Dr Line Cordes
Lecturer in Marine Biology
Room: 410 Westbury Mount
Phone: 01248 383503
I graduated with a BSc in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University in 2005, and finished my MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science from University of Aberdeen in 2007. I carried out my PhD in population ecology at the Lighthouse Field Station (University of Aberdeen) between 2007-2011. The project focussed on the demography and breeding phenology of harbour seals. Following my PhD, I worked as a postdoc at the field station on two projects, one exploring the potential impacts of wind farm construction on harbour seals, and the other investigating the impacts of seismic surveys on cetaceans. In 2012, I moved to Colorado, USA, and worked as a Visiting Scientist at Colorado State University (CSU). I initiated research projects with Alaska Department of Fish and Game, University of Florida, University of Zurich, University of California Los Angeles, University of Aberdeen as well as internally with staff at CSU. Among other things, this involved exploring the ecological and genetic overlap between harbour and spotted seals within an area of sympatry, and investigating the seasonal impact of climate change on survival in yellow-bellied marmots.
My research interests are centered within the field of population ecology and predominantly focus on understanding the environmental and anthropogenic drivers of change in animal populations. I am particularly interested in applying novel quantitative approaches in order to estimate accurate vital rates (including harbour seals, bottlenose dolphins, fulmars), identifying the demographic rates responsible for population change (including harbour seals and bottlenose dolphins), and exploring the impact of climate change and anthropogenic activities (such as noise) on population dynamics (including harbour seals, yellow-bellied marmots, and shorebirds). More recently, I have become increasingly interested in the links between movement and population ecology. This includes understanding the influence of individual variation as well as the impact of environmental and anthropogenic perturbations on movement and the subsequent demographic consequences (including northern fulmars and African elephants).
- Demography and breeding phenology of a marine top predator PhD (Institute of BIological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen)
- Marine and Fisheries Science MSc (Institute of BIological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen)
- Marine Science BSc (Coastal Carolina University)
I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. The main focus of my teaching is marine vertebrate ecology and statistical analysis (using R) with the aim of providing students with employable skills.
I currently supervise 6 PhD students (4 as lead supervisor):
Sarah Bond - Demographic consequences of variation in foraging strategies of individual fulmars. Commenced Oct 2017. Co-supervisors: Charles Bishop, Paul Thompson. NERC ENVISION DTP.
Gemma Veneruso - Impact of offshore renewable energy developments on small cetaceans. Commenced Aug 2016. Co-supervisors: Lewis LeVay, Gordon Hastie. SEACAMS.
Alastair Feather - Balancing shorebird conservation and seed mussel harvest. Commenced Jan 2017. Co-supervisor: Jan Hiddink. KESS II funding.
Alejandra Vergara Pena - Integrating bottlenose dolphin conservation management with ecotourism development. Commenced Jan 2015. Co-supervisors: John Turner, Peter Evans. Self-funded.
- Increasing trends in fecundity and calf survival of bottlenose dolphins in a marine protected areaCheney, B, Thompson, P & Cordes, L 2019, 'Increasing trends in fecundity and calf survival of bottlenose dolphins in a marine protected area', Scientific Reports, vol. 9, 1767. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-38278-9
- Surreptitious sympatryCordes, LS, O'Corry-Crowe, G & Small, RJ 2017, 'Surreptitious sympatry: Exploring the ecological and genetic separation of two sibling species', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 1725-1736. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2774
- Mark-resight estimates of seasonal variation in harbor seal abundance and site fidelityCordes, LS & Thompson, PM 2015, 'Mark-resight estimates of seasonal variation in harbor seal abundance and site fidelity', Population Ecology, vol. 57, no. 3, pp. 467-472. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10144-015-0496-z
- Parallel declines in survival of adult Northern Fulmars Fulmarus glacialis at colonies in Scotland and IrelandCordes, LS, Hedworth, HE, Cabot, D, Cassidy, M & Thompson, PM 2015, 'Parallel declines in survival of adult Northern Fulmars Fulmarus glacialis at colonies in Scotland and Ireland', IBIS (International Journal of Avian Science), vol. 157, no. 3, pp. 631-636. https://doi.org/10.1111/ibi.12255
- Integrating passive acoustic and visual data to model spatial patterns of occurrence in coastal dolphinsThompson, P, Brookes, KL & Cordes, LS 2015, 'Integrating passive acoustic and visual data to model spatial patterns of occurrence in coastal dolphins', ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 72, no. 2, pp. 651-660. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsu110
- The importance of developing modeling frameworks to inform conservation decisionsMatthiopoulos, J, Smout, S, Caillat, M, Cordes, L, Mackey, B & Thompson, P 2014, 'The importance of developing modeling frameworks to inform conservation decisions: a response to Lonergan', Oecologia, vol. 175, no. 4, pp. 1069-1071. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-014-2973-z
- Behavioral responses associated with a human-mediated predator shelterShannon, G, Cordes, LS, Angeloni, L, Hardy, A & Crooks, K 2014, 'Behavioral responses associated with a human-mediated predator shelter', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, no. 4, e94630. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0094630
- Mark-recapture modelling accounting for state uncertainty provides concurrent estimates of survival and fecundity in a protected harbour seal populationCordes, LS & Thompson, P 2014, 'Mark-recapture modelling accounting for state uncertainty provides concurrent estimates of survival and fecundity in a protected harbour seal population', Marine Mammal Science, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 691-705. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12070
- State-space modelling reveals proximate causes of harbour seal population declinesMatthiopoulos, J, Cordes, LS, Mackey, B, Thompson, D, Duck, C, Smout, S, Caillat, M & Thompson, P 2014, 'State-space modelling reveals proximate causes of harbour seal population declines', Oecologia, vol. 174, no. 1, pp. 151-162. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-013-2764-y
- Framework for assessing impacts of pile-driving noise from offshore wind farm construction on a harbour seal populationThompson, P, Hastie, GD, Nedwell, J, Barham, R, Brookes, KL, Cordes, L, Bailey, H & McLean, N 2013, 'Framework for assessing impacts of pile-driving noise from offshore wind farm construction on a harbour seal population', Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 43, pp. 73-85. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2013.06.005
- Band reporting rates of waterfowlWhite, GC, Cordes, L & Arnold, TW 2013, 'Band reporting rates of waterfowl: does individual heterogeneity bias estimated survival rates?', Ecology and Evolution, vol. 3, no. 12, pp. 4215-4220. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.791
- Variation in breeding phenology provides insights into drivers of long-term population change in harbour sealsCordes, L & Thompson, P 2013, 'Variation in breeding phenology provides insights into drivers of long-term population change in harbour seals', Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 280, no. 1764, 20130847. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.0847
- Long‐term patterns in harbour seal site‐use and the consequences for managing protected areasCordes, L, Duck, CD, Mackey, BL, Hall, AJ & Thompson, P 2011, 'Long‐term patterns in harbour seal site‐use and the consequences for managing protected areas', Animal Conservation, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 430-438. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-1795.2011.00445.x
- BOWL sub-contract from University of Aberdeen
- KESS II PhD project with Myti Mussels BUK283