem. Global Change Biology, (doi:10.1111/gcb.14711) (PMID:31282085) (Early Online Publication)

Veldhuis, M. P. et al. (2019) Cross-boundary human impacts compromise the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Science, 363(6434), pp. 1424-1428. (doi:10.1126/science.aav0564) (PMID:30923217)

Morrison, T. A., Holdo, R. M., Rugemalila, D. M., Nzunda, M. and Anderson, T. M. (2019) Grass competition overwhelms effects of herbivores and precipitation on early tree establishment in Serengeti. Journal of Ecology, 107(1), pp. 216-228. (doi:10.1111/1365-2745.13010)

Hempson, G. P., Parr, C. L., Archibald, S., Anderson, T. M., Mustaphi, C. J. C., Dobson, A. P., Donaldson, J. E., Morrison, T. A., Probert, J. and Beale, C. M. (2018) Continent-level drivers of African pyrodiversity. Ecography, 41(6), pp. 889-899. (doi:10.1111/ecog.03109)

Torney, C. J. , Hopcraft, J. G. C. , Morrison, T. A., Couzin, I. D. and Levin, S. A. (2018) From single steps to mass migration: the problem of scale in the movement ecology of the Serengeti wildebeest. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 373(1746), 20170012. (doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0012) (PMID:29581397)

Morrison, T. A., Estes, A. B., Mduma, S. A.R., Maliti, H. T., Frederick, H., Kija, H., Mwita, M., Sinclair, A.R.E. and Kohi, E. M. (2018) Informing aerial total counts with demographic models: population growth of Serengeti elephants not explained purely by demography. Conservation Letters, 11(3), e12413. (doi:10.1111/conl.12413)

Beale, C. M., Courtney Mustaphi, C. J., Morrison, T. A., Archibald, S., Anderson, T. M., Dobson, A. P., Donaldson, J. E., Hempson, G. P., Probert, J. and Parr, C. L. (2018) Pyrodiversity interacts with rainfall to increase bird and mammal richness in African savannas. Ecology Letters, 21, pp. 557-567. (doi:10.1111/ele.12921) (PMID:29441661)

Tucker, M. A. et al. (2018) Moving in the Anthropocene: global reductions in terrestrial mammalian movements. Science, 359(6374), pp. 466-469. (doi:10.1126/science.aam9712) (PMID:29371471)

Bond, M. L., Bradley, C. M., Kiffner, C., Morrison, T. A. and Lee, D. E. (2017) A multi-method approach to delineate and validate migratory corridors. Landscape Ecology, 32(8), pp. 1705-1721. (doi:10.1007/s10980-017-0537-4)

Rugemalila, D. M., Morrison, T., Anderson, T. M. and Holdo, R. M. (2017) Seed production, infestation, and viability in Acacia tortilis (synonym: Vachellia tortilis) and Acacia robusta (synonym: Vachellia robusta) across the Serengeti rainfall gradient. Plant Ecology, 218(8), pp. 909-922. (doi:10.1007/s11258-017-0739-5)

Morrison, T. A., Link, W. A., Newmark, W. D., Foley, C. A. H. and Bolger, D. T. (2016) Tarangire revisited: consequences of declining connectivity in a tropical ungulate population. Biological Conservation, 197, pp. 53-60. (doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.02.034)

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