Career History

  • Professor of Applied Ecology, University of East Anglia (2014-present)
  • Reader, University of East Anglia (2007-2014)
  • Lecturer, University of East Anglia (2006-2007)
  • NERC Fellow, University of East Anglia (2003-2006)
  • Tyndall Senior Research Associate, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (2001-2003)
  • NERC Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia (1998-2001) 
  • RSPB-funded Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia (1994-1998)
  • PhD: Population Ecology, University of East Anglia (1994)
  • BSc: Zoology, University of Edinburgh (1990)

All Publications

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Mendez Aragon, V., Gill, J., Alves, J., Burton, N., Davies, R.

(2017)

Consequences of population change for local abundance and site occupancy of wintering waterbirds,

in Diversity and Distributions

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Laidlaw, R. A., Smart, J., Smart, M. A., Gill, J. A.

(2017)

Scenarios of habitat management options to reduce predator impacts on nesting waders,

in Journal of Applied Ecology

54

(4)

pp. 1219–1229

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Gunnarsson, T. G., Johannesdottir, L., Alves, J. A., Þórisson, B., Gill, J. A.

(2017)

Effects of spring temperature and volcanic eruptions on wader productivity,

in Ibis

159

(2)

pp. 467–471

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Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Brown, D. J., Douglas, D. J. T., Alves, J. A., Belliograzia, M., Bocher, P., Buchanan, G. M., Clay, R. P., Conklin, J., Crockford, N., Dann, P., Elts, J., Friis, C., Fuller, R. A., Gill, J. A., Gosbell, K., Johnson, J. A., Marquez-Ferrando, R., Masero, J. A., Melville, D. S., Millington, S., Minton, C., Mundker, T., Nol, E., Pehlak, H.

(2017)

A global threats overview for Numeniini populations: synthesising expert knowledge for a group of declining migratory birds,

in Bird Conservation International

27

(1)

pp. 6-34

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Leigh, S., Smart, J., Gill, J.

(2017)

Impacts of grassland management on wader nest predation rates in adjacent nature reserves,

in Animal Conservation

20

(1)

pp. 61–71

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Johannesdottir, L., Alves, J. A., Gill, J. A., Gunnarsson, T. G.

(2017)

Reconciling biodiversity conservation and agricultural expansion in the sub-arctic environment of Iceland,

in Ecology and Society

22

(1)

article no. 16

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Morrison, C., Robinson, R., Butler, S., Clark, J. A., Gill, J.

(2016)

Demographic drivers of decline and recovery in an Afro-Palaearctic migratory bird population,

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

283

(1842)

article no. 20161387

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Morrison, C. A., Robinson, R. A., Clark, J. A., Gill, J. A.

(2016)

Causes and consequences of spatial variation in sex ratios in a declining bird species,

in Journal of Animal Ecology

85

(5)

pp. 1298–1306

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Gilbert, N., Correia, R., Silva, J. P., Pacheco, C., Catry, I., Atkinson, P., Gill, J., Franco, A.

(2016)

Are white storks addicted to junk food? Impacts of landfill use on the movement and behaviour of resident white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from a partially migratory population,

in Movement Ecology

4

article no. 7

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Gilroy, J., Gill, J., Butchart, S., Jones, V., Franco, A.

(2016)

Migratory diversity predicts population declines in birds,

in Ecology Letters

19

(3)

pp. 308–317

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Bertholdt, N. P., Gill, J. A., Laidlaw, R. A., Smart, J.

(2016)

Landscape effects on nest site selection and nest success of Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus in lowland wet grasslands,

in Bird Study

64

(1)

pp. 30-36

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Correia, R., Haskell, W. C., Gill, J., Palmeirim, J., Franco, A.

(2015)

Topography and aridity influence oak woodland bird assemblages in southern Europe,

in Forest Ecology and Management

354

pp. 97–103

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Laidlaw, R. A., Smart, J., Smart, M. A., Gill, J. A.

(2015)

The influence of landscape features on nest predation rates of grassland-breeding waders,

in Ibis

157

(4)

pp. 700-712

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Gill, J.

(2015)

Encountering extreme weather during migration: individual strategies and their consequences,

in Journal of Animal Ecology

84

(5)

pp. 1141–1143

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Gunnarsson, T., Árnalds, Ó., Appleton, G., Méndez, V., Gill, J.

(2015)

Ecosystem recharge by volcanic dust drives broad-scale variation in bird abundance,

in Ecology and Evolution

5

(12)

pp. 2386–2396

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Morrison, C., Robinson, R., Clark, J. A., Leech, D. I., Gill, J.

(2015)

Season-long consequences of shifts in timing of breeding for productivity in Willow Warblers, Phylloscopus trochilus,

in Bird Study

62

(2)

pp. 161-169

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Catry, T., Alves, J. A., Gill, J. A., Gunnarsson, T. G., Granadeiro, J. P.

(2014)

Individual specialization in a shorebird population with narrow foraging niche,

in Acta Oecologica

56

pp. 56-65

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Forster, J., Lake, I., Watkinson, A., Gill, J.

(2014)

Marine dependent livelihoods and resilience to environmental change: A case study of Anguilla,

in Marine Policy

45

pp. 204-212

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Gill, J. A., Alves, J. A., Sutherland, W. J., Appleton, G. F., Potts, P. M., Gunnarsson, T. G.

(2014)

Why is timing of bird migration advancing when individuals are not?,

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

281

(1774)

article no. 20132161

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Dolorosa, R. G., Grant, A., Gill, J. A., Avillanosa, A. L., Gonzales, B. J.

(2013)

Indoor and Deep Sub-Tidal Intermediate Culture of Trochus niloticus for Restocking,

in Reviews in Fisheries Science

21

(3-4)

pp. 414-423

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Key Research Interests

I am an ecologist with primary interests in the ecology and evolution of migratory systems, and in applied issues of understanding and managing the impact of environmental changes on biodiversity. My research is principally focused on large-scale population regulation in migratory shorebirds, and developing tools for managing coastal habitats. Much of my large-scale shorebird work is constructed around a long-term study of Icelandic black-tailed godwits, Limosa limosa islandica. Since 1995, individual colour-marking of c. 1-2% of this population, and the development of a network of hundreds of volunteer observers across Europe, has allowed us to unravel the links between habitats of varying quality in summer and winter, and to track the population expansion in both seasons. These links have profound implications for a wide range of population and evolutionary processes, which we are exploring in detail. In addition to this work, I am also involved in studies of the impact of climate change on coastal habitats in the UK, management of lowland habitats for biodiversity and ecosystem services in the UK and drivers of spatial variation in population trends in migratory birds. 

Current research projects

  • Using phenological drivers of demograohy in conservation (with RSPB)
  • Environmental and demographic drivers of migratory strategies in birds (with the University of Iceland and University of Cambridge)
  • Seasonal interactions and rapid population declines in Afro-Palaearctic migratory birds (with the British Trust for Ornithology)
  • Intra-guild relationships among predators of breeding waders (with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds)
  • Climatic impacts and conservation management for breeding Lapwing (with BTO and RSPB)

 

Life in our research group

Field research is carried out in a variety of locations and habitats. Our shorebird work includes breeding season research in Iceland (in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Iceland), and non-breeding season research in coastal habitats throughout western Europe. In addition, we work with colleagues at the RSPB to explore the consequences of different habitat management techniques for biodiversity and ecosystem services on wetlands, and with colleagues at the British Trust for Ornithology to explore demographic trends and their drivers in migratory species. Research into coral reef ecology and conservation (in collaboration with colleagues at Simon Fraser University, Canada) is focused around identifying large-scale changes in reef ecosystems and their ecological and socio-economic consequences. We are a dynamic group with passionate interests in conservation ecology, and we meet regularly to discuss and develop research ideas and plans. We attend many conferences and workshops and we are involved in organising the annual Rebellion student conference at UEA.


PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.


Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss potential post-doctoral research and collaborations.

Teaching Interests

  • Biodiversity Conservation and Human Society (3A17/MA17)
  • Univariate Statistics (M519)
  • Multivariate Statistics (M517)
  • Mathematics and Statistics for Biologists (1A6Y)
  • Skills for Biologists (1A4Y)
  • Annual fieldcourse of the MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation
  • Supervision of undergraduate and MSc dissertation projects

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Chair of Council, British Trust for Ornithology (2016 - present)
  • Recipient of the Union Medal of the British Ornithologists' Union, 2017
  • President of the British Ornithologists’ Union (2011 - 2015)
  • Member of NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability (BESS) Programme Advisory Group (2010 - present)
  • Member of All-party Parliamentary Group on Biodiversity (2010 - present)
  • Recipient of the Marsh Award for Ornithology (2010)
  • NERC Peer Review College (2009 - present)
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Animal Ecology (2015 -present)
  • Associate Editor: Journal of Applied Ecology (2005 -2008)
  • Editorial Board member: Bird Study (2004 -) and Ringing & Migration (2001 - present)
  • Member of UKPopNet Science Management Committee (2006 - 2011)
  • Vice-President, British Ornithologists’ Union (2009 - 2011)
  • Chair of BOU Ibis journal Committee (2005 - 2008)

Administrative Posts

  • Director, MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation
  • CEEC Seminar co-ordinator
  • CEEC Rebellion co-ordinator
  • Module convenor for Univariate Statistics and Multivariate Statistics, and co-convenor for Biodiversity Conservation and Human Society/Evidence-based Global Conservation
  • Exam Board member