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 Expert  728514

Expert in Base Line Wildlife Survey Techniques, Coral Biology, Molecular Biology, British Bird Identification


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United Kingdom
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert trained as a zoologist at undergraduate level then travelled the world gaining valuable biological and ecological field skills with numerous organisations from government bodies to local or national run NGO's. Upon returning to the UK he opted to further his education with a PhD in microbial molecular ecology of coral reefs, learning molecular lab skills and furthering his field studies. During his further time at university he was an active member in numerous teaching and demonstrating of undergraduate courses from ecological survey techniques, bird and insect identification to vertebrate dissections to name a few, along with running field trips in the North East England and Scotland. Work with consultancies on bat and newt surveys along with being an active member in the North East Reptile and Amphibian Group kept his skills varied and his local knowledge on fauna around the UK up to date, whilst becoming ever more specialised in marine biology, principally coral reef ecology.
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biology

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conservation biology

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coral reef

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ecology

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marine microbial ecology

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marine microbiology

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microbial ecology

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terrestrial ecosystem

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vertebrate zoology

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zoology

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bird

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bird studies

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coral biology


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2004   BS.c   Zoology   (Undisclosed University)   Hons

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2007 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

School of Biology

 

Instructor / Demonstrator

 

He is finishing his final year of PhD on Molecular Microbial Coral Reef Ecology: - aiding the understanding of What controls microbial community structure of the surface mucus layer of corals? work includes joint field and lab based work with use of PCR-DGGE, clone libraries, ABI sequencing and 16S rRNA gene analysis. Currently writing and publishing papers. Has been an active member in the department taking on large amount of teaching responsibilities.

2006 to 2007

 

African Encounter/Impact

 


 

Project Manager, Research Coordinator and Project Developer

 

In charge of running a volunteer organisation working in Hwange and Matopos National Parks in Zimbabwe. Assisting the National Park Research Services with field based research within the park and helping with forming certain management and strategy plans for the future development of the National Parks. Hwange National Parks; Zimbabwe

2006 to 2006

 

MFG (Madagascan Faunal Group)

 


 

Park Ranger

 

He was the general parks ranger at Ivoloina, conducting maintenance, biodiversity surveys, attending lectures on health, dietary and veterinary procedures within zoos in conjunction with Saint Louis Zoo.

2005 to 2006

 

Coral Cay Conservation

 


 

Expedition Leader and Project Scientist

 

He worked in cooperation with NRCP (Negros Rainforest Conservation Project) - conducting a rapid biodiversity index of the flora and fauna present in the Northern Negros Forest Reserve in association with Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) and Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Inc on Negros Island in the Philippines, along with running the Malaysian Tropical Forest Conservation Project, a rapid biodiversity index survey on the varied ecological habitats found within the Setiu Wetlands of the state of Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia

2004 to 2005

 

Department of Conservation - New Zealand

 


 

Researcher

 

Involved in the reintroduction and monitoring of two of the most endangered birds in the world the Black Robin (Petroica traversii) and the Chatham Island Petrel. Chatham Islands, New Zealand along with assisting an ongoing monitoring programme of the North Island Kaka (Nestor meridionalis)

2004 to 2005

 

Massey University - New Zealand

 


 

Research Assistant

 

Assistance given on numerous projects from monitoring the health status, distribution and breeding habits of Hectors Dolphin, Red crowned Kakariki (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae), North Island Brown Kiwi (Apteryx australis lawryi) and Saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatus along with an experimental test of metapopulation theory using reintroductions of the North Island robin (Petroica austalis longipipes) and Understanding patterns of local extinction within.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

North East Reptile and Amphibian Group - Communication officer

Licenses/Certifications

Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Bronze, Silver and Gold - 1999


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has presented at numerous conferences on his current work on coral biology including at the International Coral Reef Symposium 2007; on the relationships between water borne and coral bacteria – a new perspective and on Corals, Bacterial Worlds

Presented at the Environmental Marine Biology Conference 2009; on a realistic measure of the supply of bacteria from the water column to the coral surface mucus layer

and at Reef Conservation UK 2009, on bacterial Communities associated with the Surface Mucus Layer of reef corals

Publications in press or review include; Temporal and Spatial Patterns in Waterborne Bacterial Communities of an Island Reef System and Bacterial assemblages differ between compartments within the coral holobiont


Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2004 to 2005   Department of conservation - New Zealand   Research Assistant   Reintroduction and monitoring of two endangered bird species, the Black Robin (Petroica traversii) and the Chatham Island Petrel. Chatham Islands, New Zealand – along with assisting an ongoing monitoring programme for the North Island Kaka (Nestor meridionalis) including radio telemetry and GIS. NZ – 2005

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He has been involved in the North East Reptile and Amphibian group as communication officer offering help and advice to members of the public and the group with regards to local species of Amphibians and reptiles, habitat types, stranded animals etc.
  • Association with E3 consultancy (a North East consultancy firm) with help with bat and newt surveys.
  • He has worked for various government agencies including liaison with the Zimbabwean government on management plans for three national parks, provided resources and man power to aid in the formation of management and strategy plans for the future development of the National Parks, along with associated field based surveys.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
He has started to do low level consultancy work for E3 ecology on bat and newt surveys, along with numerous field work for various employees.
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2006 to 2007   Zimbabwe   He was the Project Manager, Research Coordinator and Project Developer for a volunteer organisation working in Hwange and Matopos National Parks in Zimbabwe. Assisting the National Park Research Services with field based research within the park and helping with forming certain management and strategy plans for the future development of the National Parks.
2006 to 2006   Madagascar   He was the general parks ranger at Ivoloina, conducting maintenance, biodiversity surveys, attending lectures on health, dietary and veterinary procedures within zoos in conjunction with Saint Louis Zoo.
2005 to 2006   Philippines and Malaysia   He was expedition leader and project scientist for two projects running in two countries, the NRCP (Negros Rainforest Conservation Project) - a rapid biodiversity index of the flora and fauna present in the Northern Negros Forest Reserve in association with Coral Cay Conservation (CCC) and Negros Forest and Ecological Foundation Inc. and for the MTFCP (Malaysian Tropical Forest Conservation Project) - rapid biodiversity index survey on the varied ecological habitats found within the Setiu Welands of the state of Terengganu, Peninsular Malaysia
2004 to 2005   New Zealand   Worked for Department of Conservation on numerous bird projects as a research assistant along with aiding Massey University (Palmerstone North) with project skills and development of PhD and masters projects

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
German   Basic level
French   Basic level

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

As part of the PhD he has been required to attend teacher training programmes, 1st aid qualifications for both field trips and diving related incidents and numerous course on a variety of subjects. He has aided in many existing teaching programmes along with establishing his on field course at Millport Field station in Scotland on Anemone fighting behaviour and Hermit Crab shell selection for students to learn how to conduct research, write up and analyses data to a high quality.

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

During his time at Expert's University, he has been in charge of three labs for the Coral Health and Disease Group, leasing with suppliers and vendors of molecular tools and equipment

Other Skills and Services

He has extensive training in radio telemetry, bird banding, mist netting (birds and bats), mammal traps & pitfall traps numerous catching and handling techniques associated with the following groups; Herpetiles, Mammals, Birds, Insects in particular Lepidoptera. Ability to use a variety of measuring techniques for flora and fauna (e.g. callipers, weighing balance, identification keys, vegetation analysis, habitat mapping, water quality testing etc.). Map reading and navigation skills, use of GPS and GIS. Data entry/interpretation/analysis/statistics and overall report writing skills. Knowledge of British, Asian, African, Australian and New Zealand flora and fauna. Especially Bird ID. General maintenance (track building, infra-structure work etc). Good communication skills. Lecture experience to different age groups on a variety of conservational topics. Trapping and eradication of non-native pests. Experience in tracking, signs of the wild and general bush survival skills (African and Asian wildlife). Qualified diver, climber and caver. Artistic/presentation and good use of photography. IT literate. Have a high level of fitness, full clean driving license with 4X4 experience in many terrains and basic knowledge of car mechanics – happy to work alone or as part of a group. Good management skills, ability to handle accounts, budgets and staff.


 

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