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I am a quantitative ecologist specialising in population and ecosystem health. My research explores population processes related to animal distributions, movements, and connectivity in marine environments. Exploring marine spatial, and population processes allows us to understand how human activities influence environmental change and the effects these perturbations have on ecosystem health and services. I aim to relate my research findings to broad scale ecological concepts in population and community ecology. I have current research projects on linking juvenile fish distributions to habitat diversity in Scotland, sustainable fisheries management in mangrove habitat in Bangladesh and coral reef health in Egypt. My work adopts an interdisciplinary approach by working with social-science colleagues to combine state-of-the-art statistical methods with qualitative techniques.
2021: Resilience of Indonesian fisheries to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future uncertainties, British Council Newton Institutional Links, (£79,168 & £27,496 to partner), Co-I.
2021: Loch Eriboll fine scale priority marine feature and fish habitat spatial ecology. The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT). (£45,639.29), PI
2021: The importance of landscape context and habitat networks in governing abundance and habitat occupancy of reef fish, ASSEMBLE. PI
2020: Distribution and importance of Priority Marine Features in Loch Eriboll, Scotland. The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) and Wildland Ltd. (£8,095). Co-I
2020: Has the footprint of fisheries changed since the implementation of the ban on bottom trawling below 800 metres in EU waters? University of Glasgow REF Impact Case Study (£3,949). Researcher Co-I.
2019: Assessing implications of wrasse fishing for marine sites and features (2019) Scottish Natural Heritage (£20,000). Researcher Co-I.
2018: Sundarbans fisheries: a model system for the application of landscape ecology and social science approaches to management (2018) NERC Global Seedcorn Partnership Fund (£80,697). Researcher Co-I.
2018: Early Career Researchers International Workshop on Sustainable Island Development, Shanghai, China. British Council (£2,000).
2018: Evaluation of MPA management effectiveness in Scotland (2018) Scottish Environment LINK (£10,000).
2017: Sustainable management of Egyptian coral reef fisheries (2017) SFC Global Challenges Research Fund (£44,008).
PhD, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 22 Jun 2018
Master, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 2 Dec 2013
PGCert , University of Dundee
Award Date: 1 May 2008
Bachelor, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 13 Jul 1999
Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow
1 Jul 2020 → 30 Jun 2023
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Burns, N., Bailey, D. M. & Hopkins, C. R.
3/05/21 → 29/10/21
Multiple spatial scales of habitat and landscape context drivers of distribution and site fidelity among reef fish.
1/05/21 → 1/06/21
Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M. & Wright, P. J., 19 Nov 2020, (First published) In: Communications Biology. 3, 690.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R. & Bailey, D. M., 15 Jun 2020, (First published) The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust. 29 p.
Research output: Book/Report/Policy Brief › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile32 Downloads (Pure)
NeilMBurns/Element_chemoscape_geolocation20: Code for Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting (Version v1.0)Burns, N. M., 2020, (First published)
Research output: Non-textual form › SoftwareOpen Access
A method to improve fishing selectivity through age targeted fishing using life stage distribution modellingBurns, N. M., Bailey, D. M. & Wright, P. J., 2 Apr 2019, In: PLoS ONE. 14, 4, 24 p., e021445.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
A new model study species: high accuracy of discrimination between individual freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) using natural markingsMcInnes, M. G., Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R., Henderson, G. P., McNeill, D. C. & Bailey, D. M., 27 Jan 2020, (First published) In: Journal of Fish Biology. 96, 3, p. 831-834 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Burns, N. (Creator), Hopkins, C. R. (Contributor), Bailey, D. M. (Supervisor) & Wright, P. J. (Supervisor), University of Glasgow, 28 Jul 2020