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Professor Martyn Lucas, PhD, BSc Hons (I)

Professor in the Department of Biosciences
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.

Research Groups

Department of Biosciences

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)
  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Fisheries management
  • Migration and space use of fish and aquatic invertebrates
  • Telemetry and radiotracking

Selected Publications

Authored book

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

Chapter in book

  • Hanzen, C., Weyl, O.L.F., Lucas, M.C., Brink, K., Downs, C. & O’Brien, G. (2019). Distribution, ecology and status of anguillid eels in East Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. In Eels: Biology, Monitoring, Management, Culture and Exploitation. Don, A. & Coulson, P. 5M publishing. 33-57.
  • Skov, C., Lucas, M.C. & Jacobsen, L. (2018). Spatial ecology. In Biology and Ecology of Pike. Skov, C. & Nilsson, P.A.(Eds) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton. 83-120.
  • 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.

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