Matthew Geary - Senior Lecturer In Conservation Biology
Prairie 104 Department of Biological Sciences
University of Chester
Phone: 01244 511276
My research focuses on modelling populations in space and time. Currently I am working on using these models to identify vulnerable demographic features, investigate habitat associations and provide evidence-based advice for land managers and conservationists. I have projects involving birds, mammals, invertebrates and amphibians in the Great Britain, Ireland, South East Asia and the Caribbean. I have a keen interest in the use of computational methods in ecology and environmental science and believe that the use of novel computational techniques has the potential to answer many questions in ecology and conservation. I currently supervise several MRes students working on topics related to conservation biology and ecology. I am also involved in supervising PhD students and have experience as an examiner for PhD qualifications.
- Associate Editor - Bird Study
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Conservation Biology (2014 - 2018)
- Module Leader for BI4141 - Global Biodiversity: Concepts & Threats, BI5135 - Population Biology and Conservation, BI7138 - COnservation Technologies, BI7138 - Biodiversity Informatics and BI7143 - Wildlife Research Methods
- External Examiner at Bangor University (BSc Environmental Conservation, BSc Applied Terrestrial and Marine Ecology. BSc Agriculture, Environment and Conservation and MSc Conservation and Land Management.)
- External Examiner at NUI Galway (Environmental Science)
- Faculty Research Ethics Committee
- Management Board - Bioscience Horizons: The International Journal of Undergraduate Research
- BES Review College
- Member of the British Ecological Society and British Ornithologists Union
- Reviewer for Bird Study, Bird Conservation International, Ibis, PLOS One, Italian Journal of Zoology, Forest Ecology and Management, Ringing and Migration
- Design and run training courses (e.g. Species distribution modelling for Chester Zoo, Occupancy Modelling forthe managemnt of small populations)
- Marsden, S.J., Geary, M., Collar, N., Leon, Y. (2018) Towards the long-term survival of the endemic Hispaniolan Amazon, Parakeet and Trogon in Dominican Republic – awarded $131,850 Loro Parque Foundation
Geary, M., Davies, R. and von Hardenberg, A. (2016) Using multi-life-stage monitoring to assess the status of a dragonfly reintroduction project: White-faced Darter in Cheshire – awarded £250 British Dragonfly Society
Nelson, H.P., Geary, M. Rusk, B. Lawrence A. (2014) Grenada Dove Conservation Programme: Sub-grant to University of Chester (UoC) - awarded $63,867 Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
2014 - 2015
PGCert - Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
University of Chester
Postgraduate Certificate covering design and delivery of learning, evaluation methods, assessment, pedagogical research and student supervision.
PhD - The long term viability of black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) populations in a changing upland landscape
Manchester Metropolitan University, Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology
Using modelling approaches to investigate population change and long-term viability in a black grouse population. Habitat suitability models, primarily MaxEnt, are used to investigate the effect of habitat change on this population. Original models, written in R, are used to simulate and assess future habitat scenarios for black grouse conservation.
MRes Ecology and Environmental Management
University of York
2004-2007 BSc (Hons) Biology (2.i)
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
2014 - 2017
Senior Lecturer in Conservation Biology/Animal Behaviour, University of Chester
2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University Of Southampton
Student Experience Tutor, Manchester Metropolitan University
Associate Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University
2010 Consultant Researcher for the European Space Agency & Manchester Airport
Ecological Surveyor, Highland Ornithology
Geary, M., Haworth, P.H. & Fielding, A.H., 2018. Hen harrier Circus cyaneus nest sites on the Isle of Mull are associated with habitat mosaics and constrained by topography, Bird Study, DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1421611
Nelson, H.P., Devenish-Nelson, E.S., Rusk, B.L., Geary, M. and Lawrence, A.J., 2018. A call to action for climate change research on Caribbean dry forests. Regional Environmental Change, 18(5)
Allen, D., Geary, M. & Anderson, R., An Assessment of Prey Availability in Lough Neagh with Reference to Wintering Diving Ducks, Macro-invertebrates and Sand Dredging. Report to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency 2015.
Fielding, A., Haworth, P. & Geary, M., Mull Breeding Hen Harrier and Land Use Model. Report to Scottish Natural Heritage 2015.
Geary, M., Fielding, A. H., McGowan, P. J. K. & Marsden, S.J., 2015. Scenario-Led Habitat Modelling of Land Use Change Impacts on Key Species. PloS one 10.
Geary, M., Fielding, A.H., Marsden, S.J., 2015. Both habitat change and local lek structure influence patterns of spatial loss and recovery in a black grouse population. Population Ecology 57, 421–431. doi:10.1007/s10144-015-0484-3
Reiner, R.C., Geary, M., Atkinson, P.M., Smith, D.L., Gething, P.W., 2015. Seasonality of Plasmodium falciparum transmission: a systematic review. Malaria Journal 14, 343.
Wardrop, N.A., Geary, M., Osborne, P.E., Atkinson, P.M., 2014. Interpreting predictive maps of disease: highlighting the pitfalls of distribution models in epidemiology. Geospatial Health 9, 237–246.
Geary, M., Fielding, A. & Marsden, S.J., 2013. Designing mosaic landscapes for Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix using multi-scaled models. Ibis, 155: 792–803. doi: 10.1111/ibi.12090
Geary, M., Fielding, A. H., & Marsden, S. J., 2012. The anatomy of population change in a black grouse population 1992-2008. Oecologia, (168), 73-81. doi:10.1007/s00442-011-2062-5
Marsden, S.J., Geary, M. & Thomas, C., 2010. Report for European Space Agency on reducing bird-strike risk at Manchester Airport
Geary, M., 2009. Black grouse in Perthshire. Grouse News: Newsletter of the Grouse Group of the IUCN/SSC-WPA Galliformes Specialist Group, Issue 38, p34
Conferences and Presentations
- British Ornithologists Union Conference 2018 - Poster - “SUPPORTING THE ATLAS: Using the Data Behind Bird Atlas Projects to Produce Estimates of Habitat Specific Densities” - Geary, M. & von Hardenberg, A.
- British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2016 – “Hen harrier Circus cyaneus nest sites on the Isle of Mull are associated with habitat mosaics and constrained by topography”
- British Ornithologists Union Conference 2013 - “Landscape simulation of an upland bird population”