Dr Stuart SharpLecturer
Stuart is an animal ecologist working principally with wild populations of birds and mammals to address questions at the interface between animal behaviour, population ecology and conservation. His current research focuses on the impact of environmental quality and change on the ecology, life history and behaviour of dippers (Cinclus cinclus) and other river birds.
Stuart’s current work focuses on the impact of environmental quality and change on the ecology, life history and behaviour of dippers. This is a long-term study of an individually marked population in Yorkshire Dales National Park which he established in 2013, building on previous studies in the same site dating back to the 1950s. The dipper is specialist bird of rivers and streams and a well-established indicator of water quality. Stuart’s other projects include the conservation ecology of common sandpipers; the population ecology and conservation of sun bears in Malaysia; surveys of avian biodiversity in Congo; and a study of moth diversity on the university campus.
Much of Stuart’s published work focuses on two major projects:
- The social behaviour and population ecology of long-tailed tits. This includes research on vocal communication, dispersal and population genetics. His work on kin recognition in this species was published in Nature in 2005 and has been cited over 180 times.
- Reproductive senescence in meerkats. This work focuses on the relationship between sociality and senescence patterns in this species.
Stuart teaches on a number of first, second and third year modules for the LEC BSc degree schemes in biology and ecology, including:
- field courses in Doñana, Spain, and in Kenya
- a first year module on Zoology
- a second year module on Vertebrate Biology
- a third year module on Animal Behaviour
Stuart is currently:
- admissions tutor for undergraduate programmes in ecology and conservation
PhD Supervision Interests
I am willing to consider proposals for projects on any topic related to avian or mammalian ecology.
- Ecology and Conservation
- Understanding a changing planet