Dr Matthew Geary

Lecturer in Conservation Biology /Animal Behaviour

I’m a conservation ecologist with an interest in how and why populations grow spatially and over time. Can these processes be explained through demographics, movements of individuals or, perhaps, environmental influences? Why do certain species live where they do and how might this change in the future? I use ecological modelling and statistical analyses to try to answer these questions. 

Qualifications

BSc(Hons), MRes, PhD.

Overview

I have always had an interest in ecology and natural history and followed this interest in research projects as I completed my undergraduate degree in Biology. This lead to more ecological research as I completed postgraduate qualifications and worked as an ecological consultant. I gained my PhD in Conservation Ecology at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012 and, soon after, took up a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. Conservation has always been a passion of mine so I was pleased to be able to take up my current role at the University of Chester where I can focus my teaching and research on conservation issues.

Teaching

I am the programme leader for our BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology degree. I teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels on a variety of conservation focused modules. I am module leader for Global Biodiversity: Concepts and threats (BI4141), our introductory conservation module in the first year, as well as the MSc module Biodiversity Informatics (BI7138) which provides students with a graduate level statistics course using the R platform and an introduction to Geographical Information systems for Conservation research.

Research

My research interests lie in landscape ecology and population modelling. Currently I am working on using these models to identify vulnerable demographic features, investigate habitat associations and provide evidence-based advice for land managers, policy makers and conservationists. My research tends to include a spatial or temporal context and is generally based around species conservation but I have also worked on vector-borne diseases. Particular areas of interest include modelling the distribution of species based on environmental predictors, using population modelling to understand and predict demographic changes and predicting the impact of future scenarios on species of conservation concern.

Published work

 

Geary, M., Fielding, A. H., McGowan, P. J. K., & Marsden, S. J. (2015). Scenario-Led Habitat Modelling of Land Use Change Impacts on Key Species. PLoS ONE, 10(11), e0142477. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142477

Geary, M., Fielding, A.H., Marsden, S.J., 2015. Both habitat change and local lek structure influence patterns of spatial loss and recovery in a black grouse population. Popul Ecol 57, 421–431. doi:10.1007/s10144-015-0484-3

Reiner, R.C., Geary, M., Atkinson, P.M., Smith, D.L., Gething, P.W., 2015. Seasonality of Plasmodium falciparum transmission: a systematic review. Malaria Journal 14, 343.

Wardrop, N.A., Geary, M., Osborne, P.E., Atkinson, P.M., 2014. Interpreting predictive maps of disease: highlighting the pitfalls of distribution models in epidemiology. Geospatial Health 9, 237–246.

Geary M, Fielding AH, McGowan, PJK & Marsden SJ (2014) Integrating landscape simulation and population modelling for Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in a changing upland landscape. BOU Proceedings – Avian Demography in a Changing World http://www.bou.org.uk/bouproc

Geary, M, Fielding, A & Marsden, SJ (2013), Designing mosaic landscapes for Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix using multi-scaled models. Ibis; 155: 792–803. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12090

Geary M, Fielding AH, Marsden SJ (2012) The anatomy of population change in a black grouse population 1992-2008. Oecologia;168(1):73-81. doi: 10.1007/s00442-011-2062-5.

Marsden, SJ, Geary, M & Thomas, C (2010) Report for European Space Agency on reducing bird-strike risk at Manchester Airport

Geary, M (2009) Black grouse in Perthshire. Grouse News: Newsletter of the Grouse Group of the IUCN/SSC-WPA Galliformes Specialist Group, Issue 38, p34