Name: Daniel Moore

Project Title: “The role of habitat boundaries in the evolution of connectivity in marine predator populations”

Cohort: 2015/16

Institution: Durham University, School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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  • Dr Per Berggren, Newcastle University, School of Marine Science & Technology



My research interests lie in the ecology and conservation of marine vertebrates.

My current research at Durham University focusses on the role that environment has on shaping population structure of marine vertebrates, specifically the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus and the yellowmouth barracuda Sphyraena viridensis. I am using next generation DNA sequencing techniques to examine the population structure of these species in the waters around Italy before trying to understand the patterns presented using environmental modelling and trophic information derived from stable isotope analyses.

Previous work has seen me complete an undergraduate master’s degree in marine biology via the marine vertebrate zoology pathway at Bangor University in 2010 where my research focused on the population biology of deep-sea sharks. I then went on to conduct research into the conservation aquaculture of European smelt, Osmerus eperlanus, an endangered UK BAP priority species of estuarine fish. This was followed by a period investigating the spatial ecology of the sea trout, Salmo trutta, using stable isotopes to infer their marine feeding grounds. My focus then shifted to marine turtles where I spent a period working in Sri Lanka and on the UK Overseas Territory of Ascension Island.



Moore DM, Goodson D, Dallimore T, Barker C (2015) Development of microsatellite loci for the deep water shark Apristurus aphyodes and cross amplification in the Scyliorhinidae. Poster presentation at the inaugural meeting of the Challenger Society’s Deep-Sea Ecosystems Special Interest Group. Liverpool, 30th June 2015

Moore DM, Barker C, Dallimore T, McCarthy ID, Neat FC, Powell I (2015) Elucidating population structure in deep water elasmobranchs. Poster presentation at 59th Ecological Genetics Group Conference, Liverpool, 31st March 2015

Moore DM, McCarthy ID, Neat FC (2012) Assessing age and maturity in deep-water sharks of the Rockall Trough, North-East Atlantic; An area of growing deep water fishery activity. Oral presentation at the 6th World Fisheries Congress, Edinburgh, 8th May 2012.


Moore DM, McCarthy ID (2014) Distribution of ampullary pores on three sharks of the genus Apristurus found in the Rockall Trough, North-East Atlantic. Aquatic Biology. 21:3, 261-265

Moore DM, McCarthy ID, Neat FC (2013) Potential for using vertebral growth bands to age the deep water sharks Galeus melastomus, Centroselachus crepidater and Apristurus aphyodes and new information on their maturation schedules. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 93:7, 1941-1950

Jones NJE, Moore DM, McCarthy ID (In Prep.) Conservation aquaculture of the European Smelt, Osmerus eperlanus: Protein synthesis under varied aquarium conditions. Target Journal: Aquaculture


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