Dr Peter Evans

Dr Peter Evans

Sea Watch Foundation & School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor


Ecology, life history and conservation biology of seabirds & marine mammals

Dr Peter Evans is Director of the national marine environmental research charity, Sea Watch Foundation, and has >30 years postdoctoral experience working on seabirds and marine mammals mainly in northern European waters. His research interests focus upon biotic and environmental determinants of spatio-temporal variation in distribution and abundance of these top predators, and the role of stressors on their population dynamics. Alongside research, he has championed citizen science, regularly involving >3,000 volunteers in surveys and monitoring to inform conservation & management, resulting in international conservation and outreach awards from UNEP/ASCOBANS and the European Cetacean Society. He has authored or edited twelve books mainly on marine mammals and birds, and >200 scientific publications.       

Selected Publications

Anderson, H.B., Evans, P.G.H., Potts, J.M., Harris, M.P., and Wanless, S. (2014) The diet of common guillemot (Uria aalge) chicks at colonies in the UK, 2006-2011: evidence for changing prey communities in the North Sea. Ibis, 156(1): 23-34.

Anderwald, P., Evans, P.G.H., Dyer, R., Dale, A., Wright, P.J., and Hoelzel, A.R. (2012) Spatial scale and environmental determinants in minke whale habitat use and foraging. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 450: 259-274.

Baines, M.E. and Evans, P.G.H. (2012) Atlas of the Marine Mammals of Wales. 2nd Edition. CCW Monitoring Report No. 68. 143pp.

Evans, P.G.H. and Bjørge, A. (2013) Impacts of climate change on marine mammals. Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP) Annual Report Card 2011-2012 Scientific Review: 1-34.

Evans, P.G.H. and Stirling, I. (2001) Life History Strategies of Marine Mammals. Pp. 7-56. In: Marine Mammals: Biology and Conservation (Editors P.G.H. Evans and J.A. Raga). Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, London. 630pp.

Reid, J.B., Evans, P.G.H. and Northridge, S.P. (2003) Atlas of Cetacean Distribution in North-west European Waters. Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough. 76pp.

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