Hatherly Building, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PS, UK
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
Broad research specialisms
BA Natural Sciences (Zoology) – University of Cambridge, 2012–2015
MRes Ecology, Evolution & Conservation – Imperial College London, 2015–2016
Project Title: Assessing and managing anthropogenic impacts on marine acoustic ecology
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
NERC GW4+ DTP, with additional funding from the Australian Institute of Marine Science
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.
TAC Gordon, AN Radford, IK Davidson, K Barnes, K McCloskey, SL Nedelec, MG Meekan, MI McCormick, SD Simpson
Nature Communications 10, 5414.
EJ O’Gorman, OL Petchey, KJ Faulkner, B Gallo, TAC Gordon, J Neto-Cerejeira, JS Ólafsson, DE Pichler, MSA Thompson, G Woodward
Nature Climate Change 9, 611-616.
DO Obura, W Appeltans, N Amornthammarong, G Aeby, NJ Bax, J Bishop, RE Brainard, S Chan, P Fletcher, TAC Gordon, L Gramer, M Gudka, J Halas, J Hendee, G Hodgson, D Huang, M Jankulak, A Jones, T Kimura, J Levy, P Miloslavich, LM Chou, FE Muller-Karger, K Osuka, S Simpson, K Tun, S Wongbusarakum
Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 580
HR Harding, TAC Gordon, E Eastcott, SD Simpson, AN Radford
Behavioral Ecology, arz114
AN Radford, HR Harding, TAC Gordon, SD Simpson
Behavioral Ecology, arz171
TAC Gordon, HR Harding, KE Wong, ND Merchant, MG Meekan, MI McCormick, AN Radford, SD Simpson
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, 5193-5198.
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, 804-827.
TAC Gordon, J Neto-Cerejeira, PC Furey, EJ O’Gorman
Current Zoology 64, 231-242.
HR Harding, TAC Gordon, RE Hsuan, ACE Mackaness, AN Radford, SD Simpson
Biology Letters 14, 20180441.
TAC Gordon, EL Wilding, DC Aldridge
Journal of Molluscan Studies 82, 457-463.
TAC Gordon, B Cowburn, RD Sluka
Coral Reefs 34, 13-16.