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Dr Steve Simpson

Effects of Climate Change on Fish and Fisheries; Impacts of Anthropogenic Noise on Marine Ecosystems

NB: I am now a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Global Change at the University of Exeter

I am a marine biologist and fish ecologist, with particular interests in the behaviour of coral reef fishes, bioacoustics, effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, conservation and management.

My work combines fieldwork, often through expeditions to remote and challenging environments, with laboratory-based behaviour experiments, data-mining, and computer modelling.

My research focuses on:

  • The impact of anthropogenic noise on marine ecosystems
  • The effects of climate change on fish and fisheries
  • Sensory and orientation behaviour of marine organisms
  • Dispersal, connectivity and biogeography
  • Management

More details about my research.

Research keywords

  • fish and fisheries
  • marine ecosystems
  • animal behaviour
  • bioacoustics
  • dispersal and population connectivity
  • climate change
  • anthropogenic noise
  • knowledge exchange

Research methods

  • field-based behavioural studies
  • field recordings and acoustic modelling
  • lab-based playback experiments
  • physiology and sensory electrophysiology
  • population genetics
  • long-term dataset analysis
  • climate-forced ecological modelling

Research equipment

  • acoustical recording systems
  • aquarium facilities
  • electrophysiology suite
  • boats and SCUBA gear
  • rope and penknife


  • Dr Andy Radford (UoB)
  • Dr Martin Genner (UoB)
  • Dr Marc Holderied (UoB)
  • Prof Daniel Robert (UoB)
  • Prof Andy Ridgwell (UoB)
  • Dr Erica Hendy (UoB)
  • Dr Simon Jennings (Cefas / University of East Anglia UK)
  • Prof Mark Johnson (National University of Ireland Galway)
  • Prof David Sims (Marine Biological Association UK)
  • Dr Julia Blanchard (University of Sheffield UK)
  • Dr Mark Meekan (Australian Institute of Marine Science)
  • Prof Phil Munday (James Cook University (Australia)
  • Dr Monica Gagliano (University of Western Australia)
  • Dr Hong Yan (Academia Sinica Taiwan)
  • Matt Wittenrich (Florida Institute of Technology)
  • Dr Serge Planes (Universit√© de Perpignan France)
  • Dr Claire Paris (Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Florida)
  • Dr Jen McIlwain & Dr Andrew Halford (University of Guam)
  • Dr Michel Claereboudt (Sultan Qaboos University Oman)
  • Dr Ivan Nagelkerken & Chantal Huijbers (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Dr Mark Vermeij (Carmabi Foundation Curacao)
  • Dr Andrew Jeffs & Dr Craig Radford (University of Auckland New Zealand)
  • Dr Edd Codling & Dr David Smith (University of Essex UK)
  • Dr Calvin Dytham (University of York UK)
  • Dr David Lecchini & Prof Rene Galzin (CRIOBE Moorea French Polynesia)