Dr Antony Knights
Lecturer in Marine Ecology
School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)
I am a Lecturer in Marine Ecology based in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC). I am a benthic ecologist by training and my research focus centres on supply-side ecology, recruitment dynamics and sustainable resources and I interface with environmental policy implementation and ecosystem management. I contribute to the range of Marine Biology programmes here at Plymouth University.
• PhD (Marine Ecology) June 2003 - December 2006 Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre, University College Cork (UCC), Ireland
Roles on external bodies
Current Professional Roles
- Associate Editor: Marine and Freshwater Research (CSIRO)
- Assistant Editor: Journal of Fish Biology (Wiley)
- Member of ICES ACOM Working Group "Ecosystem effects of Fishing" (WGECO)
- Reviewer for Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
- Reviewer for the Icelandic Research Fund (IRF)
My teaching interests include population biology, larval biology and community ecology, and experimental design and statistics.
- MBIO 120 Introduction to Marine Biology
- MBIO 123 Marine Biology Field Course
- MBIO 223, 224 and 225 Methods in Marine Biology
- MBIO 213 Coastal Biodiversity and Ecology Field Course
- MBIO 313 Personal Research
- MBIO 327 Marine Ecology
I have two areas of research interest,the first centring on supply-side ecology and population dynamics, and thesecond on ecosystem-based management and risk assessment models.
I use a combination of field-basedexperimental approaches and theoretical models to assess how populations becomeestablished and develop in an effort to understand how key anthropogenic andenvironmental pressures may affect population persistence. In particular, mywork focuses on: quantifying the role of density-dependent processes inpopulation development and growth; assessing the role of abiotic and bioticfactors such as selective extraction, habitat availability, flow dynamics,competition and predation in population growth models; and the development oflarval-phase based models to predict (changes in) species range distributions.I work closely with physical oceanographers to develop spread predictions usinghydrodynamic models. I am especially interested in the influence of larvalbehavioural responses to physical conditions on dispersal predictions.
Ecosystem-basedManagement and Human Impacts and Risk Assessment
I am interesting in developingframeworks for identifying threats to marine ecosystems from human activities.Working closely with colleagues from across Europe, I develop linkages betweensector activities and their impact on biological features in order to determinehow management programmes can be used to mitigate risk and supportdecision-making when implementing environmental policy. We have just recently published a paper in ICES Journal of Marine Science (2016) which undertakes a risk assessment of Europe's large marine ecosystems.
Current PhD Students
· Ms Anaëlle Lemasson (started Jan. 2015) - Implications of ocean acidification and warming on the UK'scommercial shellfish fisheries.
· Ms Xiaoyu Fang (started Oct. 2015) - Identifying the role of past and current benthosactivities for estuarine ecosystem functioning.
· Ms Molly James (started Jan. 2017) - Predicting species dispersal in marine systems: Amulti-disciplinary approach.
Current MRes and Masters Students
· Mr Matthew Norton (Jan. 2017) - The effects of future climate on the ultrastructure of bivalves.
· Mr Callum Jeffrey (Jan. 2017) - The role of marine litter in dispersing nuisance species
· Ms Fran Geall (Jan. 2017) - Loss of muscle strength and desiccation risk under climate change in bivalves
Key publications are highlightedJournals