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 Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon

PhD Student

 Geoffrey Pope 201

 

Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK

Overview

I am a marine biologist studying human impacts on natural acoustics in the ocean. Sound travels far and fast underwater, and many marine organisms communicate, navigate, and sense their environment by listening. Today, the natural sounds of marine ecosystems are being altered by climate change and drowned out by human noise pollution; my research aims to understand more about the likely impacts of these changes and what we can do about them. My work focuses mainly on coral reef ecosystems, combining fieldwork with laboratory experiments and computational analysis of sound recordings.

"Climate Change: Tales from the front line" - click here to watch my recent presentation at the 2018 World Ocean Summit, in Cancun, Mexico

"Helping Nemo find home" - click here to watch my Three Minute Thesis, explaining my research on coral reef soundscapes in a warming world

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Broad research specialisms

Marine biology
Bioacoustics
Climate change

Qualifications

BA Natural Sciences (Zoology) – University of Cambridge, 2012–2015
MRes Ecology, Evolution & Conservation – Imperial College London, 2015–2016

Research

Research projects

Project Title: Assessing and managing anthropogenic impacts on marine acoustic ecology

Supervisors:

Dr Steve Simpson, University of Exeter
Dr Rod Wilson, University of Exeter
Professor Andy Radford, University of Bristol
Dr Nathan Merchant, Cefas
Dr Mark Meekan, Australian Institute of Marine Science

Funding Body:
NERC GW4+ DTP, with additional funding from the Australian Institute of Marine Science

Project Description:
Sound can travel for thousands of miles underwater, and plays a vital role in many marine ecosystems. Fish use sound to communicate, navigate, defend territories, find food, choose a mate and gain information about their surrounding environment. Recently, anthropogenic climate change has dramatically altered the soundscape of marine ecosystems, and noise pollution from shipping, small boats, construction and industry threatens to drown out the natural sounds of the ocean. This jeopardises marine life all over the world. My research addresses the likely impact of these acoustic changes, and how best to manage them.

Publications

2018

Habitat degradation negatively affects auditory settlement behavior of coral reef fishes

TAC Gordon, HR Harding, KE Wong, ND Merchant, MG Meekan, MI McCormick, AN Radford, SD Simpson

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (20), 5193-5198.


Fishes in a changing world: learning from the past to promote sustainability of fish populations

TAC Gordon, HR Harding, FK Clever, IK Davidson, W Davison, DW Montgomery, RC Weatherhead, FM Windsor, JD Armstrong, A Bardonnet, E Bergman, JR Britton, IM Côté, D D'Agostino, LA Greenberg, AR Harborne, KK Kahilainen, NB Metcalfe, SC Mills, NJ Milner, FH Mittermayer, L Montorio, SL Nedelec, JM Prokkola, LA Rutterford, AGV Salvanes, SD Simpson, A Vainikka, JK Pinnegar, EM Santos

Journal of Fish Biology 92 (3), 804-827.


Changes in feeding selectivity of freshwater invertebrates across a natural thermal gradient

TAC Gordon, J Neto-Cerejeira, PC Furey, EJ O’Gorman

Current Zoology 64 (2), 231-242.
 

2016

Predation of freshwater gastropods (Viviparus viviparus) by brown rats (Rattus norvegicus)

TAC Gordon, EL Wilding, DC Aldridge

Journal of Molluscan Studies 82 (3), 457-463.
 

2015

Defended territories of an aggressive damselfish contain lower juvenile coral density than adjacent non-defended areas on Kenyan lagoon patch reefs

TAC Gordon, B Cowburn, RD Sluka

Coral Reefs 34 (1), 13-16.

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Journal articles

Gordon TAC, Harding HR, Wong KE, Merchant ND, Meekan MG, McCormick MI, Radford AN, Simpson SD (In Press). Habitat degradation negatively affects auditory settlement behavior of coral reef fishes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(20), 5193-5198. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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In Press

Gordon TAC, Harding HR, Wong KE, Merchant ND, Meekan MG, McCormick MI, Radford AN, Simpson SD (In Press). Habitat degradation negatively affects auditory settlement behavior of coral reef fishes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 115(20), 5193-5198. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

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