The primary focus of the Ecology, Evolution, Behaviour and Environmental Economics research cluster is fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, environmental economics, conservation, aquaculture, animal behaviour, molecular taxonomy and molecular genetics, particularly involving links between these aspects. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students. The cluster has a high level of research activity involving academic staff, Postdoctoral scientists, and postgraduate research students.
Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Coastal and deep-water marine biology
Economics of water quality and sustainable catchment management
Ecosystem ecology, modelling and mathematical biology
Freshwater biology/fish biology
Invasive species and their impact
Molecular ecology, systematics, and phylogeography in algae, plants, invertebrates, fish, and mammals
Sustainable aquaculture of shellfish and algae
Urban land use, economics, and management
Valuing biodiversity, agri-environment schemes and outdoor recreation including use of GIS and spatial econometrics
Wildlife ecology, especially of birds and mammals
The group has a wide range of strong international and national links and it benefits from applied research centres such as Quercus, which specializes in conservation biology and biodiversity. The School is also closely involved in the University's Institute for a Sustainable World.
Students have access to modern laboratories and offices based in the Medical Biology Centre, close to the main Lanyon site. Students also have access to the University's Marine Laboratory, which is located in Portaferry, directly at the Narrows of Strangford Lough (the largest sea lough in the British Isles) and these facilities are used by resident staff and students as well as associated researchers from Queen's and international visitors.
Due to Northern Ireland's unique geology, mild climate, relatively long coastline and a long history of settled agriculture, we have a wide variety of interesting habitats, which provide a stimulating and challenging environment for those wishing to pursue research in these areas.