Dr Antony Knights B.Sc., Ph.D
My research interests centre on supply-side ecology and population models of benthic marine invertebrates. I use a combination of field-based experimental approaches and theoretical models to assess how populations become established and develop and use those models to understand how key anthropogenic and environmental pressures may affect population persistence.
In particular, my work focuses on: quantifying the role of density-dependent processes in population development and growth; assessing the role of abiotic and biotic factors such as selective extraction, habitat availability, flow dynamics, competition and predation in population growth models; and the development of larval-phase based models to predict (changes in) species range distributions.
I recently finished working on a large EU Framework 7 Project, Options for Delivering Ecosystem-Based Marine Management (ODEMM; www.liv.ac.uk/ODEMM) at the University of Liverpool. The aim of the project was to develop an Integrated Ecosystem Assessment programme to facilitate the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). My primary role was to develop (1) framework models linking a complex network of marine industry activities to suites of ecosystem characteristics, (2) pressure-based ecosystem evaluation tools, and (3) a risk assessment framework to evaluate threats to marine ecosystems from human activities using qualitative assessments. Other work assessed the combined effect of human activities and developed tools to simply ecosystem-based marine management.
Most recently, I joined the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) as an Irish Research Council (IRC) Postdoctoral Fellow. Based in the Marine Environment Laboratory, my research focuses on the dispersal and establishment of invasive species, and especially, the invasive oyster Crassostrea gigas.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Knights, A.M., Koss, R.S. and L.A. Robinson (2013) 'Identifying common pressure pathways from a complex network of human activities to support ecosystem-based management'. Ecological Applications, . [Details]|
|Knights, A.M., Crowe, T.P. and G. Burnell (2006) 'Mechanisms of larval transport: vertical distribution of bivalve larvae varies with tidal conditions'. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 326 :164-174. [Details]|
|Aprahamian M.W., Aprahamian C.D., and A.M. Knights (2010) 'Climate change and the green energy paradox: the consequences for twaite shad Alosa fallax from the River Severn, U.K'. Journal Of Fish Biology, 77 (8):1912-1930. [DOI] [Details]|
|Knights, A.M. and K. Walters (2010) 'Recruit-recruit interactions, density-dependent processes and population persistence in the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica'. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 404 :79-90. [Details]|
|Firth, L.B, Knights, A.M. and S. Bell (2011) 'Air temperature and winter mortality: Implications for the persistence of the invasive mussel, Perna viridis in the intertidal zone of the south-eastern United States'. Journal Of Experimental Marine Biology And Ecology, 400 (1-2):250-256. [DOI] [Details]|
|Breen P., Robinson L.A, Rogers S.I., Knights A.M., Piet G., Churilova T., Margonski P., Papadopoulou K.N., Akoglu E., Eriksson A., Finenko Z., Fleming-Lehtinen V., Galil B., Goodsir F., Goren M., Kremena F., Krivenko O., Leppanen J., Markantonatou V., Moncheva S., Oguz T., Paltriguera L., Timofte F., and F. Thomsen (2012) 'An environmental assessment of risk in achieving good environmental status to support regional prioritisation of management in Europe'. Marine Policy, 36 (5):1033-1043. [DOI] [Details]|
|Knights, AM,Firth, LB,Walters, K (2012) 'Interactions between Multiple Recruitment Drivers: Post-Settlement Predation Mortality and Flow-Mediated Recruitment'. Plos One, 7 . [DOI] [Details]|
|A.M. Knights (2012) 'Spatial variation in body size and reproductive condition of subtidal mussels: Considerations for sustainable management'. Fisheries Research, 113 (1):45-54. [DOI] [Details]|
|Maguire, J.A., Knights A.M., Burnell, G., Crowe, T.P., O'Beirn, F., McGrath, D., Ferns, M., McDonough, N., McQuaid, N., O'Connor, B., Doyle, R., Newell, C., Seed, R., Smaal, A., O'Carroll, T., Watson, L. Dennis, J and M. O'Cinneide (2007) 'Management recommendations for sustainable exploitation of mussel seed in the Irish Sea' Marine Environment and Health 31 :1-87. [Details]|
|Knights, A.M., Koss, R.S., Papadopoulou, K.N., Cooper L.H. and L.A. Robinson (2011) ustainable use of European regional seas and the role of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. [Details]|
|Various (2011) Report of the Working Group on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities (WGECO), 13-20 April, Copenhagen, Denmark. ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark. [Details]|
|Breen P., Goodsir, F, Churilova, T., Kryvenko, O., Finenko, Z., Moncheva, S., Oguz, T., Timofte, F., Stefanova,K., Eriksson, A., Fleming-Lehtinen, V., Leppanen, J-M., Margonski, P., Papadopoulou, N., Markantonatou, V., Smith, C., Galil, B., Knights, A.M. and L.A. Robinson (2011) A review of operational objectives in European Regional Seas. Cefas, Lowestoft. [Details]|
|Knights, A.M., Piet, G., Breen, P., Goodsir, F. and L.A. Robinson (2011) The NE Atlantic: Additional information on status of threatened ecological characteristics relevant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK. [Details]|
|Knights, A.M., Eriksson, A., Fleming-Lehtinen, V., Leppanen, J-M., Robinson, L.A. and P. Margónski (2011) The Baltic Sea: Additional information on status of threatened ecological characteristics relevant to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The University of Liverpool, Liverpool. [Details]|
|Association: Ecological Society of America, Function/Role: Member|
|Association: British Ecological Society, Function/Role: Member|
| Employer: APEM Ltd
Position: Senior Marine Consultant
| Employer: Coastal Carolina University
Position: Visiting Assistant Professor
| Employer: The University of Liverpool
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
| Year 2007 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: Phd Subject: Marine Ecology
| Year 2003 Institution: University of Queensland
Qualification: Msc Subject: Marine Studies: Remote Sensing
| Year 2001 Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Qualification: BSc Subject: Applied Marine Biology
| Sally A. Bracewell - University of Liverpool (MSc Marine Ecology). Sally graduation with distinction and first in her class. She started a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2012.
Mira Rosten - University of Liverpool (MSc Marine Spatial Planning). Mira now works for Dong Energy in London.