David Sims - Curriculum Vitae#

  • 1988-1991: B.Sc (Hons), 1st Class, Biological Sciences (Marine Biology). University of Plymouth, UK
  • 1991-1994: Ph.D Animal Behaviour. MBA Lab/University of Plymouth, UK. Personal NERC Appeal Award Studentship
    Thesis title: Physiological factors regulating appetite in small-spotted catshark Scyliorhinus canicula. Supervisor: Dr Q. Bone FRS

  • Field: Behavioural Ecology of Animal Movement
  • Research papers: 153 papers in books and journals, 46 as first author, 39 as senior author.
  • Received >7,000 citations; h-index of 43.
  • Research grants: awarded 37 external grants to date totalling >£6.4M, incl from N.E.R.C., European Union, Leverhulme Trust

Invited Presentations at International Conferences. Examples include:

KEYNOTE - Tractable models for testing theories about natural strategies: foraging behaviour and habitat selection of free-ranging sharks. FSBI International Symposium on ‘Fish as Models of Behaviour’, 30 June-4 July 2003, University of East Anglia, UK.

INVITED - Lévy-like movements of large marine predators in relation to patchy prey. International Conference on “Movement and Search: From Biological Cells to Spider Monkeys” 24-26 August 2008, Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stockholm, Sweden.

INVITED - Hunting high and low: Lévy-like movements of large marine predators. “Recent Discoveries in Marine Biodiversity” Symposium, World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, 11-15 November 2008, Valencia, Spain.

PLENARY - Where, what and why? Understanding behaviour patterns of marine fish from electronic tagging and track analysis. 1st International Fish Telemetry Conference, 12-18 June 2011, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.

PLENARY – Making a Move in Movement Ecology: Do Lévy flights, walks and waits identify a common ecology of movement? International Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting, Dutch-Flemish Society for Ecology and Netherlands Ecology Research Network, 5-6 February 2013, Congrescentrum de Werelt, Lunteren, The Netherlands.

International Conferences Organised:
  • 2015: "Biology, Ecology and Conservation of Elasmobranchs: Recent Advances and New Frontiers", Annual International Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), 27-31 July 2015, Plymouth, UK. Convener: Prof D Sims.
  • 2010: "Fish and Climate Change", Annual International Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Conveners: Dr C Harrod & Prof D Sims.
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