Dr Graeme Shannon

Lecturer in Zoology (Behaviour)

Contact info

Location: 304 Environment Centre Wales

Tel: 01248 382318

Website: www.wildliferesearch.co.uk


My research and teaching centres on the fields of animal behaviour, ecology and conservation, with particular focus on the effects of human activities on wildlife, animal cognition and the behavioural ecology of large herbivores. I have studied African elephants over the past two decades, addressing questions on foraging and movement ecology as well as investigating the detailed social and ecological knowledge of elephant family groups and the role of the matriarch. The research that I have conducted on elephant cognition has involved extensive use of acoustic playbacks, whereby animal vocalisations are broadcast to study the responses of elephants to social and ecological threats. More recently, I have applied these playback techniques to understand the effects of anthropogenic noise - a growing source of environmental disturbance - on animal behavior and wildlife ecology. I am also interested in the role that large herbivores play in ecosystem function and structure in natural and human altered habitats. This has led to the development of a project exploring fallow deer behaviour and habitat utilisation in the Elwy Valley, North Wales.

  1. Article › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    Conservation behavior in action: a comment on Harding et al

    Shannon, G., Dec 2019, In : Behavioral Ecology. 30, 6, p. 1513-1514 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  4. Published

    A framework to assess evolutionary responses to anthropogenic light and sound

    Swaddle, J. P., Francis, C., Barber, J., Cooper, C., Kyba, C., Dominoni, D., Shannon, G., Aschehoug, E., Goodwin, S., Kawahara, A., Luther, D., Spoelstra, K., Voss, M. & Longcore, T., 1 Sep 2015, In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 30, 9, p. 550-560

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. A synthesis of two decades of research documenting the effects of noise on wildlife

    Shannon, G., McKenna, M. F., Angeloni, L. M., Crooks, K., Fristrup, K. M., Brown, E., Warner, K. A., Nelson, M. D., White, C., Briggs, J., McFarland, S. & Wittemyer, G., 4 Oct 2016, In : Biological Reviews. 91, 4, p. 982 1005 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published

    Alarm call modification by prairie dogs in the presence of juveniles

    Wilson-Henjum, G., Job, J., McKenna, M. F., Shannon, G. & Wittemyer, G., May 2019, In : Ethology. 37, 2, p. 167-174 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Behavioral responses associated with a human-mediated predator shelter

    Shannon, G., Cordes, L. S., Angeloni, L., Hardy, A. & Crooks, K., 9 Apr 2014, In : PLoS ONE. 9, 4, e94630.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Published

    Characterizing anthropogenic noise to improve understanding and management of impacts to wildlife

    McKenna, M. F., Shannon, G. & Fristrup, K., 28 Nov 2016, In : Endangered Species Research. 31, p. 279-291 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  9. Published

    Elephants can determine ethnicity, gender, and age from acoustic cues in human voices

    Shannon, G. W., McComb, K., Shannon, G., Sayialel, K. N. & Moss, C., 10 Mar 2014, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 111, 14, p. 5433-5438

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  10. Rangeland dynamics: investigating vegetation composition and structure of urban and exurban prairie dog habitat

    Hopson, R., Meiman, P. & Shannon, G., 29 Jan 2015, In : PeerJ. 3

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Recommended survey designs for occupancy modelling using motion-activated cameras: insights from empirical wildlife data

    Shannon, G., Lewis, J. S. & Gerber, B. D., 28 Aug 2014, In : PeerJ. 2, e532.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Published

    Road noise causes earlier predator detection and flight response in a free-ranging mammal

    Shannon, G. W., Crooks, K. R., Wittemyer, G., Fristrup, K. M. & Angeloni, L. M., 7 Apr 2016, In : Behavioral Ecology. 27, 5, p. 1370-1375

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  13. Published

    Road traffic noise modifies behaviour of a keystone species

    Shannon, G. W., Shannon, G., Angeloni, L. M., Wittmeyer, G., Fristrup, K. M. & Crooks, K. R., 7 Jul 2014, In : Animal Behaviour. 94, p. 135-141

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. E-pub ahead of print

    Sleeping Eurasian oystercatchers adjust their vigilance in response to the behaviour of neighbours, human disturbance and environmental conditions

    McBlain, M., Jones, K. & Shannon, G., 25 Jun 2020, In : Journal of Zoology. p. 1-10 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. Published

    Vocal characteristics of prairie dog alarm calls across an urban noise gradient

    Shannon, G., McKenna, M. F., Wilson-Henjum, G., Angeloni, L., Crooks, K. & Wittemyer, G., Mar 2020, In : Behavioral Ecology. 31, 2, p. 393-400

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Chapter › Research › Not peer-reviewed
  17. Published

    Ecological Consequences of Ecotourism for Wildlife Populations and Communities

    Shannon, G., Larson, C. L., Reed, S. E., Krooks, K. R. & Angeloni, L. M., 21 Aug 2017, Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril. Blumstein, D. T., Geoffrey, B., Samia, D. S. M. & Bessa, E. (eds.). Springer International Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter