Dr Thomas Cameron

School of Biological Sciences
Dr Thomas Cameron



BSc (Hons) Animal Ecology Aberdeen (2000) PhD University of Leeds (2005) Find me on Twitter or my blog @ecoevoenviro Undergraduate Final Year projects in the Cameron lab Here is a list of project areas I could offer in the 2017-19 academic years Size structured functional responses of temperate and tropical freshwater fish Temperature dependence of oyster functional and physiological responses Substrate settlement selection of native and non-native oysters (summer) Habitat associations of an estuarine fish community (summer) Life History evolution / Animal Behaviour in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata) Spatial movement dynamics in a model system Eco-evolutionary feedbacks from sexual selection to population dynamics Seasonal cycles in aquatic communities Local adaptation in zooplankton to predation trade-offs Habituation to recreational disturbance in Estuarine Birds (winter project) Ecotoxicology of estuarine food webs (summer or winter) River/stream restoration potential or management effects (summer) I am happy to discuss other project ideas you may have ############################# Research and Experience Opportunities ALWAYS looking for masters students to take part in summer field based work or research projects in freshwater predator-prey interactions at home or abroad Look out for Frontrunner and UROP research intern opportunities inmy lab Collaborations Professor Lennart Persson, Dr Pär Byström, Dr Tomas Brodin (Umeå) and Professor Andre de Roos (Amsterdam) Professor Tim Benton (Leeds) and Professor Stuart Piertney (Aberdeen) Dr Arne Schroder (Berlin) and Dr Anieke van Leeuwen (Princeton) Professor Bernt-Erik Saether and Vidar Grotan(NTTU, Trondheim), Dr Ron Bassar (Oxford), Robert Arlinghaus (Berlin), Andres Lopez-Sepulcre (CNRS) Rob Dyer (Essex and Kent Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority -IFCA) Jane Heywood & Ewan Hunter (CEFAS) Martin Taylor (University of East Anglia) Leanne Hepburn, Michael Steinke, Alex Dumbrell, Jordi Paps Monserrat and David Smith (Essex) Sarah Allison (Essex Wildlife Trust)


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

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


University of Essex

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

Eco-evolutionary population and community dynamics

Trophic cascades and ecosystem function

Life histories evolution of ontogeny (tropical fishes model system)

The demography of Predator-prey dynamics

Demographic responses to Harvesting

Animal movement and dispersal

Current research

FANTISIZE - investigating the role of facilitation in coexistence between predators (with Lennart Persson, Umea)

Size-structured zooplankton community ecology

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

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

Demographic stochasticity in wild fishes (with Bernt-erik S?ther & Vidar Grotan, NTTU Trondheim)

Evolution of Ontogenetic Niche Shifts and Asymmetry

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).

Current Research Group

Matt Bond - PhD candidate since Oct 2014- The roles of competition and harvesting in life history evolution and dynamics in fishes (Co-supervised with Alex Dumbrell) Alice Lown- PhD candidate since Oct 2015 - Ontogenetic development and community ecology of the native European Oyster (Ostrea edulis) (Co-supervised with Leanne Appleby-Hepburn) Amie Parris - PhD candidate since Oct 2016 - Trophic and environmental control of algal blooms in the UK (Co-supervised with Etienne Low-Decarie) Brisneve Edullantes - PhD candidate since Oct 2016 - Harmful Algal Blooms in the Ocean (Co-supervised with Etienne Low-Decarie) Fiona Watson - PhD candidate since Jan 2017 - The role of fish movement in managing fishery MPA interactions (Co-supervised with Leanne Appleby-Hepburn and Edd Codling) Synthesa Ksatrya - MSD candidate - Nov 2016 - An assesment of Indonesian Ocean Policy (Co-supervised with Dave Smith) Amy Sing- Wong - MSD candidate - Oct 2017 - Predation and herbivory in tropical reef communities (with D. Smith) Benjamin Archer – MSD candidate – Oct 2017 - Measuring carbon flux from temperate freshwaters (with E. Low-Decarie)

Teaching and supervision

  • Marine Ecology (BS112)

  • Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour (BS113)

  • Marine Biology Field Skills (BS114)

  • Scientific and Transferable Skills for Biosciences (BS141)

  • Professional Skills for Ecological and Marine Scientists (BS257)

  • Freshwater Ecology (BS352)

  • Fisheries Ecology (BS354)

  • Methods in Tropical Marine Biology (BS707)

  • Professional Skills in Tropical Marine Biology (BS708)

  • Research Project: MSc Tropical Marine Biology (BS782)

  • Research Project in Biological Sciences (interdisciplinary) (BS830)

  • Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences (BS832)

  • Research Project in Biomolecular Science (BS831)


Journals (20)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

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


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)

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)

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)

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)

Wearing, H., Rohani, P., Cameron, T. and Sait, S., (2004). The Dynamical Consequences of Developmental Variability and Demographic Stochasticity for Host‐Parasitoid Interactions. The American Naturalist. 164 (4)

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

Rohani, P., Wearing, H., Cameron, T. and Sait, S., (2003). Natural enemy specialization and the period of population cycles. Ecology Letters. 6 (5)

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

Chapters (1)

Cameron, TC., Plaistow, S., Mugabo, M., Piertney, SB. and Benton, TG., (2014). Eco-evolutionary dynamics. Experiments in a model system. 171- 206. 978-0-12-801374-8

Grants and funding


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


Using geothermal streams to explore salmonid adaptation to warmer waters

The Fisheries Society of the British Isles


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


Ecosystem wide responses to changes n trophic structure

British Ecological Society (BES)

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