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. He holds a joint academic appointment with the University of Southampton where he is Professor of Marine Ecology in the Ocean and Earth Science school at the National Oceanography Centre and in the Centre for Biological Sciences.
David’s research focuses on the movement ecology of marine predators, notably the sharks, skates and rays. Research has investigated the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of predator movement.
His research has been recognised by several awards including The Times-Novartis-Royal Institution ‘Scientist for the New Century‘ Lecture Award (2001), the FSBI Medal of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (2007) for “exceptional advances in fish biology and/or fisheries“, and the Stanley Gray Silver Medal from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (2008). In 2016 he was elected a Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe).
David obtained his doctorate in 1994 while holding an Appeal Award Ph.D Studentship from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) based in part at the MBA Laboratory in Plymouth under the supervision of Dr Quentin Bone FRS. In 2000, after being Lecturer in zoology at Aberdeen University, David returned to the MBA as a NERC-funded Research Fellow and formed the Sims Lab.