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Durham University

Department of Biosciences

Academic Staff

Dr Philip Stephens

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Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Biosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 49102

Contact Dr Philip Stephens

Phil Stephens graduated in Zoology from Bristol, took an MSc. in Conservation Biology at the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology and gained his PhD in population ecology from the University of East Anglia (2002).  His principal interests are in how evolved traits shape the fates of individuals and how those fates sum to determine the dynamics of populations.  These interests inform research on evolution, behaviour and conservation more broadly.

Research Groups

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2015: Member, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) review panel: Member of panel that met (in Lisbon) to assess and rank >250 grant applications to the major Portuguese science funding body.
  • 2015: Member, Science Panel to Quality Assure the UK and England Biodiversity Indicators: Member of a small, independent expert panel to review the indicators used to assess UK government progress towards national and international biodiversity targets.
  • 2014: Invited author: Population Viability Analysis: Peer reviewed contribution to the Oxford Bibliographies Online initiative.
  • 2014: Senior Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2012: Member, NERC Peer Review College:
  • 2007: Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2006: Acting Senior Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • 2005: Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Ecology:
  • Associate Editor, Endangered Species Research:

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Stephens, P.A. (2016). Population Viability Analysis. In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Gibson, D.J. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • D.G. Miquelle, J.M. Goodrich, E.N. Smirnov, P.A. Stephens, O.Y. Zaumyslova, G. Chapron, L. Kerley, A.A. Murzin, M.G. Hornocker & H.B. Quigley (2010). The Amur tiger: a case study of living on the edge. In The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids. D.W. Macdonald & A. Loveridge Oxford University Press.
  • Stephens, P.A., Zaumyslova, O.Yu., Myslenkov, A.E., Hayward, G.D. & Miquelle, D.G. (2005). Densities of ungulates in Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik, Russian Far East. In The Tigers of Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik: Ecology and Conservation. Miquelle, D.G., Smirnov, E.N. & Goodrich, J.M. Vladivostok: PSP. 97-112.
  • Stephens, P.A., Zaumyslova, O.Yu., Myslenkov, A.E., Miquelle, D.G. & Hayward, G.D. (2005). Temporal dynamics of ungulates in Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik, Russian Far East, 1962 - 2001. In The Tigers of Sikhote-Alin Zapovednik: Ecology and Conservation. Miquelle, D.G., Smirnov, E.N. & Goodrich, J.M. Vladivostok: PSP. 113-125.
  • Miquelle, D.G., Stephens, P.A., Smirnov, E.N., Goodrich, J.M., Zaumyslova, O.Yu. & Myslenkov, A.I. (2005). Tigers and Wolves in the Russian Far East: Competitive Exclusion, Functional Redundancy and Conservation Implications. In Large Carnivores and the Conservation of Biodiversity. Ray, J.C., Berger, J., Redford, K.H. & Steneck, R. New York: Island Press. 179-207.
  • Stephens, P.A. & Sutherland, W.J. (2000). Vertebrate mating systems, Allee effects and conservation. In Vertebrate Mating Systems. Apollonio, M., Festa-Bianchet, M. & Mainardi, D. London: World Scientific Publishing. 186-213.

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