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Simon Ingram

 

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Dr Simon Ingram

  • Job title: Lecturer in Marine Conservation, School of Marine Science and Engineering (Faculty of Science & Environment)
  • Postal address: Room 118, Reynolds, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752584591
  • Email: simon.ingram@plymouth.ac.uk


Role
Lecturer in Marine Conservation

Follow me on Twitter @DrSimonIngram 

Qualifications & background

PhD, University College Cork 1996-2000. The ecology and conservation of bottlenose dolphins using the Shannon estuary, Ireland.


MSc Ecology (taught) University of Aberdeen 1992-1993

BSc University of Sheffield, Zoology 2 i (hons) Zoology, 1987-1990

Previous to my PhD I worked on various marine mammal projects including spending two years aboard IFAWs cetacean research vessel 'Song of the Whale'  conducting acoustic and visual scientific surveys of cetaceans in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean waters.   I have also worked at SMRU assisting with seal surveys and recently at the University of Aberdeen's Lighthouse Field Station where I managed a Scottish Government funded project examining the distribution abundance and ranging behaviour of coastal bottlense dolphins.  

Professional membership
Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM)
Member of the European Cetacean Society (ECS)

Associate editor for the journal Biodiversity and Conservation 


Teaching interests

I teach marine biology and marine conservation to students enrolled on several degree programmes at Plymouth University. 

I delivery teaching to the following degree programmes
Undergraduate
Marine Biology
Ocean Science
Marine Biology and Oceanography
Environmental Science
Applied Marine Sports Science

Masters
Applied Marine Science
Marine Renewable Energy
Environmental Consultancy
Marine Biology

I teach on the following modules (* = module leader);
Masters modules
ENV5103 Marine Chemistry and Nearshore Ecology
MAR510 Marine Renewable Energy
MAR503 Coastal Impacts of Renewable Energy
ENV5113 Investigation and Assessment of Contaminated Environments

Undergraduate modules
EOE1301 Biological and Chemical Oceanography Foundation *
ENVS104 The Biosphere 
ENVS205 Chemical and Biological Oceanography 
MASC301 Marine Ecosystem Conservation* 
MBIO320 Ecology and Conservation of Marine Vertebrates*
EOE3401 Environmental Issues for Marine Sports 
Research Project supervision
 


Research interests
I am a field scientist specialising in the conservation ecology of marine mammal populations. I am particularly interested in understanding cetacean abundance and habitat use, individual ranging patterns, stock structure and the influence of oceanography on animal distribution and habitat use.

I also work on cooperative foraging interactions between bottlenose dolphins and artisanal fishermen at Laguna in Southern Brazil.

 

UoP Research group membership

Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research (MarCoPol) 

Grants & contracts

·    2005-08 senior post-doctoral research fellow and coordinator of Scottish Government funded project examining distribution and abundance of bottlenose dolphins in Scottish coastal waters.  

·  Collaborator on an SFI (Science Foundation of Ireland) Research Frontiers funded project examining the population structure of bottlenose dolphins in Irish waters. This project is using molecular genetics and stable isotope signatures to investigate gene flow and reproductive and geographic isolation of sub-populations using coastal sites.

·  2009 collaborator on a National Parks and Wildlife funded project estimating abundance and examining site fidelity of bottlenose dolphins using northwest Connemara in western Ireland.

·  2008 managed an Irish National Parks and Wildlife Service funded project to assess the abundance and population viability of bottlenose dolphins using the Shannon Estuary SAC in western Ireland.

·  2008 supervised a Heritage Council funded project examining bottlenose dolphin distribution and behaviour in northwest Mayo, western Ireland.

 


Publications

Marine Mammal Publications

F. G. Daura-Jorge, M. Cantor, S. N. Ingram, D. Lusseau, P. C. Simões-Lopes .
(2012). The structure of a bottlenose dolphin society is coupled to a unique foraging cooperation with artisanal fishermen. Biology Letters, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0174

Cheney, B., Thompson, P.M., Ingram, S.N. Hammond P.S., Stevick, P.T.,  Durban, J.W. Culloch, R.M. Elwen, S.H, Mandleberg, L. Janik,V.M., Quick,N.J., Islas-villanueva, V., Robinson,K.P., Costa,M., Eisfeld, S.M. Walters, A., Phillips,C., Weir,C.R., Evans,P.G.H., Anderwald,P., Reid,R.J. Reid, J.B., Wilson,B. (2012). Integrating multiple data sources to assess the distribution and abundance of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Scottish waters. Mammal review  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2011.00208.x

F. G. Daura-Jorge,  S. N. Ingram, and P. C. Simões-Lopes. (2012).
Seasonal abundance and adult survival of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in a community that cooperatively forages with fishermen in Southern Brazil. Marine Mammal Science

Mirimin, L., Miller, R., Dillane, E., Berrow, S. D., Ingram, S., Cross, T. F., Rogan, E. (2011). Fine-scale population genetic structuring of bottlenose dolphins using Irish coastal waters. Animal Conservation.

Cronin, M.A., Zuur, A.F., Ingram, S. and Rogan, E. 2010 A modelling framework to optimize timing of haul-out counts for estimating harbour seal abundance , NAMMCO Scientific Publications.

Thompson, P., Ingram, S.N, Lonergan, M. Northridge, S. Hall, A. Wilson, B., 2007. Climate change causing starvation in harbour porpoises? Biology Letters, 3: 533-534.


Ingram, S.N., Walshe, L., Johnston, D. and Rogan, E.  2007. Habitat partitioning and the influence of benthic topography and oceanography on the distribution of fin and minke whales in the Bay of Fundy, Canada.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association. 87:149-156.

Philpott E., A. Englund, A., Ingram, S. and Rogan, E. 2007. Using T-pods to the echolocation of coastal bottlenose dolphins. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, 87;11-17.

Ingram, S.N. ,Walshe, L., Johnson, D. and Rogan, E. 2003.  The distribution of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) and minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in the Bay of Fundy, Canada: using a tour-boat as a platform of opportunity. SC/55/WW12 Report to the International Whaling commission.

Ingram, S.N. & Rogan, E. 2002.  Identifying critical habitat areas and habitat preferences of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Marine Ecology Progress Series, 244: 247-255.

Wilson, B., Arnold, H., Bearzi, G., Fortuna, C., Gaspar, R., Ingram, S., Liret, C., Pribanic, S., Read, A., Ridoux, V., Schneider, K., Urian, K., Wells, R., Wood, W., Thompson, P.,M. and Hammond, P. 1999. Epidermal diseases in bottlenose dolphins: impacts of natural and anthropogenic factors. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B 266:1077-1083.

Gordon, J., Moscrop, A., Carlson, C., Ingram, S., Leaper, R., Mathews, J. and Young, K. 1998. Distribution, movements and residency of sperm whales off the Commonwealth of Dominica, Eastern Caribbean: implications for the development and regulation of the local whalewatching industry. Report to the International Whaling Commission: 48: 551-557.

Reports

Ingram, S.N, Kavanagh, A., Englund, A. and Rogan, E. (2009). Site assessment of the waters of northwest Connemara. A survey of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Report for the National Parks and Wildlife Service, 33pp.

Englund, A., Ingram, S.N., Rogan, E. (2008) Population Status report update for bottlenose dolphins using the Shannon Estuary 2008. Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Englund, A., Ingram, S.N., Rogan, E. (2007) Population Status report for bottlenose dolphins using the Shannon Estuary 2006-7. Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, 35pp.

Roycroft, D., Cronin, M., Mackey, M., Ingram S.N. and Ó Cadhla, O., (2007), Risk Assessment for Marine Mammal and Seabird Populations in South-Western Irish Waters (RAMSSI). Report to the Higher Education Authority, 198pp.

Ingram, S.N., O’Donovan, M., Englund, A., Walshe, L. and Rogan., E. (2005). A review of marine nature tourism in Ireland and an assessment of the potential for boat-based marine eco- tourism in Tralee Bay and adjacent waters. Report to Tuatha Chiarraí Teo. University College Cork, 26pp.

Ingram, S.N., Englund, A., O’Donovan, M., Walshe, L. and Rogan., E. (2005). A survey of marine wildlife in Tralee Bay and adjacent waters. Report to Tuatha Chiarraí Teo. University College Cork, 20pp.

Ingram, S.N., O’Donovan, M., Englund, A., Walshe, L. and Rogan., E. (2005). An assessment of the potential for shore-based marine nature tourism on the Kerry shore of the outer Shannon estuary. Report to Tuatha Chiarraí Teo. University College Cork, 23pp.

Ingram, S.N., Englund, A., O’Donovan, M., Walshe, L. and Rogan., E. (2005). An assessment of the potential for dolphin-listening ecotourism at sites on the Kerry shore of the outer Shannon estuary. Report to Tuatha Chiarraí Teo. University College Cork, 15pp.

Ingram, S.N. and Englund, A. and Rogan, E. 2004.  Methods of best practice for the use of T-PoD passive acoustic detectors for marine mammal research in Irish waters. Report to the Irish Heritage Council, 23pp.

Ingram, S.N., Englund, A. and Rogan, E. 2003.  Habitat use, abundance and site-fidelity of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Connemara coastal waters, Co. Galway. Heritage Council Report no. 12314, 27pp.

Ingram, S.N., and Rogan, E. 2003. Estimating abundance, site fidelity and ranging patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Shannon Estuary and selected areas of the west-coast of Ireland. Report to the National Parks and Wildlife Service, 28pp.

Rogan, E., Kelly, T., Ingram, S.N., and Roycroft, D. 2003. The ecology of seabirds and marine mammals in a fluctuating marine environment. Report to the Irish Higher Education Authority, 207pp.

O Cadhla, O., Englund, A., Philpott, E., Mackey, M. and Ingram, S.N. 2003. Marine mammal monitoring in the waters of Broadhaven Bay and Northwest Mayo: 2001-2002. Report to Enterprise Energy, Ireland Ltd, 74pp.

Ingram, S.N., Englund, A. and Rogan, E. 2001. An extensive survey of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) on the west coast of Ireland. Irish Heritage Council Report no. WLD/2001/42 17pp.

Rogan, E., Ingram, S., Holmes, B and O’Flanagan, C. 2000.  A survey of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Shannon estuary. Marine Institute, Marine Resource Series No. 9, 46pp.

Conference presentations

Ingram, S.N. and Embling, C.B. 2012. Marine Protected Areas for mobile cetaceans: should we be thinking outside the box? 25th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Galway, March 2012

Ingram, S.N., Englund,A. Daura-Jorge and Rogan,E. 2011. Long term monitoring of bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon SAC 24th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Cadiz, April 2011

Ingram, S.N.,
Rendell, L. and Rogan E. 2007 Designing and using repeated surveys to monitor the abundance, long term site fidelity and seasonal trends of bottlenose dolphins using a coastal marine protected area. 17th Biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals, Cape Town S.A.

Ingram, S.N.,
Culloch, R., Cheney, B., Mandelberg, L., Stevick, P., Hammond, P., Wilson, B., Thompson, P. 2007 Distribution and Abundance of Bottlenose Dolphins on the West Coast of Scotland 21st annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastian, April 2007.

Ingram, S.N.,
Walshe, L., Johnston, D. and Rogan, E. 2005 The distribution of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) and minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) in the Bay of Fundy, Canada: using a tour-boat as a platform of opportunity.  14th Biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals

Ingram, S.N
. and Rogan, E. Bottlenose dolphins on the west coast of Ireland: results of preliminary, extensive photo-identification surveys. 16th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, Belgium, April, 2002.

Ingram, S.N.
and Rogan, E. 2001 The ecology and conservation of bottlenose dolphins using the Shannon estuary on Ireland’s west coast: the importance of site specific studies for local conservation measures. 14th Biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 2001.

Ingram, S.N.
and Rogan, E. Shared friends or shared resources? The social behaviour of bottlenose dolphins using the Shannon Estuary, Ireland  15th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Rome, May 2001.

Ingram S.N.
and Rogan, E. Defining critical habitat areas for bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) resident in the Shannon estuary, Ireland and conservation management implications. 14th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Cork Ireland, April, 2000.

Ingram, S.N.
and Rogan, E. Possible evidence of chirality or ‘handedness’ in the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) detected by examining dorsal fin lesions from photographic data. 13th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Valencia, April 1999.

Ingram, S.N.,
Rogan, E. and O’Flanagan, C. Population estimates and seasonal changes in abundance of bottlenose dolphins resident in the Shannon estuary, Ireland. 13th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Valencia, Spain. April 1999.

Ingram, S.N.
and Rogan, E. Behaviour and habitat use of resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the entrance to the Shannon estuary, Ireland. 1st World Marine Mammal Conference, Monaco, April 1998.

Ingram, S.N.
and Rogan, E. The distribution and movements of resident bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Shannon estuary, Ireland.  11th annual meeting of the European Cetacean Society, Stralsund, March 1997