Dr Steve Simpson - Research

Research Directions

(NB: "We" refers to many wonderful collaborators; numbers refer to publications listed at bottom of page)

The effects of climate change on fish and fisheries

Sensory and orientation behaviour of marine organisms

Dispersal, connectivity and biogeography



Dr Andy Radford, Dr Martin Genner, Dr Marc Holderied, Prof Daniel Robert, Prof Andy Ridgwell, Dr Erica Hendy, University of Bristol, UK

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

Dr Monica Gagliano, University of Western Australia

Dr Hong Yan, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Matt Wittenrich, Florida Institute of Technology, USA

Dr Serge Planes, Université de Perpignan, France

Dr Claire Paris, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Dr Jen McIlwain & Dr Andrew Halford, University of Guam

Dr Michel Claereboudt, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Dr Ivan Nagelkerken, Chantal Huijbers, Dr Mark Vermeij, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Prof John Montgomery, 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, Dr Alain Lo-Yat, Dr Eric Parmentier, Prof Rene Galzin, CRIOBE, Moorea, French Polynesia

Journal Articles

26. Huijbers CM, Nagelkerken I, Lössbroek PAC, Schulten IE, Siegenthaler A, Holderied MW, Simpson SD. 2011. A test of the senses: fish select novel habitats by responding to multiple cues. Ecology

25. Simpson SD, Munday PL, Wittenrich ML, Manassa R, Dixson DL, Gagliano M, Yan HY. 2011. Ocean acidification erodes crucial auditory behaviour. Biology Letters 7:917-920

24. Simpson SD, Jennings S, Johnson MP, Blanchard JL, Schön P-J, Sims DW, Genner MJ. 2011. Continental shelf-wide response of a fish assemblage to rapid warming of the sea. Current Biology 21:1565-1570

     24a. Edwards M (2011) Biodiversity and ecosystems: change at the community level.
     Nature Climate Change 1:398-399

     24b. Harbourne AR, Mumby PJ (2011) Novel ecosystems: altering fish assemblages in
     warming waters. Current Biology 21:R822-R824

23. Simpson SD, Radford AN, Tickle EJ, Meekan MG, Jeffs AG. Adaptive avoidance of reef noise. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16625

22. Radford CA, Simpson SD, Jeffs AG. 2011. Juvenile coral reef fishes use sound to locate habitats. Coral Reefs 30:295-305

21. (Simpson: joint first author *) Spencer M*, Birchenough SNR*, Mieszkowska N*, Robinson LZ*, Simpson SD*, Burrows MT, Capasso E, Cleall-Harding P, Crummy J, Duck C, Eloire D, Frost M, Hall AJ, Hawkins SJ, Johns DG, Sims DW, Smyth TJ, and Frid CLJ* (2011) Temporal change in UK marine communities: trends or regime shifts? Marine Ecology 32(S1):1-15 (* joint first author)

20. (Simpson: joint first author *) Lo-Yat A*, Simpson SD*, Meekan MG*, Lecchini D, Martinez E, Galzin R (2011) Climatic cycles as drivers of ocean productivity and larval supply in a tropical reef ecosystem. Global Change Biology 17:1695-1702 (*joint first author)

19. Kennedy EV, Guzman HM, Holderied MW, Mair JM, Simpson SD (2010) Spatial patterns in reef-generated noise relate to habitats and communities: Evidence from a Panamanian case study. Journal or Marine Biology and Ecology 395:85-92

18. Simpson SD, Meekan MG, Larsen NJ, McCauley RD, Jeffs A (2010) Behavioural plasticity in larval reef fish: orientation is influenced by recent acoustic experiences. Behavioral Ecology 21:1098-1105

17. Vermeij MJA, Marhaver KL, Huijbers CM, Nagelkerken I, Simpson SD (2010) Coral larvae move toward reef sounds. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10660

16. Genner MJ, Halliday NC, Simpson SD, Southward AJ, Hawkins SJ, Sims DW (2010) Temperature-driven phenological changes within a marine larval fish assemblage. Journal of Plankton Research 32:699-708

15. Heenan A, Simpson SD, Braithwaite V (2009) Testing the generality of acoustic cue use at settlement in larval coral reef fish. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium (pp. 554-558)

14. Heenan A, Simpson SD, Meekan MG, Healy S, Braithwaite VA (2009) Restoring depleted coral reef fish populations through recruitment enhancement: a proof of concept. Journal of Fish Biology 75:1857-1867

13. Simpson SD (2008) The sounds of the reef: can we learn to listen before it is too late? Bioacoustics 17:28-29

12. Simpson SD, Jeffs A, Montgomery JC, McCauley RD, Meekan MG (2008) Settlement-stage coral reef fishes prefer the higher frequency audible component of reef noise. Animal Behaviour 75:1861-1868

11. Simpson SD, Meekan MG, Jeffs A, Montgomery JC, McCauley RD (2008) Nocturnal relocation of adult and juvenile coral reef fishes in response to reef noise. Coral Reefs 27:97-104

10. Gagliano M, Depczynski M, Simpson SD, Moore J (2008) Dispersal without errors: symmetrical ears tune into the right frequency for survival, Proc Roy Soc B 275, 527–534

9. Dytham C, Simpson SD (2007) Evolutionary models of active movement by larval coral reef fishes in response to mortality rates on the reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series 346:255-264

8. Codling EA, Pitchford JW, Simpson SD (2007) Group navigation and the ‘many wrongs principle’ in models of animal movement. Ecology 88:1864-1870

7. Montgomery JC, Jeffs A, Simpson SD, Meekan MG, Tindle C (2006) Sound as an orientation clue for the pelagic larvae of reef fish and crustaceans. Advances in Marine Biology, 51:143-196

6. Simpson SD, Meekan MG, Montgomery JC, McCauley RD, Jeffs A (2005) Homeward Sound. Science 308:221

5. Simpson SD, Yan HY, Wittenrich ML, Meekan MG (2005) Response of embryonic coral reef fishes (Pomacentridae: Amphiprion) to noise during development. Marine Ecology Progress Series 287:201-208

4. Simpson SD, Meekan MG, McCauley RD, Jeffs A (2004) Attraction of settlement-stage coral reefs fishes to ambient reef noise. Marine Ecology Progress Series 276:263-268

3. Codling EA, Hill NA, Pitchford JW, Simpson SD (2004) Random walk models for the movement and recruitment of reef fish larvae. Marine Ecology Progress Series 279:215-224

2. Watson M, Power R, Simpson SD, Munro JL (2002) Low cost light traps for coral reef fishery research and sustainable ornamental fisheries. Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly 25:4-7

1. Ducrotoy, J-PA, Simpson SD (2001) Developments in the application of photography to ecological monitoring, with reference to algal beds. Aquatic Conservation 11:125-135

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