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Mr Philip S Ericsson BSc, MSc

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Postgraduate research student

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Philip S. Ericsson is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow and postgraduate student within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Philip is part of the Centre for Doctoral Training Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities (CDT-SIC) and the International Centre for Ecohydraulic Research (ICER). He is also one of the Early-Stage Researchers (ESR-01) part of the RIBES (River flow regulation, fish Behaviour and Status) European Training Network.

Philip received his BSc in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. In 2018 he graduated from Lund University with a MSc in biology with specialization in aquatic ecology. For his master’s thesis, Philip examined how personality in the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus), affected different aspects of its life history. ­­­­

After graduating from Lund University, he worked as a project assistant at Karlstad University (2018-2019) where he contributed to several long-term projects monitoring the effect of dam removal on river communities in southern and northern Sweden. Later, as a scientific technician with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (2019-2020), he worked to monitor the status of spawning salmonid populations in South Western Washington as well as the distributions of native fish species within the Chehalis River basin.

In 2020, Philip began his PhD project titled “Quantification of fish response to multimodal signals” at the University of Southampton. This project focuses on understanding how the combined effects of anthropogenic noise and hydrodynamics affect the behaviour of freshwater fish.

Anthropogenic habitat modification for industrial, agricultural, and energy uses occurs in freshwater systems across the globe. Such modifications disrupt the natural environment and negatively affect fish populations through processes including increased background noise, sounds from shipping vessels, and altered hydrodynamic conditions, among others. Developing a detailed understanding of the mechanisms by which anthropogenic habitat modification affects fish will not only aid in developing measures to limit the impacts of future anthropogenic use, but it will also help to design more effective river restoration and fish passage solutions.

Research interests

Animal behaviour, fisheries management, conservation science

MPhil/PhD Research

Title: “Quantification of fish response to multimodal signals”

Supervisors: Paul Kemp and Paul White

Funding: European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Grant Agreement No. 860800.

Research group

Water and Environmental Engineering Group

Affiliate research group

International Centre for Ecohydraulic Research

Mr Philip S Ericsson
Engineering, University of Southampton, Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus, Burgess Road, Southampton, SO16 7QF

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