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Dr John Dutton

Senior Lecturer (Ecology)/Course Leader for BSc Ecology (joint)

Institute of Science & the Environment

Contact Details

email: j.dutton@worc.ac.uk

tel: 01905 85 5237

Dr John Dutton joined the University of Worcester in May 2009 with a strong and extensive lecturing background having lectured at the Associate Faculty of UWE, Hartpury College and at Otley College, Suffolk. He has eclectic research experience, which includes investigating the role of rabbits in sand-dune conservation, small mammal habitat use, restoration ecology and the reintroduction of European beavers, behavioural ecology and expedition-based ecological research.

Previously John has developed extensive experience of working within the conservation sector, including as a countryside ranger and running a wide variety of practical habitat management projects. John also has a good knowledge of the management of the recreation/conservation interface and has a special interest in visitor safety in the countryside.

Currently John is supervising two part-time PhD students:

Samantha Law: An assessment of the suitability of mixed species housing for lemuridae in zoos when considering behaviour and welfare needs

Hayley Clayton: Wild boar in the Forest of Dean, aspects of their ecology and management.

 

Qualifications
PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, Anglia Polytechnic, 2002
PhD, University of East Anglia, 1999
BSc (Hons) Ecology, University of East Anglia, 1991
HND in Conservation Management, Farnborough College of Technology, 1987

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

John delivers a range of Undergraduate modules (see below) as well as being Award Leader for the Conservation Ecology and Ecology courses. His lecturing is strongly influenced by his sector experience and his previous and current research activities. In addition, he draws on his contacts within the sector to bring-in guest lecturers to present on specialist areas

Level 4 (1st Year Undergraduate)
ENVS 1005 Practical Conservation

Level 5 (2nd Year Undergraduate)
ENVS 2100 Population and Community Ecology
ENVS 2013 Conservation Site Management Planning
ENVS 2101 Conservation Ecology of Habitats and Species

Level 6 (3rd Year Undergraduate)
ENVS 3112 International Conservation
ENVS 3105 Project Management
ENVS 3102 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 3100 Residential Environmental Field Course (to Provence)

Research:

John is currently supervising two part-time PhD students:

Samantha Law: An assessment of the suitability of mixed species housing for lemuridae in zoos when considering behaviour and welfare needs

Hayley Clayton: Wild boar in the Forest of Dean, aspects of their ecology and management.

John is also working alongside Hayley Clayton to investigate the impact of wild boar rooting on small mammal populations. This study is running alongside the ecological experiment that Hayley is conducting which is investigating the impact of different levels of rooting on plant communities.

In addition, John is working with colleagues from the Institute of Health and Social Care and the Forestry Commission, examining the possibility of tree spacing and sun-light flicker causing the onset of epileptic episodes in cyclists/cycle ‘passengers’


Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Active member of the British Ecological Society, Mammal Society and Countryside Management Association

Publications

Publications

Peer reviewed papers 

O'Connell, M.J., Atkinson, S. R., Gamez, K., Pickering, S.P & Dutton, J.S. (2008). Forage preferences of European Beaver: implications for re-introduction. Conservation & Society 6(2): 1-5.

Dutton, J.S . & Haft, J.M. (1996). Distribution, ecology and status of an endemic shrew, Crocidura thomensis, from São Tomé. Oryx 30(3): 195-201.

Dutton, J.S. (1994). Introduced mammals in São Tomé and Príncipe: possible threats to biodiversity. Biodiversity and Conservation 3: 929-938.

Books and book chapters

Dutton, J.S. (2009). Principles of Ecology. In: Williams, J. (ed.). The complete textbook of animal health and welfare. Elsevier, Oxford.

Barnett, A. & Dutton J. (1995). Expedition field techniques: small mammals (excluding bats). 2nd Edition. Expedition Advisory Centre, London, England.

Reports

Anderson, P., Longden, K., Warne, T., Dutton, J. & Tattersfield, P. (1999). Jersey dunes the 15-year report. Report for Environmental Services, Jersey, by Penny Anderson Associates.

Atkinson, P.W., Dutton, J.S., Peet, N.B. & Sequeira, V.A.S. (1994). A study of the birds, small mammals, turtles and medicinal plants of São Tomé with notes on Príncipe. Birdlife International Study Report No 56. Birdlife International, Cambridge, England.

Dutton, J.S. (1993). Feral Cats on Jersey – the future. Unpublished report for the Jersey Sates Veterinary Service, Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Jersey Feline Friends.

Coffin, J and Dutton, J. (1990). Mexico Expedition 1989. Unpublished report of the University of East Anglia Mexico Expedition 1989.

Popular articles

Dutton, J. (2009). Park life. Worcester News. 30th September.

Dutton, J. (2009). Missing person preparedness – are you suitably prepared? Ranger, the Magazine of the Countryside Management Association 91:15.

Dutton, J. (1994). How to make an adventure count. John Dutton offers advice on planning a first expedition. New Scientist 144(1954): 49-50.

Dutton, J. (1994). Jungle study. Land Rover Owner International 8(1): 146-149.

Conferences, Symposia, etc.

Clayton, H.T. & Dutton, J.S. (2012). Wild Boar Study Day. A one-day symposium delivered to the Conservation Ecology Special Interest Group, British Ecological Society. Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest of Dean. 4th April 2012.

Dutton, J.S. & Clayton, H.T. (2010). Public perception of wild boar in the Forest of Dean, England, potential implications for their future management. 8th International Symposium on Wild Boar & Other Suids, FERA, York. 1st-4th September 2010.

Clayton, H.T., Dutton, J.S., Farrell, M. (2010). Public perception of wild boar in the Forest of Dean. Mammal Society Annual Conference and AGM, Bangor University. 26th-28th March 2010.

Dutton, J.S. & Clayton, H.T. (2010). Public perception of wild boar in the Forest of Dean, England, potential implications for their future management. Bristol Science and Research Colloquium, Bristol Zoo. 1st December 2010.

Dutton, J.S. (2009). Assessing volunteers. Inaugural Conference, Association of Lowland Search and Rescue, 21st-23rd August 2009, Yoxter Training Camp, Somerset.

Dutton, J.S. & Welbourne B. (2009). An evaluation of Cotswold dry stone walls as a small mammal habitat. The Mammal Society Conference and AGM 2009. 17th-19th April 2009, University of Winchester, Winchester.

Bradley, S. & Dutton, J.S. (2009). An Evaluation of the use of road casualty data for measuring distribution of polecats Mustela putorius (Poster). The Mammal Society Conference and AGM 2009. 17th-19th April 2009, University of Winchester, Winchester.

Dutton, J.S. & Clayton, H.T. (2009). Wild boar in the Forest of Dean: history, current Issues and future research. Bristol Science and Research Colloquium, Bristol Zoo. 4th March 2009.

Dutton, J.S. (2008). São Tomé e Príncipe, conservation issues in a little known island state. Bristol Science and Research Colloquium, Bristol Zoo. 6th February 2008.

O’Connell, M., Dutton, J.S. & Schwitzer, C. (2008). South West Conservation Science Forum: linking researchers and practitioners. Evidence Based Conservation. The launch symposium of the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation. 30th October2008; Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol.

Shaw, E.L. & Dutton, J.S. (2007). Enclosure utilisation within a mixed species exhibit of ring tailed (Lemur catta) and red ruffed (Varecia variegate rubra) lemurs at Bristol Zoo Gardens (Poster). Second Student Animal Welfare Conference. 25th April 2007, Associate Faculty of the University of the West of England, Hartpury College, Gloucester.

Lake, E. & Dutton, J.S. (2006). Visitor Effects on the Behaviour of African
Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus) (Poster). Inaugural Student Animal Welfare Conference. April 2006, Moulton College, Northampton.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1998). Home-range and habitat utilisation by European rabbits in a sand dune system. Euro-American Mammal Congress: 19th-24th July 1998, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1997). Home-range and habitat utilisation by European rabbits in a sand dune system. British Ecological Society’s Winter Meeting & AGM: 16th-18th Dec 1997, University of Warwick, Warwick.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1997). Censusing rabbits; the best time. First European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference: 1st-3rd September 1997, Central Science Laboratory/University of York, York.

Dutton, J.S., Bell, D. & Watkinson, A. (1997). Home-range and habitat utilisation by European rabbits in a sand dune system. The Mammal Society Conference and AGM 1996: 12th-15th April 1996, University of Swansea, Swansea.

Dutton, J.S. (1993). Introduced mammals to São Tomé and Príncipe: possible threats to biodiversity. Biodiversity Conservation in the Gulf of Guinea Islands Workshop: 4th-6th June 1993, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey.

University Roles & External Responsibilities

University Roles & External Responsibilities

University Roles
Award Leader, Conservation Ecology (BSc)
Award Leader, Ecology (BSc)
Member of the ISE Recruitment Committee
ISE representative on the University AP(E)L Forum

External Roles
CURRENT
External Examiner: Fd Animal Science
South Devon College, University of Plymouth

PREVIOUS
External Examiner: MSc Animal Welfare, 2006-2010
Moulton College, University of Northampton
External Examiner: HND Equine Studies & HND Animal Management, 2007-2008
Bangor University