Dr Catherine Gutmann Roberts
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Dr Catherine Gutmann Roberts

Lecturer in Environmental Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

Interested in the aquatic ecology and conservation, especially freshwater. Researches trophic and spawning dynamics of native and non native fishes. Understanding how barriers affect the timing and success of movements, especially those related to spawning migrations. Interested in early life stages, especially the egg and larval stage of fish that bury eggs within sediment and therefore cannot move to seek better environmental conditions. Interested in public engagement and using evidence based conservation methods to manage the environment. Advocate of citizen and community science as an inclusive method for data collection and as an engagement tool.  

Qualifications

PhD in Population ecology of European barbel (Bournemouth University) http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/30876/ Match funded by the Severn Rivers Trust.

MRes in Aquatic Ecology and Conservation (Swansea University) - Maternal effects of domestication on Atlantic Salmon. Funded by the Knowledge Exchange Scholorship.

Zoology BSc First Class Honours (University of Liverpool). Awarded attainment scholarship. 

Professional membership

Higher Education Academy Fellow

British Ecological Society

Institute of Fisheries Management

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Royal Society of Biology

Roles on external bodies

Grant reviewer British Ecological Society

Associate editor Journal of Aquatic Sciences (Springer)

Council member Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Key publications

Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2020) 'Spawning strategies in cypriniform fishes in a lowland river invaded by non-indigenous European barbel Barbus barbus' Hydrobiologia 847, (19) 4031-4047 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Bašic T, Britton JR, Rice S & Pledger AG (2019) 'Quantifying the habitat and zoogeomorphic capabilities of spawning European barbel <scp> <i>Barbus barbus</i> </scp> , a lithophilous cyprinid' River Research and Applications 36, (2) 259-279 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Hindes AM & Britton JR (2019) 'Factors influencing individual movements and behaviours of invasive European barbel Barbus barbus in a regulated river' Hydrobiologia 830, (1) 213-228 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2018) 'Quantifying trophic interactions and niche sizes of juvenile fishes in an invaded riverine cyprinid fish community' Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27, (4) 976-987 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Bašic T, Amat Trigo F & Britton JR (2017) 'Trophic consequences for riverine cyprinid fishes of angler subsidies based on marine-derived nutrients' Freshwater Biology 62, (5) 894-905 , DOI
Roberts CG & Britton JR (2018) 'Trophic interactions in a lowland river fish community invaded by European barbel Barbus barbus (Actinopterygii, Cyprinidae)' Hydrobiologia 819, (1) 259-273 , DOI
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Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Module lead for stage 2 Environmental Expedition and Environmental Management and Sustainability in Practice. Teaching on undergraduate modules; The Biospherre, Biological Conservation and Sustainability Science. Teaching on masters module Ecological Survey Evaluation and Mitigation.

Staff serving as external examiners

MSc Rhodes University, South Africa

Research

Research

Research interests

Researches the trophic and spawning dynamics of native and non native fishes. Understanding how barriers affect the timing and success of movements, especially those related to spawning migrations. Interested in early life stages, especially the egg and larval stage of fish that bury eggs within sediment and therefore cannot move to seek better environmental conditions.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

Kate Vogiatzis (PhD student, University of Plymouth) 2019 - Forest biomass following wildfire disturbance in Ghana

Rose Boardman (PhD student, Bournemouth University) 2020 - Phenology and ecology of the critically endangered European eel during their marine to freshwater transition

Vanessa de Santis (PhD Bournemouth University/ University of Insubria) 2017 - 2020  Ecological impacts of the invasive and cryptic Barbus barbus L. (Pisces: Cyprinidae)

Matthew Harris (MRes Bournemouth University) 2018 - 2020 The life cycle of the parasite Pomphorhynchus tereticollis in reference to 0+ cyprinids and the intermediate host Gammarus spp in the UK

Grants & contracts

NERC Environmental Solutions discipline hopping fellow working with external stakeholder Westcountry Rivers Trust

Sustainable Earth Institute grant - " Laying the foundations for an evidence base of healthy landscapes for sustaining life under water"

Creative practice & artistic projects

Designed a board game on fish migrations

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2020) 'Spawning strategies in cypriniform fishes in a lowland river invaded by non-indigenous European barbel Barbus barbus' Hydrobiologia 847, (19) 4031-4047 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Bašic T, Britton JR, Rice S & Pledger AG (2019) 'Quantifying the habitat and zoogeomorphic capabilities of spawning European barbel <scp> <i>Barbus barbus</i> </scp> , a lithophilous cyprinid' River Research and Applications 36, (2) 259-279 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Hindes AM & Britton JR (2019) 'Factors influencing individual movements and behaviours of invasive European barbel Barbus barbus in a regulated river' Hydrobiologia 830, (1) 213-228 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2018) 'Quantifying trophic interactions and niche sizes of juvenile fishes in an invaded riverine cyprinid fish community' Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27, (4) 976-987 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Bašic T, Amat Trigo F & Britton JR (2017) 'Trophic consequences for riverine cyprinid fishes of angler subsidies based on marine-derived nutrients' Freshwater Biology 62, (5) 894-905 , DOI
Roberts CG & Britton JR (2018) 'Trophic interactions in a lowland river fish community invaded by European barbel Barbus barbus (Actinopterygii, Cyprinidae)' Hydrobiologia 819, (1) 259-273 , DOI

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Boardman RM, Pinder AC, Piper AT, Gutmann Roberts C, Wright RM & Britton JR (2022) 'Non‐lethal sampling for the stable isotope analysis of the critically endangered European eel Anguilla anguilla : how fin and mucus compare to dorsal muscle' Journal of Fish Biology , DOI Open access
Newton AC, Britton R, Davies K, Diaz A, Franklin DJ, Herbert RJH, Hill RA, Hodder K, Jones G & Korstjens AH (2021) 'Operationalising the concept of ecosystem collapse for conservation practice' Biological Conservation 264, 109366-109366 , DOI Open access
Attermeyer K, Casas-Ruiz JP, Fuss T, Pastor A, Cauvy-Fraunié S, Sheath D, Nydahl AC, Doretto A, Portela AP & Doyle BC (2021) 'Carbon dioxide fluxes increase from day to night across European streams' Communications Earth &amp; Environment 2, (1) , DOI
De Santis V, Quadroni S, Britton RJ, Carosi A, Gutmann Roberts C, Lorenzoni M, Crosa G & Zaccara S (2021) 'Biological and trophic consequences of genetic introgression between endemic and invasive Barbus fishes' Biological Invasions 23, (11) 3351-3368 , DOI
Nagler M, Praeg N, Niedrist GH, Attermeyer K, Catalán N, Pilotto F, Gutmann Roberts C, Bors C, Fenoglio S & Colls M (2020) 'Abundance and biogeography of methanogenic and methanotrophic microorganisms across European streams' Journal of Biogeography 48, (4) 947-960 , DOI
De Santis V, Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2020) 'Trophic consequences of competitive interactions in freshwater fish: Density dependent effects and impacts of inter‐specific versus intra‐specific competition' Freshwater Biology 66, (2) 362-373 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2020) 'Spawning strategies in cypriniform fishes in a lowland river invaded by non-indigenous European barbel Barbus barbus' Hydrobiologia 847, (19) 4031-4047 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Bašic T, Britton JR, Rice S & Pledger AG (2019) 'Quantifying the habitat and zoogeomorphic capabilities of spawning European barbel <scp> <i>Barbus barbus</i> </scp> , a lithophilous cyprinid' River Research and Applications 36, (2) 259-279 , DOI
Nolan ET, Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2019) 'Predicting the contributions of novel marine prey resources from angling and anadromy to the diet of a freshwater apex predator' Freshwater Biology 64, (8) 1542-1554 , DOI
De Santis V, Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2019) 'Influences of angler subsidies on the trophic ecology of European barbel Barbus barbus' Fisheries Research 214, 35-44 , DOI
Britton JR, Gutmann Roberts C, Amat Trigo F, Nolan ET & De Santis V (2019) 'Predicting the ecological impacts of an alien invader: Experimental approaches reveal the trophic consequences of competition' Journal of Animal Ecology 88, (7) 1066-1078 , DOI
Bolland JD, Nunn AD, Angelopoulos NV, Dodd JR, Davies P, Gutmann Roberts C, Britton JR & Cowx IG (2019) 'Refinement of acoustic-tagging protocol for twaite shad Alosa fallax (Lacépède), a species sensitive to handling and sedation' Fisheries Research 212, 183-187 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Hindes AM & Britton JR (2019) 'Factors influencing individual movements and behaviours of invasive European barbel Barbus barbus in a regulated river' Hydrobiologia 830, (1) 213-228 , DOI
Antognazza CM, Britton JR, Potter C, Franklin E, Hardouin EA, Gutmann Roberts C, Aprahamian M & Andreou D (2019) 'Environmental DNA as a non‐invasive sampling tool to detect the spawning distribution of European anadromous shads ( <i>Alosa</i>  spp.)' Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 29, (1) 148-152 , DOI
Bravo AG, Kothawala DN, Attermeyer K, Tessier E, Bodmer P, Ledesma JLJ, Audet J, Casas-Ruiz JP, Catalán N & Cauvy-Fraunié S (2018) 'The interplay between total mercury, methylmercury and dissolved organic matter in fluvial systems: A latitudinal study across Europe' Water Research 144, 172-182 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2018) 'Quantifying trophic interactions and niche sizes of juvenile fishes in an invaded riverine cyprinid fish community' Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27, (4) 976-987 , DOI
Roberts CG & Britton JR (2018) 'Trophic interactions in a lowland river fish community invaded by European barbel Barbus barbus (Actinopterygii, Cyprinidae)' Hydrobiologia 819, (1) 259-273 , DOI
Gutmann Roberts C, Bašic T, Amat Trigo F & Britton JR (2017) 'Trophic consequences for riverine cyprinid fishes of angler subsidies based on marine-derived nutrients' Freshwater Biology 62, (5) 894-905 , DOI
Trigo FA, Gutmann Roberts C & Britton JR (2017) 'Spatial variability in the growth of invasive European barbel <i>Barbus barbus</i> in the River Severn basin, revealed using anglers as citizen scientists' Knowledge &amp; Management of Aquatic Ecosystems (418) 17-17 , DOI
Conference Papers
Paris JR, Sherman KD, Bell E, Boulenger C, Delord C, El-Mahdi MBM, Fairfield EA, Griffiths AM, Gutmann Roberts C & Hedger RD (2018) 'Understanding and managing fish populations: keeping the toolbox fit for purpose' Wiley 727-751 , DOI
Personal

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Reports & invited lectures

British Ecological Society Movement Ecology 2022: Understanding animal movement in human-altered landscapes