Tom Staveley

Thomas Staveley


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Arbetar vid Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik
Telefon 08-16 12 08
Besöksadress Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Rum N 207
Postadress Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

Om mig


I am carrying out my PhD entitled “Landscape ecology and ecological connectivity: exploring seascape patterns and ecological processes for conservation of fish communities”

This project aims to increase the understanding of how the coastal seascape structure associate to spatial distribution, abundance and diversity of fish assemblages. This will lead to an improved knowledge on patterns and strength of connectivity within the marine landscape of shallow-water habitat patches. Field research is carried out on the Swedish west coast (in Bohuslän).

Currently, I am investigating movement patterns of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) throughout the shallow-water temperate seascape, through the use of acoustic telemetry.


I am part of the Seagrass Ecology & Physiology Research Group with supervision from Assoc. Prof. Martin Gullström (main) and Prof. Mats Björk. Also co-supervised by Prof. Regina Lindborg (Dep. of Physical Geography, SU).


General research interests:

- Marine spatial ecology
- Faunal assemblages in temperate coastal environments
- Marine conservation issues



Staveley, T. A. B., Perry, D., Lindborg, R. and Gullström, M. (2017). Seascape structure and complexity influence temperate seagrass fish assemblage composition. Ecography 40: 936–946. doi:10.1111/ecog.02745.


Nilsson, L., Ogonowski, M. and Staveley, T.A.B. (2016). Factors affecting the local distribution of the Long-tailed Duck Clangula hyemalis in Baltic offshore waters. Wildfowl 66: 142–158.



I urval från Stockholms universitets publikationsdatabas
  • 2017. Thomas A. B. Staveley (et al.). Ecography 40 (8), 936-946

    Understanding how spatial patterning relates to ecological processes is fundamental to define important species-environment associations at broader scales. Analyses targeting habitat structure (i.e. composition and configuration) in terrestrial landscapes are increasing, but similar studies in marine landscapes are still relatively uncommon. In this study, we explored how seascape structure and complexity (determined from significant spatial pattern metrics) influenced summer and autumn fish assemblage composition in 30 seagrass (Zostera marina) meadows along the west coast of Sweden. Species density was not influenced by seascape structure in any season. In contrast, the majority of significant fish assemblage variables were influenced by seascape structure during the summer (i.e. abundance and proportion of juveniles, abundance of Labridae and abundance of occasional shallow-water visitors) whilst fewer in the autumn (i.e. abundance of occasional shallow-water visitors and Synganthidae). For instance, less complex seascapes were more suitable for juvenile assemblages in summer, as these seascapes exhibit larger patch sizes of appropriate habitat (e.g. Z. marina) and less edge boundaries providing refuges from predators and food resources. Abundances of migrating fish, such as the sea trout Salmo trutta, also responded positively to a less complex seascape in the summer though perhaps ecological processes, such as prey availability, were additional contributing factors driving this relationship. High complexity seascapes only had a positive influence on the abundance of taxa using multiple habitats (Labridae during the summer). Our study shows that fish assemblages in temperate marine environments are significantly linked to spatial habitat patterning and seascape complexity. This offers valuable insights into species-habitat-seascape linkages, information important for coastal conservation and marine spatial planning.

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Senast uppdaterad: 8 januari 2018

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