Dr Alex Bond

Dr Alexander Bond

Senior Curator in Charge, Birds Tring

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Phone: +44 (0)20 7942 6162
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Specialisms

conservation, contaminants, invasive species, plastic, seabirds, stable isotopes

Summary

I'm a conservation biologist with a focus on the marine environment and island biology. Particular interests include seabirds, marine debris, invasive species, and globally threatened or extinct species. I make use of a variety of field-, lab-, and collections-based techniques, including stable isotopes, ICP-MS, demographic modelling, and analysis of population trends. I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows based in the UK, or elsewhere, who wish to join the research group. There are a number of options, depending on the career stage and location of prospective lab members. I strongly encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations. I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows who have research interests in (marine) ornithology, conservation, islands, and pollution topics. Students or researchers in other fields, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences, are also welcome to contact me about potential projects around the history of the collections, particular collectors or ornithological figures, sustainability of plastic use, or other topics. For more information, see https://alexanderbond.org/opportunities/

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, 2007 - 2011

MSc, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 2005 - 2007

B.Sc. (Honours), Mount Allison University, Sackville, 2001 - 2005

Employment history

Academic

Honorary Researcher, University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, 2017 - 2020

Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, School of Environment and Sustainability, Canada, 2014 - 2019

Senior Conservation Scientist, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Centre for Conservation Science, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2017

NSERC Visiting Fellow in Government Laboratories, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada, 2013 - 2014

NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2011 - 2013

Editorships

Subject editor, Avian Conservation and Ecology, 2012 - on going.

Publications

Hauber ME, Bond AL, Kouwenberg A-L, Robertson GJ, Hansen ES, Holford M, Dainson M, Luro A, Dale J (2019) The chemical basis of a signal of individual identity: shell pigment concentrations track the unique appearance of Common Murre eggs.. J R Soc Interface, 16 (153) : doi: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0115

Holmes ND, Spatz DR, Oppel S, Tershy B, Croll DA, Keitt B, Genovesi P, Burfield IJ, Will DJ, Bond AL, Wegmann A, Aguirre-Muñoz A, Raine AF, Knapp CR, Hung C-H, Wingate D, Hagen E, Méndez-Sánchez F, Rocamora G, Yuan H-W, Fric J, Millett J, Russell J, Liske-Clark J, Vidal E, Jourdan H, Campbell K, Springer K, Swinnerton K, Gibbons-Decherong L, Langrand O, Brooke MDL, McMinn M, Bunbury N, Oliveira N, Sposimo P, Geraldes P, McClelland P, Hodum P, Ryan PG, Borroto-Páez R, Pierce R, Griffiths R, Fisher RN, Wanless R, Pasachnik SA, Cranwell S, Micol T, Butchart SHM (2019) Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates.. PLoS One, 14 (3) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212128

BOND AL, BROOKE MDL, CUTHBERT RJ, LAVERS JL, MCCLELLAND GT, CHURCHYARD T, DONALDSON A, DUFFIELD N, FORREST A, HARRISON G, MACKINNON L, PROUD T, SKINNER A, TORR N, VICKERY JA, OPPEL S (null) Population status of four endemic land bird species after an unsuccessful rodent eradication on Henderson Island. Bird Conservation International, 1 - 12. doi: 10.1017/S0959270918000072

Philpot SM, Lavers JL, Nugegoda D, Gilmour ME, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Trace element concentrations in feathers of seven petrels (Pterodroma spp.). ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, 26 (10) : 9640 - 9648. doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-04406-9

Bond AL, Carlson CJ, Burgio KR (2019) Local extinctions of insular avifauna on the most remote inhabited island in the world. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 160 (1) : 49 - 60. doi: 10.1007/s10336-018-1590-8

Puskic PS, Lavers JL, Adams LR, Grünenwald M, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Uncovering the sub-lethal impacts of plastic ingestion by shearwaters using fatty acid analysis.. Conserv Physiol, 7 (1) : doi: 10.1093/conphys/coz017

Grant ML, Lavers JL, Stuckenbrock S, Sharp PB, Bond AL (2018) The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster). MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 137 : 96 - 103. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.016

Lavers J, Lisovski S, Bond A (2018) Preliminary survival and movement data for a declining population of Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes in Western Australia provides insights into marine threats. Bird Conservation International, doi: 10.1017/S0959270918000084

Burgio K, Carlson C, Bond A (2018) Georeferenced sighting and specimen occurrence data of the extinct Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) from 1564 - 1944. Biodiversity Data Journal, 6 : e25280 - e25280. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.6.e25280

Lavers JL, Hutton I, Bond AL (2018) Ingestion of marine debris by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters ( Ardenna pacifica ) on Lord Howe Island, Australia during 2005–2018. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133 : 616 - 621. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.023

Lavers JL, Hutton I, Bond A (null) Changes in technology and imperfect detection of nest contents impedes reliable estimates of population trends in burrowing seabirds. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17 : doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00579

Introduction

Summary

I'm a conservation biologist with a focus on the marine environment and island biology. Particular interests include seabirds, marine debris, invasive species, and globally threatened or extinct species. I make use of a variety of field-, lab-, and collections-based techniques, including stable isotopes, ICP-MS, demographic modelling, and analysis of population trends. I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows based in the UK, or elsewhere, who wish to join the research group. There are a number of options, depending on the career stage and location of prospective lab members. I strongly encourage women, queer, indigenous, and other minority group scholars to get in touch. I support flexible working hours and locations. I am always interested in hearing from prospective students or post-doctoral fellows who have research interests in (marine) ornithology, conservation, islands, and pollution topics. Students or researchers in other fields, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences, are also welcome to contact me about potential projects around the history of the collections, particular collectors or ornithological figures, sustainability of plastic use, or other topics. For more information, see https://alexanderbond.org/opportunities/

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, 2007 - 2011

MSc, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 2005 - 2007

B.Sc. (Honours), Mount Allison University, Sackville, 2001 - 2005

Employment history

Academic

Honorary Researcher, University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, 2017 - 2020

Adjunct Professor, University of Saskatchewan, School of Environment and Sustainability, Canada, 2014 - 2019

Senior Conservation Scientist, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Centre for Conservation Science, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2017

NSERC Visiting Fellow in Government Laboratories, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canada, 2013 - 2014

NSERC Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, 2011 - 2013

Professional activities

Editorships

Subject editor, Avian Conservation and Ecology, 2012 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Hauber ME, Bond AL, Kouwenberg A-L, Robertson GJ, Hansen ES, Holford M, Dainson M, Luro A, Dale J (2019) The chemical basis of a signal of individual identity: shell pigment concentrations track the unique appearance of Common Murre eggs.. J R Soc Interface, 16 (153) : doi: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0115

Holmes ND, Spatz DR, Oppel S, Tershy B, Croll DA, Keitt B, Genovesi P, Burfield IJ, Will DJ, Bond AL, Wegmann A, Aguirre-Muñoz A, Raine AF, Knapp CR, Hung C-H, Wingate D, Hagen E, Méndez-Sánchez F, Rocamora G, Yuan H-W, Fric J, Millett J, Russell J, Liske-Clark J, Vidal E, Jourdan H, Campbell K, Springer K, Swinnerton K, Gibbons-Decherong L, Langrand O, Brooke MDL, McMinn M, Bunbury N, Oliveira N, Sposimo P, Geraldes P, McClelland P, Hodum P, Ryan PG, Borroto-Páez R, Pierce R, Griffiths R, Fisher RN, Wanless R, Pasachnik SA, Cranwell S, Micol T, Butchart SHM (2019) Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates.. PLoS One, 14 (3) : doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212128

BOND AL, BROOKE MDL, CUTHBERT RJ, LAVERS JL, MCCLELLAND GT, CHURCHYARD T, DONALDSON A, DUFFIELD N, FORREST A, HARRISON G, MACKINNON L, PROUD T, SKINNER A, TORR N, VICKERY JA, OPPEL S (null) Population status of four endemic land bird species after an unsuccessful rodent eradication on Henderson Island. Bird Conservation International, 1 - 12. doi: 10.1017/S0959270918000072

Philpot SM, Lavers JL, Nugegoda D, Gilmour ME, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Trace element concentrations in feathers of seven petrels (Pterodroma spp.). ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND POLLUTION RESEARCH, 26 (10) : 9640 - 9648. doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-04406-9

Bond AL, Carlson CJ, Burgio KR (2019) Local extinctions of insular avifauna on the most remote inhabited island in the world. JOURNAL OF ORNITHOLOGY, 160 (1) : 49 - 60. doi: 10.1007/s10336-018-1590-8

Puskic PS, Lavers JL, Adams LR, Grünenwald M, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Uncovering the sub-lethal impacts of plastic ingestion by shearwaters using fatty acid analysis.. Conserv Physiol, 7 (1) : doi: 10.1093/conphys/coz017

Grant ML, Lavers JL, Stuckenbrock S, Sharp PB, Bond AL (2018) The use of anthropogenic marine debris as a nesting material by brown boobies (Sula leucogaster). MARINE POLLUTION BULLETIN, 137 : 96 - 103. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.10.016

Lavers J, Lisovski S, Bond A (2018) Preliminary survival and movement data for a declining population of Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes in Western Australia provides insights into marine threats. Bird Conservation International, doi: 10.1017/S0959270918000084

Burgio K, Carlson C, Bond A (2018) Georeferenced sighting and specimen occurrence data of the extinct Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) from 1564 - 1944. Biodiversity Data Journal, 6 : e25280 - e25280. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.6.e25280

Lavers JL, Hutton I, Bond AL (2018) Ingestion of marine debris by Wedge-tailed Shearwaters ( Ardenna pacifica ) on Lord Howe Island, Australia during 2005–2018. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 133 : 616 - 621. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.06.023

Lavers JL, Hutton I, Bond A (null) Changes in technology and imperfect detection of nest contents impedes reliable estimates of population trends in burrowing seabirds. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17 : doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00579