Loading content
Dr Richard Sherley

Dr Richard Sherley

Research Fellow

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 

 

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

 Office hours:

I work a flexible working pattern so may send emails out of 'normal' working hours.  Please be assured that I do not expect a response outside of your own working hours.

Overview

I am a Marine Ecologist and Conservation Biologist who studies human impacts on the oceans using long-term data on animal populations, technology-led approaches to study behaviour and powerful analytical techniques. The ultimate goal of my research is to guide conservation strategy and assist the development of ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management.

Qualifications

  • 2011 PhD, University of Bristol
  • 2005 BSc (Hons) Psychology and Zoology, University of Bristol

Career

  • 2019–present Pew marine fellow, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall (UK)
  • 2015–2018 Independent Research Fellow, Bristol Zoological Society, Bristol (UK)
  • 2011–2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cape Town (South Africa)
  • 2005–2006 Editorial Assistant, Faculty of 1000 Medicine, London (UK)

Links

Research group links

Research

Research interests

Some questions that exemplify my research interests are:

1. What drives population change of marine vertebrates?

2. What strategies will best achieve sustainable use of the oceans and allow recovery of marine vertebrates?

3. How to best account for the foraging needs of predators in fisheries management?

4. How can uncertainty and precaution be incorporated into marine conservation?

5. How can emerging technologies help to quantify the impact of research activities on animals and engage people in conservation?

Research grants

  • 2019 Pew Marine Fellows
    Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Gaglio D, Sherley R, Ryan P, Cook T (In Press). A non-invasive approach to estimate the energetic requirements of an increasing seabird population in a perturbed marine ecosystem. Scientific Reports Full text.
Sherley RB, Barham BJ, Barham PJ, Campbell KJ, Crawford RJM, Grigg J, Horswill C, McInnes A, Morris TL, Pichegru L, et al (In Press). Bayesian inference reveals positive but subtle effects of experimental fishery closures on marine predator demographics. Proc Biol Sci, 285(1871). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Campbell K, Steinfurth A, Underhill L, Coetzee J, Dyer B, Ludynia K, Makhado A, Merkle D, Rademan J, Upfold L, et al (In Press). Local forage fish abundance influences foraging effort and offspring condition in an Endangered marine predator. Journal of Applied Ecology Full text.
Brisson-Curadeau É, Bird D, Burke C, Fifield DA, Pace P, Sherley RB, Elliott KH (In Press). Seabird species vary in behavioural response to drone census. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Crawford RJM, Sydeman WJ, Thompson SA, Sherley R, Makhado AB (2019). Food habits of an endangered seabird indicate recent poor forage fish availability. ICES Journal of Marine Science
Ropert-Coudert Y, Chiaradia A, Ainley D, Barbosa A, Boersma PD, Brasso R, Dewar M, Ellenberg U, Garcia-Borboroglu P, Emmerson L, et al (2019). Happy Feet in a Hostile World? the Future of Penguins Depends on Proactive Management of Current and Expected Threats. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 6 Author URL.
Deakin Z, Hamer KC, Sherley RB, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Clark BL, James Grecian W, Gummery M, Lane J, Morgan G, et al (2019). Sex differences in migration and demography of a wide-ranging seabird, the Northern Gannet. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 622, 191-201. Abstract.
Gianuca D, Votier SC, Pardo D, Wood AG, Sherley RB, Ireland L, Choquet R, Pradel R, Townley S, Forcada J, et al (2019). Sex-specific effects of fisheries and climate on the demography of sexually dimorphic seabirds. J Anim Ecol Abstract.  Author URL.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, McInnes A, Sherley RB, Ryan PG (2018). Foraging plasticity in seabirds: a non-invasive study of the diet of greater crested terns breeding in the Benguela region. PLoS ONE, 13(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, Sherley RB, Ryan PG (2018). How many can you catch? Factors influencing the occurrence of multi-prey loading in provisioning Greater Crested Terns<sup>§</sup>. Ostrich, 89(2), 145-149. Abstract.  Full text.
Payo-Payo A, Sanz-Aguilar A, Gaglio D, Sherley RB, Cook TR, Altwegg R, Ryan PG (2018). Survival estimates for the greater crested tern Thalasseus bergii in southern Africa. African Journal of Marine Science, 40(1), 43-50. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Sherley R, Cook T, Ryan P, Flower T (2018). The costs of kleptoparasitism: a study of mixed-species seabird breeding colonies. Behavioral Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Sydeman WJ, Thompson SA, Anker-Nilssen T, Arimitsu M, Bennison A, Bertrand S, Boersch-Supan P, Boyd C, Bransome NC, Crawford RJM, et al (2017). Best practices for assessing forage fish fisheries-seabird resource competition. Fisheries Research, 194, 209-221. Abstract.
Morten JM, Parsons NJ, Schwitzer C, Holderied MW, Sherley RB (2017). Body condition as a quantitative tool to guide hand-rearing decisions in an endangered seabird. ANIMAL CONSERVATION, 20(5), 471-479. Author URL.  Full text.
Sherley RB, Botha P, Underhill LG, Ryan PG, van Zyl D, Cockcroft AC, Crawford RJM, Dyer BM, Cook TR (2017). Defining ecologically relevant scales for spatial protection with long-term data on an endangered seabird and local prey availability. Conservation Biology, 31(6), 1312-1321. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, Connan M, Ryan PG, Sherley RB (2017). Dietary studies in birds: testing a non-invasive method using digital photography in seabirds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(2), 214-222. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Sherley R, Cook T (2017). Insects in the diet of the Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii bergii in Southern Africa. Marine Ornithology, 43, 131-132.
Sherley RB, Votier SC (2017). Metapopulation Tracking Juvenile Penguins Reveals an Ecosystem-wide Ecological Trap. Current Biology Full text.
Sherley RB (2017). PhD jobs: Revamp funding structures. Nature, 551(7681). Full text.
Votier SC, Sherley RB (2017). Seabirds. Curr Biol, 27(11), R448-R450. Abstract.  Author URL.
Crawford R, Ellenberg U, Frere E, Hagen C, Baird K, Brewin P, Crofts S, Glass J, Mattern T, Pompert J, et al (2017). Tangled and drowned: a global review of penguin bycatch in fisheries. Endangered Species Research, 34, 373-396.
Sherley RB, Barham BJ, Barham PJ, Leshoro TM, Underhill LG (2016). Artificial nests enhance the breeding productivity of African Penguins ( Spheniscus demersus ) on Robben Island, South Africa. Emu - Austral Ornithology, 112(2), 97-106.
Weller F, Sherley RB, Shannon LJ, Jarre A, Stewart T, Scott L, Altwegg R, Cecchini LA, Crawford RJM, Geldenhuys D, et al (2016). Penguins' perilous conservation status calls for complementary approach based on sound ecological principles: reply to Butterworth et al. (2015). Ecological Modelling, 337, 1-3.
Weller F, Sherley RB, Waller LJ, Ludynia K, Geldenhuys D, Shannon LJ, Jarre A (2016). System dynamics modelling of the Endangered African penguin populations on Dyer and Robben islands, South Africa. Ecological Modelling, 327, 44-56. Abstract.
Sherley RB, Winker H, Altwegg R, van der Lingen CD, Votier SC, Crawford RJM (2015). Bottom-up effects of a no-take zone on endangered penguin demographics. Biol Lett, 11(7). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, Sherley RB (2015). Egg morphology of Swift Terns in South Africa. Ostrich, 86(3), 287-289.
Weller F, Cecchini L-A, Shannon L, Sherley RB, Crawford RJ, Altwegg R, Scott L, Stewart T, Jarre A (2014). A system dynamics approach to modelling multiple drivers of the African penguin population on Robben Island, South Africa. Ecological Modelling, 277, 38-56.
Sherley RB, Abadi F, Ludynia K, Barham BJ, Clark AE, Altwegg R (2014). Age-specific survival and movement among major African Penguin Spheniscus demersus colonies. Ibis, 156(4), 716-728.
Sherley RB, Waller LJ, Strauss V, Geldenhuys D, Underhill LG, Parsons NJ (2014). Hand-Rearing, Release and Survival of African Penguin Chicks Abandoned Before Independence by Moulting Parents. PLoS ONE, 9(10), e110794-e110794.
Ludynia K, Waller L, Sherley R, Abadi F, Galada Y, Geldenhuys D, Crawford R, Shannon L, Jarre A (2014). Processes influencing the population dynamics and conservation of African penguins on Dyer Island, South Africa. African Journal of Marine Science, 36(2), 253-267.
Sherley RB, Barham PJ, Barham BJ, Crawford RJM, Dyer BM, Leshoro TM, Makhado AB, Upfold L, Underhill LG (2013). Growth and decline of a penguin colony and the influence on nesting density and reproductive success. Population Ecology, 56(1), 119-128.
Sherley R, Underhill L, Barham B, Barham P, Coetzee J, Crawford R, Dyer B, Leshoro T, Upfold L (2013). Influence of local and regional prey availability on breeding performance of African penguins Spheniscus demersus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 473, 291-301.
Bonato M, Evans MR, Hasselquist D, Sherley RB, Cloete SWP, Cherry MI (2013). Ostrich chick humoral immune responses and growth rate are predicted by parental immune responses and paternal colouration. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(12), 1891-1901.
Sherley R, Ludynia K, Lamont T, Roux J, Crawford R, Underhill L (2013). The initial journey of an Endangered penguin: implications for seabird conservation. Endangered Species Research, 21(1), 89-95.
Sherley RB, Ludynia K, Underhill LG, Jones R, Kemper J (2011). Storms and heat limit the nest success of Bank Cormorants: implications of future climate change for a surface-nesting seabird in southern Africa. Journal of Ornithology, 153(2), 441-455.
Villiers MD, Mecenero S, Sherley R, Heinze E, Kieser J, Leshoro T, Merbold L, Nordt A, Parsons N, Peter H-U, et al (2010). Introduced European Rabbits ( Oryctolagus cuniculus ) and Domestic Cats ( Felis catus ) on Robben Island: Population Trends and Management Recommendations. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 40(2), 139-148.
Sherley R, Burghardt T, Barham P, Campbell N, Cuthill I (2010). Spotting the difference: towards fully-automated population monitoring of African penguins Spheniscus demersus. Endangered Species Research, 11, 101-111.
Underhill LG, Sherley RB, Dyer BM, Crawford RJM (2009). Interactions between snakes and seabirds on Robben, Schaapen and Meeuw Islands, Western Cape province, South Africa. OSTRICH, 80(2), 115-118. Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

Gaglio D, Sherley R, Ryan P, Cook T (In Press). A non-invasive approach to estimate the energetic requirements of an increasing seabird population in a perturbed marine ecosystem. Scientific Reports Full text.
Sherley RB, Barham BJ, Barham PJ, Campbell KJ, Crawford RJM, Grigg J, Horswill C, McInnes A, Morris TL, Pichegru L, et al (In Press). Bayesian inference reveals positive but subtle effects of experimental fishery closures on marine predator demographics. Proc Biol Sci, 285(1871). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Campbell K, Steinfurth A, Underhill L, Coetzee J, Dyer B, Ludynia K, Makhado A, Merkle D, Rademan J, Upfold L, et al (In Press). Local forage fish abundance influences foraging effort and offspring condition in an Endangered marine predator. Journal of Applied Ecology Full text.
Brisson-Curadeau É, Bird D, Burke C, Fifield DA, Pace P, Sherley RB, Elliott KH (In Press). Seabird species vary in behavioural response to drone census. Sci Rep, 7(1). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2019

Crawford RJM, Sydeman WJ, Thompson SA, Sherley R, Makhado AB (2019). Food habits of an endangered seabird indicate recent poor forage fish availability. ICES Journal of Marine Science
Ropert-Coudert Y, Chiaradia A, Ainley D, Barbosa A, Boersma PD, Brasso R, Dewar M, Ellenberg U, Garcia-Borboroglu P, Emmerson L, et al (2019). Happy Feet in a Hostile World? the Future of Penguins Depends on Proactive Management of Current and Expected Threats. FRONTIERS IN MARINE SCIENCE, 6 Author URL.
Deakin Z, Hamer KC, Sherley RB, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Clark BL, James Grecian W, Gummery M, Lane J, Morgan G, et al (2019). Sex differences in migration and demography of a wide-ranging seabird, the Northern Gannet. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 622, 191-201. Abstract.
Gianuca D, Votier SC, Pardo D, Wood AG, Sherley RB, Ireland L, Choquet R, Pradel R, Townley S, Forcada J, et al (2019). Sex-specific effects of fisheries and climate on the demography of sexually dimorphic seabirds. J Anim Ecol Abstract.  Author URL.

2018

Gaglio D, Cook TR, McInnes A, Sherley RB, Ryan PG (2018). Foraging plasticity in seabirds: a non-invasive study of the diet of greater crested terns breeding in the Benguela region. PLoS ONE, 13(1). Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, Sherley RB, Ryan PG (2018). How many can you catch? Factors influencing the occurrence of multi-prey loading in provisioning Greater Crested Terns<sup>§</sup>. Ostrich, 89(2), 145-149. Abstract.  Full text.
Payo-Payo A, Sanz-Aguilar A, Gaglio D, Sherley RB, Cook TR, Altwegg R, Ryan PG (2018). Survival estimates for the greater crested tern Thalasseus bergii in southern Africa. African Journal of Marine Science, 40(1), 43-50. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Sherley R, Cook T, Ryan P, Flower T (2018). The costs of kleptoparasitism: a study of mixed-species seabird breeding colonies. Behavioral Ecology Abstract.  Full text.

2017

Sydeman WJ, Thompson SA, Anker-Nilssen T, Arimitsu M, Bennison A, Bertrand S, Boersch-Supan P, Boyd C, Bransome NC, Crawford RJM, et al (2017). Best practices for assessing forage fish fisheries-seabird resource competition. Fisheries Research, 194, 209-221. Abstract.
Morten JM, Parsons NJ, Schwitzer C, Holderied MW, Sherley RB (2017). Body condition as a quantitative tool to guide hand-rearing decisions in an endangered seabird. ANIMAL CONSERVATION, 20(5), 471-479. Author URL.  Full text.
Sherley RB, Botha P, Underhill LG, Ryan PG, van Zyl D, Cockcroft AC, Crawford RJM, Dyer BM, Cook TR (2017). Defining ecologically relevant scales for spatial protection with long-term data on an endangered seabird and local prey availability. Conservation Biology, 31(6), 1312-1321. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, Connan M, Ryan PG, Sherley RB (2017). Dietary studies in birds: testing a non-invasive method using digital photography in seabirds. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(2), 214-222. Abstract.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Sherley R, Cook T (2017). Insects in the diet of the Greater Crested Tern Thalasseus bergii bergii in Southern Africa. Marine Ornithology, 43, 131-132.
Sherley RB, Votier SC (2017). Metapopulation Tracking Juvenile Penguins Reveals an Ecosystem-wide Ecological Trap. Current Biology Full text.
Sherley RB (2017). PhD jobs: Revamp funding structures. Nature, 551(7681). Full text.
Votier SC, Sherley RB (2017). Seabirds. Curr Biol, 27(11), R448-R450. Abstract.  Author URL.
Crawford R, Ellenberg U, Frere E, Hagen C, Baird K, Brewin P, Crofts S, Glass J, Mattern T, Pompert J, et al (2017). Tangled and drowned: a global review of penguin bycatch in fisheries. Endangered Species Research, 34, 373-396.

2016

Sherley RB, Barham BJ, Barham PJ, Leshoro TM, Underhill LG (2016). Artificial nests enhance the breeding productivity of African Penguins ( Spheniscus demersus ) on Robben Island, South Africa. Emu - Austral Ornithology, 112(2), 97-106.
Weller F, Sherley RB, Shannon LJ, Jarre A, Stewart T, Scott L, Altwegg R, Cecchini LA, Crawford RJM, Geldenhuys D, et al (2016). Penguins' perilous conservation status calls for complementary approach based on sound ecological principles: reply to Butterworth et al. (2015). Ecological Modelling, 337, 1-3.
Weller F, Sherley RB, Waller LJ, Ludynia K, Geldenhuys D, Shannon LJ, Jarre A (2016). System dynamics modelling of the Endangered African penguin populations on Dyer and Robben islands, South Africa. Ecological Modelling, 327, 44-56. Abstract.

2015

Sherley RB, Winker H, Altwegg R, van der Lingen CD, Votier SC, Crawford RJM (2015). Bottom-up effects of a no-take zone on endangered penguin demographics. Biol Lett, 11(7). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Gaglio D, Cook TR, Sherley RB (2015). Egg morphology of Swift Terns in South Africa. Ostrich, 86(3), 287-289.

2014

Weller F, Cecchini L-A, Shannon L, Sherley RB, Crawford RJ, Altwegg R, Scott L, Stewart T, Jarre A (2014). A system dynamics approach to modelling multiple drivers of the African penguin population on Robben Island, South Africa. Ecological Modelling, 277, 38-56.
Sherley RB, Abadi F, Ludynia K, Barham BJ, Clark AE, Altwegg R (2014). Age-specific survival and movement among major African Penguin Spheniscus demersus colonies. Ibis, 156(4), 716-728.
Sherley RB, Waller LJ, Strauss V, Geldenhuys D, Underhill LG, Parsons NJ (2014). Hand-Rearing, Release and Survival of African Penguin Chicks Abandoned Before Independence by Moulting Parents. PLoS ONE, 9(10), e110794-e110794.
Ludynia K, Waller L, Sherley R, Abadi F, Galada Y, Geldenhuys D, Crawford R, Shannon L, Jarre A (2014). Processes influencing the population dynamics and conservation of African penguins on Dyer Island, South Africa. African Journal of Marine Science, 36(2), 253-267.

2013

Sherley RB, Barham PJ, Barham BJ, Crawford RJM, Dyer BM, Leshoro TM, Makhado AB, Upfold L, Underhill LG (2013). Growth and decline of a penguin colony and the influence on nesting density and reproductive success. Population Ecology, 56(1), 119-128.
Sherley R, Underhill L, Barham B, Barham P, Coetzee J, Crawford R, Dyer B, Leshoro T, Upfold L (2013). Influence of local and regional prey availability on breeding performance of African penguins Spheniscus demersus. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 473, 291-301.
Bonato M, Evans MR, Hasselquist D, Sherley RB, Cloete SWP, Cherry MI (2013). Ostrich chick humoral immune responses and growth rate are predicted by parental immune responses and paternal colouration. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67(12), 1891-1901.
Sherley R, Ludynia K, Lamont T, Roux J, Crawford R, Underhill L (2013). The initial journey of an Endangered penguin: implications for seabird conservation. Endangered Species Research, 21(1), 89-95.

2011

Sherley RB, Ludynia K, Underhill LG, Jones R, Kemper J (2011). Storms and heat limit the nest success of Bank Cormorants: implications of future climate change for a surface-nesting seabird in southern Africa. Journal of Ornithology, 153(2), 441-455.

2010

Villiers MD, Mecenero S, Sherley R, Heinze E, Kieser J, Leshoro T, Merbold L, Nordt A, Parsons N, Peter H-U, et al (2010). Introduced European Rabbits ( Oryctolagus cuniculus ) and Domestic Cats ( Felis catus ) on Robben Island: Population Trends and Management Recommendations. South African Journal of Wildlife Research, 40(2), 139-148.
Sherley R, Burghardt T, Barham P, Campbell N, Cuthill I (2010). Spotting the difference: towards fully-automated population monitoring of African penguins Spheniscus demersus. Endangered Species Research, 11, 101-111.

2009

Underhill LG, Sherley RB, Dyer BM, Crawford RJM (2009). Interactions between snakes and seabirds on Robben, Schaapen and Meeuw Islands, Western Cape province, South Africa. OSTRICH, 80(2), 115-118. Author URL.

Richard_Sherley Details from cache as at 2019-08-25 15:36:22

Refresh publications

Teaching

Supervision / Group

Back | Edit Profile