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School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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Dr Martyn Lucas, PhD, BSc Hons (I)

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 41345
Fax: +44-191-334 1201

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My group's principal interests are in the behavioural ecology and physiological ecology of aquatic animals; conservation biology of aquatic animals; introduced and invasive species in aquatic systems; and fisheries ecology, as outlined below. See personal web page for further details (link given below).
(i) Spatial behaviour and migration of fishes, using techniques such as biotelemetry. Studies are at species and assemblage level and include variations in habitat use and life history strategy. Evaluation of anthropogenic effects on fish migration and the performance of fish passes. Studies of energy expenditure and ecophysiology of fishes, using physiological approaches such as heart rate telemetry.
(ii) Fisheries ecology and conservation. Ecology of exploited fish and shellfish populations in marine and freshwater systems; fisheries management; fate of stocked fish. Conservation biology of aquatic species and habitats e.g. lamprey, crayfish, endemic fauna. Interspecific competition and resource use by fish and invertebrates, including effects of invasive species such as exotic crayfish species.
(iii) Energetics and cardio-respiratory physiology of fishes. Factors affecting intraspecific and intraindividual variation in metabolism of fishes and relationship to life history, swimming performance and migration.
(iv) Effects of pollutants and environmental stress on aquatic animals. Sublethal responses of fishes in the natural environment. Effects on fish and invertebrate communities. Effects on growth, behaviour and energetics of aquatic animals.

This research is carried out in freshwater, brackish and marine environments and involves collaborations within the UK and abroad (e.g. Europe, USA, Korea, W. Africa), mostly funded by research councils and government agencies. The group currently comprises 8 postdoctoral, doctoral and graduate researchers and opportunities for graduate students are available.

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: Corvallis, Oregon - invited plenary: Invited plenary speaker at 4th international Conference on Fish Passage and Ecohydraulics, July 2013. Corvaliis, Oregon, US.
  • 2013: Grahamstown, South Africa - invited plenary: Invited plenary speaker, Advances in fish telemetry, International conference and workshop, Grahamstown, South Africa. July 2013.
  • 2013: Invited author - research methods textbook: Invited author for 'Biotelemetry and Biologging' (pp.819-881) in the Third Edition of 'Fisheries Techniques' (eds Zale, A.V., Parrish, D.L. & Sutton, T.M.), the 1070 page standard reference work textbook for research level understanding of the subject. Published in Jan. 2013, ISBN 978-1-934874-29-5).
  • 2012: Feature interviewee, BBC1 Countryfile: Interviewee for a feature on conservation of lamprey, BBC1 television Countryfile, ca. 5 million viewers. June 2012.
  • 2012: Iguassu Falls, Brazil - Invited plenary and panel: Invited plenary speaker and discussion panel member, Iguassu Falls, Brazil. Nov. 2012
  • 2012: Tasmania and Denmark - thesis examiner: Examiner of research theses in Tasmania and Denmark. July, Aug 2012.
  • 2012: Vienna - Invited speaker: Invited speaker, downstream fish migration, at Ecohydraulics Symposium, Vienna. Sept. 2012.
  • 2011: Oxford - Invited speaker: Invited speaker, migration and passage of fishes. Symposium on Fish Migration and Passage, Oxford, UK. March 2011.
  • 2010: Lund - Invited speaker: Invited speaker and workshop contributor. Partial Migration symposium and workshop, Lund, Sweden. Sept. 2010.
  • 2008: Taiwan - invited research course leader: Invited course leader in telemetry methods and applications for aquatic reseacrh, National Marine University, Kaosiung, Taiwan. Dec 2008.
  • 2008: Taiwan - invited research seminar: Invited research seminar, National Marine University, Kaosiung, Taiwan. Dec. 2008

Research Interests

  • Biology of introduced and invasive aquatic animals
  • Conservation biology of aquatic animals
  • Ecology, behaviour and respiratory physiology of fish
  • Effects of pollution on fish and macro invertebrates (particularly in freshwater ecosystems)
  • Fisheries management
  • Migration and space use of fish and aquatic invertebrates
  • Telemetry and radiotracking

Selected Publications

Books: authored

  • Lucas, M.C. & Baras, E. (2001). Migration of Freshwater Fishes. Oxford: Blackwell Science.

Books: sections

  • Cooke, S.J., Hinch, S.G., Lucas, M.C. & Lutcavage, M. (2012). Biotelemetry and biologging. In Fisheries Techniques, 3rd edition. Zale, A.V., Parrish, D.L. & Sutton, T.M. (Eds) American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. 819-881.
  • Lucas, MC & Marmulla, G (2000). An assessment of anthropogenic activities on and rehabilitation of river fisheries: current state and future direction. In Management and Ecology of River Fisheries. Cowx, IG Oxford: Blackwell Science. 261-278.
  • Lucas MC, Mercer, T, McGinty, S & Armstrong, JD (2000). Development and evaluation of a flat-bed passive integrated transponder detection system for recording movement of lowland river fishes through a baffled pass. In Advances in Fish Telemetry. Moore, A & Russell, I Lowestoft, UK: Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS). 117-127.
  • Lucas, MC, Mercer, T, Peirson, G & Frear, P (2000). Seasonal movements of coarse fish in lowland rivers and their relevance to fisheries management. In Management and Ecology of River Fisheries. Cowx, IG Oxford: Blackwell Science. 87-100.

Journal papers: academic

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