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Dr Clive Trueman BSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Marine Ecology

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Dr Clive Trueman is Associate Professor in Marine Ecology within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

I am a marine ecologist specialising in the use of geochemical tracers to infer aspects of animal behaviour and ecology. My main tools are stable isotope and trace element tracers, and my group uses these tracers to explore questions about movement ecology, diet and food webs and fish ecophysiology. We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms that underpin variation in natural tracers, developing new tracer approaches, and learning how to use eco-geochemical tracers to their best effect.

I started out with a Geology degree and PhD from the University of Bristol. I then worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, exploring aspects of the geochemistry of recent and fossil bone, and archaeological science.

I moved to the University of Portsmouth in the UK in 2002, and changed my research focus to marine ecology. I moved to Southampton in 2006.

Research interests

Stable isotope ecology, fish and fisheries, otoliths, marine animal distributions, ecophysiology, climate change, trace element ecology, food webs, trophic ecology, spatial ecology.

I have been lucky enough to have supervised > 20 students to completion, and maintain an active PhD research group.


Coldfish: Benefits and risks for Borealisation of fish stocks in a changing Arctic Ocean

Defining winning strategies in a changing Southern Ocean. Australian Research Council

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Affiliate research group


Research project(s)

PISTON: Does Developmental Plasticity Influence Speciation?

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Book Chapters

  • Trueman, C., & St John Glew, K. L. (2018). Isotopic tracking of marine animal movement. In K. A. Hobson, & L. I. Wassenaar (Eds.), Tracking Animal Migration With Stable Isotopes (pp. 135). Academic Press.
  • Trueman, C. N. (2008). Trace element geochemistry of bonebeds. In R. R. Rogers, D. A. Eberth, & A. R. Fiorillo (Eds.), Bonebeds: Genesis, analysis and paleobiological significance (pp. 397-436). University of Chicago Press.
  • Trueman, C. N. (2004). The forensic geology of bone mineral. In K. Pye, & D. J. Croft (Eds.), Forensic geoscience: principles, techniques and applications (pp. 249-256). (Geological Society Special Publication; No. 232). Geological Society of London.


Module co-ordinator for

SOES2011 Marine Vertebrates
SOES3017 Marine Fisheries Ecology


Dr Clive Trueman
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number : NOCS/186/12

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