Dr Timothy Whitton

Photograph of Dr Timothy Whitton


I gained a BSc in 'Marine Biology' in 2008 from Bangor University. In 2010 I gained an MSc in 'Marine Environmental Protection' in which my project was a study of the subtidal benthic fauna of the Dee estuary, in the context of the cockle fishery. This work was conducted from the RV Prince Madog and was in collaboration with the Environment Agency Wales through a fisheries studentship. This collaboration continued into my PhD titled 'Processes controlling spatial and temporal variations in cockle Cerastoderma edule (L.) abundance and distribution' which further investigated the ecology of the common European cockle. After my PhD I was M degree coordinator / lecturer in the School of ocean sciences, which involved organising and teaching modules on statistics and research skills. I am currently a research officer with SEACAMS.

Research interests

I am a marine ecologist with an overall research interest in how the distribution and behaviour of organisms is determined by biological interactions. My current research is focused on 1) the ecology of high tidal current areas and their potential interactions with Marine Renewable Energy Devices (MRDs), and 2) bivalve ecology and research methods.
  1. Ecology of high tidal current areas and their potential interactions with MRDs.
    Through working on the SEACAMS project and a future follow on project, the ecology of high tidal current areas has been my main research focus. This has been characterising and understanding both the benthic and pelagic components of these systems, and I have used the RV Prince Madog has the main research platform for this work. I am particularly interested in how the benthic and pelagic components are linked and function over tidal cycles, to better inform our understanding of potential environmental interactions with MRDs. Using benthic cameras, mid-water trawls and echo sounders are key tools for my research on this topic.
  2. Bivalve ecology and research methods.
    Since my PhD work on common cockle fisheries and ecology I have maintained an active interest in this subject, along with other species of bivalve. This is currently supported by a small research grant from the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland with which I will be documenting morphology and behaviour of estuarine bivalve post-larvae in collaboration with the National Museum Cardiff. I am also an author on the 'Signs of Life' book project, in which I am developing an identification tool using bivalve soft morphology. I am also interested in improving sampling designs for stock assessments and research that robustly deal with the infaunal and often highly patchy nature of their distribution.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any enquires about my research.


Peer Reviewed Journal Papers

Robins, P.E., Skov, M.W., Lewis, M.J., Giménez, L., Davies, A.G., Malham, S.K., Neill, S.P., McDonald, J.E., Whitton, T.A., Jackson, S.E. and Jago, C.F. (2016)
Impact of climate change on UK estuaries: A review of past trends and potential projections. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 169, 119-135.

Roche, R.C., Walker-Springett, K., Robins, P.E., Jones, J., Veneruso, G., Whitton, T.A., Piano, M., Ward, S.L., Duce, C.E., Waggitt, J.J. and Walker-Springett, G.R., Neill S., Lewis M., King J. 2016. Research priorities for assessing potential impacts of emerging marine renewable energy technologies: Insights from developments in Wales (UK). Renewable Energy, 99, pp.1327-1341.

Whitton, T.A., Jenkins, S.R., Richardson, C.A., Hiddink, J.G., 2016.
The effect of macrofaunal disturbance on Cerastoderma edule post-larvae. J. Sea Res. 112, 23-31. doi:10.1016/j.seares.2016.03.002
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Whitton TA, Jenkins SR, Richardson CA and Hiddink JG (2015)
Changes in small scale spatial structure of cockle Cerastoderma edule (L.) post-larvae. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 468, 1-10.
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Whitton, T., Richardson, C. A., Jenkins, S. R. and Hiddink, J. G. (2012)
The effect of prey aggregation on predation rates: juvenile shore crabs (Carcinus maenas) foraging on post-larval cockles (Cerastoderma edule). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 432-433, 29-36.
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