Dr Peter Cotton
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Ecology
School of Biological & Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science & Engineering)
Associate Head of School (Marine Biology)
BSc, University of Dundee (1987)
DPhil, University of Oxford (1993)
PGC LTHE, University of Plymouth (2001)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)
AFRC Research Assistant, University of Oxford (1991-1993)
NERC Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Oxford (1994-1996)
College Lecturer in Zoology, Pembroke College, University of Oxford (1997)
Research Biologist, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (1998-2000)
Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Unviversity of Plymouth (2000-present)
In the first year I teach on MBIO120 Introduction to Marine Biology and on the MBIO123 Marine Biology Field Course to Brittany. I also teach about vertebrates and animal behaviour on MBIO121 Life on Earth, and mate choice on BIOL124PP Biology of Sex.
My second year teaching is largely field-based. I run the Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology field course in South Africa (MBIO213) which is usually in September. At the end of the year I'm involved a non-residential field course based at the marine station. This course covers experimental design, sampling from boats and statistical analysis of the data we collect (MBIO224).
In the third year I teach behavioural ecology (MBIO317) and supervise research projects (MBIO313).
I was the programme leader for BSc Marine Biology & Coastal Ecology for seven years, and now help Dave Bilton and Tony Knights to run the programme.
Staff serving as external examiners
External examiner for the University of St Andrews and the University of Malta.
I am a behavioural ecologist and of late I have primarily worked on predator-prey interactions and contest behaviour. I'm also interested in community ecology and anthropogenic impacts on ecological assemblages and phenology.
Sonne, et al. (2016) High proportion of smaller-ranged hummingbird species coincides with ecological specialization across the Americas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2512
Maruyama, et al. (2016) The integration of alien plants in plant-hummingbird pollination networks across the Americas: the importance of species traits and insularity. Diversity & Distributions 2016:1-11.
Gonzalez, et al. (2015) The macroecology of phylogenetically structured hummingbird-plant networks. Global Ecology & Biogeography 24, (11) 1212-1224 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Cotton DRE, Joyner M, George R & Cotton PA (2015) Understanding the gender and ethnicity attainment gap in UK higher education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International 1-12 , DOI PEARL
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Lisa Sztukowski. Individual foraging specialization and seabird fishery interactions: implications for albatross conservation. With Dr Steve Votier, University of Exeter, and Dr Henri Weimerskirch, CNRS, France. Complted 2016.
Julian Evans. PhD. habitat characterisation of infralittoral pebble beds in the Maltese islands. (Jointly supervised with Prof Martin Attrill & Prof Patrick Schembri, University of Malta). Funding: STEPS, Malta). Completed 2014.
Ahmed Al-Mazrouai, PhD. Phenotypic plasticity in marine intertidal gastropods. (Jointly supervised with Dr. S. Rundle). Funding: Sultanate of Oman. Completed 2009.
Sophie Mowles, PhD. Contest behaviour in hermit crabs. (Jointly supervised with Dr Mark Briffa). Funding: University of Plymouth Research Studentship. Completed 2009.
Sarah Dalesman, PhD. Anti-predator behaviour in the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis. (Jointly supervised with Dr Simon Rundle). Funding: University of Plymouth Studentship. Completed 2007.
Lissa Goodwin, PhD. The ecology and conservation of the harbour porpoise (Phocena phocena) along the west coast of the UK. (Jointly supervised with Dr Martin Attrill & Dr Nick Tregenza). Funding: private. Completed 2007.
Sarah Carless, PhD. The effect of human disturbance on oystercatcher prey selection and foraging behaviour on rocky shores. (Jointly supervised with Dr Ross Coleman, University of Sydney & Dr Richard Stillman, CEH). Funding: HEFCE COLLr. Completed 2006.
Gillian Groeger, PhD. The visual performance of the cuttlefish eye. (Jointly supervised with Prof. Roddy Williamson). Funding: HEFCE COLLr. Completed 2003.
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Pete Cotton's page on Google Scholar.
Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre
BSc Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology
Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology field course
Marine Biology & Oceanography
MRes Marine Biology (Official University Site) for more details click here for the MRes mini-site