Stephen Votier

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Dr Richard Sherley

PhD Students: Lisa Sztukowski, Samantha Cox, Dimas Gianuca, Bethany Clark, Julian Evans Liam Langley

Andrea Soriano Redondo

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What are the impacts of global change - such as fish extraction, climate change, pollution and industrial development on marine top predators?

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Dr Stephen Votier

Senior Lecturer in Natural Environment


I am an ornithologist with a particular interest in seabirds. The aim of my research is to understand the impact of global change on marine top predators. Most my work is field-based, where I study how key stressors - such as fish extraction, climate change, pollution and industrial development - have impacts at the individual, population and community levels. This work is also heavily influenced by the recently emerging fields of bio-logging and analysis of intrinsic biogeochemical markers.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

You can find out more by watching a two-minute video of me explaining my work.

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Seabird conservation
  • Impact of climate change
  • Distribution and behaviour of marine predators
  • Environmental impact of fisheries
  • Foraging ecology
  • Coloniality
  • Marine ecosystem function

Current projects

  • PhD studentship: Albatross foraging ecology and the risk of fisheries bycatch
  • PhD studentship: The physical drivers of predator foraging in the marine environment
  • PhD studentship: The influence of climate and fisheries on population trends in Giant Petrels
  • An ecosystem approach to fisheries management
  • The impact of discard reforms on seabird communities
  • NERC: Intra-population variation in seabird foraging behaviour


2001 PhD Zoology (University of Glasgow)
1995 BSc Biology of Plants and Animals (University of Newcastle)


2013 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
2011-2013 Associate Professor, Plymouth University
Lecturer, Plymouth University
2004-2005 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Sheffield
2001-2004 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow

Contact details

Telephone  +44 (0) 1326 259416
Building Environment and Sustainability Institute  
Room 2.15

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE