Professor Keith Hamer
- Position: Professor of Animal Ecology
- Areas of expertise: foraging ecology; marine birds; biodiversity; ecosystem functioning; sustainable agriculture; palm oil; selective logging; tropical forests
- Email: K.C.Hamer@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 2983
- Location: 8.05 Manton
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
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.
- 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; http://www.sensorproject.net/)
- 1990 PhD Zoology (University of Glasgow)
- 1987 MSc by Research Zoology (University of Manchester)
- 1982 BSc Zoology (University of Manchester)
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.
- School Director of Research and Innovation - School of Biology
- Member of Athena Swan Working Group
Research groups and institutes
- Ecology and Evolution