Professor Keith Hamer


I joined the University of Leeds as a Senior Lecturer in 2002 before being promoted to Reader in 2004 and Professor in 2013. I obtained my PhD from the University of Glasgow in 1990 before taking up a postdoctoral appointment at Glasgow (1991) and then a lectureship at Durham University (1993), with promotion to Senior Lecturer at Durham in 1999.


  • Director of Research in School of Biology

Research interests

My research focuses on wildlife ecology and the conservation of biodiversity in natural and managed landscapes and seascapes, with a particular emphasis on trophic ecology – what animals eat, how they get enough, and how this determines both their responses to environmental change and their contributions to broader ecosystem-level processes. Much of this work involves birds and insects (especially butterflies, dung beetles and ants), mainly in marine, forested and agricultural ecosystems. 

Current projects:

  • Impacts of offshore windfarms on populations and demography of gannets: reducing uncertainty in risk assessments (NERC iCASE)
  • Development of foraging skills by gannets: implications for vulnerability of young birds to offshore windfarms (DBEIS)
  • Enhancing the benefits of tropical peatland restoration for local communities and ecosystem processes in Sumatra (NERC Newton Fund)
  • Tri-axial accelerometry of gannets: individual foraging efficiency, effort and success (NERC DTP)
  • Promoting biodiversity in sustainable oil-palm landcapes for West African smallholders (DEFRA Darwin Initiative)
  • Three-dimensional foraging behaviour of gannets: integrating location, flight height and dive depth (NERC DTP)
  • Socially and Environmentally Sustainable Oil Palm Research (SEnSOR;
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  • 1990 PhD Zoology (University of Glasgow)
  • 1987 MSc by Research Zoology (University of Manchester)
  • 1982 BSc Zoology (University of Manchester)

Student education

I mainly teach population ecology and demography, with a particular emphasis on their roles and importance in biological conservation, natural resource management and understanding human population growth.

Academic roles:

  • School Director of Research and Innovation - School of Biology


  • Member of Athena Swan Working Group

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Evolution

Current postgraduate researchers

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