Queen's University, Belfast

Current Position Senior Lecturer
Telephone +44 (0) 2890972278
Email m.scantlebury@qub.ac.uk
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Behavioural, ecological and conservation physiology
  • Laboratory and field measurements of daily energy expenditure and resting metabolic rate
  • Thermoregulation and adaptation to different environments (hot and cold)
  • Identification of movement, behaviour and energy expenditure in the field using animal-borne loggers
  • Energy costs of disease in wild animals and implications for changes in their behaviours and habitat use

Recent Key Papers

  • Luck in Food-Finding Affects Individual Performance and Population Trajectories. R.P. Wilson, A. Neate, M.D. Holton, E.L.C. Shepard, D.M. Scantlebury, S.A. Lambertucci, A. di Virgilio, E. Crooks, C. Mulvenna, N.J. Marks. Current Biology. November 2018
  • The ability of magnetic field sensors to monitor feeding in three domestic herbivores. 2018. C.C. Mulvenna, R.P. Wilson, N.J. Marks, A.G. Maule, D.M. Scantlebury. PeerJ 6:e5489 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5489
  • Flexible energetics of cheetah hunting strategies provide resistance against kleptoparasitism. 2014. D. M. Scantlebury, M.G.L. Mills, R.P. Wilson, J.W. W, M.E.J. Mills, S.M. Durant, N.C. Bennett, P. Bradford, N.J. Marks, J.R. Speakman. Science. 346: 79-81.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Alpine ibex, agriculture and global change: Interactions between behaviour, physiology and disease
  • Determining environmental and human health effects of potentially toxic elements in soils using badgers and foxes as models for environmental uptake
  • Understanding the epidemiology of bovine TB and potential routes of infection by elucidation of fine-scale badger movement and behaviour
  • Behaviour and ecology of pine martens in Northern Ireland
  • Links between behaviour, physiology and energy expenditure in carnivores
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Aoife Goppert: Energetics and survival of an apex predator –  the African lion – in a rapidly changing environment
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Rebecca O’Sullivan: Determining Buffalo behaviour, movement, disease and energy costs to assist their management and conservation