Georgia C.A. Jones

Georgia C.A. Jones
Bournemouth University | BU

PhD

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Introduction
I'm interested in answering fundamental ecological questions to inform tangible conservation benefits. I have a background in GIS, protected area planning, species distribution modelling, island conservation, conservation status assessment, trophic ecology and predator/prey interactions. I have worked with a broad range of species, including amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish. My PhD work focussed on individual and sexual differences in white shark ecology.
Additional affiliations
February 2014 - September 2014
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Position
  • GIS and Data Officer
Description
  • Fine scale predictive species distribution modelling, connectivity analyses and related mitigation modelling for development scenarios, designing methods to measure and evaluate the conservation status of threatened species.
January 2012 - January 2014
Shark Research Foundation Seycelles
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Research to guide management of sharks in Seychelles, understand which species occur their abundance, demography and behavioural ecology.
January 2012 - January 2014
Seychelles National Plan of Action for the Conservation of Sharks
Position
  • Secretary to the Steering Committee
Description
  • Guiding shark research, policy and conservation. Functions to monitor implementation of the NPOA + make decisions regarding its various components. Being a member allowed me to input directly into national shark management decision-making processes.
Education
September 2008 - October 2009
University of Reading
Field of study
  • MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation
September 2003 - July 2006
Cardiff University
Field of study
  • BSc (hons) Zoology

Publications

Publications (28)
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Results from analysis of the Southwest of England recreational blue shark (Prionace glauca) fishery from 1953-2019 are presented for the purpose of the 2020 ICCAT request for data on the species. During this period, 108731 blue sharks were captured for 56650 days fished, giving an overall CPUE of 1.02 fish/trip and representing the second largest b...
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Coral reefs face worldwide decline from threats such as climate change, destructive fishing practices, overfishing and pollution. Artificial reefs have shown potential as a method to mitigate localised habitat loss and biodiversity decline on degraded coral reefs. The health of coral reefs in Indonesia and their associated faunal populations have d...
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Bali, Indonesia sits within the coral triangle and is internationally recognised for its high coral reef diversity. The health of Bali’s marine ecosystems has declined in recent decades, and this is thought to be due to threats from climate change, destructive fishing practices, pollution, outbreaks coral eating invertebrates, coral disease and uns...
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The highly migratory Blue Shark, Prionace glauca is a seasonal migrant to waters to the southwest of England, where it can be locally abundant. The Pat Smith database, representing a collaboration between recreational anglers and scientists, currently records 99,511 P. glauca catch and release captures by recreational anglers from 1953 to 2019. The...
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Concern is growing about ecosystem collapse, namely the abrupt decline or loss of an ecosystem resulting from human activities. While efforts to assess the risk of ecosystem collapse have developed at large spatial scales, less attention has been given to the local scales at which conservation management decisions are typically made. Development of...
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Total ocean carbon exceeds 40,000 GT either dissolved in the water column or buried in ocean sediments, and the ocean continues to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. Selective removal of predatory fish through extractive fishing alters the community structure of the ocean. This altered community results in increased biomass of more productive, l...
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Results from analysis of the United Kingdom recreational porbeagle fishery from 1960-2020 are presented for the purpose of the 2020 ICCAT request for data on the species. During this period, 1883 porbeagle were captured in UK waters for which we have records, with captures peaking during the mid-1970s before collapsing in the late 1980s to a point...
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Results from analysis of the United Kingdom recreational porbeagle fishery from 1960-2020 are presented for the purpose of the 2020 ICCAT request for data on the species. During this period 1883 porbeagle were captured in UK waters for which we have records, with captures peaking during the mid-1970s before collapsing in the late 1980s to a point w...
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The ocean is a net sequester of carbon dioxide, predominantly through low biomass, high productivity phytoplankton photosynthesis. Selective removal of predatory fish through extractive fishing alters the community structure of the ocean, with an increased biomass of more productive, low trophic level fish and higher overall respiration rates, desp...
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White sharks, Carcharodon carcharias, are often described as elusive, with little information available due to the logistical difficulties of studying large marine predators that make long-distance migrations across ocean basins. Increased understanding of aggregation patterns, combined with recent advances in technology have, however, facilitated...
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Demographic differences in resource use are key components of population and species ecology across the animal kingdom. White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) are migratory, apex predators, which have undergone significant population declines across their range. Understanding their ecology is key to ensuring that management strategies are effective....
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Results from this study of the white shark Carcharodon carcharias include measurements obtained using a novel photographic method that reveal significant differences between the sexes in the relationship between tooth cuspidity and shark total length, and a novel ontogenetic change in male tooth shape. Males exhibit broader upper first teeth and in...
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White sharks are protected in several countries under national legislation through the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention of the International Trade in Endangered Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), considered as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The conservation status of this top predator cal...
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Seychelles supports around three million nesting pairs of sooty terns but there have been recent declines and the colonies continue to face actual threats of habitat change and excessive commercial harvesting of their eggs, and potential threats caused by commercial fishing and climate change. A possible method to counter these threats is to re-est...
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Seychelles supports around three million nesting pairs of sooty terns. However, there have been recent declines and the colonies continue to face ongoing threats from habitat change and excessive commercial harvesting of their eggs, as well as potential threats by commercial fishing and climate change. A possible method to counter these threats is...
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The great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) has undergone substantial declines in the UK and elsewhere in Europe through habitat loss and fragmentation. It is protected at European level under the provisions of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 (as amended) and the “Habitats Directive”. The species is also protected under th...
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Background: A globally significant whale shark feeding aggregation in the Seychelles has been studied since 2002, including aerial survey and collection of environmental data. This is the first attempt to model their ecological distribution and create a Temporary Protected Area for the aggregation. Methods: Data on whale shark occurrence and d...
Technical Report
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The great crested newt is declining in the United Kingdom despite full European-level protection. Reporting on the species’ status to the EU is carried out at UK level but nature conservation is a devolved function. Knowledge and quantification of the great crested newt’s status in Wales will therefore form part of future aggregated UK-level report...
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In 2007, the States of Jersey Department of the Environment (DoE) launched the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) in Jersey. The scheme forms part of the Department’s integrated ecological monitoring programme for Jersey in order to carry out 'State of the Environment Monitoring’. NARRS is coordinated by the UK organisation Amp...
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Background: The whale shark feeding aggregation in the Seychelles has been studied in detail since 2002, including aerial survey and collection of environmental data. In these coastal waters previous tagging studies have shown whale sharks spend considerable time in the top 10m of water (44-60% of daylight hours). Although protected locally there i...
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Background: Worldwide, whale shark encounters are a highly sought ecotourism activity. Encounter Codes are implemented to help reduce anthropogenic disturbances. To assess their design and effectiveness, aerial behavioral surveys provide an excellent platform to identify behaviors with little or no observer induced bias. Methods: Five-minute focal-...
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Background: Worldwide, whale shark encounters are a highly sought ecotourism activity. Encounter Codes are implemented to help reduce anthropogenic disturbances. To assess their design and effectiveness, aerial behavioral surveys provide an excellent platform to identify behaviors with little or no observer induced bias. Methods: Five-minute focal-...
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The Seychelles National Plan of Action for Sharks (NPOA– Shark), which came out in 2007, highlighted a fundamental lack of information on the distribution of shark stocks (which are known to be declining worldwide), their biology, and the role that they play in the ecosystem, concluding that this hampered the effective adaptive management of shark...

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Hello,
I'm hoping to extract lipids from some shark muscle samples for some fatty acid analyses. All the literature I can find is based on frozen samples, but mine are stored in ethanol - will this effect my lipid extraction and what should I do to correct any effects? 

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Eurasian Kestrels (Falco tinnunuclus) are experiencing population declines throughout their range in the UK. In response, we aim to explore the spatial ecology and diet of the kestrel population across southern England with recommendations for raptor conservation.