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Professor C. Patrick Doncaster BSc, DPhil

Professor of Ecology, Principal Investigator (Population Ecology)

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Professor C. Patrick Doncaster is Professor of Ecology within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career History

2015-Present: Professor in Ecology. Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
2007-2015: Reader in Ecology. Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
1995-2007: Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Ecology. Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
1990-1995: Post-doctoral Research Assistant. University of Oxford, UK.
1985-1990: Ingénieur de Recherche. Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Chizé, France.

Academic qualifications

1980: BSc Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK.
1985: DPhil Zoology, University of Oxford, UK.

Research interests

  • Animal population dynamics and competition
  • Metapopulation dynamics and habitat loss
  • Wildlife corridors and species conservation
  • Density-dependent evolution, reproductive strategies and senescent ageing
  • Experimental design and statistical power, Examples of Analysis of Variance and Covariance
  • Wildlife corridors for large mammals in Belize (Darwin Initiative project in collaboration with the Panthera Foundation, the University of Belize, and the Belize Forest Department)
  • Conservation technology, and acoustic sensing with AudioMoth

Research group

Ecology and Evolution

Affiliate research groups

Institute for Life Sciences (IfLS), Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS)

Research project(s)

Wildlife corridors for large mammals in Belize

Creation of a natural corridor for wildlife to connect the two largest areas of protected rainforest in Belize.

Tropical Montane Forests: The Ecology and Conservation of Cryptic Anurans

The project aims to develop methods for assessing the status of cryptic tropical montane anurans and the drivers of their decline, leading to a framework for monitoring these indicator species.

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Book Chapters

  • Macdonald, D., Doncaster, C. P., Newdick, M., Hofer, H., Mathews, F., & Johnson, P. (2015). Foxes in the landscape: ecology and sociality. In D. Macdonald, & R. Feber (Eds.), Wildlife Conservation on Farmland: Conflict in the Countryside (pp. 20-46). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Harmsen, B. J., Foster, R. J., Silver, S. C., Ostro, L. E. T., & Doncaster, C. P. (2010). The ecology of jaguars in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize. In D. W. Macdonald, & A. J. Loveridge (Eds.), The Biology and Conservation of Wild Felids (pp. 403-416). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Akçakaya, H. R., Mills, G., & Doncaster, C. P. (2007). The role of metapopulations in conservation. In D. W. Macdonald, & K. Service (Eds.), Key Topics in Conservation Biology (pp. 64-84). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.


  • Chavez, V. A., Doncaster, C. P., Dearing, J. A., Wang, R., Huang, J-L., & Dyke, J. G. (Accepted/In press). Detecting regime shifts in artificial ecosystems. ECAL2013: 12th European Conference on Artificial Life, Italy.
  • Watkins, A., Noble, J., & Doncaster, C. P. (2011). An agent-based model of jaguar movement through conservation corridors. In T. Lenaerts, M. Giacobini, H. Bersini, P. Bourgine, M. Dorigo, & R. Doursat (Eds.), Advances in Artificial Life, ECAL 2011: Proceedings of the Eleventh European Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems (pp. 846-853). MIT Press.

Module Coordinator

BIOL2004 Pure and Applied Population Ecology
BIOL2008 Quantitative Methods in Biological and Environmental Science


BIOL1020 Bioanalysis
BIOL3053 Spatial Ecology and Conservation
BIOL6052 Advanced Quantitative Methods

University of Southampton Contributions

2012-present: Leader and Academic Line Manager, Environmental Biosciences theme for Biological Sciences
2012-present: REF Committee member for UoA 5 Biological Sciences
2007-2012: Biological Sciences Integrity Officer
2005-2012: Chair, Biological Sciences IT Strategy Group
2004-2012: Examinations Officer, Hons Biology programmes

External Contributions

2007-present: Associate Editor of Acta Oecologica
2008-2011: NERC panel member
2015-present: Agence Nationale de la Recherche panel member

Professor C. Patrick Doncaster
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute University of Southampton Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus Southampton SO16 7QF

Room Number: 85/6051

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