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Dr Thomas Bodey

Dr Thomas Bodey

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Research Fellow

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 Environment and Sustainability Institute 

 

Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

Overview

I am ecologist with a particular interest in the fields of behaviour and conservation. Most of my work is field-based, and centres around topics such as: how anthropogenic changes impact on movement, foraging and population dynamics; the causes and consequences of individual specialisation; the conservation of a range of avian species. I have a long-standing interest in island ecology, where study can address a wide variety of broad ecological and applied questions in both terrestrial and marine environments. These include the effects of human-mediated disruption through both the introduction of invasive organisms and subsequent attempts to control such species; restoration of endangered species through to entire ecosystems; the consequences of individual variation; and the role of birds as ecosystem drivers. I am fortunate enough to study these questions in a range of vertebrate systems.

Qualifications

2009 PhD Queen’s University, Belfast
1998 BSc Zoology University of Manchester
 

Research group links

Light-bellied Brent Goose

Light-bellied Brent Goose

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Research

Research interests

I am ecologist with a particular interest in the fields of behaviour and conservation. Most of my work is field-based, and centres around topics such as: how anthropogenic changes impact on movement, foraging and population dynamics; the causes and consequences of individual specialisation; the conservation of a range of avian species. I have a long-standing interest in island ecology, where study can address a wide variety of broad ecological and applied questions in both terrestrial and marine environments. These include the effects of human-mediated disruption through both the introduction of invasive organisms and subsequent attempts to control such species; restoration of endangered species through to entire ecosystems; the consequences of individual variation; and the role of birds as ecosystem drivers. I am fortunate enough to study these questions in a range of vertebrate systems.

 

Invasive Rodents Rattus sp.

I currently hold a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Research Fellowship hosted by the Universities of Auckland, NZ and Exeter, UK in which I am investigating individual variation in invasive rats across a network of islands that differ in their ecosystem dynamics. This work will determine the extent, covariance and persistence of individual variation across multiple traits to address fundamental ecological questions around the processes of competition and predation. It will also provide answers for applied conservation management actions, including feeding into progress towards PredatorFreeNZ, and provide tools to address this global problem.

 

Reef Sharks Carcharhinus sp.

Examining how interactions between individuals shape behavioural responses provides an opportunity to investigate underlying mechanisms behind much broader phenomena. Combining individual-based modelling approaches and long-term tracking data on individual movements and behaviour, I collaborate on studies of black-tip and grey reef sharks at Palmyra Atoll. We have investigated how behavioural interactions at the individual level can lead to profound social and ecological consequences that impact on population and community dynamics, resulting in spatial separation across habitats while promoting stable associations among individuals.

 

Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota

Many components interact across the life cycles of organisms, and so their effects on individual fitness may carry over between stages, and can accumulate over time. I have investigated how the individual physiology and behavioural specialisations of these geese combine with both their broader social interactions, and the varying physical environments – from highly modified parkland and farmland to Arctic tundra – they experience during their long-distance migrations. Each individual has to make multiple trade-offs between these competing influences, and the causes and consequences of this variation offer insights into the impacts of individual specialisation and anthropogenic change on the ecology and evolution of migratory behaviour. This work would not be possible without the long-term commitment of a variety of volunteers and organisations who combine to form the Irish Brent Goose Research Group www.irishbrentgoose.org.

 

Northern Gannet Morus bassanus

Variation at the individual rather than the population level is increasingly seen as having important implications for species’ ecology, evolution and conservation. I have investigated the extent of intra- and inter-individual specialisation in foraging decisions in gannets using stable isotope analysis and fine-scale activity data collected from individuals across a range of intraspecific densities. In tandem with individual-based modelling approaches, this work has focused on the causes and consequences of specialisation, and how both intrinsic and extrinsic factors – for example body condition, intraspecific competition and fisheries discards – affect the presence and persistence of specialisations.

 

Northen Lapwing Vanellus vanellus

Many landscapes and ecosystems have been drastically modified by human actions. Anthropogenic systems such as farmland still support a wide variety of wildlife, but also typically support an increased number of generalist predators that are well adapted to these habitats. I have worked on issues facing ground-nesting birds in human-modified landscapes, with a particular focus on the Northern Lapwing as a model species. This has included assessing the importance of crop types for breeding success, identifying key threats, and the potential to apply alternative management practices to mitigate predator-prey interactions.  

Research networks

Prof Stuart Bearhop, CEC, University of Exeter

Prof Jon Blount, CEC, University of Exeter

Dr Ian Cleasby, RSPB

Dr Kendrew Colhoun, RSPB

Dr James Grecian, University of St Andrews

Prof Keith Hamer, University of Leeds

Dr Andrew Jackson, Trinity College, Dublin

Dr Mark Jessopp, University College Cork

Prof Carl Jones, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Dr Becky Laidlaw, University of East Anglia

Dr Jenni McDonald, Cats Protection

Prof Robbie McDonald, ESI, University of Exeter

Dr Jason Newton, SUERC, University of Glasgow

Dr Steffen Oppel, RSPB

Dr Yannis Papastamatiou, Florida International University

Dr Samantha Patrick, University of Liverpool

Dr James Russell, University of Auckland

Dr Steve Votier, ESI, University of Exeter

Dr Freydis Vigfusdottir, University of Iceland

Dr Ewan Wakefield, University of Glasgow

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Cleasby I, Bell F, Parr N, Schultz A, Votier SC (In Press). A phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis of biologging device effects on birds: Deleterious effects and a call for more standardized reporting of study data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Wakefield ED, Cleasby IR, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Davies R, Miller PI, Newton J, Votier SC, Hamer KC (In Press). Long-term individual foraging site fidelity – why some gannets don’t change their spots. Ecological Monographs Abstract.
Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green J, Gremillet D, Jackson AL, et al (In Press). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science Abstract.  Full text.
Bodey TW, Cleasby IR, Votier SC, Hamer KC, Newton J, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2018). Frequency and consequences of individual dietary specialisation in a wide-ranging marine predator, the northern gannet. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 604, 251-262. Author URL.  Full text.
Bodey TW, Jessopp MJ, Votier SC, Gerritsen HD, Cleasby IR, Hamer KC, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2014). Seabird movement reveals the ecological footprint of fishing vessels. Curr Biol, 24(11), R514-R515. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green JA, Grémillet D, Jackson AL, et al (2013). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science, 341(6141), 68-70. Abstract.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Cleasby I, Bell F, Parr N, Schultz A, Votier SC (In Press). A phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis of biologging device effects on birds: Deleterious effects and a call for more standardized reporting of study data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Bodey TW, McDonald RA, Sheldon RD, Bearhop S (In Press). Absence of effects of predator control on nesting success of lapwings: implications for conservation. Ibis Abstract.
Bearhop S, Cleasby IR, Bodey TW, Vigfusdottir F, McDonald JL, McElwaine G, Mackie K, Colhoun K (In Press). Climatic conditions produce contrasting influences on demographic traits in a long distance Arctic migrant. Journal of Animal Ecology Full text.
Votier SC, Fayet A, Bearhop S, Bodey T, Clark B, Grecian WJ, Guilford T, Hamer K, Jeglinski J, Morgan G, et al (In Press). Effects of age and reproductive status on individual foraging site fidelity in a long-lived marine predator. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Patrick SC, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Grecian WJ, Hamer KC, Lee J, Votier SC (In Press). Individual seabirds show consistent foraging strategies in response to predictable fisheries discards. Journal of Avian Biology, 46, 1-10. Abstract.
Wakefield ED, Cleasby IR, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Davies R, Miller PI, Newton J, Votier SC, Hamer KC (In Press). Long-term individual foraging site fidelity – why some gannets don’t change their spots. Ecological Monographs Abstract.
Cleasby IR, Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Davies RD, Patrick SC, Newton J, Votier SC, Bearhop S, Hamer KC (In Press). Sexual segregation in a wide-ranging marine predator is a consequence of habitat selection. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518, 1-12.
Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green J, Gremillet D, Jackson AL, et al (In Press). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science Abstract.  Full text.
Bodey TW, Cleasby IR, Votier SC, Hamer KC, Newton J, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2018). Frequency and consequences of individual dietary specialisation in a wide-ranging marine predator, the northern gannet. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 604, 251-262. Author URL.  Full text.
Bennison A, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Votier SC, Grecian WJ, Wakefield ED, Hamer KC, Jessopp M (2018). Search and foraging behaviors from movement data: a comparison of methods. Ecology and Evolution, 8(1), 13-24. Abstract.  Full text.
Papastamatiou YP, Bodey TW, Friedlander AM, Lowe CG, Bradley D, Weng K, Priestley V, Caselle JE (2018). Spatial separation without territoriality in shark communities. Oikos, 127(6), 767-779. Abstract.
Cleasby IR, Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Davies RD, Patrick SC, Newton J, Votier SC, Bearhop S, Hamer KC (2015). Sexual segregation in a wide-ranging marine predator is a consequence of habitat selection. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518, 1-12. Abstract.
Cleasby IR, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Votier SC, Hamer KC (2015). Three-dimensional tracking of a wide-ranging marine predator: Flight heights and vulnerability to offshore wind farms. Journal of Applied Ecology Abstract.
Patrick SC, Bearhop S, Grémillet D, Lescroël A, Grecian WJ, Bodey TW, Hamer KC, Wakefield E, Le Nuz M, Votier SC, et al (2014). Individual differences in searching behaviour and spatial foraging consistency in a central place marine predator. Oikos, 123(1), 33-40. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Jessopp MJ, Votier SC, Gerritsen HD, Cleasby IR, Hamer KC, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2014). Seabird movement reveals the ecological footprint of fishing vessels. Curr Biol, 24(11), R514-R515. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bodey TW, Ward EJ, Phillips RA, McGill RAR, Bearhop S (2014). Species versus guild level differentiation revealed across the annual cycle by isotopic niche examination. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(2), 470-478. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Ward EJ, Phillips RA, McGill RAR, Bearhop S (2014). Species versus guild level differentiation revealed across the annual cycle by isotopic niche examination. J Anim Ecol, 83(2), 470-478. Abstract.  Author URL.
Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green JA, Grémillet D, Jackson AL, et al (2013). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science, 341(6141), 68-70. Abstract.
Stauss C, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Garthe S, Gunn C, Grecian WJ, Inger R, Knight ME, Newton J, Patrick SC, et al (2012). Sex-specific foraging behaviour in northern gannets Morus bassanus: incidence and implications. Marine Ecology Progress Series(457), 151-162. Abstract.
Oppel S, Beaven BM, Bolton M, Vickery J, Bodey TW (2011). Eradication of Invasive Mammals on Islands Inhabited by Humans and Domestic Animals. Conservation Biology, 25(2), 232-240. Abstract.
Oppel S, Beaven BM, Bolton M, Vickery J, Bodey TW (2011). Eradication of invasive mammals on islands inhabited by humans and domestic animals. Cons Biol, 25(2), 232-240. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). Localised control of an introduced predator: creating problems for the future?. Biol Invasions, 13(12), 2817-2828. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). The diet of an invasive alien predator the feral ferret Mustela furo: implications for the conservation of ground nesting birds. Eur J Wildl Res, 57, 107-117. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Roy SS, Newton J, McDonald RA (2010). Behavioural responses of invasive American mink Neovison vison to an eradication campaign, revealed by stable isotope analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(1), 114-120. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Smart J, Smart MA, Gregory RD (2010). Reducing the impacts of predation on ground-nesting waders: a new landscape-scale solution?. Aspects Appl Biol, 100, 167-174. Abstract.
Bodey TW, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2009). Mesopredators constrain a top predator: competitive release of ravens after culling crows. Biol Lett, 5(5), 617-620. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2012). Invasions and stable isotope analysis – informing ecology and management. In Veitch CR, Clout MN, Towns DR (Eds.) Island invasives: eradication and management, Gland, Switzerland.: IUCN, 148-151.  Abstract.
Drake DR, Bodey TW, Russell JC, Towns DR, Nogales M, Ruffino L (2011). Direct Impacts of Seabird Predators on Island Biota other than Seabirds. In  (Ed) Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration.  Abstract.
Drake DR, Bodey TW, Russell JC, Towns DR, Nogales M, Ruffino L (2011). Direct impacts of seabird predators on non-seabird island biota. In CPH M, Towns DR, Anderson WB, Bellingham PJ (Eds.) Seabird Islands – ecology, invasion and restoration, Oxford University Press.
Jones HP, Towns DR, Bodey TW, Miskelly CM, Ellis JC, Rauzon MJ, Kress SW, McKown MW (2011). Recovery and restoration of seabird islands. In CPH M, Towns DR, Anderson WB, Bellingham PJ (Eds.) Seabird Islands – ecology, invasion and restoration, Oxford University Press.

Publications by year


In Press

Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Cleasby I, Bell F, Parr N, Schultz A, Votier SC (In Press). A phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis of biologging device effects on birds: Deleterious effects and a call for more standardized reporting of study data. Methods in Ecology and Evolution Full text.
Bodey TW, McDonald RA, Sheldon RD, Bearhop S (In Press). Absence of effects of predator control on nesting success of lapwings: implications for conservation. Ibis Abstract.
Bearhop S, Cleasby IR, Bodey TW, Vigfusdottir F, McDonald JL, McElwaine G, Mackie K, Colhoun K (In Press). Climatic conditions produce contrasting influences on demographic traits in a long distance Arctic migrant. Journal of Animal Ecology Full text.
Votier SC, Fayet A, Bearhop S, Bodey T, Clark B, Grecian WJ, Guilford T, Hamer K, Jeglinski J, Morgan G, et al (In Press). Effects of age and reproductive status on individual foraging site fidelity in a long-lived marine predator. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences Full text.
Patrick SC, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Grecian WJ, Hamer KC, Lee J, Votier SC (In Press). Individual seabirds show consistent foraging strategies in response to predictable fisheries discards. Journal of Avian Biology, 46, 1-10. Abstract.
Wakefield ED, Cleasby IR, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Davies R, Miller PI, Newton J, Votier SC, Hamer KC (In Press). Long-term individual foraging site fidelity – why some gannets don’t change their spots. Ecological Monographs Abstract.
Cleasby IR, Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Davies RD, Patrick SC, Newton J, Votier SC, Bearhop S, Hamer KC (In Press). Sexual segregation in a wide-ranging marine predator is a consequence of habitat selection. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518, 1-12.
Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green J, Gremillet D, Jackson AL, et al (In Press). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Bodey TW, Cleasby IR, Votier SC, Hamer KC, Newton J, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2018). Frequency and consequences of individual dietary specialisation in a wide-ranging marine predator, the northern gannet. MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 604, 251-262. Author URL.  Full text.
Bennison A, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Votier SC, Grecian WJ, Wakefield ED, Hamer KC, Jessopp M (2018). Search and foraging behaviors from movement data: a comparison of methods. Ecology and Evolution, 8(1), 13-24. Abstract.  Full text.
Papastamatiou YP, Bodey TW, Friedlander AM, Lowe CG, Bradley D, Weng K, Priestley V, Caselle JE (2018). Spatial separation without territoriality in shark communities. Oikos, 127(6), 767-779. Abstract.

2015

Cleasby IR, Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Davies RD, Patrick SC, Newton J, Votier SC, Bearhop S, Hamer KC (2015). Sexual segregation in a wide-ranging marine predator is a consequence of habitat selection. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518, 1-12. Abstract.
Cleasby IR, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Votier SC, Hamer KC (2015). Three-dimensional tracking of a wide-ranging marine predator: Flight heights and vulnerability to offshore wind farms. Journal of Applied Ecology Abstract.

2014

Patrick SC, Bearhop S, Grémillet D, Lescroël A, Grecian WJ, Bodey TW, Hamer KC, Wakefield E, Le Nuz M, Votier SC, et al (2014). Individual differences in searching behaviour and spatial foraging consistency in a central place marine predator. Oikos, 123(1), 33-40. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Jessopp MJ, Votier SC, Gerritsen HD, Cleasby IR, Hamer KC, Patrick SC, Wakefield ED, Bearhop S (2014). Seabird movement reveals the ecological footprint of fishing vessels. Curr Biol, 24(11), R514-R515. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bodey TW, Ward EJ, Phillips RA, McGill RAR, Bearhop S (2014). Species versus guild level differentiation revealed across the annual cycle by isotopic niche examination. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83(2), 470-478. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Ward EJ, Phillips RA, McGill RAR, Bearhop S (2014). Species versus guild level differentiation revealed across the annual cycle by isotopic niche examination. J Anim Ecol, 83(2), 470-478. Abstract.  Author URL.

2013

Wakefield ED, Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Blackburn J, Colhoun K, Davies R, Dwyer RG, Green JA, Grémillet D, Jackson AL, et al (2013). Space partitioning without territoriality in gannets. Science, 341(6141), 68-70. Abstract.

2012

Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2012). Invasions and stable isotope analysis – informing ecology and management. In Veitch CR, Clout MN, Towns DR (Eds.) Island invasives: eradication and management, Gland, Switzerland.: IUCN, 148-151.  Abstract.
Stauss C, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Garthe S, Gunn C, Grecian WJ, Inger R, Knight ME, Newton J, Patrick SC, et al (2012). Sex-specific foraging behaviour in northern gannets Morus bassanus: incidence and implications. Marine Ecology Progress Series(457), 151-162. Abstract.

2011

Drake DR, Bodey TW, Russell JC, Towns DR, Nogales M, Ruffino L (2011). Direct Impacts of Seabird Predators on Island Biota other than Seabirds. In  (Ed) Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration.  Abstract.
Drake DR, Bodey TW, Russell JC, Towns DR, Nogales M, Ruffino L (2011). Direct impacts of seabird predators on non-seabird island biota. In CPH M, Towns DR, Anderson WB, Bellingham PJ (Eds.) Seabird Islands – ecology, invasion and restoration, Oxford University Press.
Oppel S, Beaven BM, Bolton M, Vickery J, Bodey TW (2011). Eradication of Invasive Mammals on Islands Inhabited by Humans and Domestic Animals. Conservation Biology, 25(2), 232-240. Abstract.
Oppel S, Beaven BM, Bolton M, Vickery J, Bodey TW (2011). Eradication of invasive mammals on islands inhabited by humans and domestic animals. Cons Biol, 25(2), 232-240. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). Localised control of an introduced predator: creating problems for the future?. Biol Invasions, 13(12), 2817-2828. Abstract.
Jones HP, Towns DR, Bodey TW, Miskelly CM, Ellis JC, Rauzon MJ, Kress SW, McKown MW (2011). Recovery and restoration of seabird islands. In CPH M, Towns DR, Anderson WB, Bellingham PJ (Eds.) Seabird Islands – ecology, invasion and restoration, Oxford University Press.
Bodey TW, Bearhop S, McDonald RA (2011). The diet of an invasive alien predator the feral ferret Mustela furo: implications for the conservation of ground nesting birds. Eur J Wildl Res, 57, 107-117. Abstract.

2010

Bodey TW, Bearhop S, Roy SS, Newton J, McDonald RA (2010). Behavioural responses of invasive American mink Neovison vison to an eradication campaign, revealed by stable isotope analysis. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47(1), 114-120. Abstract.
Bodey TW, Smart J, Smart MA, Gregory RD (2010). Reducing the impacts of predation on ground-nesting waders: a new landscape-scale solution?. Aspects Appl Biol, 100, 167-174. Abstract.

2009

Bodey TW, McDonald RA, Bearhop S (2009). Mesopredators constrain a top predator: competitive release of ravens after culling crows. Biol Lett, 5(5), 617-620. Abstract.  Author URL.

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