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Graham John Pierce

Graham John Pierce

Invited Professor

  • Author Name : Pierce G.J.

  • Researcher ID: A-5404-2018
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-4744-4501
  • Ciencia ID:
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: AUTHOR: (pierce gj or pierce graham j or pierce graham or pierce g) AND ADDRESS: (IEO or Inst Espanol Oceanog or Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas or CSIC or Univ Aveiro or Culterty Field Station or FRS Marine Lab or Univ Aberdeen or British Trust for Ornithology). Timespan: 1985-2019.

Research interests

Marine biology
Marine Ecology
Sustainable exploitation
Marine mammals

Academic degrees

BSc Zoology (1st Class Honours), University of London, 1980
MSc Ecology, University of Aberdeen, 1981
PhD Zoology (Foraging Behaviour of the common shrew), University of Aberdeen, 1986

Scientific activities

Research on cetacean history and ecology (e.g. growth, maturation, diet, distribution)
Research on cephalopod history and ecology (e.g. growth, maturation, diet, distribution)
Research on pelagic fish diet and distribution
Research on pelagic fish biology and communities
Research on shellfish fisheries
Head of Departamento de Ecología y Recursos Marinos, IIM CSIC, Vigo, Spain



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Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Jessica Jones (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Ibrahem Benamer (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Julio Martinez Portela (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Antonella Preti (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Gersom Costas (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Fiona Read (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Lynn Wilbur (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Frazer Coomber (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Mafalda Tomás Correia (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Alberto Hernandez Gonzalez (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Paula Gutierrez Muñoz (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Jeremias Malheiro (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Miguel Bao Dominguez (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Carlos Mequita (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Sabine Goetz (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Angela Llavona Vallina (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Sílvia Raquel Da Silva Monteiro (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Camilo Saavedra (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Inês Costa Carvalho (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Cristina B. Pita (CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Inês Costa de Carvalho (ex-CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Cristina Maria Ribeiro da Silva Brito (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Co-supervisor): Ana Luisa Barreto Marçalo (ex-CESAM member)

Other publications

Pierce, G.J., Ward, N., Brownlow, A. & Santos, M.B., 2018. Analysis of historical and recent diet and strandings of sperm whales, Physeter macrocephalus, in the North Sea. Lutra 61(1), 71-86.

Mente, E., Pierce, G.J., Antonopoulou, E., Stead, D. & Martin, S., 2017. Postprandial hepatic protein expression in trout Oncorhynchus mykiss, a proteomics examination. Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports 9, 79–85.

Lambert, E., MacLeod, C.D., Hall, K., Brereton, T., Dunn, T.E., Wall, D., Jepson, P.D., Deaville, R. & Pierce, G.J., 2011. Quantifying likely cetacean range shifts in response to global climatic change: Implications for conservation strategies in a changing world. Endangered Species Research 15, 205-222.

Guerra, A., Pierce, G.J., Santos, M.B., González, A.F., Hernández-Milian, G., Porteiro, C. & Patiño, B., 2010. Record of the largest specimen of neon flying squid Ommastrephes bartramii (Cephalopoda: Ommastrephidae). Iberus 28, 61-66.

Newson, S.E., Mendes, S., Crick, H.Q.P., Dulvy, N.K., Houghton, J.D.R., Hays, G.C., Hutson, A.M., Macleod, C.D., Pierce, G.J. & Robinson, R.A., 2009. Indicators of the impact of climate change on migratory species. Endangered Species Research 7, 101-113.

Robinson, R.A., Crick, H.Q.P., Learmonth, J.A., Maclean, I.M.D., Thomas, C.D., Bairlein, F., Forchhammer, M.C., Francis, C.M., Gill, J.A., Godley, B.J., Harwood, J., Hays, G.C., Huntley, B., Hutson, A.M., Pierce, G.J., Rehfisch, M.M., Sims, D.W., Santos, M.B., Sparks, T.H., Stroud, D.A. & Visser, M.E., 2009. Travelling through a warming world: climate change and migratory species. Endangered Species Research 7, 87-99.

Jaaman, S.A., Lah-Anyi, Y.U. & Pierce, G.J., 2008. Directed fisheries for dolphins and dugong in Sabah, East Malaysia: past and present. Borneo Science 23, 1-20.

Stockin, K.A., Pierce, G.J., Binedell, V., Wiseman, N. & Orams, M.B., 2008. Factors affecting the occurrence and demographics of common dolphins (Delphinus sp.) in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Aquatic Mammals 34, 200-211.

Recent projects (University of Aveiro and University of Aberdeen)

TRAINING AWARDS (as supervisor or co-supervisor)

Cetacean monitoring in Northeastern Atlantic Ocean: Occurrence and distribution of cetacean species in the Canary Basin.PhD  grant award to Ana Mafalda Tomás Correia, University of Porto. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, FRH/BD/100606/2014, 2015-2018. Co-supervisor.

Assessing the molecular, toxicological and ecological status of the bottlenose dolphin from the Sado estuary (Portugal), a highly human-impacted environment. Postdoctoral grant award to Inês Costa de Carvalho, University of Aveiro. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BPD/97566/2013, 2014-2017. Supervisor.

Conserving pelagic hábitats in changing environments: marine top predators as bioindicators. Postdoctoral grant award to Maite Louzao, Instituto Español de Oceanografía. EU Marie Curie Training and Career Development Grant. PCIG9-GA-2011-293774, 2011-2014. Co-supervisor.

Interactions of cetaceans and turtles with Fisheries along the Portuguese continental coast. Postdoctoral grant award to Ana Luísa Barreto Marçalo, IPMA/University of Aveiro. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BPD/64889/2009, 2009-2015. Co-supervisor.

Trading, transporting and dealing in exotic animals and their products from 1500-1970: Their impact on European science and culture. Postdoctoral grant award to Cristina Maria Ribeiro da Silva Brito, University of Lisbon.Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BPD/63433/2009, 2010-2015. Co-supervisor.

Distribution, relative abundance, genetic structure and habitat use of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena, Linnaeus 1758) of the Northwest Iberian Peninsula. PhD grant award to Angela Llavona Vallina, University of Aveiro. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BD/45339/2008, 2009-2013. Co-supervisor.

Interactions of cetaceans with Spanish and Portuguese fisheries in Atlantic waters: costs, benefits and implications for management. PhD grant award to Sabine Goetz, University of Aveiro. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, SFRH/BD/47931/2008, 2010-2013. Co-supervisor.

PROJECTS (as PI, co-PI or project partner)

Analysis of coastal sightings data to infer patterns in porpoise and dolphin distribution. Seawatch Foundation/JNCC, 2014, £5k.

Cephalopod indicators for the MSFD. UK Defra, ME5311, 2013-2015, £61k

PArasite Risk ASsessment with Integrated Tools in EU fish production value chains (PARASITE). 2013-2016, Partner. CEC. €210k.

Age Determination of Pilot Whales. Scottish Agricultural College, 2012, £5k

Can Essential Habitat Modelling For The Lesser Octopus Eledone cirrhosa Help Identify Key Areas For Risso’s Dolphin Grampus griseus In Scottish Waters? Scottish Natural Heritage, 2012, £2.4k

Aquaculture, Fisheries & Aquatic Resource Management (AQUAT-NET 3). European Thematic Network in the field of aquaculture, fisheries and aquatic resources management, European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme, 2012-2014. Partner, €24.4k.

The Contribution of Marine Protected Areas to Protecting Highly Mobile Species in English Waters. British Trust for Ornithology/DEFRA, 2012, £7k. Partner

Understanding harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)-fishery interactions in the north-west Iberian Peninsula. UNEP/ASCOBANS, SSFA/ASCOBANS/2010/4, 2010-2011, €10k.

Vocational Aqualabs. EU Lifelong Learning Programme, 2010-2011, Partner, €44.8k.

Research Interests

- Life history, ecology and fisheries for short-lived species, especially cephalopods

- Life history, ecology and conservation of marine mammals

- Anthropogenic impacts on marine animals, communities and ecosystems

- Fisheries, including the human dimensions; fishery management and goverance

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