Dr Jennifer Shepperson
Marine Biology Lecturer
Room: 324 Westbury Mount Phone: 01248 382476
I graduated in Ecology from Cardiff University in 2011, and completed a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Ulster in 2013. I studied for a PhD at Bangor University between 2013 and 2017, and have since been working as a PostDoctoral Fisheries Research Officer at Bangor University. My research is focussed on fisheries management, in particular, developing models to predict both the environmental impacts of fishing and the behavioural response of fishers to management.
My current research involves translating the most up-to-date research on the benthic impacts of trawling into a quantiative tool to assess fisheries against the Marine Stewardship Council's eco-certification Fishery Standards. I am particularly interested in the trade-offs between model complexity and accessibility (i.e. data requirements), as well as the incentives (both positive and negative) that such a tool can create for fisheries.
For my PhD I developed an individual based model to predict the behavioural response of fishermen to management (e.g. spatial displacement followin area closures). I am interested in understanding more about how fishermen make decisions, and how we can better model these decisions to reduce unexpected or unintended consequences of management
- Developing a Spatially Dynamic Model to Predict Displacement of Fishing Effort PhD
- Geographic Information Systems MSc (University of Ulster)
- Ecology BSc (Cardiff University)
I have taught on several undergraduate and postgraduate modules, mainly on the topic of data analysis in R statistical software.
- A comparison of VMS and AIS data: the effect of data coverage and vessel position recording frequency on estimates of fishing footprintsShepperson, J, Hintzen, NT, Szostek, C, Bell, E, Murray, L & Kaiser, M 2018, 'A comparison of VMS and AIS data: the effect of data coverage and vessel position recording frequency on estimates of fishing footprints', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 988-998.
- Use of a choice-based survey approach to characterise fishing behaviour in a scallop fisheryShepperson, J, Lambert, G, Murray, L, Mackinson, S, Bell, E & Kaiser, M 2016, 'Use of a choice-based survey approach to characterise fishing behaviour in a scallop fishery', Environmental Modelling and Software, vol. 86, pp. 116-130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.09.013
- Methodological considerations when using local knowledge to infer spatial patterns of resource exploitationShepperson, JL, Murray, LG, Cook, S, Whiteley, H & Kaiser, MJ 2014, 'Methodological considerations when using local knowledge to infer spatial patterns of resource exploitation', Biological Conservation, vol. 180, pp. 214-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.10.013