I am an ecologist, with a research focus on behavioural and population ecology in the marine environment. My main interests are in individual and/or geographical variation, how these scale up to the population or ecosystem level, and the implications for conservation and policy.
My interests also lie in teaching, public outreach and engagement. I have worked in community outreach and outdoor learning, including as a Royal Society Partnership Scientist developing a marine education programme with local schools. I enjoy working with citizen scientists, and believe strongly in the value of engaging the non-academic community in answering ecological questions, to the benefit of both the participants and the science.
I am currently working as a coordinator for the Capturing our Coast project in Scotland. This large-scale project will (hopefully!) be the largest marine citizen science project undertaken in the UK, training and supporting thousands of people to survey their local coastline and provided unprecedented widespread data on intertidal species distribution and ecology. The project is led by Newcastle University and has a range of academic, non-governmental and charitable partners working in partnership.
Capturing our Coast (CoCoast). Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. 2015-18
GRIST, H., DAUNT, F., WANLESS, S. et al. (2017) Relationship between migratory strategy and reproductive performance in a partially migratory population. Journal of Animal Ecology, DOI:10.1111/1365-2656.12691.
GRIST, H., DAUNT, F., WANLESS, S. et al. (2014) Site fidelity and individual variation in location in partially migratory European shags. PLoS One 9.6: e98562.
O'CONNOR, E. O., SAUNDERS, J. E., GRIST, H. et al. (2011) The relationship between the comb and social behaviour in laying hens. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 135, 293-299.
O'CONNOR, E. O., PARKER, M.O., GRIST, H. et al. (2011). The effect of low light and high noise on behavioural activity & physiological indicators of stress in hens. British Poultry Science, 52, 666-674.
Marine Science BSc: Lecturer year 1 'Fundamentals of Marine Biology'
Marine Science BSc: Lecturer year 2 'Marine Biology'
Marine Science BSc: Lecturer year 3 'Marine Zoology'
Marine Science BSc: Lecturer year 4 'Science Communication'
IDCORE: Lecturing about seabirds and renewables as well as rocky shores
Higher Education Academy: Associate Fellow
British Ecological Society: Member
British Ornithological Union: Member
Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment: Associate Member
Argyll & Isles Countryside Trust Advisor since 2015
British Ecological Society Scottish Policy Group Communications Officer since 2015
Scottish Children’s Panel Member since 2015
Outdoor Learning Scotland Committee Treasurer 2015 – 2016
Marine Task Force Member, Scottish Environment LINK 2012 – 2015
Council Member, Scottish Ornithologists’ Club 2012 – 2014
United Nations Delegate, World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002
Selected public engagement
Invited Presenter, 34 public lectures & conferences since 2013
Runner up, I’m a Scientist Get me Out of Here 2016
British Ecological Society Public Engagement design team 2016
“Survival of the Fittest”, Glasgow Science Festival Activity 2015
Expert Contributor, I’m a Biologist.com 2014 – 2015
Invited Lecturer, Webinar Series, University of Sheffield 2013
Planet Earth Guest Podcaster 2013
Awards and prizes
Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship 2017: to travel to several countries and provide a report on the uses of participatory science to improve scientific literacy
ERAMUS+ Travelling Fellowship 2015: to travel to Slovenia and work with local communities on how to engage visitors with conservation.
President’s Award for Public Engagement 2014: Awarded early-career researcher prize for excellence in public engagement.
UK Centre for Bioscience Postgraduate Student Award 2011: Awarded prize for best UK postgraduate public engagement essay.
Conference Presentation Award, University of Aberdeen 2011: Awarded best public talk at conference.
NERC Scholarship, University of York 2008
2015 - present Marine Ecological Researcher. SAMS
2014 - 15 Lifelong Learning Officer / Manager. Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
2009 - 10 Research Assistant. Royal Veterinary College
2009 Research Assistant. University of Rhode Island
2007-08 Michael Hearn Intern. Save the Rhino International
2014 PhD Ecology. University of Aberdeen
2009 MRes Ecology and Environmental Management. University of York
2007 BA (Hons) Biological Sciences. University of Oxford