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Professor David Bryant

Professor David Bryant

Professor of Conservation Biology

 01326 370723

 Daphne du Maurier -


Daphne du Maurier Building, University of Exeter,  Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK



1968 BSc ARCS Imperial College, London
1972 PhD DIC Imperial College
1999 FRSE


Research interests

Animal Energetics Understanding variation in the behaviour, ecology and life histories of birds and mammals through measurement and manipulation of free-living energy costs and behaviour.

Conservation Biology Application of novel approaches to conservation of birds and mammals in the wild: UK, New Zealand and West Africa studies.

Research projects

Selected current projects of research group and collaborators

Alternative life-histories in male soay sheep (NERC)

Energetics of egg laying in Great Tits (NERC)

Benefits of managed re-alignment: the Nigg Bay study (RSPB Scotland, Amy Crowther)

Responses of insect food supplies to removal of alien mammals in New Zealand (DoC, David Butler)

Energetics of North Atlantic seabirds

Conservation management of Lapwings on Hebrides (RSPB)

Novel methods of diet assessment in meadow pipits (MLURI, Leigh Stephen)

Corn Bunting ecology in Western Isles, Scotland (RSPB Scotland, Rob MacLean)

Impact of major engineering works on wading birds of the Forth Estuary (SE, to be appointed, see above)

Applications of energetics approaches to conservation of endangered species in New Zealand (DoC, VUW, Murray Williams)

Mandrill ecology and behaviour in Gabon (NERC, Elizabeth White)

Life-history variation and energy use by South African birds (Rita Covas)


Supervision / Group

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