Movement ecology and conservation

of marine predators

"The movement of organisms is a fundamental feature of life that is central to almost all ecological and evolutionary process"

The movement of organisms is a fundamental feature of life that is central to almost all ecological and evolutionary processes. It affects survival and reproductive success, and influences the structuring of populations, communities and ecosystems. However, we lack a basic understanding of the mechanisms underlying when, how and why organisms move and disperse in natural habitats.

The research of the Sims Lab is focused on the movement ecology and conservation of marine top predators. Our research explores the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of predator movement.

By studying the behavioural strategies of free-ranging marine fish, for example during searching and foraging, we address general questions in ecology: How do predators structure movement? Are there predictable ‘rules’? Do movement patterns change across scales? What causes the observed patterns? How are spatial re-distributions altered by environmental changes? What does this mean for predator conservation?

Our main approach is to track individual free-ranging sharks and other top predators using advanced telemetry (biologging) techniques, such as satellite-linked archival tags and radio-linked acoustic positioning systems. We integrate this spatial movement data with environmental fields (e.g. in situ sampling, remote sensing) and with novel analytical tools and simulations we test behavioural models to help understand what causes the movement patterns observed.

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Current research is in three main areas:

Spatial Ecology and Fishery Interactions of Oceanic Sharks

Knowing the movements, habitat use and changing distributions of marine top predators such as sharks is crucial for effective conservation and management. Surprisingly, however, the spatial dynamics of oceanic sharks are poorly understood, particularly in relation to where fisheries exploitation actually occurs, and despite there being global harvesting with very few regulations to control catches. The Sims Lab is undertaking several projects with international collaborators by using satellite tracking and spatial analytical approaches to determine space-use and interactions of sharks and fishing vessels across fine to ocean scales, and how these are driven or altered by changing environmental conditions and other factors.

Behavioural Ecology and Ecophysiology of Sharks, Skates and Rays

Understanding why marine predators exhibit certain activities and behaviours at certain times requires new approaches to measure movements and energetic costs. This is particularly challenging for animals that remain on or near the seabed all their lives. Members of the Sims Lab together with collaborators use bio-logging techniques, and long-term acoustic telemetry and network analysis to determine the fine-scale behaviour and habitat use of sharks, skates and rays in various locations, from Plymouth UK to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. We also use accelerometers, respirometry and energetic modelling to estimate costs of movement and behaviour patterns. These data are used to explore the patterns and motivations underlying foraging, searching and social behaviours and to evaluate the efficacy of Marine Protected Areas.

Modelling Movement and Re-Distributions

One way of exploring why predators move and behave the way they do is to approximate empirical patterns with models with known dynamics. Over a series of projects the Sims Lab and collaborators have introduced superdiffusive models of movement into marine animal ecology. Ongoing projects in this area are focused on exploring how such movement patterns can arise from internal physiology and external environmental variations. Work in this fundamental area feeds into development of fish re-distribution models under climate change. Predictive models of marine fish movements and habitat use will underpin more accurate estimates of biotic responses to ocean warming.

Global Shark Tracking Project - Global Mapping of Pelagic Shark Space Use and Overlap with Fishing Vessels

Sharks are particularly susceptible to the effects of human exploitation because they have slow growth rates, a late age at maturity and low fecundity, traits which make them comparable to marine mammals in terms of vulnerability. Since fishing fleets expanded into the open ocean during the past...

Tracking Trans-Atlantic Movements, Habitat Preferences and Fisheries Overlap of the Shortfin Mako Shark

The shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus is an iconic species that is generally regarded as the fastest swimming shark reaching speeds over 30 mph. It is a warm-bodied, highly active shark with a circumglobal distribution in tropical and warm-temperate seas of all oceans. Shortfin...

SeaDNA - Assessing marine biodiversity and structure using environmental DNA: from groundtruthing to food web structure and stability

DNA evidence has revolutionised our understanding of the natural world. It has helped us to appreciate how species are related to one other, how environmental change can lead to species divergence and how individual populations become adapted through evolutionary processes to their local...

Staff List

David Sims
MBA Deputy Director (Research); MBA Senior Research Fellow; Chair of Marine Ecology, University of Southampton
David Sims is an MBA Senior Research Fellow and Leader of the Sims Lab at the Marine Biological Association. As Deputy Director for Research he co-ordinates the MBA Research Programme.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426487
Nick Humphries
Post doctoral researcher
Nick is a computational biologist in the Behavioural Ecology research group. He graduated with a BSc in Environmental Biology from Swansea University in 1979 and then spent 25 years working in IT as a systems designer and programmer.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426351
Samantha Simpson
PhD student
Samantha graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class BSc Honours degree in Marine Biology and Animal Behaviour, completing a dissertation concerning the effect of visitors on the behaviour of captive aquarium rays.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426351
Emily Southall
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426540
Nick Halliday
Research Assistant
Nick has been employed in the field of plankton ecology since 1977.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426541
Sophie Rainbird
Sea-going Research Technician
Sophie is the Sea-going Research Technician at the MBA, working within the MBA Sepia ship’s team.
Email: Telephone Number:
01752 426256


Humphries, N.E., Simpson, S.J., Wearmouth, V.J., Sims, D.W. (2016) Two’s company, three’s a crowd: Fine-scale habitat partitioning by depth among four sympatric species of marine mesopredators. Marine Ecology Progress Series 561, 173-187.

Lea, J.S.E., Humphries, N.E., von Brandis, R.G., Clarke, C.R., Sims, D.W. (2016) Acoustic telemetry and network analysis reveal the space use of multiple reef predators and enhance marine protected area design. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283, 20160717.

Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Mucientes, G.R., Hammerschlag, N., Lima, F., Scales, K., Miller, P.I., Sousa, L.L., Seabra, R., Sims, D.W. (2016) Ocean-wide tracking of pelagic sharks reveals extent of overlap with longline fishing hotspots. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 113, 1582-1587. Download PDF

Namboodiri, V.M.K., Levy, J.M., Mihalas, S., Sims, D.W., Hussain Shuler, M.G. (2016) Rationalizing spatial exploration patterns of wild animals and humans through a temporal discounting frameworkProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 113, 8747-8752. Download PDF

Sousa, L.L., Xavier, R., Costa, V., Humphries, N.E., Trueman, C.R., Rosa, R., Sims, D.W., Queiroz, N. (2016) DNA barcoding identifies a cosmopolitan diet of the ocean sunfish. Scientific Reports 6, 28762, doi:10.1038/srep28762. (Open Access)

Humphries, N.E., Schaefer, K.M., Fuller, D.W., Phillips, G., Wilding, C., Sims D.W. (2016) Scale-dependent to scale-free: Daily behavioural switching and optimised searching in a marine predator. Animal Behaviour 113, 189-201.

Sims, D.W., Humphries, N.E. (2016) Animal trackers should follow the lead of big biology. Science 348, 1255642. (Letter)

Sousa, L.L., N. Queiroz, G.R. Mucientes, N.E. Humphries, D.W. Sims. (2016) Environmental influence on the seasonal movements of satellite-tracked ocean sunfish Mola mola in the north-east Atlantic. Animal Biotelemetry 4, 7. Doi:10.1186/s40317-016-0099-2. (Open Access)

Hays, G.C., L.C. Ferreira, A.M.M. Sequeira, M.G. Meekan, C.M. Duarte, H. Bailey, F. Bailleul, W.D. Bowen, M.J. Caley, D.P. Costa, V.M. Eguíluz, S. Fossette, A.S. Friedlaender, N. Gales, A.C. Gleiss, J. Gunn, R. Harcourt, E.L. Hazen, M.R. Heithaus, M. Heupel, K. Holland, M. Horning, I. Jonsen, G.L. Kooyman, C.G. Lowe, P.T. Madsen, H. Marsh, R.A. Phillips, D. Righton, Y. Ropert-Coudert, K. Sato, S. Shaffer, C.A. Simpfendorfer, D.W. Sims, G. Skomal, A. Takahashi, P.N. Trathan, M. Wikelski, J.N. Womble, M. Thums. (2016) Key questions in marine megafauna movement ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31, 463-475.

Ball, R.E., Serra-Pereira, B., Ellis, J.R., Genner, M.J., Iglésias, S., Johnson, A., Jones, C.S., Leslie, R., Lewis, J., Mariani, S., Menezes, G., Neat, F.C., Noble, L.R., Sims, D.W., Griffiths, A.M. Resolving taxonomic uncertainty in vulnerable elasmobranchs: Is the Madeira skate (Raja maderensis) a distinct species? Conservation Genetics 17, 565-576.

Sims, D.W., Queiroz, N. (2016) Fish stocks: Unlimited by-catch limits recovery. Nature 531, 448 (Correspondence).

Simpson, S.J., Sims, D.W. (2016) Are critically endangered fish back on the menu? Analysis of U.K. fisheries data suggest post-ban landings of prohibited skates in European waters. Marine Policy 69, 42-51.


Lea, J.S.E., Wetherbee, B.M., Queiroz, N., Burney, N., Aming, C., Sousa, L.L., Mucientes, G.R., Humphries, N.E., Harvey, G.M., Sims, D.W., Shivji, M.S. (2015) Repeated, long-distance migrations by a philopatric predator targeting highly contrasting ecosystems. Scientific Reports 5, 11202.

Rutterford, L.A, Simpson, S.D., Jennings, S., Johnson, M.P.,  Blanchard, J.L., Schön, J.-P., Sims, D.W., Tinker, J.,  Genner, M.J. (2015) Future fish distributions constrained by depth in warming seas. Nature Climate Change 5, 569-573. Download PDF

Sims, D.W., Simpson, S.J. (2015) Fisheries: Better policing for fishy catch data. Nature 520, 623 (Correspondence).

Payne, N.L., Snelling, E.P., Fitzpatrick, R., Seymour, J., Courtney, R., Barnett, A., Watanabe, Y.Y., Sims, D.W., Squire, L., Semmens, J.M. (2015) A new method for resolving uncertainty of energy requirements in large water-breathers: the ‘mega-flume’ seagoing swim-tunnel respirometer. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6, 668-677.

Miller, P.I., Scales, K.L., Ingram, S.N., Southall, E.J., Sims, D.W. (2015) Basking sharks and oceanographic fronts: quantifying associations in the north-east Atlantic. Functional Ecology

Gubili, C., C.E.C. Robinson, G. Cliff, S.P. Wintner, E. de Sabata, S. De Innocentiis, S. Canese, D.W. Sims, A.P. Martin, L.R. Noble, C.S. Jones. (2015) DNA from historical and trophy samples provides insights into white shark population origins and genetic diversity. Endangered Species Research 27, 233-241.

Lea, J.S.E., Humphries, N.E., Clarke, C.R., Sims, D.W. (2015) To Madagascar and back: long-distance, return migration across open ocean by a pregnant female bull shark. Journal of Fish Biology 87, 1313-1321.

Sims, D.W. (2015) The Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs: Recent Advances and New Frontiers. (Special Issue Introduction). Journal of Fish Biology 87, 1265-1270.

Smyth, T., Atkinson, A., Widdicombe, S., Frost, M., Allen, I., Fishwick, J., Queiros, A., Sims, D.W., Barange, M. (2015) The Western Channel Observatory. Progress in Oceanography 137, 335-341.

Sims, D.W. (2015) Intrinsic Lévy behaviour in organisms – searching for a mechanism. Physics of Life Reviews 14, 111-114.


Sims, D.W., Reynolds, A.M., Humphries, N.E., Southall, E.J., Wearmouth, V.J., Metcalfe, B., Twitchett, R.J. (2014) Hierarchical random walks in trace fossils and the origin of optimal search behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. 111, 11073-11078. Download PDF

Fossil foraging trails of Eocene sea urchins. Photo: Richard Twitchett.

Humphries, N.E. and Sims, D.W. (2014) Optimal foraging strategies: Lévy walks balance searching and patch exploitation under a very broad range of conditions. Journal of Theoretical Biology 358, 179-193. Download PDF

Wearmouth, V.J., McHugh, M.J., Humphries, N.E., Naegelen, A., Ahmed, M.Z., Southall, E.J., Reynolds, A.M., Sims, D.W. (2014) Scaling laws of ambush predator ‘waiting’ behaviour are tuned to a common ecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281, 20132997. Download PDF

Kelly, R., Lundy, M.G., Minuer, F., Harrod, C., Maggs, C.A., Humphries, N.E., Sims, D.W., Reid, N. (2014) Historical data reveal power-law dispersal patterns of invasive plant species. Ecography 37, 1-10.

Scales, K.L., Miller, P.I., Hawkes, L.A., Ingram, S.N., Sims, D.W., Votier, S.C. (2014) On the front line: Frontal zones as priority at-sea conservation areas for mobile marine vertebrates. Journal of Applied Ecology 51, 1575-1583.

Gubili, C., Sims, D.W., Veríssimo, A., Dominici, P., Ellis, J., Grigoriou, P., Johnson, A., McHugh, M.J., Neat, F.C., Sarcenella, G., Serra-Pereira, B., Soldo, A., Genner, M.J., Griffiths, A.M. (2014) A tale of two seas: constrasting patterns of population structure in the small-spotted catshark across Europe. Royal Society Open Science 1: 140175.


Humphries, N.E., Weimerskirch, H., Sims, D.W. (2013) A new approach to objective identification of turns and steps in organism movement data relevant to random walk modelling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4, 930-938. Download PDF

Bloor, I.S.M., Wearmouth, V.J., Cotterell, S.P., McHugh, M.J., Humphries, N.E., Jackson, E.L., Attrill, M.J., Sims, D.W. (2013) Movements and behaviour of European common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis in English Channel inshore waters: First results from acoustic telemetry. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 448, 19-27.

Wearmouth, V.J., Durkin, O.C., Bloor, I.S.M., McHugh, M.J., Rundle, J., Sims, D.W. (2013) A method for long-term electronic tagging and tracking of juvenile and adult European common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 447, 147-155. 

Semmens, J.M., Payne, N.L., Huveneers, C., Sims, D.W., Bruce, B.D. (2013) Feeding requirements of white sharks may be higher than originally thought. Scientific Reports, 3, e1471.

Wearmouth, V.J., Southall, E.J., Morritt, D., Sims, D.W. (2013) Identifying reproductive events using archival tags: egg-laying behaviour of the small spotted catshark Scyliorhinus canicula. Journal of Fish Biology, 82, 96-110

Sequeira, A., Mellin, C., Meekan, M.G., Sims, D.W., Bradshaw, C.J.A. (2013) Inferred global connectivity of whale shark Rhincodon typus populations. Journal of Fish Biology, 82, 367-389.

Kimber, J.A., Sims, D.W., Bellamy, P.H., Gill, A.B. (2013) Elasmobranch cognitive ability: using electroreceptive foraging behaviour to demonstrate learning, habituation and memory in a benthic shark. Animal Cognition, DOI 10.1007/s10071-013-0637-8.

Brooks, E.J., Sloman, K.A., Sims, D.W., Danylchuk, A.J. Seasonal abundance, philopatry and demographic structure of Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) assemblages in the northeast Exuma Sound, The Bahamas. Marine Biology, 160, 2535-2546.

Lieber, L., Berrow, S., Johnston, E., Hall, G., Hall, J., Gubili, C., Sims, D.W., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R. (2013) Mucus: aiding elasmobranch conservation through non-invasive genetic sampling. Endangered Species Research, 21, 215-222.

Bréchon, A.L., Coombs, S.H., Sims, D.W., Griffiths, A.M. (2013) Development of a rapid genetic technique for the identification of clupeid larvae in the Western English Channel and investigation of mislabelling in processed fish products. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70, 399-407.


Humphries, N.E., Weimerskirch, H., Queiroz, N., Southall, E.J., Sims, D.W. (2012) Foraging success of biological Lévy flights recorded in situ. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 109, 7169-7174. Download PDF

Wearmouth, V.J., Southall, E.J., Morritt, D., Thompson, R.J., Cuthill, I.C., Partridge, J.L., Sims, D.W. (2012) Year-round sexual harassment as a behavioural mediator of vertebrate population dynamics. Ecological Monographs 82, 351-366.  Access the recommendation on F1000

Sims, D.W., Humphries, N.E., Bradford, R.W., Bruce, B.D. (2012) Lévy flight and Brownian search patterns in a free-ranging predator reflect different prey field characteristics. Journal of Animal Ecology 81, 432-442. Download PDF

Hays, G.C., Bastian, T., Doyle, T.K., Fossette, S., Gleiss, A.C., Gravenor, M.B., Hobson, V.J., Humphries, N.E., Lilley, M.K.S., Pade, N.G., Sims, D.W. (2012) High activity and Lévy searches: Jellyfish can search the water column like fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279, 465-473. Download PDF

Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Noble, L.R., Santos, A.M., Sims, D.W. (2012) Spatial dynamics and expanded vertical niche of blue sharks in oceanographic fronts reveal habitat targets for conservation. PLoS ONE 7 (2), e32374.

Jacoby, D.M.P., Brooks, E.J., Croft, D.P., Sims, D.W. (2012) Developing a deeper understanding of animal movements and spatial dynamics through novel application of network analyses. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3, 574-583.

Heath, M.R., Neat, F., Pinnegar, J.K., Reid, D.G., Sims, D.W., Wright, P.J. Review of climate change impacts on marine fish and shellfish around the UK and Ireland. Aquatic Conservation 22, 337-367.

Spencer, M., Mieszkowska, N., Robinson, L.A., Simpson, S.D., Burrows, M.T., Birchenough, S.N.R., Capasso, E., Cleall-Harding, P., Crummy, J., Duck, C., Eloire, D., Frost, M., Hall, A.J., Hawkins, S.J., Johns, D.G., Sims, D.W., Smyth, T.J., and Frid, C.L.J. (2012) Region-wide changes in marine ecosystem dynamics: state-space models to distinguish trends from step changes. Global Change Biology 18, 1270-1281.

Guttridge, T.L., Gruber, S.H., Franks, B.R., Kessel, S.T., Gledhill, K.S., Uphill, J., Krause, J., Sims, D.W. (2012) Deep danger: Intra-specific predation risk mediates habitat use and aggregation formation of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Marine Ecology Progress Series 445, 279-291.

Brooks, E.J., Sloman, K.A., Liss, S., Hassan-Hassanein, L., Danylchuk, A.J., Cooke, S.J., Mandelman, J.W., Skomal, G.B., Sims, D.W., Suski, C.D. (2012) The stress physiology of extended duration tonic immobility in the juvenile lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 409, 351-360.

Brooks, E.J., Mandelman, J.W., Sloman, K.A., Liss, S., Danylchuk, A.J., Cooke, S.J., Skomal, G.B., Phillip, D.P., Sims, D.W., Suski, C.D. (2012) The physiological response of the Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) to longline capture. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 162, 94-100.

Griffiths, A.M., Jacoby, D.M.P., Casane, D., McHugh, M., Croft, D.P., Genner, M.J., Sims, D.W. (2012) First Analysis of Multiple Paternity in an Oviparous Shark, the Small-Spotted Catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula L.). Journal of Heredity 103, 166-173.


Simpson, S.D., Jennings, S., Johnson, M.P., Blanchard, J.L., Schön, J.-P., Sims, D.W., Genner, M.J. (2011) Continental shelf-wide response of a fish assemblage to rapid warming of the sea. Current Biology, 21, 1565-1570. Download PDF

Jacoby, D.M.P., Croft, D.P., Sims, D.W. (2011) Social behaviour in sharks and rays: analysis, patterns and implications for conservation. Fish and Fisheries 13, 399-417.

Griffiths, A.M., Casane, D., McHugh, M., Wearmouth, V.J., Sims, D.W. & Genner, M.J. (2011) Characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula L.). Conservation Genetics Resources 3, 705-709.

Brooks, E., Sloman, K.A., Sims, D.W., Danylchuk, A. (2011) Validating baited remote underwater-video surveys as an alternative to scientific longline surveys for assessing the diversity, distribution and abundance of sharks in the Bahamian Archipelago. Endangered Species Research 13, 231-243.

Gubili, C., Bilgin, R., Kalkan, E., Karhan, S.U., Jones, C.S., Sims, D.W., Kabasakal, H., Martin, A.P., Noble, L.R. (2011) Antipodean white sharks on a Mediterranean walkabout? Historical dispersal leads to genetic discontinuity and an endangered anomalous population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278, 1679-1686.

Spencer, M., Birchenough, S.N.R., Mieszkowska, N., Robinson, L.A., Simpson, S.D., Burrows, M.T., Capasso, E., Cleall-Harding, P., Crummy, J., Duck, C., Eloire, D., Frost, M., Hall, A.J., Hawkins, S.J., Johns, D.G., Sims, D.W., Smyth, T.J., Frid, C.L.J. (2011) Temporal change in UK marine animal communities: trends or regime shifts? Marine Ecology 32, 10-24.

McHugh, M., Sims, D.W., Partridge, J.C., Genner, M.J. (2011) A century later: Long-term change of an inshore temperate marine fish assemblage. Journal of Sea Research 65, 187-194.

Griffiths, A.M., Sims, D.W., Johnson, A., Lyngehammer, A., McHugh, M., Bakken, T., Genner, M.J. (2011) Levels of connectivity between longnose skate (Dipturus oxyrinchus) in the Mediterranean Sea and north-eastern Atlantic Ocean. Conservation Genetics 12, 577-582.

Brooks, E.J., Mandelman, J.W., Sloman, K.A., Liss, S., Danylchuk, A.J., Cooke, S.J., Skomal, G.B., Phillip, D.P., Sims, D.W., Suski, C.D. (2011) The physiological response of the Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) to longline capture. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 162, 94-100.

Kimber, J.A., Sims, D.W., Bellamy, P., Gill, A. (2011). The ability of a benthic elasmobranch to discriminate between biological and artificial electric fields. Marine Biology 158, 1-8.

Gubili, C., Duffy, C., Cliff, G., Wintner, S., Shivji, M., Chapman, D., Bruce, B., Martin, A.P., Sims, D.W., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R. (2011). Application of molecular genetics for conservation of the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias. In White sharks: Resetting Research and Conservation Objectives. Proceedings of an International Conference on their Biology and Conservation (eds. Domeier M, O’Sullivan J, Weng K). CRC Press. Boca Raton.


Humphries, N.E., Queiroz, N., Dyer, J.M., Pade, N.G., Musyl, M.K., Schaefer, K.M., Fuller, D.W., Brunnschweiler, J.M., Doyle, T.K., Houghton, J.D.R., Hays, G.C., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R., Wearmouth, V.J., Southall, E.J., Sims, D.W. (2010) Environmental context explains Lévy and Brownian movement patterns of marine predators. Nature 465, 1066-1069. Download PDF

Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Noble, L.R., Santos, A.M., Sims, D.W. (2010) Short-term movements and diving behaviour of satellite-tracked blue sharks (Prionace glauca) in the North-eastern Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 406, 265-279.

Sims, D.W. (2010) Tracking and analysis techniques for understanding free-ranging shark movements and behaviour. In Biology of Sharks and their Relatives, Vol. II Biodiversity, Adpative Physiology, and Conservation (eds, J. Carrier, M. Heithaus, J. Musick), p.351-392. Boca Raton, USA: CRC Press.

Jacoby, D.M.P., Busawon, D.S., Sims, D.W. (2010) Sex and social networking: the role of male presence on social structure of female shark groups. Behavioural Ecology 21, 808-818.

Pope, E.C., Hays, G.C., Thys, T.M., Doyle, T.K., Sims, D.W., Queiroz, N., Hobson, V.J., Houghton, J.D.R. (2010) The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: A review of current knowledge and future research perspectives. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 20, 471-487.

Brunnschweiler, J.M., Queiroz, N., Sims, D.W. (2010) Oceans apart? Short-term movements and behaviour of adult bull sharks Carcharhinus leucas in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans determined from pop-off satellite archival tagging. Journal of Fish Biology 77, 1343-1358.

Griffiths, A.M., Sims, D.W., Cotterell, S.J., El Nagar, A., Ellis, J.R., Lynghammar, A., McHugh, M., Neat, F.C., Pade, N.G., Queiroz, N., Serra-Pereira, B., Rapp, T., Wearmouth, V.J., Genner, M.J. (2010) Molecular markers reveal spatially-segregated cryptic species in a critically endangered fish, the common skate Dipturus batis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277, 1497-1503.

Guttridge, T.L., Gruber, S.H., Krause, J., Sims, D.W. (2010) Novel acoustic technology for studying free-ranging shark social behaviour by recording individuals’ interactions. PLoS ONE 5 (2), e9324.

Genner, M.J., Sims, D.W., Southward, A.J., Budd, G.C., Masterson, P., McHugh, M., Rendle, P., Southall, E.J., Wearmouth, V.J., Hawkins, S.J. (2010) Body size-dependent responses of a marine fish assemblage to climate change and fishing over a century-long scale.Global Change Biology 16, 517-527.

Genner, M.J., McHugh, M., Simpson, S.D., Hawkins, S.J., Sims, D.W. (2010) Temperature-driven phenological changes within a marine larval fish assemblage. Journal of Plankton Research 32, 699-708.

El Nagar, A., McHugh, M., Rapp, T., Sims, D.W., Genner, M.J. (2010) Characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite markers for skates (Elasmobranchii: Rajidae) from expressed sequence tags. Conservation Genetics 11, 1203-1206.

Sims, D.W. (2010) Swimming behaviour and energetics of free-ranging sharks: New directions in movement analysis. In Fish Locomotion: An Eco-ethological Perspective (eds. Domenici, P. & Kapoor, B.G.), p. 407-434. Enfield, USA: Science Publishers.

Wearmouth, V.J., Sims, D.W. (2010) Sexual segregation in elasmobranchs. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 17, 236-239.


Sims, D.W., Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Lima, F.P., Hays, G.C. (2009) Long-term GPS tracking of ocean sunfish Mola mola offers a new direction in fish monitoring. PLoS ONE 4 (10), e7351.

Mucientes, G.R., Queiroz, N., Sousa, L.L., Tarroso, P., & Sims, D.W. (2009) Sexual segregation of pelagic sharks and the potential threat from fisheries. Biology Letters 5, 156-159.

Wearmouth, V.J., Sims, D.W. (2009) Movements and behaviour patterns of critically endangered common skate Dipturus batis revealed by electronic tagging. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 380, 77-87.

Guttridge, T.L., Gruber, S.H., Gledhill, K.S., Croft, D.P., Sims, D.W., Krause, J. (2009) Social preferences of juvenile lemon sharks Negaprion brevirostris. Animal Behaviour 78, 543-548.

Gubili, C., Johnson, R., Gennari, E., Oosthuizen, H.W., Kotze, D., Meyer, M., Sims, D.W., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R. (2009) Concordance of genetic and fin photo identification in the great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, off Mossel Bay, South Africa. Marine Biology 156, 2199-2207.

Kimber, J.A., Sims, D.W., Bellamy, P.H., Gill, A.B. (2009) Male-female interactions affect foraging behaviour within groups of small spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula). Animal Behaviour 77, 1435-1440.

Sims, D.W., Queiroz, N., Doyle, T.K., Houghton, J.D.R., & Hays, G.C. (2009) Satellite tracking of the world’s largest bony fish, the ocean sunfish (Mola mola L.) in the north-east Atlantic. Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology 370, 127-133.

Pade, N.G., Queiroz, N., Humphries, N.E., Witt, M.J., Jones, C.S., Noble, L.R., & Sims, D.W. (2009) First results from satellite-linked archival tagging of porbeagle shark, Lamna nasus: Area fidelity, wider-scale movements and plasticity in diel depth changes. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 370, 64-74.

Brunnschweiler, J.M., Baensch, H., Pierce, S.J. & Sims, D.W. (2009) Deep diving behaviour of a whale shark during long-distance movement in the western Indian Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology 74, 706-714.


Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Humphries, N.E., Hays, G.C., Bradshaw, C.J.A., Pitchford, J.W., James, A., Ahmed, M.Z., Brierley, A.S., Hindell, M.A., Morritt, D., Musyl, M.K., Righton, D., Shepard, E., Wearmouth, V.J., Wilson, R.P., Witt, M.J. & Metcalfe, J.D. (2008) Scaling laws of marine predator search behaviour. Nature 451, 1098-1102. Download PDF

Wearmouth, V.J. & Sims, D.W. (2008) Sexual segregation in marine fish, reptiles, birds and mammals: Behaviour patterns, mechanisms and conservation implications. Advances in Marine Biology 54, 107-170. Download PDF

Sims, D.W. (2008) Sieving a living: A review of the biology, ecology and conservation status of the plankton-feeding basking shark Cetorhinus maximus. Advances in Marine Biology 54, 171-220. Download PDF

Mucientes, G.R., Queiroz, N., Pierce, S.J., Sazima, I., & Brunnschweiler, J.M. (2008) Is host ectoparasite load related to echeneid fish presence? Research Letters in Ecology 2008, 4p.

Filer, J.L., Booker, C.G., & Sims, D.W. (2008) Effects of environment on electric field detection by small spotted catshark Scyliorhinus canicula (L.). Journal of Fish Biology 72, 1450-1462.

Sims, D.W. (2008) Tracking fish with chips: Revealing marine fish movements, behaviour and population structure through technology. Journal of Marine Design and Operations 13, 47-58.

Robinson, R.A., Crick, H.Q.P., Learmonth, J.A., Maclean, I.M.D., Thomas, C.D., Bairlein, F., Forchhammer, M.C., Francis, C.M., Gill, J.A., Godley, B.J., Harwood, J., Hays, G.C., Huntley, B., Hutson, A.M., Pierce, G.J., Rehfisch, M.M., Sims, D.W., Santos, M.B., Sparks, T.H., Stroud, D.A. & Visser, M.E. (2008) Travelling through a warming world: Climate change and migratory species. Endangered Species Research, doi:10.3354/esr.00095.


Sims, D.W., Righton, D., & Pitchford, J.W. (2007) Minimizing errors in identifying Levy flight behaviour of organisms. Journal of Animal Ecology 76, 222-229.

Hays, G.C., Bradshaw, C.J.A., James, M.C., Lovell, P., & Sims, D.W. (2007) Why do Argos satellite tags deployed on marine animals stop transmitting? Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 349, 52-60.

Bradshaw, C.J.A., Sims, D.W., & Hays, G.C. (2007) Measurement error causes scale-dependent threshold erosion of biological signals in animal movement data. Ecological Applications 17, 628-638.

Maia, A., Queiroz, N., Cabral, H.N., Santos, A.M., & Correia, J.P. (2007) Reproductive biology and population dynamics of the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus Rafinesque, 1810, off the southwest Portuguese coast, eastern North Atlantic. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23, 246-251.

Hawkins, S.J., Mieszkowska, N., Moschella, P.S., Pannacciulli, F., Frost, M.T., Burrows, M.T., Moore, P., Poloczanska, Herbert, R.J., Sims, D.W., Genner, M.J., Thompson, R.C., Hiscock, K., Southward, A.J. (2007) Conserving biodiversity of seas and coasts in a rapidly changing world. Biologia Marina Mediterranea 14, 3-19.


Sims, D.W., Witt, M.J., Richardson, A.J., Southall, E.J., & Metcalfe, J.D. (2006) Encounter success of free-ranging marine predator movements across a dynamic prey landscape. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 273, 1195-1201.

Southall, E.J., Sims, D.W., Witt, M.J., & Metcalfe, J.D. (2006) Seasonal space-use estimates of basking sharks in relation to protection and political-economic zones in the north-east Atlantic. Biological Conservation 132, 33-39.

Sims, D.W., Wearmouth, V.J., Southall, E.J., Hill, J.M., Moore, P., Rawlinson, K., Hutchinson, N., Budd, G.C., Righton, D., Metcalfe, J., Nash, J.P., & Morritt, D. (2006) Hunt warm, rest cool: bioenergetic strategy underlying diel vertical migration of a benthic shark. Journal of Animal Ecology 75, 176-190.

Sims, D.W. & Southward, A.J. (2006) Fisheries: Dwindling fish numbers already of concern in 1883. Nature 439, 660.

Shepard, E.L.C., Ahmed, M.Z., Southall, E.J., Witt, M.J., Metcalfe, J.D., & Sims, D.W. (2006) Diel and tidal rhythms in diving behaviour of pelagic sharks identified by signal processing of archival tagging data. Marine Ecology Progress Series 328, 205-213.

Richardson, A.J., Walne, A.W., John, A.W.G., Jonas, T.D., Lindley, J.A., Sims, D.W., Stevens, D., & Witt, M. (2006) Using continuous plankton recorder data. Progress in Oceanography 68, 27-74.

Southall, E.J. & Sims, D.W. (2006) Smooth hammerhead shark (Sphyrna zygaena) from south-west England. Marine Biodiversity Records 1, e9.

Queiroz, N., Araújo, S., Ribeiro, P.A., Tarroso, P., Xavier, R., & Santos, A.M. (2006) A first record of longfin mako, Isurus paucus, in the mid-North Atlantic. Marine Biodiversity Records, 1, e34.

Maia, A., Queiroz, N., Correia, J.P., & Cabral, H. (2006) Food habits of the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus, off the southwest coast of Portugal. Environmental Biology of Fishes 77, 157-167.

Hays, G.C., Hobson, V.J., Metcalfe, J.D., Righton, D., & Sims, D.W. (2006) Flexible foraging movements of leatherback turtles across the north Atlantic Ocean. Ecology 87, 2647-2656.

Araujo, J.N., Mackinson, S., Stanford, R.J., Sims, D.W., Southward, A.J., Hawkins, S.J., Ellis, J.R., & Hart, P.J.B. (2006) Modelling food web interactions, variation in plankton production, and fisheries in the western English Channel ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series 309, 175-187.



Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Metcalfe, J.D., Pawon, M.G. (2005) Basking Shark Population Assessment. Final Report to Global Wildlife Division of Defra, CR 0247, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, London. Crown Copyright. Download PDF


Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Tarling, G.A., & Metcalfe, J.D. (2005) Habitat-specific normal and reverse diel vertical migration in the plankton-feeding basking shark. Journal of Animal Ecology 74, 755-761.

Southall, E.J., Sims, D.W., Metcalfe, J.D., Doyle, J.I., Fanshawe, S., Lacey, C., Shrimpton, J., Solandt, J.L., & Spccdie, C.D. (2005) Spatial distribution patterns of basking sharks on the European shelf: preliminary comparison of satellite-tag geolocation, survey and public sightings data. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85, 1083-1088.

Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Wearmouth, V.J., Hutchinson, N., Budd, G.C., & Morritt, D. (2005) Refuging behaviour in the nursehound Scyliorhinus stellaris (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii): preliminary evidence from acoustic telemetry. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85, 1137-1140.

Sims, D.W. (2005) Differences in habitat selection and reproductive strategies of male and female sharks. In Sexual Segregation in Vertebrates: Ecology of the Two Sexes (Ruckstuhl, K. & Neuhaus, P., eds.), p. 127-147. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Southward, A.J., Langmead, O., Hardman-Mountford, N.J., Aiken, J., Boalch, G.T., Dando, P.R., Genner, M.J., Joint, I., Kendall, M.A., Halliday, N.C., Harris, R.P., Leaper, R., Mieszkowska, N., Pingree, R.D., Richardson, A.J., Sims, D.W., Smith, T., Walne, A.W., & Hawkins, S.J. (2005) Long-term oceanographic and ecological research in the western English Channel. Advances in Marine Biology 47, 1-105.

Sims, D.W. (2005) Ecology: Stars beneath the waves. Nature 437, 826. (News & Views)

Queiroz, N., Lima, F.P., Maia, A., Ribeiro, P.A., Correia, J.P., & Santos, A.A. (2005) Movement of blue shark, Prionace glauca, in the north-east Atlantic based on mark – recapture data. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85, 1107-1112.

Cotton, P.A., Sims, D.W., Fanshawe, S., & Chadwick, M. (2005) The effects of climate variability on zooplankton and basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) relative abundance off southwest Britain. Fisheries Oceanography 14,

Campbell, H.A., Handy, R.D., & Sims, D.W. (2005) Shifts in a fish’s resource holding power during a contact paired interaction: The influence of a copper-contaminated diet in rainbow trout. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 78, 706-714.

Brunnschweiler, J.M., Andrews, P.L.R., Southall, E.J., Pickering, M., & Sims, D.W. (2005) Rapid voluntary stomach eversion in a free-living shark. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85, 1141-1144.

Ellis, J.R., Dulvy, N.K., O’Brien, C.M., Sims, D.W. & Southall, E.J. (2005) Shark, skate and ray research at the MBA and Cefas. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 85, 1021-1024.


Sims, D.W., Wearmouth, V.J., Genner, M.J., Southward, A.J., & Hawkins, S.J. (2004) Low-temperature-driven early spawning migration of a temperate marine fish. Journal of Animal Ecology 73, 333-341.

Genner, M.J., Sims, D.W., Wearmouth, V.J., Southall, E.J., Southward, A.J., Henderson, P.A., & Hawkins, S.J. (2004) Regional climatic warming drives long-term community changes of British marine fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 271, 655-661.

Featured in Current Biology, 14, R173-R174.


Southall, E.J. & Sims, D.W. (2003) Shark skin: a function in feeding. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 270, S47-S49.

Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Richardson, A.J., Reid, P.C., & Metcalfe, J.D. (2003) Seasonal movements and behaviour of basking sharks from archival tagging: no evidence of winter hibernation. Marine Ecology Progress Series 248, 187-196.

Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Merrett, D.A., & Sanders, J. (2003) Effects of zooplankton density and diel period on surface-swimming duration of basking sharks. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 83, 643-646.

Sims, D.W. (2003) Animal behaviour: Homing is a breeze for sea turtles. Nature 423, 128. (News & Views)

Sims, D.W. (2003) Tractable models for testing theories about natural strategies: foraging behaviour and habitat selection of free-ranging sharks. Journal of Fish Biology 63, 53-73.


Sims, D.W. & Reid, P.C. (2002) Congruent trends in long-term zooplankton decline in the north-east Atlantic and basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) fishery catches off west Ireland. Fisheries Oceanography 11, 59-63.

Sims, D.W. & Southall, E.J. (2002) Occurrence of ocean sunfish, Mola mola near fronts in the western English Channel. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 82, 927-928.

Campbell, H.A., Handy, R.D., & Sims, D.W. (2002) Increased metabolic cost of swimming and consequent alterations to circadian activity in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) exposed to dietary copper. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 59, 768-777.


Sims, D.W., Genner, M.J., Southward, A.J., & Hawkins, S.J. (2001) Timing of squid migration reflects North Atlantic climate variability. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 268, 2607-2611.

Sims, D.W., Nash, J.P., & Morritt, D. (2001) Movements and activity of male and female dogfish in a tidal sea lough: alternative behavioural strategies and apparent sexual segregation. Marine Biology 139, 1165-1175.

Stockin, K.A., Fairbairns, R.S., Parsons, E.C.M., & Sims, D.W. (2001) Effects of diel and seasonal cycles on the dive duration of the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 81, 189-190.

Stockin, K.A., Fairbairns, R.S., Parsons, E.C.M., Sims, D.W., & Gordon, J.C.D. (2001) Effects of diel and seasonal cycles on the dive duration of the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (vol 81, pg 189, 2001). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 81, 1071-1071.


Sims, D.W., Southall, E.J., Quayle, V.A., & Fox, A.M. (2000) Annual social behaviour of basking sharks associated with coastal front areas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 267, 1897-1904.

Sims, D.W., Andrews, P.L.R., & Young, J.Z. (2000) Fish behaviour: Stomach rinsing in rays. Nature 404, 566. (Brief Communication)

Sims, D.W., Speedie, C.D., & Fox, A.M. (2000) Movements and growth of a female basking shark re-sighted after a three year period. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 80, 1141-1142.

Sims, D.W. (2000) Can threshold foraging responses of basking sharks be used to estimate their metabolic rate? Marine Ecology Progress Series 200, 289-296.

Sims, D.W. (2000) Filter-feeding and cruising swimming speeds of basking sharks compared with optimal models: they filter-feed slower than predicted for their size. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 249, 65-76.

Sims, D.W. (2000) Animal energetics: Putting marine mammals back in the mainstream. Nature 405, 14. (Correspondence)

Pre 2000

Sims, D.W. (1999) Threshold foraging behaviour of basking sharks on zooplankton: life on an energetic knife-edge? Proceedings of the Royal Society B 266, 1437-1443.

Handy, R.D., Sims, D.W., Giles, A., Campbell, H.A., & Musonda, M.M. (1999) Metabolic trade-off between locomotion and detoxification for maintenance of blood chemistry and growth parameters by rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) during chronic dietary exposure to copper. Aquatic Toxicology 47, 23-41.

Sims, D.W. & Quayle, V.A. (1998) Selective foraging behaviour of basking sharks on zooplankton in a small-scale front. Nature 393, 460-464. Download PDF

Andrews, P.L.R., Sims, D.W., & Young, J.Z. (1998) Induction of emesis by the sodium channel activator veratrine in the lesser spotted dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula (Chondrichthyes : Elasmobranchii). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 78, 1269-1279.

Sims, D.W. & Merrett, D.A. (1997) Determination of zooplankton characteristics in the presence of surface feeding basking sharks Cetorhinus maximus. Marine Ecology Progress Series 158, 297-302.

Sims, D.W., Fox, A.M., & Merrett, D.A. (1997) Basking shark occurrence off south-west England in relation to zooplankton abundance. Journal of Fish Biology 51, 436-440.

Sims, D.W., Davies, S.J., & Bone, Q. (1996) Gastric emptying rate and return of appetite in lesser spotted dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula (Chondrichthyes: Elasmobranchii). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 76, 479-491.

Sims, D.W. & Andrews, P.L.R. (1996) The emetic reflex in African walking catfish develops with age. Journal of Fish Biology 48, 1231-1237.

Sims, D.W. (1996) A rare record of the salp, Thetys vagina (Tunicata: Thaliacea) from western Scottish waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 76, 833-834.

Sims, D.W. (1996) The effect of body size on the standard metabolic rate of the lesser spotted dogfish. Journal of Fish Biology 48, 542-544.

Sims, D.W. & Davies, S.J. (1994) Does Specific Dynamic Action (SDA) regulate return of appetite in the lesser spotted dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula. Journal of Fish Biology 45, 341-348.

Sims, D.W., Davies, S.J., & Bone, Q. (1993) On the diel rhythms in metabolism and activity of post-hatching lesser spotted dogfish, Scyliorhinus canicula. Journal of Fish Biology 43, 749-754.

Nature Research Highlight - ‘Shark tracking shapes marine park’ (21 Jul 2016)

PNAS Commentary – “Subjective expectation of rewards can change the behavior of smart but impatient foragers” (vol. 113: 8571-72; 2016) by M da Luz et al.

Sydney Morning Herald – ‘Telltale signs: did you hear the one about the whale and the satellite?’ (9 Apr 16)

See news story in Science - 'How vulnerable are sharks to commercial fishing?' (25 Jan 2015)

PNAS Highlight – ‘Overlap of sharks and fishing vessel ranges’ PNAS vol. 113, p. 1459 (9 Feb 2016)

The Times – ‘Sharks being wiped out by Sat-Nav’ by Ben Webster (26 Jan 2016)

The Australian – ‘Sharks face being wiped out by Sat-Nav’ (26 Jan 2016)

The Guardian‘Shark fin soup: a dangerous delicacy for humans and sharks alike’ (10 Mar 2016)

Discovery Channel News – ‘Shark ‘hotspots’ at risk from overfishing’ (25 Jan 2016)

National Geographic Saving sharks with satellites’ (7 April 2016)

Yahoo News – ‘Fishing Fleets are targeting sharks where they’re most vulnerable’ (25 Jan 2016)

Science News – ‘Study finds shark hotspots overlap with commercial fishing locations’ (25 Jan 2016)

Science Daily – ‘Shark hotspots overlap with commercial fishing locations’ (25 Jan 2016)

Nature World News – ‘Sharks could be overfished because fishing vessels share their hotspots’ (28 Jan 2016)

TakePart – ‘‘Fishing Fleets are targeting sharks where they’re most vulnerable’ by K. Gammon (25 Jan 2016)

NewsWise – ‘Shark hotspots ‘tracked’ by fishing vessels’ (25 Jan 2016)

Phys.Org – ‘Study finds shark hotspots overlap with commercial fishing locations’ (25 Jan 2016)

Technology.Org – ‘Shark hotspots ‘tracked’ by fishing vessels’ (26 Jan 2016)

Futurity – ‘Satellites find spots where sharks may be overfished’ (29 Jan 2016)

Western Morning News – ‘West Scientists’ study leads to shark protection call’ by M Freeman (25 Jan 2016)

Daily Echo – ‘Fishing quotas needed to protect sharks, say experts’ (26 Jan 2016)

Observer – ‘ Fishing quotas may be needed to protect sharks, satellite research reveals’ (26 Jan 2016)

BBC Radio Solent – interview for 6 o’clock news (28 Jan 2016)

BBC News – ‘Tiger sharks' epic migration revealed’ by Michelle Douglass (17 June 2015)

BBC Nature Magazine – ‘Tiger sharks’ great migration’

Fox News – ‘Longest tiger trackings reveal new insights into migration patterns’ (19 June 2015)

Science World Report – ‘Tiger shark tracking reveals the massive migration of deadly predators’ (11 Jun 2015)

Nature World News – ‘Tiger sharks behave like birds?’ (12 June 2015)

New Zealand Herald – ‘Tiger shark tracking reveals the massive migration of deadly predators’ (11 June 2015)

Phys.Org – ‘Longest ever tiger shark tracking reveals remarkable, bird-like migrations’ (9 June 2015)

The Guardian – ‘Out of plaice: popular UK fish at risk of rising temperatures’ by Karl Mathiesen (13 April 2015)

The Washington Post – ‘No, global warming isn’t going to take away your fish and chips’ (14 April 2015)

Le Figaro – ‘Le rechauffement des eaux pourrait signer la fin du ‘fish and chips’’ (14 April 2015)

The Guardian – ‘Traditonal food fish at risk to rising North Sea temperatures’ (13 April 2015)

The Edmonton Sun – ‘Fish and chips ‘threatened by climate change’’ (14 April 2015)

The Western Morning News – ‘Haddock and chips could be off the menu due to climate change’ by Lyn Barton (13 April 2015)

Science Daily – ‘Warming seas pose habitat risk for fishy favorites’ (13 April 2015)

Phys.Org – ‘Warming seas pose habitat risk for fishy favorites’ (13 April 2015)

The Carbon Brief – ‘Britain’s fish ‘n’ chip favourites could dwindle as North sea warms’ by Robert McSweeney (13 April 2015)

Featured in Nature Research Highlights – ‘Foraging patterns found in fossils’ (24 Jul 2014)

Featured in Science World Report – ‘Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50 million years’ (16 Jul 2014)

BBC Radio – ‘Naked Scientists’ (20 Jul 2014) listen at

Science World Report – ‘Animal foraging tactics never grow old: pattern used for 50 million years’ by C. Griffin (16 Jul 2014)

Science Daily – ‘Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50m years’ (15 Jul 2014)

Phys.Org – ‘Animal foraging tactics unchanged for 50m years’ (15 Jul 2014)

New Zealand Herald – ‘Animal foraging tactics never grow old’ (16 Jul 2014)

Le Monde – ‘Great white shark is a glutton’ (21 Mar 2013)

The Daily Mail – ‘Great white sharks are even hungrier than thought’ by D. Gayle (20 Mar 2013)

Real Clear Science – ‘Great white sharks may eat a lot more baby seals’ by R. Pomeroy (20/3/13)

The Raw Story – ‘Great white sharks feed three or four times as often as originally estimated’

MarineScienceToday – ‘White sharks have larger appetite’ by E. Tripp (20 Mar 2013)

Science News (p.12; 2 June 2012) – ‘Birds forage with fractal-like flight’ by Devin Powell.

News Feature in PNAS 110, 3202-3204 – ‘Foraging Flights’ by Stephen Ornes (15 Feb 2013)

The Guardian (9 Mar 2012) – ‘Appetite for shark fin soup causing decline of blue sharks in UK waters’ by Jonathan Watts.

Planet Earth (9 Mar 2012) – ‘Shark fin soup to blame for blue shark decline’ by Tamera Jones.

Science News (21 Nov 2011) – ‘Definitely gonna need a bigger boat’ by A. Witze.

Planet Earth (21 July 2011) – ‘Hunting jellyfish threaten fish stocks’ by Adele Rackle

New Scientist (24 Sept 2011) – ‘Marine life shifts as temperatures rise’ by M. Marshall

The Guardian (15 Sept 2011) – ‘Global warming brings exotic fish to British waters but at a cost’ by S. Morris

Current Biology (21, R822-R824; 2011) – ‘Novel ecosystems: Altering fish assemblages in warming waters’ by A.R. Harborne & P.J. Mumby

Nature Climate Change (vol. 1, 398-399; 2011) – ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Change at the community level’ by M. Edwards

Featured on BBC News – Great white sharks in Mediterranean made ‘wrong turn’ –  J. Palmer, 17 Nov 2010

Featured in Planet Earth (14 May 2010) – ‘Female sharks maintain social networks’ by S. Coelho

Nature News & Views (465, 1018-1019) ‘Fish in Lévy-flight foraging’ by G.M. Viswanathan

Science News (10 June 2010) – ‘Sharks use math to hunt prey’ by A. Witze

Physics World (11 June 2010) – ‘Sharks hunt via Lévy flights’ by J. Dacey

New York Daily News (11 June 2010) – ‘Sharks use mathematical patterns to hunt prey’

Scientific Computing (10 June 2010) – ‘Predators’ search for food finally proven’

Planet Earth (10 June 2010) – ‘Giant steps help predators find food’ by T. Jones

Selected one of Discover Magazine’s Top 100 Stories of 2010. Featured on the Front Cover.


Commentary in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26, 5-6 (2011) – ‘New technology facilitates the study of social networks’.

New Scientist – “Track Fish Across the Ocean” p. 21, 17 October 2009

Featured in New Scientist - "Smart GPS tags track sunfish"

Planet Earth (14 Oct 2009) – ‘New GPS tracker opens doors for marine research’ by S. Coelho

Featured in Nature Research Highlight– “Shark sex line” (5 March 2009; vol 458, p. 10)

Featured in Planet Earth (1 Mar 2009) – ‘Shark sex segregation could explain plunging populations’ by T. Marshall

News Feature Nature 453, 714-716 (2008) – ‘Ecological modelling: The mathematical mirror to animal nature’ by M. Buchanan. Front Cover.

Science – ‘How a shark finds its next meal’ by J. Travis (27 Feb 2008)

Science Daily – ‘Hungry sharks take strange walks to find food’ (3 March 2008)

Not Exactly Rocket Science – ‘How sharks, penguins and bacteria find food in the big wide ocean’ by Ed Yong (11 Mar 2008)

Planet Earth ‘Hungry sharks take strange walks to find food’ (27 Feb 2008)

GEOMagazine (p.194, May 2008) – ‘Sharks in the supermarket’

Featured in Science - “No escape” (13 July 2005)

Featured in Current Biology Vol 14, R173-174 - “The heat is on”

Featured in Science - “By the teeth of their skin” by C. Choi (24 March 2003)

Featured in BBC News - “Basking sharks tracked by satellite” by A. Lichtarowicz (11 Sept 2002)

Featured in Mon Quotidien – “Découverte: le requin pèlerin n’hiberne pas!” by I. Saint-Paul (13 Sept 2002)

Featured in New Scientist - “Minke whales are out for the count” by E. Young (16 June 2001, p.12)

Featured in Nature News & Views “No hibernation for basking sharks” by D. Weihs (vol. 400, 717-718)

Featured in Science News “When sharks just open wide and say yum” (vol. 156, 123; 21 Aug 1999)

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