Mr Matthew Carter

Mr Matthew Carter

Teaching and Support Assistant

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Student: Ontogeny of foraging behaviour in Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) pups; using telemetry data to understand the development of foraging behaviour in relation to oceanography and potential disturbance.
Supervisors: Dr Clare Embling (D.O.S.), Dr Kimberley Bennett (Abertay University), Dr Debbie Russell (St Andrews University), Dr Phil Hosegood


MSc Conservation & Biodiversity. University of Exeter 2013-2014 (Distinction)
Dissertation Title: GPS tracking reveals the rafting behaviour of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus); implications for foraging ecology and conservation.
Dissertation Supervisor: Dr Stephen Votier

Professional membership

The Society of Marine Mammalogy (member)

UK & Ireland Regional Student Chapter Society of Marine Mammalogy (committee member)
British Ecological Society (member)

Research interests

I am interested in how marine vertebrates learn to forage and develop habitat preferences. In particular, how these processes are driven by sex, age and experience. My research aims to identify important habitat features for naive animals and investigate the potential for anthropogenic disturbance at this critical life stage.

Grants & contracts

NERC & School of Marine Sciences & Engineering Studentship: 2014-2018

Intrinsic and extrinsic factors drive ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviour in a marine top predator (2017) Carter, MID; Russell DJF, Embling, CB; Blight, CJ; Thompson,D; Hosegood, PJ; Bennett, KA. Scientific Reports 7. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15859-8

Navigating uncertain waters: a critical review of inferring foraging behaviour from location and dive data in pinnipeds (2016) Carter, MID; Bennett, KA; Embling, CB; Hosegood, PJ; Russell, DJF. Movement Ecology 4:25. DOI: 10.1186/s40462-016-0090-9

GPS tracking reveals rafting behaviour of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus): implications for foraging ecology and conservation (2016) Carter, MID; Cox, SL; Scales, KL; Bicknell, AWJ; Nicholson, MD; Atkins, KM; Morgan, G; Morgan, L; Grecian, WJ; Patrick, SC; Votier, SC.  Bird Study 63 (1): 83-95. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1134441