Dr Simon Pittman

Dr Simon Pittman

Research Project Manager

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Research Project Manager


Ph.D. Geographical Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, UK
B.Sc. Life Sciences: Environmental Pathway, Westminster University, London, UK

Teaching interests

Seascape Ecology

Coral Reef Ecology
Marine Spatial Planning
Marine Protected Areas Science

Research interests

Seascape ecology

Marine movement ecology

Geospatial technologies

Marine protected areas

Marine spatial planning

Sustainable development

Coral reef ecology

Wellbeing in coastal cities

Systems thinking

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Bradley P, Jessup B, Pittman SJ, Jeffrey CFG, Ault JS, Carrubba L, Lilyestrom C, Appeldoorn RS, Schärer MT & Walker BK 2020 'Development of a reef fish biological condition gradient model with quantitative decision rules for the protection and restoration of coral reef ecosystems' Marine Pollution Bulletin 159, 111387-111387 , DOI
Pittman SJ & Heyman WD 2020 'Life below water: Fish spawning aggregations as bright spots for a sustainable ocean' Conservation Letters 13, (5) , DOI
Rees SE, Sheehan EV, Stewart BD, Clark R, Appleby T, Attrill MJ, Jones PJS, Johnson D, Bradshaw N & Pittman S 2020 'Emerging themes to support ambitious UK marine biodiversity conservation' Marine Policy 103864-103864 , DOI Open access
Sheehan EV, Bridger D, Nancollas SJ & Pittman SJ 2019 'PelagiCam: a novel underwater imaging system with computer vision for semi-automated monitoring of mobile marine fauna at offshore structures' Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 192, (1) , DOI
Pittman S, Rodwell L, Shellock R, Williams M, Attrill M, Bedford J, Curry K, Fletcher S, Gall S & Lowther J 2019 'Marine parks for coastal cities: A concept for enhanced community well-being, prosperity and sustainable city living' Marine Policy , DOI Open access
Rincón-Díaz MP, Pittman SJ, Arismendi I & Heppell SS 2018 'Functional diversity metrics detect spatio-temporal changes in the fish communities of a Caribbean marine protected area' Ecosphere 9, (10) e02433-e02433 , DOI
Pittman SJ, Poti M, Jeffrey CFG, Kracker LM & Mabrouk A 2018 'Decision support framework for the prioritization of coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands' Ecological Informatics 47, 26-34 , DOI
Stamoulis KA, Delevaux JMS, Williams ID, Poti M, Lecky J, Costa B, Kendall MS, Pittman SJ, Donovan MK & Wedding LM 2018 'Seascape models reveal places to focus coastal fisheries management' Ecological Applications 28, (4) 910-925 , DOI
Santos RO, Lirman D, Pittman SJ & Serafy JE 2018 'Spatial patterns of seagrasses and salinity regimes interact to structure marine faunal assemblages in a subtropical bay' Marine Ecology Progress Series 594, 21-38 , DOI
Rees SE, Pittman SJ, Foster N, Langmead O, Griffiths C, Fletcher S, Johnson DE & Attrill M 2018 'Bridging the divide: Social-ecological coherence in Marine Protected Area network design' Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems , DOI Open access
Rees SE, Foster NL, Langmead O, Pittman S & Johnson DE 2017 'Defining the qualitative elements of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 with regard to the marine and coastal environment in order to strengthen global efforts for marine biodiversity conservation outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14' Marine Policy , DOI Open access
Sekund L & Pittman S 2017 'Explaining island-wide geographical patterns of Caribbean fish diversity: A multi-scale seascape ecology approach' Marine Ecology 38, (3) e12434-e12434 , DOI
Olds AD, Connolly RM, Pitt KA, Pittman SJ, Maxwell PS, Huijbers CM, Moore BR, Albert S, Rissik D & Babcock RC 2015 'Quantifying the conservation value of seascape connectivity: a global synthesis' Global Ecology and Biogeography 25, (1) 3-15 , DOI
Erisman B, Heyman W, Kobara S, Ezer T, Pittman S, Aburto-Oropeza O & Nemeth RS 2015 'Fish spawning aggregations: where well-placed management actions can yield big benefits for fisheries and conservation' Fish and Fisheries 18, (1) 128-144 , DOI
Santos RO, Lirman D & Pittman SJ 2015 'Long-term spatial dynamics in vegetated seascapes: fragmentation and habitat loss in a human-impacted subtropical lagoon' Marine Ecology 37, (1) 200-214 , DOI
Caldow C, Monaco ME, Pittman SJ, Kendall MS, Goedeke TL, Menza C, Kinlan BP & Costa BM 2015 'Biogeographic assessments: A framework for information synthesis in marine spatial planning' Marine Policy 51, 423-432 , DOI
Pittman SJ, Monaco ME, Friedlander AM, Legare B, Nemeth RS, Kendall MS, Poti M, Clark RD, Wedding LM & Caldow C 2014 'Fish with Chips: Tracking Reef Fish Movements to Evaluate Size and Connectivity of Caribbean Marine Protected Areas' PLoS ONE 9, (5) e96028-e96028 , DOI
Pait AS, Hartwell SI, Mason AL, Warner RA, Jeffrey CFG, Hoffman AM, Apeti DA & Pittman SJ 2014 'An assessment of chemical contaminants in sediments from the St. Thomas East End Reserves, St. Thomas, USVI' Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 186, (8) 4793-4806 , DOI
Renchen GF, Pittman SJ, Clark R, Caldow C, Gall S, Olsen D & Hill RL 2014 'Impact of derelict fish traps in Caribbean waters: an experimental approach' Bulletin of Marine Science 90, (2) 551-563 , DOI
Costa B, Taylor JC, Kracker L, Battista T & Pittman S 2014 'Mapping Reef Fish and the Seascape: Using Acoustics and Spatial Modeling to Guide Coastal Management' PLoS ONE 9, (1) e85555-e85555 , DOI
Renchen GF, Pittman SJ & Brandt ME 2012 'Investigating the behavioural responses of trapped fishes using underwater video surveillance' Journal of Fish Biology 81, (5) 1611-1625 , DOI
Hitt S, Pittman SJ & Brown KA 2011 'Tracking and mapping sun-synchronous migrations and diel space use patterns of Haemulon sciurus and Lutjanus apodus in the U.S. Virgin Islands' Environmental Biology of Fishes 92, (4) 525-538 , DOI
Pittman SJ & Brown KA 2011 'Multi-Scale Approach for Predicting Fish Species Distributions across Coral Reef Seascapes' PLoS ONE 6, (5) e20583-e20583 , DOI
Hitt S, Pittman SJ & Nemeth RS 2011 'Diel movements of fishes linked to benthic seascape structure in a Caribbean coral reef ecosystem' Marine Ecology Progress Series 427, 275-291 , DOI
Kendall MS, Miller TJ & Pittman SJ 2011 'Patterns of scale-dependency and the influence of map resolution on the seascape ecology of reef fish' Marine Ecology Progress Series 427, 259-274 , DOI
Pittman SJ, Kneib RT & Simenstad CA 2011 'Practicing coastal seascape ecology' Marine Ecology Progress Series 427, 187-190 , DOI
Wedding LM, Lepczyk CA, Pittman SJ, Friedlander AM & Jorgensen S 2011 'Quantifying seascape structure: extending terrestrial spatial pattern metrics to the marine realm' Marine Ecology Progress Series 427, 219-232 , DOI
Boström C, Pittman SJ, Simenstad C & Kneib RT 2011 'Seascape ecology of coastal biogenic habitats: advances, gaps, and challenges' Marine Ecology Progress Series 427, 191-217 , DOI
Smith TB, Blondeau J, Nemeth RS, Pittman SJ, Calnan JM, Kadison E & Gass J 2009 'Benthic structure and cryptic mortality in a Caribbean mesophotic coral reef bank system, the Hind Bank Marine Conservation District, U.S. Virgin Islands' Coral Reefs 29, (2) 289-308 , DOI
Pittman SJ, Costa BM & Battista TA 2009 'Using Lidar Bathymetry and Boosted Regression Trees to Predict the Diversity and Abundance of Fish and Corals' Journal of Coastal Research 10053, 27-38 , DOI
Costa BM, Battista TA & Pittman SJ 2009 'Comparative evaluation of airborne LiDAR and ship-based multibeam SoNAR bathymetry and intensity for mapping coral reef ecosystems' Remote Sensing of Environment 113, (5) 1082-1100 , DOI
Clark RD, Pittman S, Caldow C, Christensen J, Roque B, Appeldoorn RS & Monaco ME 2009 'Nocturnal fish movement and trophic flow across habitat boundaries in a coral reef ecosystem (SW Puerto Rico)' Caribbean Journal of Science 45, (2-3) 282-303 , DOI
Pittman SJ, Caldow C, Hile SD & Monaco ME 2007 'Using seascape types to explain the spatial patterns of fish in the mangroves of SW Puerto Rico' Marine Ecology Progress Series 348, 273-284 , DOI
Pittman SJ, Christensen JD, Caldow C, Menza C & Monaco ME 2007 'Predictive mapping of fish species richness across shallow-water seascapes in the Caribbean' Ecological Modelling 204, (1-2) 9-21 , DOI
Pittman SJ & Pittman KM 2005 'Short-term consequences of a benthic cyanobacterial bloom (Lyngbya majuscula Gomont) for fish and penaeid prawns in Moreton Bay (Queensland, Australia)' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 63, (4) 619-632 , DOI
Pittman SJ, McAlpine CA & Pittman KM 2004 'Linking fish and prawns to their environment: a hierarchical landscape approach' Marine Ecology Progress Series 283, 233-254 , DOI
Knudby A, Pittman SJ, Maina J & Rowlands G 2014 'Remote Sensing and Modeling of Coral Reef Resilience' Remote Sensing and Modeling Springer International Publishing 103-134 , DOI
2013 'Oceanography and Marine Biology' CRC Press , DOI
Pittman SJ, Connor DW, Radke L & Wright DJ 2011 'Application of Estuarine and Coastal Classifications in Marine Spatial Management' Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science Elsevier 163-205 , DOI
Pittman SJ & Costa B 2010 'Linking Cetaceans to Their Environment: Spatial Data Acquisition, Digital Processing and Predictive Modeling for Marine Spatial Planning in the Northwest Atlantic' Spatial Complexity, Informatics, and Wildlife Conservation Springer Japan 387-408 , DOI
Grober-Dunsmore R, Pittman SJ, Caldow C, Kendall MS & Frazer TK 2009 'A Landscape Ecology Approach for the Study of Ecological Connectivity Across Tropical Marine Seascapes' Ecological Connectivity among Tropical Coastal Ecosystems Springer Netherlands 493-530 , DOI
Pittman SJ & McAlpine CA 2003 'Movements of Marine Fish and Decapod Crustaceans: Process, Theory and Application' Advances in Marine Biology Elsevier 205-294 , DOI
Pittman SJ & Olds AD 'Seascape ecology of fishes on coral reefs' Ecology of Fishes on Coral Reefs Cambridge University Press 274-282 , DOI
Conference Papers
Ransibrahmanakul V, Pittman SJ, Pirhalla DE, Sheridan SC, Lee CC, Barnes BB, Hu C & Shein K 2018 'Linking Weather Patterns, Water Quality And Invasive Mussel Distributions In The Development And Application Of A Water Clarity Index For The Great Lakes' IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 7-/-0/20187-/-0/2018IEEE , DOI