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Dr Thomas Cameron

Senior Lecturer
School of Life Sciences
Dr Thomas Cameron

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Biography

I am an animal ecologist with an interest in how populations and communities respond to environmental change, predation and management. My research group has an aquatic ecology focus with current projects ranging from coastal fisheries, aquaculture, habitat restoration and freshwater management and ecology. ############################# External Collaborations Lennart Persson, Par Bystrom, Tomas Brodin (Umea) and Andre de Roos (Amsterdam) Tim Benton (Leeds) and Stuart Piertney (Aberdeen) Jo Preston (Portsmouth), Chris Houghton (Southampton), Alison Debney, Thea Cox and Charlie Endsor (ZSL), Tim Glover, Morven Robertson, Matt Uttley and Jacob Kean Hammerson (Blue Marine Foundation), Philine Zu Ermgassen (The Nature Conservancy) Paul Harding, Graham Larkin (Colchester Oyster Fishery), Alan Bird (Blackwater Oystermens Assoc), Jane Dixon & Richard Haward (Tollesbury & Mersea Oyster Company), Will and Graham Baker (Independent Oyster producers), Fran and Jon French (Mersea Fresh Catch) Tamas Muller (Szent István University, Godollo) Arne Schroder (Berlin) and Anieke van Leeuwen (Princeton) Robert Arlinghaus (IGB, Berlin) Rob Dyer (Essex and Kent Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority -IFCA) Jane Heywood & Ewan Hunter (CEFAS) Martin Taylor (University of East Anglia) Anastasia Milou & Thodoris Tsimpidis (Archipelagos Institute for Marine Conservation, Samos, Greece) Michelle Jackson & Guy Woodward (Imperial College) ###################################################################################### Undergraduate Final Year projects in the Cameron lab Here is a list of project areas I could offer in the 2019-20 academic years Some are listed under summer or autumn/winter as does not matter when it is done Summer Projects Marine fish behaviour and ecology (1 field based project available) Substrate and habitat selection of native and non-native oysters (summer - field based) (NEW) Summer breeding birds ecology and behaviour - (1-2 field based - with Essex&Suffolk Water and BTO/WWT) Temperature dependence of oyster behaviour and physiology (1 project - lab based) Autumn/Winter term projects Eco-evolutionary feedbacks from sexual selection to population dynamics Local adaptation in zooplankton to predation trade-offs Habituation to recreational disturbance in Estuarine Birds (winter project) (NEW) Winter Waterbirds ecology and behaviour - (1-2 field based - with Essex&Suffolk Water and BTO/WWT) Size structured functional responses of temperate and tropical freshwater fish Life History evolution / Animal Behaviour in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) Temperature dependence of oyster behaviour and physiology (1 project - lab based) Marine fish behaviour and ecology (1 field OR 1 lab based based project available) I am happy to discuss other project ideas you may have

Qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Animal Ecology University of Aberdeen, (2000)

  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy of Ecology University of Leeds, (2005)

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Founding Board Member, University of Essex, Center for Environment and Society (1/1/2017 - present)

  • Theme Leader, Ecology & Biodiversity, EnvEast/ ARIES NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (1/5/2018 - present)

Other academic

  • Board Member, Essex Native Oyster Restoration Initiative (ENORI) (1/3/2017 - present)

  • Editorial Board Member, Ecological Entomology (1/3/2008 - present)

  • Associate Editor, Aquatic Ecology and Wildlife Biology, Ecology & Evolution (1/3/2014 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The demography of Predator-prey dynamics

Open to supervise

Demographic responses to Harvesting

Open to supervise

Animal movement and dispersal

Open to supervise

Eco-evolution of population and community dynamics (invertebrate model and aquatic field system)

Open to supervise

Size- and stage- structured ecologyof shellfish communities (with a focus on European Oyster and Cockles)

Open to supervise

Evolution of Ontogenetic Niche Shifts and Asymmetry in Guppies

At present this research in my lab is being led by PhD student Matt Bond, but it represent a larger body of work develop by Lennart Persson (Professor of Ecology, Umea) and Andre de Roos (Professor of Theoretical Ecology, Amsterdam).

Open to supervise

Estuarine ecology, global change and European oyster restoration

We work on saltmarsh ecology, the use of estuaries as nursery habitats for juvenile fish, the ecology and conservation of endangered European flat oysters and the thermal ecology of animals in coastal environments

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (BS113)

  • Biodiversity and Conservation (BS243)

  • Professional Skills for Ecological and Marine Scientists (BS257)

  • Oceanography and Marine Conservation (BS307)

  • Freshwater Ecology (BS352)

  • Fisheries Ecology (BS354)

  • Research Project: MSc Tropical Marine Biology (BS782)

  • Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences (BS832)

Current supervision

Previous supervision

Amy Sut Moy Sing Wong
Amy Sut Moy Sing Wong
Thesis title: Functional Ecology of Herbivorous Fish Communities in a Coral Reef System, Wakatobi, Se Sulawesi
Degree subject: Marine Biology
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 12/7/2019
Matthew Neil Bond
Matthew Neil Bond
Thesis title: Drivers of Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Model Systems - the Role of Harvest Mortality and Intraspecific Competition
Degree subject: Biological Sciences
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 5/7/2019

Publications

Journal articles (23)

Watson, FM., Hepburn, LJ., Cameron, T., Le Quesne, WJF. and Codling, EA., (2019). Relative mobility determines the efficacy of MPAs in a two species mixed fishery with conflicting management objectives. Fisheries Research. 219, 105334-105334

Cameron, T., (2019). Inter-generational effects of CO2-induced stream acidification in the Trinidadian Guppy (Poecilia reticulata). Ecology and Evolution

Müller, T., Bernáth, G., Horváth, Á., Várkonyi, L., Grigoraş, G., Gagiu, A., Urbányi, B., Żarski, D., Freyhof, J. and Cameron, T., (2018). Artificial propagation of the endangered Rumanian endemic warm water rudd (Scardinius racovitzai Müller 1958, Cyprinidae, Cypriniformes) for conservation needs. The Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research. 44 (3), 245-249

Cameron, TC., O'Sullivan, D., Reynolds, A., Hicks, JP., Piertney, SB. and Benton, TG., (2016). Harvested populations are more variable only in more variable environments. Ecology and Evolution. 6 (12), 4179-4191

Schröder, A., van Leeuwen, A. and Cameron, TC., (2015). Empirical support for different types of positive mortality effects. A reply to Abrams. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 30 (4), 180-181

ten Brink, H., Mazumdar, AKA., Huddart, J., Persson, L. and Cameron, TC., (2015). Do intraspecific or interspecific interactions determine responses to predators feeding on a shared size-structured prey community?. Journal of Animal Ecology. 84 (2), 414-426

Schröder, A., van Leeuwen, A. and Cameron, TC., (2014). When less is more: positive population-level effects of mortality. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 29 (11), 614-624

O’Sullivan, D., Benton, TG. and Cameron, TC., (2014). Inter-patch movement in an experimental system: the effects of life history and the environment. Oikos. 123 (5), 623-629

Cameron, TC., O'Sullivan, D., Reynolds, A., Piertney, SB. and Benton, TG., (2013). Eco-evolutionary dynamics in response to selection on life-history. Ecology Letters. 16 (6), 754-763

Cameron, TC., O'Sullivan, D., Reynolds, A., Piertney, SB. and Benton, TG., (2013). Corrigendum to Cameronet al. 2013. Ecology Letters. 16 (10), 1330-1330

Moustakas, A., Kunin, WE., Cameron, TC. and Sankaran, M., (2013). Facilitation or Competition? Tree Effects on Grass Biomass across a Precipitation Gradient. PLoS ONE. 8 (2), e57025-e57025

Backhouse, A., Sait, SM. and Cameron, TC., (2012). Multiple mating in the traumatically inseminating Warehouse pirate bug, Xylocoris flavipes : effects on fecundity and longevity. Biology Letters. 8 (5), 706-709

Ozgul, A., Coulson, T., Reynolds, A., Cameron, TC. and Benton, TG., (2012). Population Responses to Perturbations: The Importance of Trait-Based Analysis Illustrated through a Microcosm Experiment. The American Naturalist. 179 (5), 582-594

Wright, MD., Goodman, P. and Cameron, TC., (2010). Exploring behavioural responses of shorebirds to impulsive noise. Wildfowl. 60, 150-167

Cameron, TC., Metcalfe, D., Beckerman, AP. and Sait, SM., (2007). INTRASPECIFIC COMPETITION: THE ROLE OF LAGS BETWEEN ATTACK AND DEATH IN HOST–PARASITOID INTERACTIONS. Ecology. 88 (5), 1225-1231

CAMERON, TC., WEARING, HJ., ROHANI, P. and SAIT, SM., (2007). Two-species asymmetric competition: effects of age structure on intra- and interspecific interactions. Journal of Animal Ecology. 76 (1), 83-93

Cameron, TC., Wearing, HJ., Rohani, P. and Sait, SM., (2005). A koinobiont parasitoid mediates competition and generates additive mortality in healthy host populations. Oikos. 110 (3), 620-628

Wearing, HJ., Sait, SM., Cameron, TC. and Rohani, P., (2004). Stage-structured competition and the cyclic dynamics of host-parasitoid populations. Journal of Animal Ecology. 73 (4), 706-722

BENTON, TG., CAMERON, TC. and GRANT, A., (2004). Population responses to perturbations: predictions and responses from laboratory mite populations. Journal of Animal Ecology. 73 (5), 983-995

Wearing, HJ., Rohani, P., Cameron, TC. and Sait, SM., (2004). The Dynamical Consequences of Developmental Variability and Demographic Stochasticity for Host‐Parasitoid Interactions. The American Naturalist. 164 (4), 543-558

CAMERON, TC. and BENTON, TG., (2004). Stage-structured harvesting and its effects: an empirical investigation using soil mites. Journal of Animal Ecology. 73 (5), 996-1006

Rohani, P., Wearing, HJ., Cameron, T. and Sait, SM., (2003). Natural enemy specialization and the period of population cycles. Ecology Letters. 6 (5), 381-384

Cameron, T., (2002). 2002: the year of the ‘diversity – ecosystem function’ debate. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. 17 (11), 495-496

Book chapters (1)

Cameron, TC., Plaistow, S., Mugabo, M., Piertney, SB. and Benton, TG., (2014). Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics. In: Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics. Elsevier. 171- 206. 9780128013748

Grants and funding

2019

Native European Oyster experimental restoration project

Zoological Society London

Estuary Living - What does high quality nursery habitat look like to a sea bass?

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Proposal for research on functional and critical temperature thresholds for the native European oyster in Essex waters & for predictive ecological population modelling of responses to environmental perturbations of native European oysters in the BCRC Marine Conservation Zone

Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

2018

Ecosystem services from restoration of European flat oysters

University of Essex

Spatial patterns of phosphorus (P) limitation and the transfer of P between the sediment and the water column.

Anglian water services Limited

NOSy - magnetic and wireless sensor technology for improving profit, biosecurity and carbon footprint of regional oyster production

Natural Environment Research Council

License Application

THE TOLLESBURY & MERSEA NATIVE OYSTER FISHERY COMPANY

Modelling the stock structure and potential responses to fishing in the Blackwater, Crouch, Roach and Colne MCZ European Native Oyster population in Essex

Natural England

Whelk Population Study

European Maritime & Fisheries Fund (MMO)

2017

Quantifying a marine ecosystem's response to a catastrophic oil spill

Natural Environment Research Council

2016

Using geothermal streams to explore salmonid adaptation to warmer waters

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles

2015

Community Ecologists: How coastal communities perceive traditional, commercial, recreational and conservation activities

Economic & Social Research Council

Community ecology of the native Oyster (Ostrea edulis): developing best practice for economic and environmental sustainability of an important regional fishery.

Kent and Essex IFCA

2014

Ecosystem wide responses to changes n trophic structure

British Ecological Society (BES)

Ecosystem wide responses to changes n trophic structure

British Ecological Society (BES)

Contact

tcameron@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872552

Location:

3SW.4.14, Colchester Campus

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