Professor David Sims

Deputy Director (Research) & Senior Research Fellow

Behavioural Ecology

The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

David Sims is an MBA Senior Research Fellow and Leader of the Behavioural Ecology Group at the Marine Biological Association. As Deputy Director for Research he co-ordinates the Ecosystems and Environmental Change research theme. David holds a joint academic appointment with the University of Southampton where he is Professor of Marine Ecology in the Ocean and Earth Science school at the National Oceanography Centre and in the Centre for Biological Sciences. In recognition of his research David was awarded a Royal Institution ‘Scientist for the New Century’ Lecture (2001), Life Membership of the Royal Institution, the Medal of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (2007), and the Stanley Gray Silver Medal from the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (2008). He hmore...

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  1. Burns, F; Eaton, MA; Hayhow, DB; Outhwaite, CL; Al Fulaij, N; August, TA; Boughey, KL; Brereton, T; Brown, A; Bullock, DJ; Gent, T; Haysom, KA; Isaac, NJB; Johns, DG; Macadam, CR; Mathews, F; Noble, DG; Powney, GD; Sims, DW; Smart, SM; Stroh, P; Walker, KJ; Webb, JR; Webb, TJ; Gregory, RD. 2018 An assessment of the state of nature in the United Kingdom: A review of findings, methods and impact. Ecological Indicators, 94. 226-236. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2018.06.033

  2. Queiroz, N; Vila-Pouca, C; Couto, A; Southall, EJ; Mucientes, G; Humphries, NE; Sims, DW. 2017 Convergent Foraging Tactics of Marine Predators with Different Feeding Strategies across Heterogeneous Ocean Environments. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4. 10.3389/fmars.2017.00239

  3. Lea, JSE; Wetherbee, BM; Sousa, LL; Aming, C; Burnie, N; Humphries, NE; Queiroz, N; Harvey, GM; Sims, DW; Shivji, MS. 2018 Ontogenetic partial migration is associated with environmental drivers and influences fisheries interactions in a marine predator. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 75 (4). 1383-1392. 10.1093/icesjms/fsx238

  4. Sequeira, AMM; Rodríguez, JP; Eguíluz, VM; Harcourt, R; Hindell, M; Sims, DW; Duarte, CM; Costa, DP; Fernández-Gracia, J; Ferreira, LC; Hays, GC; Heupel, MR; Meekan, MG; Aven, A; Bailleul, F; Baylis, AMM; Berumen, ML; Braun, CD; Burns, J; Caley, MJ; Campbell, R; Carmichael, RH; Clua, E; Einoder, LD; Friedlaender, AS; Goebel, ME; Goldsworthy, SD; Guinet, C; Gunn, J; Hamer, D; Hammerschlag, N; Hammill, M; Hückstädt, LA; Humphries, NE; Lea, MA; Lowther, A; Mackay, A; McHuron, E; McKenzie, J; McLeay, L; McMahon, CR; Mengersen, K; Muelbert, MMC; Pagano, AM; Page, B; Queiroz, N; Robinson, PW; Shaffer, SA; Shivji, MS; Skomal, GB; Thorrold, SR; Villegas-Amtmann, S; Weise, M; Wells, R; Wetherbee, BM; Wiebkin, A; Wienecke, B; Thums, M. 2018 Convergence of marine megafauna movement patterns in coastal and open oceans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115 (12). 3072-3077. 10.1073/pnas.1716137115

  5. Sims, DW; Mucientes, G; Queiroz, N. 2018 Shortfin mako sharks threatened by inaction. Science, 359 (6382). 1342.1-1342. 10.1126/science.aat0315

  6. Ramírez-Macías, D; Queiroz, N; Pierce, SJ; Humphries, NE; Sims, DW; Brunnschweiler, JM. 2017 Oceanic adults, coastal juveniles: tracking the habitat use of whale sharks off the Pacific coast of Mexico. PeerJ, 5. e3271. 10.7717/peerj.3271

  7. Hawkins, SJ; Evans, AJ; Adams, L; Bray, S; Burrows, MT; Firth, LB; Genner, MJ; Leung, KMY; Mieszkowska, N; Moore, PJ; Pack, K; Schuster, H; Sims, DW; Whittington, M; Southward, EC. 2017 Distinguishing globally-driven changes from regional- and local-scale impacts: the case for long-term and broad-scale studies of recovery from pollution.. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.01.068

  8. Simpson, SJ; Sims, DW. 2016 Are critically endangered fish back on the menu? Analysis of U.K. fisheries data suggest post-ban landings of prohibited skates in European waters. Marine Policy, 69. 42-51. 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.03.022

  9. Payne, NL; Snelling, EP; Fitzpatrick, R; Seymour, JR; Courtney, R; Barnett, A; Watanabe, YY; Sims, DW; Squire, L; Semmens, JM; Kurle, C. 2015 A new method for resolving uncertainty of energy requirements in large water breathers: the ‘mega-flume’ seagoing swim-tunnel respirometer. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6 (6). 668-677. 10.1111/2041-210x.12358

  10. Hawkins, SJ; Bohn, K; Sims, DW; Ribeiro, P; Faria, J; Presa, P; Pita, A; Martins, GM; Neto, AI; Burrows, MT; Genner, MJ. 2016 Fisheries stocks from an ecological perspective: Disentangling ecological connectivity from genetic interchange. Fisheries Research, 179. 333-341. 10.1016/j.fishres.2016.01.015