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Dr Thomas Bodey

Dr Thomas Bodey

Postdoctoral researcher

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

I am ecologist with a particular focus on the causes and consequences of individual specialisation, and how anthropogenic changes impact on movement, foraging and population dynamics in a range of vertebrates.

Qualifications

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

Light-bellied Brent Goose

Light-bellied Brent Goose

Northern Gannet

Northern Gannet

Research

Research interests

I am ecologist with a particular focus on the causes and consequences of individual specialisation, and how anthropogenic changes impact on movement, foraging and population dynamics in a range of vertebrates. I principally work with bird models, and currently my research focuses on the following systems:

Light-bellied Brent Goose Branta bernicla hrota
Many components interact across the life cycles of organisms, and so these effects on individual fitness may carry over between stages, and can accumulate over time. I am investigating 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 will 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 am investigating the extent of intra- and inter-individual specialisation (akin to personality) in foraging decisions in gannets using stable isotope analysis and fine-scale activity data collected from individuals at a range of colony sizes, and combining these data with individual-based models. These are used to investigate how both intrinsic and extrinsic factors – for example body condition, competition and fisheries discards – affect the presence and persistence of specialisations.

Invasive Species and Conservation on Islands
I have a long-standing interest in the use of islands to understand a wide variety of ecological questions. 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 dynamics of island-based populations; and the role of birds as ecosystem drivers.

Research networks

Prof Stuart Bearhop, CEC, University of Exeter
Dr Ian Cleasby, CEC, University of Exeter
Dr Kendrew Colhoun, RSPB
Dr Keith Hamer, University of Leeds
Dr Andrew Jackson, Trinity College, Dublin
Dr Mark Jessopp, University College, Cork
Prof Carl Jones, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Prof Robbie McDonald, ESI, University of Exeter
Dr Steffen Oppel, RSPB
Dr Samantha Patrick, CEBC, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Matthew Silk, CEC, University of Exeter
Dr Steve Votier, ESI, University of Exeter
Dr Ewan Wakefield, University of Leeds

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


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, 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.
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. 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.
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.

Publications by category


Journal articles

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.
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 (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. 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.
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

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.
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.

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. 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.
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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