Phil Doherty

Research supervision

Dr Matthew Witt

Professor Brendan Godley

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Phil Doherty


My research involves investigating the spatial patterns of sharks to try and identify areas of high importance and to ascertain the drivers behind these movements and their links to environmental variables and seasons. This research will hopefully inform management and create mitigation and protection measures against threats, especially those of human origin (i.e. fisheries, renewable energy construction or areas of oil/gas extraction).

Research interests

  • Shark ecology
  • Marine conservation
  • Marine vertebrate migration
  • Fishery science
  • Spatial ecology
  • Policy
  • Shark behaviour


2011  MSc Biodiversity & Conservation (University of Exeter)
2007  BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (Swansea University)


October 2013 - present PhD student at University of Exeter
January 2012-September 2013
Associate research fellow, University of Exeter                      
March 2011-July 2011 MSc thesis and research assistant, Pro Delphinus, Peru         
January 2010-March 2010 Intern for PhD student (Nick Hill) at Institute of Zoology, ZSL, London    
February 2009-April 2009 Volunteer scientific diver, Project Seahorse Foundation, Philippines           


Doherty, P. D., Alfaro-Shigueto, J., Hodgson, D. J., Mangel, J. C., Witt, M. J., & Godley, B. J. (2014). Big catch, little sharks: Insight into Peruvian small-scale longline fisheries. Ecology & Evolution. 4(12), 2375-2383.