Dr David MP Jacoby
I've always been fascinated by how and why animals - and I'm including ourselves in this - make the decisions we make. From an early age though, this fascination always led me into the marine environment where behaviour seemed even more of an enigma. As an impressionable young kid, it was always the sharks and rays that captured my attention the most. Today, elasmobranchs are considered amongst the most threatened groups of vertebrates on earth and yet our ecological understanding of many of the 1000+ species is virtually non-existent.
I am a marine biologist and behavioural ecologist with a keen interest in social behaviour, what drives animals to aggregate and what implications this has for their conservation. Specifically, my research interests are in how individual animals move and interact through space and time and more recently how this knowledge can be used to improve the conservation and management of our aquatic environments. I head the NETLab that undertakes interdisciplinary research into the mechanisms that underpin behaviour, at different spatial scales, using network analyses, ecological modelling and animal tracking.
Prior to joining the lab in 2018, Mike gained a wealth of experience studying marine vertebrates during six years working for the University of Queensland as the Research Officer for the Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory, and as a freelance field technician for the University of St. Andrews. His London NERC DTP research project uses network analyses to explore the environmental drivers influencing the movement and behaviour of reef sharks in the British Indian Ocean Territory. His project is co-supervised by Dr Emma Tebbs and Prof. Terry Dawson.
Hannah joins us following a three year position as a Research Assistant at ZSL working on tracking of seabirds in the British Indian Ocean Territory. Having completed an MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology at the University of Aberdeen, Hannah is now undertaking her PhD through the London NERC DTP. Her project is focused on using remote sensing to determine the drivers of marine predator foraging behaviour, attempting to predict habitat shifts under different climate scenarios. This project is led by Dr Emma Tebbs, and she is co-supervised by Dr Robin Freeman and Prof. Terry Dawson, with additional guidance from Dr Ian Cleasby at the RSPB.
Lucy is joining the lab as part of Cohort 7 of the London NERC DTP. Prior to this she completed a BSc in Geography and an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies combined with Earth Observation and Geoinformation Management, both at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, Lucy spent time working in marine conservation and sea turtle research in Malaysia, and then as an assistant ecologist for a consultancy in the UK. Her PhD research involves the use of acoustic telemetry to explore the spatial and behavioural ecology of Critically Endangered Angelsharks around the Canary Islands. The project is co-supervised by Dr Gail Schofield and Dr Adam Piper.
Emma Deeks (2020) M.Res Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution (Imperial College London)
'Effectiveness of the British Indian Ocean Territory Marine Protected Area enforcement vessel in overlapping with endangered elasmobranch species'
Grace Horberry (2020) M.Sc Marine Systems and Policies (University of Edinburgh)
'The effect of seabird nutrient subsidies on the spatial ecology of reef sharks in the British Indian Ocean Territory Marine Protected Area'
Alumni (pre - 2020)
IMP - Imperial College London
RVC - Royal Veterinary College
UCL - University College London
UEA - University of East Anglia
UOE - University of Exeter
UO - University of Oxford
UOP - University of Plymouth
UU - University of Ulster
Edges represent shared species for project work