Professor Xavier Lambin

Professor Xavier Lambin
Professor Xavier Lambin
Professor Xavier Lambin

Chair in Zoology

About
Email Address
x.lambin@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone Number
+44 (0)1224 273259
Office Address

Room 408 Zoology building Tillydrone Avenue Aberdeen AB24 2TZ Scotland UK

School/Department
School of Biological Sciences

Biography

2016 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh FRSE 

2015 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology FRSB 

2004 Professor of Ecology, University of Aberdeen 

1994 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer (1999), Reader in zoology (2002) University of Aberdeen

1993 NATO/Royal Society Research Fellow at Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Banchory field Station

1992 PhD University of Louvain & Univ British Columbia, Personal Reseach Fellowship National Foundation for Scientific Research (Belgium)

1988-1991 Visiting Graduate Student, University of British Columbia1986 BSc Zoological Sciences, University of Louvain, First class

1988 MSc Biology, University of Louvain, First class

1987 Visiting Graduate Student, University of Oslo 

External Memberships

Prof Lambin is currently:

A member of REF2021 panel B7 Earth Systems and Environmental Science

A member of Orkney's Native wildlife Project Technical Advisory committee

a member of Scotland Invasive Species Initiative steering board

A member of Scottish Natural Heritage Scientific Advisory Committe Expert panel 

 

 

Research

Research Overview

My research seeks to understand the contributions of dispersal to the dynamics of populations,  how the outcome of trophic interactions is modified by dispersal and to optimise the use of concepts from population ecology to solve pressing applied issues in wildlife management and conservation.

I achieve these aims by conducting large scale, often long term field studies with birds and mammals as well as by linking theoretical insights with empirical findings using state of the art statistical techniques. Ongoing projects include

  1. Metapopulation dynamics including of water voles and the role of dispersal and connectivity in fragmented systems on soil processes and vegation dynamics and disease dynamics
  2. Intraguild predation interactions and other interactions in bird of prey communities including those ivolving the northern goshawk, owls, other birds of prey and the pine marten
  3. The impact of the recovery of pine martens on grey and red squirrels, the squirrel pox virus and conservation and land use issues surrounding non-native grey squirrels
  4. The changing dynamics of cyclic field and  common voles in the UK and Spain and their relationships with the predators parasites and food plants
  5. The management of non-native American mink and the volunteers and organsiations that are working to push back this invasion 
  6. The management of non-native signal crayfish at the edge of their invasion front where they are predicted to profoundly damage freshwater fisheries and ecosystems

Current Research

Google Scholar profile

ResearcherID: E-8284-2011

Collaborations

Spatial dynamics of pathogens and hosts

Dr Sandra Telfer (water vole metapopulations, disease dynamics);  Prof Mike Begon (University of Liverpool)

Cyclic Vole demography

Prof Juan Luque Larena, Dr  Francois Mougeot, Dr Beatriz Arroyo (Irruptive vole populations in Catilla y Leon CSIC IREC) ; Dr Eloy Revilla and Ruben Bernardo (meta-analyses of vole demography CSIC Donana, Spain); Prof sue Hartley (Univ York plant herbivore dynamics)

Statistical ecology

Dr Chris Sutherland (Univ Massashusets); Prof David Elston (BioSS); Dr Thomas Cornulier (statistical models of population dynamics, voles mink and more)

Raptor dynamics and life histories

Dr Alexandre Millon (Univ Aix Marseille), Dr Steve Petty (retired), Dr Phil Whitfield (Natural Research), Dr Ewan Weston (Natural Research) 

Adaptive management of Invasive species  

Chris Horrill, Ann Marie MacMaster (American mink participatory management, RAFTS); Prof Rene van der Wal (Citizen science and Minkapp);  Prof Colin Bean (Crayfish SNH), Bob Laughton (Crayfish Nairn river trust), 

Ecosystem dynamics

Prof Rolf Ims and Prof Nigel Yoccoz (University of Tromso Norway); Ricardo Pita (Univ Evora, Portugal)

Biodiversity and forest management

Kenny Kortland (pine martens, wood ants, squirrels, Forest Enterprise Scotland)

Funding and Grants

 

  title Funder Amount Partners

2019 -22

 CONTAIN: Optimising the long term management of invasive species affecting biodiversity and the rural economy using adaptive management  NERC- NEWTON  LATAM program  £1,2M  with burslem Phimister, Travis cornulier Caplat and Latin america Partners
2018 -22 Leaving the safety of the forest: the landscape-scale dynamics of a protected mobile species occupying areas with varying levels of protection NERC £89K A Stringer, Forestry England & Raptor Study groups
 2017 -22 Assessing the economic and conservation impacts of the pine marten, a recovering predator, non-native grey squirrels, and forest land management 

NERC

£89K

A Stringer, Forestry England, PTES
 2016-- ongoing

Adaptive monitoring and management for endangered species conservation in boreal forest ecosystems with newly enriched guild of predators

Forestry and Land Scotland    K Kortland
         
         
         
         
Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Course organiser for 4th year course Zo4527 in Wildlife conservation and management concepts and practice

Contributor to MSc in Ecology and Sustainability course Zo5304 Population Ecology 

Contributor to MSc course EK5506 Ecology and Society

Contributor to 3rd year course Zo3303 in Animal Population Ecology

Contributor to 3rd year field course BI3001 Field Ecology Skills

Contributor to 2nd year course BI2020 Ecology

Publications

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  • Generation of periodic waves by landscape features in cyclic predator-prey systems

    Sherrat, J. A., Lambin, X., Thomas, C. J., Sherratt, T. N.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 269, no. 1489, pp. 327-334
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Mycobacterium microti Infection (Vole Tuberculosis) in Wild Rodent Populations

    Cavanagh, R., Begon, M., Bennett, M., Ergon, T., Graham, I. M., de Haas, P. E. W., Hart, C. A., Koedam, M., Lambin, X., Roholl, P., van Soolingen, D.
    Journal of Clinical Microbiology, vol. 40, no. 9, pp. 3281-3285
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Population Cycles: inferences from experimental, Modeling, and time seris approaches

    Lambin, X., Krebs, C. J., Moss, R. G.
    In: Population Cycles: The Case for trophic interactions (ed. Berryman,A. A.) Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 155-176, 21 pages
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • The impact of weasel predation on cyclic field-vole survival: the specialist predator hypothesis contradicted

    Graham, I. M., Lambin, X.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 946-956
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The kin facilitation hypothesis for red grouse population cycles: territorial dynamics of the family cluster

    Matthiopoulos, J., Moss, R., Lambin, X.
    Ecological Modelling, vol. 147, no. 3, pp. 291-307
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Life-history traits of voles in a fluctuating population respond to the immediate environment

    Ergon, T., Lambin, X., Stenseth, N. C.
    Nature, vol. 411, no. 6841, pp. 1043-1045
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Adaptive precocial reproduction in voles: reproductive costs and multivoltine life-history strategies in seasonal environment

    Lambin, X., Yoccoz, N. G.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 70, no. 2, pp. 191-200
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Analysis of aggregation, a worked example: numbers of ticks on red grouse chicks

    Elston, D. A., Moss, R., Boulinier, T., Arrowsmith, C., Lambin, X.
    Parasitology, vol. 122, pp. 563-569
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Dispersal, intraspecific competition, kin competition, and kin facilitation: A review of the empirical evidence

    Lambin, X., Aars, J., Piertney, S. B.
    Dispersal. Clobert, J., Danchin, E., Dhondt, A. A., Nichols, J. D. (eds.). Oxford University Press
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
  • Mechanisms for delayed density-dependency reproductive traits in field voles, Microtus agrestis: the importance of inherited environmental effects

    Ergon, T., MacKinnon, J. L., Stenseth, N. C., Boonstra, R., Lambin, X.
    Oikos, vol. 95, no. 2, pp. 185-197
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Metapopulation processes and persistence in remnant water vole populations

    Telfer, S., Donaldson, R., Holt, A., Lambin, X.
    Oikos, vol. 95, no. 1, pp. 31-42
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Modelling space-phase relationships in cyclic populations

    Elston, D., Lambin, X., Moss, R.
    Journal of Applied Biometry in Environmental Science
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Scale invariant spatio-temporal patterns of field vole density

    MacKinnon, J. L., Petty, S. J., Elston, D. A., Thomas, C. J., Sherratt, T. N., Lambin, X.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 70, no. 1, pp. 101-111
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Water vole in the Scottish uplands: distribution patterns of disturbed and pristine populations ahead and behind the American mink invasion front

    Aars, J., Lambin, X., Denny, R., Cy Griffin, A.
    Animal Conservation, vol. 4, pp. 187-194
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Cyclic dynamics in field vole populations and generalist predation

    Lambin, X., Petty, S. J., MacKinnon, J. L.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 69, pp. 106-118
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Matrilineal genetic structure and female-mediated gene flow in red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus): An analysis using mitochondrial DNA

    Piertney, S. B., MacColl, A. D. C., Bacon, P. J., Racey, P. A., Lambin, X., Dallas, J. F.
    Evolution, vol. 54, pp. 279-289
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial arrangement of kin affects recruitment success in young male red grouse

    MacColl, A. D. C., Piertney, S. B., Moss, R., Lambin, X.
    Oikos, vol. 90, pp. 261-270
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial synchrony in field vole Microtus agrestis abundance in a coniferous forest in northern England: The role of vole-eating raptors

    Petty, S. J., Lambin, X., Sherratt, T. N., Thomas, C. J., Mackinnon, J. L., Coles, C. F., Davison, M., Little, B.
    Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 37, pp. 136-147
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The kin-facilitation hypothesis for red grouse population cycles: territory sharing between relatives

    Matthiopoulos, J., Moss, R., Lambin, X.
    Ecological Modelling, vol. 127, pp. 53-63
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Use of coupled oscillator models to understand synchrony and travelling waves in populations of the field vole Microtus agrestis in northern England

    Sherratt, T. N., Lambin, X., Petty, S. J., Mackinnon, J. L., Coles, C. F., Thomas, C. J.
    Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 37, pp. 148-158
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Fox predation on cyclic field vole populations in Britain

    O'Mahony, D., Lambin, X., MacKinnon, J. L., Coles, C. F.
    Ecography, vol. 22, pp. 575-581
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Metapopulation genetic structure in the water vole, Arvicola terrestris, in NE Scotland

    Stewart, W. A., Dallas, J. F., Piertney, S. B., Marshall, F., Lambin, X., Telfer, S.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 68, pp. 159-171
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial distribution of genetic relatedness in a moorland population of red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus)

    Piertney, S. B., MacColl, A. D. C., Lambin, X., Moss, R., Dallas, J. F.
    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 68, pp. 317-331
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial population dynamics: analyzing patterns and processes of population synchrony

    Bjornstad, O. N., Ims, R. A., Lambin, X.
    Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol. 14, pp. 427-432
    Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews
  • Models of red grouse cycles. A family affair?

    Matthiopoulos, J., Moss, R., Lambin, X.
    Oikos, vol. 82, no. 3, pp. 574-590
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spatial asynchrony and periodic travelling waves in cyclic populations of field voles

    Lambin, X., Elston, D. A., Petty, S. J., MacKinnon, J. L.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 265, no. 1405, pp. 1491-1496
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Gradients in cyclicity, predation and microtine life history

    Lambin, X.
    Researches on Population Ecology, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 137-139
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The impact of population kin-structure on nestling survival in Townsend's voles, Microtus townsendii

    Lambin, X., Yoccoz, N. G.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 1-16
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Factors influencing use of freshwater pools by otters, Lutra lutra, in a marine environment

    Lovett, L., Kruuk, H., Lambin, X.
    Journal of Zoology, vol. 243, pp. 825-831
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Home range shifts by breeding female Townsend's voles (Microtus townsendii): A test of the territory bequeathal hypothesis

    Lambin, X.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 363-372
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The relative efficiency of two commercial live-traps for small mammals

    Lambin, X., MacKinnon, J.
    Journal of Zoology, vol. 242, pp. 400-404
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Dissipation of kin discrimination in Orkney voles, Microtus arvalis orcadensis: A laboratory study

    Lambin, X., Mathers, C.
    Annales Zoologici Fennici, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 23-30
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • EFFECTS OF TESTOSTERONE ON BREEDING DENSITY, BREEDING SUCCESS AND SURVIVAL OF RED GROUSE (VOL 258, PG 175, 1994)

    MOSS, R., PARR, R., LAMBIN, X.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 260, no. 1359, pp. 373-373
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • VOLE CYCLES

    LAMBIN, X., IMS, R. A., STEEN, H., YOCCOZ, N. G.
    Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 204-204
    Contributions to Journals: Letters
  • Sparrowhawk forced to land in sea

    Lambin, X., Lambin, J., Scott, B.
    Scottish Birds, vol. 18, no. 2
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Effects of Testosterone on Breeding Density, Breeding Success and Survival of Red Grouse

    Moss, R., Parr, R., Lambin, X.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. B, Biological Sciences, vol. 258, no. 1352, pp. 175-180
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • SEX-RATIO VARIATION IN RELATION TO FEMALE PHILOPATRY IN TOWNSEND VOLES

    LAMBIN, X.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 63, no. 4, pp. 945-953
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Territory acquisition and social facilitation by litter-mate Townsend's voles (Microtus townsendii)

    Lambin, X.
    Ethology Ecology & Evolution, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 213-220
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • LITTER SEX-RATIO DOES NOT DETERMINE NATAL DISPERSAL TENDENCY IN FEMALE TOWNSEND VOLES

    LAMBIN, X.
    Oikos, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 353-356
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Natal Philopatry, Competition for Resources, and Inbreeding Avoidance in Townsend's Voles (Microtus Townsendii)

    Lambin, X.
    Ecology, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 224-235
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Influence of Female Relatedness on the Demography of Townsend's Vole Populations in Spring

    Lambin, X., Krebs, C. J.
    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 536-550
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • DETERMINANTS OF THE SYNCHRONY OF REPRODUCTION IN TOWNSEND VOLES, MICROTUS-TOWNSENDII

    LAMBIN, X.
    Oikos, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 107-113
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Spacing system of the Tundra vole (Microtus oecomonus) during the breeding season in Canada's western Arctic

    Lambin, X., Krebs, C. J., Scott, B.
    Canadian Journal Of Zoology/Revue Canadien De Zoologie, vol. 70, no. 10, pp. 2068-2072
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • CAN CHANGES IN FEMALE RELATEDNESS INFLUENCE MICROTINE POPULATION-DYNAMICS

    LAMBIN, X., KREBS, C. J.
    Oikos, vol. 61, no. 1, pp. 126-132
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • SPATIAL-ORGANIZATION AND MATING SYSTEM OF MICROTUS-TOWNSENDII

    LAMBIN, X., KREBS, C. J.
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 353-363
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • CONTEST COMPETITION BETWEEN WOOD MICE AND BANK VOLES - IS THERE A WINNER

    LAMBIN, X., BAUCHAU, V.
    Acta Theriologica, vol. 34, no. 12-28, pp. 385-390
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • SOCIAL-RELATIONS IN APODEMUS-SYLVATICUS AS REVEALED BY VIDEO-OBSERVATION IN THE WILD

    LAMBIN, X.
    Journal of Zoology, vol. 216, pp. 587-593
    Contributions to Journals: Comments and Debates
  • SOCIAL INTERACTIONS BETWEEN ADULT AND JUVENILE WOOD MICE IN THE WILD SCALE

    LAMBIN, X.
    Mammalia, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 473-473
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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