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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Dr Anthony Bicknell

Dr Anthony Bicknell

Research Fellow

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 Hatherly B11


Hatherly Building, University of Exeter, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4PS, UK


Marine ecologist focused on understanding how human activities directly or indirectly affect the marine environment, from individuals to ecosystems.


2011 PhD Marine Ecology, University of Plymouth
2007 BSc Conservation Biology & Ecology, University of Exeter


2018 - Present: Research Fellow, University of Exeter
2016 - 2018: Associate Researcher, University of Exeter
2016 - 2018: Scientific Research Consultant, AB Nautilus (WCS)
2013 - 2016: Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
2011 - 2013: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Plymouth


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Research interests

  • Distribution and behaviour of marine animals, populations and communities.
  • Ecological effects of marine renewable energy technologies
  • Predator/prey interactions
  • Small-scale sustainable fisheries

Research projects

  • Predators and Prey Around Renewable Energy Developments (funder: The Crown Estate - ongoing )
  • Promote Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries in Lampi Marine National Park (funder: Istituto Oikos & Ensemble Foundation - Completed)
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave Energy Technologies (funder: European Commission - Completed)

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Journal articles

Rendle EJ, Hunt EL, Bicknell AWJ (2023). A three-step approach for co-locating nature-based solutions within offshore wind farms. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11 Abstract.
Pollet I, Lenske A, Ausems A, Barbraud C, Bedolla-Guzmán Y, Bicknell A, Bolton M, Bond A, Delord K, Diamond A, et al (2023). Experts’ opinions on threats to Leach’s Storm-Petrels ( Hydrobates leucorhous ) across their global range. Avian Conservation and Ecology, 18(1).
Davies BFR, Holmes L, Bicknell A, Attrill MJ, Sheehan EV (2022). A decade implementing ecosystem approach to fisheries management improves diversity of taxa and traits within a marine protected area in the UK. DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTIONS, 28(1), 173-188.  Author URL.
Grant MI, Bicknell AWJ, Htut T, Maung A, Maung T, Myo Myo K, Rein T, San MK, White WT, Ya KZ, et al (2022). Market surveys and social media provide confirmation of the endangered giant freshwater whipray Urogymnus polylepis in Myanmar. J Fish Biol, 101(1), 302-307. Abstract.  Author URL.
Clark BL, Cox SL, Atkins KM, Bearhop S, Bicknell AWJ, Bodey TW, Cleasby IR, Grecian WJ, Hamer KC, Loveday BR, et al (2021). Sexual segregation of gannet foraging over 11 years: movements vary but isotopic differences remain stable. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 661, 1-16. Abstract.
Exeter OM, Htut T, Kerry CR, Kyi MM, Mizrahi M, Turner RA, Witt MJ, Bicknell AWJ (2021). Shining Light on Data-Poor Coastal Fisheries. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7
Bicknell AWJ, Walker BW, Black T, Newton J, Pemberton JM, Luxmoore R, Inger R, Votier SC (2020). Stable isotopes reveal the importance of seabirds and marine foods in the diet of St Kilda field mice. Sci Rep, 10(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Bicknell AWJ, Sheehan EV, Godley BJ, Doherty PD, Witt MJ (2019). Assessing the impact of introduced infrastructure at sea with cameras: a case study for spatial scale, time and statistical power. Mar Environ Res, 147, 126-137. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bicknell AWJ, Godley BJ, Sheehan EV, Votier SC, Witt MJ (2016). Camera technology for monitoring marine biodiversity and human impact. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 14(8), 424-432. Abstract.
Greaves D, Conley D, Magagna D, Aires E, Chambel Leitão J, Witt M, Embling CB, Godley BJ, Bicknell AWJ, Saulnier JB, et al (2016). Environmental Impact Assessment: Gathering experiences from wave energy test centres in Europe. International Journal of Marine Energy, 14, 68-79. Abstract.
Carter MID, Cox SL, Scales KL, Bicknell AWJ, Nicholson MD, Atkins KM, Morgan G, Morgan L, Grecian WJ, Patrick SC, et al (2016). GPS tracking reveals rafting behaviour of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus): implications for foraging ecology and conservation. Bird Study, 1-13. Abstract.
Cox SL, Miller PI, Embling CB, Scales KL, Bicknell AWJ, Hosegood PJ, Morgan G, Ingram SN, Votier SC (2016). Seabird diving behaviour reveals the functional significance of shelf-sea fronts as foraging hotspots. R Soc Open Sci, 3(9). Abstract.  Author URL.
Merchant ND, Brookes KL, Faulkner RC, Bicknell AWJ, Godley BJ, Witt MJ (2016). Underwater noise levels in UK waters. Scientific Reports, 6(1). Abstract.
Megson D, Brown TA, Johnson GW, O'Sullivan G, Bicknell AWJ, Votier SC, Lohan MC, Comber S, Kalin R, Worsfold PJ, et al (2014). Identifying the provenance of Leach’s storm petrels in the North Atlantic using polychlorinated biphenyl signatures derived from comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Chemosphere, 114, 195-202.
Bicknell AWJ, Knight ME, Bilton DT, Campbell M, Reid JB, Newton J, Votier SC (2014). Intercolony movement of pre-breeding seabirds over oceanic scales: Implications of cryptic age-classes for conservation and metapopulation dynamics. Diversity and Distributions, 20(2), 160-168. Abstract.
Votier SC, Bicknell A, Cox SL, Scales KL, Patrick SC (2013). A bird's eye view of discard reforms: bird-borne cameras reveal seabird/fishery interactions. PLoS One, 8(3).  Author URL.
Dawson DA, Ball AD, Spurgin LG, Martin-Galvez D, Stewart IRK, Horsburgh GJ, Potter J, Molina-Morales M, Bicknell AWJ, Preston SAJ, et al (2013). High-utility conserved avian microsatellite markers enable parentage and population studies across a wide range of species. BMC Genomics, 14
Brown TA, Bicknell AWJ, Votier SC, Belt ST (2013). Novel molecular fingerprinting of marine avian diet provides a tool for gaining insights into feeding ecology. Environmental Chemistry Letters, 11(3), 283-288. Abstract.
Bicknell AWJ, Oro D, Camphuysen KCJ, Votier SC (2013). Potential consequences of discard reform for seabird communities. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50(3), 649-658. Abstract.
Bicknell A, Knight, M. E. Bilton, D. Reid, J. B. Burke, T. Votier, S. C. (2012). Population genetic structure and long-distance dispersal among seabird populations: Implications for colony persistence. Molecular Ecology, 21(12), 2863-2876.  Author URL.
Bicknell AWJ, Dawson DA, Horsburgh GJ, Knight ME, Bilton DT, Votier SC (2011). Characterisation and predicted genome locations of Leach's storm-petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) microsatellite loci (Procellariidae, Aves). Conservation Genetics Resources, 3(4), 711-716. Abstract.
Bicknell A, Campbell M, Knight ME, Bilton DT, Newton J, Votier SC (2011). Effects of formalin preservation on stable carbon and nitrogen isotope signatures in Calanoid copepods: implications for the use of Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey samples in stable isotope analyses. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 25(13), 1794-1800.
Bicknell TWJ, Reid JB, Votier SC (2009). Probable predation of Leach's Storm-petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa eggs by St Kilda Field Mice Apodemus sylvaticus hirtensis. Bird Study, 56(3), 419-422. Abstract.


Bicknell A, Witt M (2020). Participatory mapping of fishing activity, habitats and species in Lampi Marine National Park (Profish Project).
Flaming B, Latt KT, Cho P, Htut T, Maung A, Tun T, Matthews E, Hesse I, Bicknell A (2018). Characterization of fisheries and marine wildlife occurence in southern Rakhine State and western Ayeryarwady Region, Myanmar., WCS Myanmar.
Bicknell A, Maung A (2017). Field manual for shark & ray fisher, trader & market based surveys in Rakhine, Myanmar.
Bicknell A, Turner R, Metcalfe K, Doherty P, Callow M, Witt M (2016). Field manual for socio-economic, fisheries & marine vertebrate surveys in Myanmar.
Birth F, Pikesley S, Bicknell A, Callow M, Doherty P, Exeter O, Kerry C, Metcalfe K, Turner R, Witt M, et al (2016). Myanmar Marine Biodiversity Atlas.

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