Dr Alex Bond

Dr Alexander Bond

Senior Curator in Charge, Birds Tring

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
Contact: email
Phone: +44 (0)20 7942 6162
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Bird Group

Alexander Bond

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, Canada, 2007 - 2011

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

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

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator in Charge of Birds, Natural History Museum, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Associate, University of the Highlands and Islands, Environmental Research Institute-North Highland College, United Kingdom, 2018 - 2022

Honorary Researcher, University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, 2017 - 2023

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

Editor in chief, Avian Conservation and Ecology, 2019 - on going.

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

Publications

Provencher JF, Liboiron M, Borrelle SB, Bond AL, Rochman C, Lavers JL, Avery-Gomm S, Yamashita R, Ryan PG, Lusher AL, Hammer S, Bradshaw H, Khan J, Mallory ML (2020) A Horizon Scan of research priorities to inform policies aimed at reducing the harm of plastic pollution to biota. Science of The Total Environment, 733 : 139381 - 139381. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139381

Requena S, Oppel S, Bond AL, Hall J, Cleeland J, Crawford RJM, Davies D, Dilley BJ, Glass T, Makhado A, Ratcliffe N, Reid TA, Ronconi RA, Schofield A, Steinfurth A, Wege M, Bester M, Ryan PG (null) Marine hotspots of activity inform protection of a threatened community of pelagic species in a large oceanic jurisdiction. Animal Conservation, doi: 10.1111/acv.12572

Bond AL, Jones IL (2020) Relationships between mercury burden, sex, and sexually selected feather ornaments in crested auklet (Aethia cristatella). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27 (14) : 16640 - 16645. doi: 10.1007/s11356-020-08219-z

Lavers JL, Humphreys-Williams E, Crameri NJ, Bond AL (2020) Trace element concentrations in feathers from three seabird species breeding in the Timor Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 151 : 110876 - 110876. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110876

O’Hanlon NJ, Bond AL, James NA, Masden EA (2020) Oil Vulnerability Index, Impact on Arctic Bird Populations (Proposing a Method for Calculating an Oil Vulnerability Index for the Arctic Seabirds), In: Arctic Marine Sustainability, Springer International Publishing : 73 - 94.

Christensen-Dalsgaard S, Anker-Nilssen T, Crawford R, Bond A, Sigurðsson GM, Glemarec G, Hansen ES, Kadin M, Kindt-Larsen L, Mallory M, Merkel FR, Petersen A, Provencher J, Bærum KM (2019) What’s the catch with lumpsuckers? A North Atlantic study of seabird bycatch in lumpsucker gillnet fisheries. Biological Conservation, 240 : 108278 - 108278. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108278

Lavers JL, Sharp PB, Stuckenbrock S, Bond AL (2020) Entrapment in plastic debris endangers hermit crabs. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 387 : 121703 - 121703. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121703

Mackay AW, Adger D, Bond AL, Giles S, Ochu E (2019) Straight-washing ecological legacies. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (12) : 1611 - 1611. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-1025-9

Cooper N, Bond AL, Davis JL, Portela Miguez R, Tomsett L, Helgen KM (2019) Sex biases in bird and mammal natural history collections. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1913) : 20192025 - 20192025. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2025

Serra-Gonçalves C, Lavers JL, Bond AL (2019) Global Review of Beach Debris Monitoring and Future Recommendations. Environmental Science & Technology, 53 (21) : 12158 - 12167. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b01424

Ward S, Fournier AMV, Bond AL (2019) Assessing gaps in reporting non-target mortality in island rodent eradication operations. Biological Invasions, 21 (10) : 3101 - 3108. doi: 10.1007/s10530-019-02032-7

O'Hanlon NJ, Bond AL, Lavers JL, Masden EA, James NA (2019) Monitoring nest incorporation of anthropogenic debris by Northern Gannets across their range. Environmental Pollution, 255 : 113152 - 113152. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113152

Lavers JL, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Clinical Pathology of Plastic Ingestion in Marine Birds and Relationships with Blood Chemistry. Environmental Science & Technology, 53 (15) : 9224 - 9231. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b02098

Movalli P, Duke G, Ramello G, Dekker R, Vrezec A, Shore RF, García-Fernández A, Wernham C, Krone O, Alygizakis N, Badry A, Barbagli F, Biesmeijer K, Boano G, Bond AL, Choresh Y, Christensen JB, Cincinelli A, Danielsson S, Dias A, Dietz R, Eens M, Espín S, Eulaers I, Frahnert S, Fuiz TI, Gkotsis G, Glowacka N, Gómez-Ramírez P, Grotti M, Guiraud M, Hosner P, Johansson U, Jaspers VLB, Kamminga P, Koschorreck J, Knopf B, Kubin E, LoBrutto S, Lourenco R, Martellini T, Martínez-López E, Mateo R, Nika M-C, Nikolopoulou V, Osborn D, Pauwels O, Pavia M, Pereira MG, Rüdel H, Sanchez-Virosta P, Slobodnik J, Sonne C, Thomaidis N, Töpfer T, Treu G, Väinölä R, Valkama J, van der Mije S, Vangeluwe D, Warren BH, Woog F (2019) Progress on bringing together raptor collections in Europe for contaminant research and monitoring in relation to chemicals regulation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 26 (20) : 20132 - 20136. doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-05340-6

Lavers JL, Stivaktakis G, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Detection of ultrafine plastics ingested by seabirds using tissue digestion. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142 : 470 - 474. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.04.001

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. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 16 (153) : 20190115 - 20190115. 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 (null) Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates. PLOS ONE, 14 (3) : e0212128 - e0212128. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212128

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. Conservation Physiology, 7 (1) : doi: 10.1093/conphys/coz017

Steinfurth A, Booth JM, White J, Bond AL, McQuaid CD (2019) Sexual and geographic dimorphism in northern rockhopper penguins breeding in the South Atlantic Ocean. Endangered Species Research, 39 : 293 - 302. doi: 10.3354/esr00970

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 JENNIFERL, LISOVSKI SIMEON, BOND ALEXANDERL (2019) 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, 29 (2) : 327 - 337. doi: 10.1017/s0959270918000084

Burgio K, Carlson C, Bond A (null) 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 AL (2019) Changes in technology and imperfect detection of nest contents impedes reliable estimates of population trends in burrowing seabirds. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17 : e00579 - e00579. 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, Canada, 2007 - 2011

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

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

Employment history

Academic

Senior Curator in Charge of Birds, Natural History Museum, Department of Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2017 - ongoing

Associate, University of the Highlands and Islands, Environmental Research Institute-North Highland College, United Kingdom, 2018 - 2022

Honorary Researcher, University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia, 2017 - 2023

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

Editor in chief, Avian Conservation and Ecology, 2019 - on going.

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

Publications

Publications

Provencher JF, Liboiron M, Borrelle SB, Bond AL, Rochman C, Lavers JL, Avery-Gomm S, Yamashita R, Ryan PG, Lusher AL, Hammer S, Bradshaw H, Khan J, Mallory ML (2020) A Horizon Scan of research priorities to inform policies aimed at reducing the harm of plastic pollution to biota. Science of The Total Environment, 733 : 139381 - 139381. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139381

Requena S, Oppel S, Bond AL, Hall J, Cleeland J, Crawford RJM, Davies D, Dilley BJ, Glass T, Makhado A, Ratcliffe N, Reid TA, Ronconi RA, Schofield A, Steinfurth A, Wege M, Bester M, Ryan PG (null) Marine hotspots of activity inform protection of a threatened community of pelagic species in a large oceanic jurisdiction. Animal Conservation, doi: 10.1111/acv.12572

Bond AL, Jones IL (2020) Relationships between mercury burden, sex, and sexually selected feather ornaments in crested auklet (Aethia cristatella). Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27 (14) : 16640 - 16645. doi: 10.1007/s11356-020-08219-z

Lavers JL, Humphreys-Williams E, Crameri NJ, Bond AL (2020) Trace element concentrations in feathers from three seabird species breeding in the Timor Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 151 : 110876 - 110876. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.110876

O’Hanlon NJ, Bond AL, James NA, Masden EA (2020) Oil Vulnerability Index, Impact on Arctic Bird Populations (Proposing a Method for Calculating an Oil Vulnerability Index for the Arctic Seabirds), In: Arctic Marine Sustainability, Springer International Publishing : 73 - 94.

Christensen-Dalsgaard S, Anker-Nilssen T, Crawford R, Bond A, Sigurðsson GM, Glemarec G, Hansen ES, Kadin M, Kindt-Larsen L, Mallory M, Merkel FR, Petersen A, Provencher J, Bærum KM (2019) What’s the catch with lumpsuckers? A North Atlantic study of seabird bycatch in lumpsucker gillnet fisheries. Biological Conservation, 240 : 108278 - 108278. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108278

Lavers JL, Sharp PB, Stuckenbrock S, Bond AL (2020) Entrapment in plastic debris endangers hermit crabs. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 387 : 121703 - 121703. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121703

Mackay AW, Adger D, Bond AL, Giles S, Ochu E (2019) Straight-washing ecological legacies. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (12) : 1611 - 1611. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-1025-9

Cooper N, Bond AL, Davis JL, Portela Miguez R, Tomsett L, Helgen KM (2019) Sex biases in bird and mammal natural history collections. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 286 (1913) : 20192025 - 20192025. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2025

Serra-Gonçalves C, Lavers JL, Bond AL (2019) Global Review of Beach Debris Monitoring and Future Recommendations. Environmental Science & Technology, 53 (21) : 12158 - 12167. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b01424

Ward S, Fournier AMV, Bond AL (2019) Assessing gaps in reporting non-target mortality in island rodent eradication operations. Biological Invasions, 21 (10) : 3101 - 3108. doi: 10.1007/s10530-019-02032-7

O'Hanlon NJ, Bond AL, Lavers JL, Masden EA, James NA (2019) Monitoring nest incorporation of anthropogenic debris by Northern Gannets across their range. Environmental Pollution, 255 : 113152 - 113152. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113152

Lavers JL, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Clinical Pathology of Plastic Ingestion in Marine Birds and Relationships with Blood Chemistry. Environmental Science & Technology, 53 (15) : 9224 - 9231. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b02098

Movalli P, Duke G, Ramello G, Dekker R, Vrezec A, Shore RF, García-Fernández A, Wernham C, Krone O, Alygizakis N, Badry A, Barbagli F, Biesmeijer K, Boano G, Bond AL, Choresh Y, Christensen JB, Cincinelli A, Danielsson S, Dias A, Dietz R, Eens M, Espín S, Eulaers I, Frahnert S, Fuiz TI, Gkotsis G, Glowacka N, Gómez-Ramírez P, Grotti M, Guiraud M, Hosner P, Johansson U, Jaspers VLB, Kamminga P, Koschorreck J, Knopf B, Kubin E, LoBrutto S, Lourenco R, Martellini T, Martínez-López E, Mateo R, Nika M-C, Nikolopoulou V, Osborn D, Pauwels O, Pavia M, Pereira MG, Rüdel H, Sanchez-Virosta P, Slobodnik J, Sonne C, Thomaidis N, Töpfer T, Treu G, Väinölä R, Valkama J, van der Mije S, Vangeluwe D, Warren BH, Woog F (2019) Progress on bringing together raptor collections in Europe for contaminant research and monitoring in relation to chemicals regulation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 26 (20) : 20132 - 20136. doi: 10.1007/s11356-019-05340-6

Lavers JL, Stivaktakis G, Hutton I, Bond AL (2019) Detection of ultrafine plastics ingested by seabirds using tissue digestion. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 142 : 470 - 474. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2019.04.001

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. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 16 (153) : 20190115 - 20190115. 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 (null) Globally important islands where eradicating invasive mammals will benefit highly threatened vertebrates. PLOS ONE, 14 (3) : e0212128 - e0212128. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0212128

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. Conservation Physiology, 7 (1) : doi: 10.1093/conphys/coz017

Steinfurth A, Booth JM, White J, Bond AL, McQuaid CD (2019) Sexual and geographic dimorphism in northern rockhopper penguins breeding in the South Atlantic Ocean. Endangered Species Research, 39 : 293 - 302. doi: 10.3354/esr00970

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 JENNIFERL, LISOVSKI SIMEON, BOND ALEXANDERL (2019) 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, 29 (2) : 327 - 337. doi: 10.1017/s0959270918000084

Burgio K, Carlson C, Bond A (null) 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 AL (2019) Changes in technology and imperfect detection of nest contents impedes reliable estimates of population trends in burrowing seabirds. Global Ecology and Conservation, 17 : e00579 - e00579. doi: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00579