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Dr Matt Wood

Senior Lecturer in Biology

I’m a binocular-wearing field biologist with a fondness for islands, and it’s great to be able to bring that into my work on seabird populations and disease ecology. Chevron icon


I’m a binocular-wearing field biologist with a fondness for islands, and I’m very fortunate to be able to bring that to my work on seabird populations. I’m fascinated by the study of animals in wild places, to understand how and why populations change, which is so important in our rapidly-changing world. That passion underpins my teaching in ecology, evolution and marine biology.


  • BSc (Hons): Biology, University of Manchester, 1995
  • MSc: Ecology, University of Wales, Bangor, 1996
  • PhD: Evolutionary ecology, University of Sheffield, 2001


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Membership of professional bodies

British Ecological Society, British Trust for Ornithology, UK Seabird Group

Teaching & Research




Marine Biology

Avian Biology

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertations


Most of my research in population biology is on islands in Pembrokeshire (Wales), from the dynamics of seabird populations to disease ecology. Projects include: climate and the demography of seabirds, microplastics in marine ecosystems, and developing new technologies for seabird monitoring, including thermal imaging and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones).

Recent grants:

- Analytical tool for playback census of burrow nesting seabirds (JNCC)

- Historical reanalysis of population estimates of European Storm Petrels on Skokholm Island, Wales (Natural Resources Wales)

- Whole island censuses of European Storm Petrels and Manx Shearwaters on Skokholm, Skomer and Middleholm Islands (Natural Resources Wales, National Trust)

I am the Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Natural & Social Sciences


More publications from Dr Matt Wood can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

Associate Editor, Ibis (International Journal of Avian Science)

Management of six long-term seabird population studies on Skomer Island, with funding from JNCC’s Seabird Monitoring Programme

Chair, Skokholm & Skomer Islands Conservation Advisory Committee Seabirds Group

Member, JNCC Seabird Monitoring Programme Steering Group

Member, Natural England / RSPB Gull Research Group

Subject for media interview