Dr Andrew Ramsey

Position: Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology

College: College of Life & Natural Sciences

Department: Biosciences

Subject area: Biological Sciences

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I am an ecologist and conservation biologist and teach these specialisms at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am also the programme leader for zoology and supervise a range of PhD students.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently lead four modules consisting of '4BY503 Ecology', 6BY513 Ecological Consultancy' and '6BY508 Wildlife Conservation' at Undergraduate level and '7BY503 Tropical Conservation Biology' at postgraduate level. The latter includes the field studies program in Singapore.

Research interests

I am interested in using multidisciplinary approaches to research the ecology and conservation of species in cultural ecosystems. This has ranged from the socioeconomic aspects of conservation in oil palm plantations in Malaysian Borneo to the impacts of harvesting woodfuel on biodiversity in British Woodlands. I currently supervise two PhD students looking at the total economic value of woodlands and another, based at the Freshwater Biological Association, looking at the captive breeding and conservation of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera).

Membership of professional bodies

Zoological Society of London (Fellow)

Society for Conservation Biology (Member of European Section Education Committee)

Higher Education Academy (Fellow)


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Manchester

Postgraduate qualifications 

  • MSc in The Development of Pest Management Systems, University of Birmingham

Research qualifications

  • PhD in Insect-Plant Interactions, University of Birmingham / HRI Wellesbourne

Recent publications

Claire D Stevenson, Kevin Watts, Chloe. C. Bellamy, Owen T Nevin & Andrew D Ramsey (2014) Defining landscape permeability values in least-cost connectivity models for the invasive grey squirrel: A comparison of approaches using expert-opinion and species distribution data. PLoS ONE 9(11) e112119

Melanie Clapham, Owen T. Nevin,  Andrew D. Ramsey  and Frank Rosell (2014) Assessing the scent marking behaviour of wild brown bears; an exploration of time investment, marking motor patterns and age-related development.   Behavioural Ecology (94) 107-116

Melanie Clapham, Owen T. Nevin, Andrew D.Ramsey & Frank Rosell (2013) The function of strategic tree selectivity in the chemical signalling of brown bears. Animal Behaviour 85(6), 1351-1357

Claire D. Stevenson, Mark Ferryman, Owen T. Nevin, Andrew D. Ramsey, Sallie Bailey, Kevin Watts (2013) Using GPS telemetry to validate least-cost modeling of gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) movement within a fragmented landscape. Ecology and Evolution. Available at 


Donna L. Taylor, Andrew Ramsey, Ian Convery, Anna Lawrence & Andrew Weatheral (2013) The impacts of commercial woodland management on butterfly biodiversity. Conservation Evidence. 10, 10-15 

Melanie Clapham, Owen T. Nevin, Andrew D.Ramsey & Frank Rosell (2012) A Hypothetico-Deductive Approach to Assessing the Social Function of Chemical Signalling in a Non-Territorial Solitary Carnivore. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35404doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035404.

Lindsay, Ellie., Ian Convery, Andrew Ramsey & Eunice Simmons (2012) Changing Place: Palm oil and sense of place in Borneo. Human Geographies. 6(2), 45-53.

Stevenson, Claire D., Andrew D. Ramsey, Owen T. Nevin & William Sinclair (2012): Assessing Grey Squirrel Dispersal Patterns Within the Landscape Using Sequence Variation. Landscape Research, DOI:10.1080/01426397.2012.668179.

Recent conferences

Smith, D.J., Kouloumpis, V., Convery, I. & Ramsey, A. (2014) Can't see the wood for the trees: Renewable energy landscapes beyond monetary valuations. International Society for Ecological Economics Consference. 13-15 August 2014. Reykjavic, Iceland.

Clapham M., Nevin O.T., Ramsey A.D. & Rosell F. (2012) The Use of Camera Traps to Study Behaviour in Wild Populations: A Case Study of the Brown Bear Ursus arctos. 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology Glasgow, 28 August - 1 September 2012.

Stevenson C.D., Nevin O.T., Watts K., Ramsey A.D., Bailey S. & Sinclair B. (2012) Sequence Variation and GPS Telemetry Validation of Least Cost Modelling for the Invasive Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis. 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology Glasgow, 28 August - 1 September 2012.

Taylor D.L., Ramsey A., Convery I., Lawrence A. & Weatherall A. (2012) The Impacts of Woodfuel Harvesting on Woodland Butterfly Biodiversity; Can Woodland Management Increase Renewable Energy Supply and Improve Biodiversity (2012) 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology Glasgow, 28 August - 1 September 2012.

Ramsey, A. (2011) Developing Interdisciplinary Research in New Universities.  Formation of research universities and their role in innovative development of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. Almaty, Kazakhstan 27-29 Nov, 2011.

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