Dr. Malcolm Nicoll
Senior Research Fellow
September 2014–current: Senior Research Fellow. Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.
April 2010–August 2014: Senior Research Fellow. Centre for Agri-Environmental Research (CAER) University of Reading.
September 2004–March 2010: Research Fellow. CAER.
October 2000–July 2004: Postgraduate student. The ecology and management of a reintroduced population of the Mauritius kestrel, University of Reading.
February 1998–April 1999: Seychelles magpie-robin program field project coordinator. RSPB/Birdlife Seychelles.
September 1992–September 1997: Various posts including director of conservation programmes & project supervisor for a range of species recovery and island restoration programmes. Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius.
My research experience centres on understanding the ecology and dynamics of threatened species populations in a rapidly changing environment and the implementation and refinement of management techniques applied to remnant wild and reintroduced populations. The focus has primarily been on threatened endemic bird populations in the Western Indian Ocean, but also includes threatened diurnal raptors in the gulf of Oman and Cambodia, endangered mammals in the Dominican Republic and reptiles in Mauritius. The current portfolio of collaborative projects combines; monitoring and tracking technology, digital field-data capture systems and a range of threatened species long-term datasets with coordinated research activities. These projects aim to deliver applied solutions and recommendations for integration into local conservation programmes and outputs that are relevant to the wider fields of conservation biology and population ecology.
Nicoll, M.A.C., Nevoux, M., Jones, C.G., Ratcliffe, N., Ruhomaun, K., Tatayah, V. and Norris, K. (2016) Contrasting effects of tropical cyclones on the annual survival of a pelagic seabird in the Indian Ocean. Global Change Biology 23: 550–565. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13324.
Maggs, G., Nicoll, M., Zuël, N., White, P.J.C., Winfield, E., Poongavanan, S., Tatayah, V., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2015) Rattus management is essential for population persistence in a critically endangered passerine: combining small-scale field experiments and population modelling. Biological Conservation 191: 274–281.
Cartwright, S., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G., Tatayah, V. and Norris, K. (2014). Agriculture modifies the seasonal decline of breeding success in a tropical wild bird population. Journal of Applied Ecology 51(5): 1387–1395.
Cartwright, S., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G., Tatayah, V. and Norris, K. (2014). Anthropogenic natal environmental effects on life histories in a wild bird population. Current Biology 24: 1–5.
Sæther, B.-E., et al. (2013) How life history influences population dynamics in fluctuating environments. The American Naturalist 182: 743–759.
Nevoux, M., Arlt, D., Nicoll, M., Jones, C. and Norris, K. (2013). The short- and long-term fitness consequences of natal dispersal in a wild bird population. Ecology Letters 16: 438–445.
Tingay, R.T., Visal, S. and Nicoll, M.A.C. (2012). Ecology and conservation of the grey-headed fish-eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus) at Prek Toal; Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia. Ornis Mongolica 1: 26–29.
Senapathi, D., Nicoll, M.A.C., Teplitsky, C., Jones, C.G and Norris, K. (2011). Climate change and the risks associated with delayed breeding in a tropical wild bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278(1722): 3184–3190.
Burgess, M.B., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2011). Multiple environmental gradients affect spatial variation in the productivity of a tropical bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology 80(3): 688–695.
Nevoux, M, Gimenez, O, Arlt, D, Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2011). Population regulation of territorial species: both site dependence and interference mechanisms matter. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278(1715): 2173–2181.
Nicoll, M.A.C. and Norris, K. (2010). Detecting an impact of predation on bird populations depends on the methods used to assess the predators. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 1: 300–310.
Nicoll, M.A.C. (2010). The grey-headed fishing eagle. In The eagle watchers: observing and conserving raptors around the world. Edited by R.E. Tingay and T.E. Katzner. Cornell University Press, New York.
Tingay, R.T., Nicoll, M.A.C., Whitfield, D.P.,Visal, S. and McLeod, D.R.A. (2010) Nesting ecology of the grey-headed fishing eagle at Prek Toal, Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Journal of Raptor Research 44(3): 165–174.
Senapathi, D., Underwood, F., Black, E., Nicoll, M.A.C. and Norris, K. (2010). Evidence for long-term regional changes in precipitation on the East Coast Mountains in Mauritius. International Journal of Climatology 30(8): 1164–1177.
Butler, S.B., Benton, T, Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2009). Indirect population dynamic benefits of altered life history trade-offs in response to egg harvesting. American Naturalist 174(1): 111–121.
Burgess, M.B., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2009). Habitat use by juvenile Mauritius kestrels Falco punctatus – does dimensionality matter? Ibis 151: 63–76.
Ewing, S.R., Nager, R.G., Nicoll, M.A.C., Aumjaud, A., Jones, C.G. and Keller, L.F. (2008). Inbreeding and loss of genetic variation in a reintroduced population of Mauritius kestrel. Conservation Biology 22(2): 395–404.
Jones, O, R. et al. (2008). Senescence rates are determined by raking on the fast-slow life history continuum. Ecology Letters 11: 664–673.
Burgess, M.B., Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2008). Restricted dispersal reduces the strength of spatial density dependence in a tropical bird population. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 275: 1209–1216.
McGrady, M.J., Nicoll, M.A.C. and Williams, N.P. (2008). A pilot survey of sooty falcons on islands of Northern Oman. Phoenix 24: 78.
Tingay, R.T., Nicoll, M.A.C. and Visal, S. (2006). Status and distribution of the grey-headed fishing eagle in the Prek Toal Core Area of Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Journal of Raptor Research 40(4): 277–283.
Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2006). The impact of harvesting on a formerly endangered tropical bird: insights from life history theory. Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 567–575.
Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2004). Comparison of survival rates of captive-reared and wild-bred Mauritius kestrels in a reintroduced population. Biological Conservation 118: 539–548.
Nicoll, M.A.C., Jones, C.G. and Norris, K. (2003). Declining survival rates in a reintroduced population of the Mauritius kestrel: evidence for non-linear density-dependence and environmental stochasticity. Journal of Animal Ecology 72: 917–926.