Dr Ian McCarthy

Reader in Marine Biology

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Room: Room 108A, Nuffield Fish Lab

Phone: 01248 382862

E-mail: i.mccarthy@bangor.ac.uk

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I graduated with a degree in Marine Biology and Zoology from the University College of North Wales, bangor (as was Bangor University) in 1987 and undertook a PhD on individual variation in behavioural and physiological performance in salmonids and sea bass at Aberdeen University under the supervison of Prof. Dominic Houlihan between 1989 and 1992. I remained in Aberdeen for 4 years postdoctoral research studying the physiological ecology of salmonids and flounder. In 1996, I was awarded a NERC Fellowship and I moved to the University Field Station (Glasgow University) on Loch Lomondside to examine the effect of intraspecific variation in physiological performance on growth and life history strategies in salmonid fish. In 1999, I 'popped over the pond' to Mustang Island on the Gulf coast of south Texas to work for Prof. Lee Fuiman at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. My research in south Texas examined the sublethal effects of pollutants on the behavioural and physiological performance of marine fish larvae. I returned to Menai Bridge in February 2002 as a Lecturer in Fish Biology being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010 and appointed a Reader in 2016.

Although I trained as a fish biologist, my research interests have broadened and I now work on the behavioural and physiological ecology of aquatic animals (molluscs, echinoderms, crustaceans and fishes). In general, my research interest are:

  1. growth and energetics of aquatic animals (in particular protein synthesis/turnover, trade offs in energy allocation and physiological capacity to survive environmental change)
  2. Consistency of individual physiological and behavioural performance and impacts on life history strategies and fitness
  3. use of chemical tags (isotopes and trace elements) to examine feeding ecology and movement patterns
  4. population biology and management of temperate marine fisheries
  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. Published

    A perspective on Salvelinus research.

    Adams, C., Brännäs, E., Dempson, B., Knudsen, R., McCarthy, I. D., Power, M. & Winfield, I., 1 Aug 2010, In : Hydrobiologia. 650, 1, p. 1-2

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Published

    A stable isotope analysis of trophic polymorphism among Arctic charr from Loch Ericht, Scotland

    McCarthy, I. D., Fraser, D., Waldron, S. & Adams, C. E., 1 Nov 2004, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 65, 5, p. 1435-1440

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Published

    Age and growth validation of the small spotted grunt Pomadasys commersonnii (Lacepède, 1801) from the northwestern coast of the Arabian Sea of Oman.

    Al-Nahdi, A., Al-Sayabi, B. & McCarthy, I., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 34, 4, p. 834-841

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Age, growth and maturity of tub gurnard (Chelidonichthys lucerna Linnaeus 1758: Triglidae) in the inshore coastal waters of Northwest Wales, UK

    McCarthy, I. & Marriott, A., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 34, 3, p. 581-589

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published

    Age, growth and reproductive biology of Spangled Emperor, Lethrinus nebulosus (Forsskål, 1775), from the Arabian Sea, Oman.

    Al-Mamry, J. M., El Ganainy, A. A., McCarthy, I. D., Richardson, C. A. & Ben Meriem, S., 1 Jan 2007, In : Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research. 33, p. 395-410

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Published

    Allozyme heterozygosity, date of first feeding and life history strategy in Atlantic salmon

    McCarthy, I. D., Sanchez, J. A. & Blanco, G., 1 Feb 2003, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 62, 2, p. 341-357

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Published

    Aroclor 1254 affects growth and survival skills of Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus) larvae.

    McCarthy, I. D., Fuiman, L. E. & Alvarez, M. C., 1 Apr 2003, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 252, p. 295-301

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  9. Published

    Assessing the reproducibility of fractional rates of protein synthesis in muscle tissue measured using the flooding dose technique

    McCarthy, I. & Brown, J., Jul 2016, In : Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology. 197, p. 9-15

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  10. Published

    Biogeochemical tags in fish: predicting spatial variations in strontium and manganese in Salmo trutta scales using stream water geochemistry

    Ramsay, A. L., Hughes, R. N., Chenery, S. R. & McCarthy, I. D., 11 Nov 2014, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 72, 3, p. 422-433

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Published

    Biology of the kingsoldier bream (Argyrops spinifer, Forsskal 1775; Sparidae), from the Arabian Sea, Oman.

    Al Mamry, J. M., McCarthy, I. D., Richardson, C. A. & Ben Meriem, S., 1 Oct 2009, In : Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 25, 5, p. 559-564

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Published

    Comparison of the performance of scale and otolith microchemistry as fisheries research tools in a small upland catchment.

    Ramsay, A. L., Milner, N. J., Hughes, R. N. & McCarthy, I. D., 1 May 2011, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 68, 5, p. 823-833

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  13. Published

    Competitive ability is related to metabolic asymmetry in juvenile rainbow trout.

    McCarthy, I. D., 1 Oct 2001, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 59, 4, p. 1002-1014

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. Published

    Correlations between fitness and heterozygosity at allozyme and microsatellite loci in the Atlantic salmon, Salmar salar L.

    Borrell, Y. J., Pineda, H., McCarthy, I. D., Vazquez, E., Sanchez, J. A. & Lizana, G. B., 1 Jun 2004, In : Heredity. 92, 6, p. 585-593

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. Published

    Development of 30 microsatellite markers for dab (Limanda limanda L.): a key UK marine biomonitoring species.

    Tysklind, N., Taylor, M. I., Lyons, B. P., McCarthy, I. D. & Carvalho, G. R., 1 May 2009, In : Molecular Ecology Resources. 9, 3, p. 951-955

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Published

    Differences in mitochondrial efficiency explain individual variation in growth performance

    Salin, K., Villasevil, E., Anderson, G., Lamarre, S., Melanson, C., McCarthy, I., Selman, C. & Metcalfe, N., 21 Aug 2019, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 286

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. Published

    Discriminating nursery grounds of juvenile plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) in the south-eastern Irish Sea using otolith microchemistry

    Marriott, A., McCarthy, I., Ramsay, A. & Chenery, S. R., 21 Mar 2016, In : Marine Ecology: progress series. 546, p. 183-195

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  18. Published

    Distribution of ampullary pores on three catshark species (Apristurus spp.) suggest a vertical-ambush predatory behaviour

    Moore, D. M. & McCarthy, I. D., 9 Oct 2014, In : Aquatic Biology. 21, p. 261-265

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  19. Published

    Does breeding site fidelity drive phenotypic and genetic sub-structuring of a population of Arctic charr?

    Adams, C. E., Hamilton, D. J., McCarthy, I. D., Wilson, A. J., Grant, A., Alexander, G., Waldron, S., Snorasson, S. S., Ferguson, M. M. & Skulason, S., 1 Jan 2006, In : Evolutionary Ecology. 20, 1, p. 11-26

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. Published

    Evaluating ultrasonography as a non-lethal method for the assessment of maturity in oviparous elasmobranchs.

    Whittamore, J. M., Bloomer, C., Hanna, G. M. & McCarthy, I. D., 1 Dec 2010, In : Marine Biology. 157, 12, p. 2613-2624

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. Published

    Fish scale δ15N and δ13C values provide biogeochemical tags of fish comparable in performance to element concentrations in scales and otoliths

    Ramsay, A. L., Milner, N. J., Hughes, R. N. & McCarthy, I. D., 1 Sep 2012, In : Hydrobiologia. 694, 1, p. 183-196

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  22. Published

    Gastropod shell size and architecture influence the applicability of methods used to estimate internal volume

    Ragagnin, M., Gorman, D., McCarthy, I., Sant'Anna, B., Campi de Castro, C. & Turra, A., 11 Jan 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 440.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  23. Published

    Growth and protein metabolism in red drum (Sciaenops ocellatus) larvae exposed to environmental levels of atrazine and malathion.

    McCarthy, I. D. & Fuiman, L. A., 30 Jul 2008, In : Aquatic Toxicology. 88, 4, p. 220-229

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  24. Published

    Identifying migratory Salmo trutta using carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios

    McCarthy, I. D. & Waldron, S., 15 Aug 2000, In : Rapid communications in Mass Spectrometry. 14, 15, p. 1325-1331

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  25. Published

    Individuals Maintain Similar Rates of Protein Synthesis Over Time on the Same Plane of Nutrition Under Controlled Environmental Conditions

    McCarthy, I. D., Owen, S. F., Watt, P. W. & Houlihan, D. F., 28 Mar 2016, In : PLoS ONE. 11, 3, p. e0152239

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  26. Published

    Isolation and characterization of 12 dinucleotide microsatellite loci in the anadromous fish Osmerus eperlanus (L.)

    Taylor, A. N., Taylor, M. I., McCarthy, I. D. & Beaumont, A. R., 1 May 2008, In : Molecular Ecology Resources. 8, 3, p. 581-583

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  27. Published

    Isolation and characterization of 28 new microsatellite markers for European flounder (Platichthys flesus L.)

    Tysklind, N., Neuparth, T., Ashcroft, G. R., Taylor, M. I., Lyons, B. P., McCarthy, I. D. & Carvalho, G. R., 1 May 2009, In : Molecular Ecology Resources. 9, 3, p. 1065-1068

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  28. Published

    Life history strategies and protein metabolism in overwintering juvenile Atlantic salmon: growth is enhanced in early migrants through lower protein turnover.

    Morgan, I. J., McCarthy, I. D. & Metcalfe, N. B., 1 Mar 2000, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 56, 3, p. 637-647

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  29. Published

    Maternal body burdens of methylmercury impair survival skills of offspring in Atlantic croaker (Micropogonias undulatus).

    Alvarez, M. D., Murphy, C. A., Rose, K. A., McCarthy, I. D. & Fuiman, L. A., 1 Dec 2006, In : Aquatic Toxicology. 80, 4, p. 329-337

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  30. Published

    Nursery grounds, movement patterns and growth rates of dusky sharks, Carcharhinus obscurus: a long-term tag and release study in South African waters.

    Hussey, N. E., McCarthy, I. D., Dudley, S. F. & Mann, B. Q., 19 Jun 2009, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 60, 6, p. 571-583

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  31. Published

    Occurrence of legacy and emerging organic pollutants in whitemouth croakers from Southeastern Brazil

    Pizzochero, A. C., de la Torre, A., Sanz, P., Navarro, I., Michel, L., Lepoint, G., Das, K., Schnitzler, J., Chenery, S., McCarthy, I., Malm, O., Dorneles, P. & Martinez, M. A., 10 Sep 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 682, p. 719-728 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  32. Published

    Phylogenetic and ecological factors influencing the number and distribution of electroreceptors in elasmobranchs

    Kempster, R. M., McCarthy, I. D. & Collin, S. P., Apr 2012, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 80, 5, p. 2055-2088

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  33. Published

    Population biology and ageing of the deep water sharks Galeus melastomus, Centroselachus crepidater and Apristurus aphyodes from the Rockall Trough, north-east Atlantic

    Moore, D. M., Neat, F. C. & Mccarthy, I. D., Nov 2013, In : Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 93, 7, p. 1941-1950

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  34. Published

    Population biology of grey gurnard (Eutrigla gurnardus L.; Triglidae) in the coastal waters of Northwest Wales

    McCarthy, I., Cant, J. & Marriott, A., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 34, 4, p. 896-905

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  35. Published

    Population biology of the red gurnard (Aspitrigla cuculus L.; Triglidae) in the inshore waters of Eastern Anglesey and Northwest Wales.

    Marriott, A., Latchford, J. W. & McCarthy, I. D., 1 Aug 2010, In : Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 26, 4, p. 504-512

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  36. Published

    Population genetics provides new insights into biomarker prevalence in dab (Limanda limanda L.): a key marine biomonitoring species

    Tysklind, N., Taylor, M. I., Lyons, B. P., Goodsir, F., McCarthy, I. D. & Carvalho, G. R., 1 Sep 2013, In : Evolutionary Applications. 6, 6, p. 891-909

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  37. Published

    Post-prandial changes in protein synthesis in red drum (Sciaenops acellatus) larvae.

    McCarthy, I. D. & Fuiman, L. A., 1 Jun 2011, In : Journal of Experimental Biology. 214, 11, p. 1821-1828

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  38. Published

    Repeatability of escape response performance in the queen scallop, Aequipecten opercularis

    Laming, S. R., Jenkins, S. R. & McCarthy, I. D., Sep 2013, In : Journal of Experimental Biology. 216, 17, p. 3264-3272

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  39. Published

    Sensitivity to near-future CO2 conditions in marine crabs depends on their compensatory capacities for salinity change

    Whiteley, N., Suckling, C., Ciotti, B., Brown, J., McCarthy, I., Gimenez Noya, J. & Hauton, C., 23 Oct 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 15639, p. 1-13 13 p., 8:15639.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  40. Published

    Short-term size-specific distribution and movement patterns of juvenile flatfish in a Pacific estuary derived through length-frequency and mark-recapture data.

    Herzka, S. Z., Griffiths, R., Fodrie, F. J. & McCarthy, I. D., 1 Mar 2009, In : Ciencias Marinas. 35, 1, p. 41-57

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  41. Published

    Species, sex, size and male maturity composition of previously unreported elasmobranch landings in Kuwait, Qatar and Abu Dhabi Emirate

    Moore, A. B., McCarthy, I. D., Carvalho, G. R. & Pierce, R., 1 Apr 2012, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 80, 5, p. 1619-1642

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  42. Published

    Stable isotope analysis reveals ecological segregation in a bimodal size polymorphism in Arctic charr from Loch Tay, Scotland.

    Adams, C. E., Fraser, D., McCarthy, I. D., Shields, S., Waldron, S. & Alexander, G., 1 Feb 2003, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 62, 2, p. 474-481

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  43. Published

    Stable isotope profiles of large marine predators: viable indicators of trophic position, diet, and movement in sharks?

    Hussey, N. E., Dudley, S. F., McCarthy, I. D., Cliff, G. & Fisk, A. T., 1 Dec 2011, In : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 68, 12, p. 2029-2045

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  44. Published

    Stable isotope signatures reveal small-scale spatial separation in populations of European sea bass

    Overy, T. L., Cambie, G., Kaiser, M. J., Marriott, A. L., Fox, J., Lambert, G., Hiddink, J. G., Overy, T., Bennet, S. A., Leng, M. J. & McCarthy, I. D., 21 Mar 2016, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 546, p. 213-223

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  45. Published

    Strategies for using population genetic markers in the European sentinel flatfish species Dab (Limanda limanda)

    Lyons, B. P., Tysklind, N., Stentiford, G. D., Feist, S. W., Taylor, M. I., McCarthy, I. D. & Carvalho, G. R., 1 Jul 2008, In : Marine Environmental Research. 66, 1, p. 179-180

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  46. Published

    Temporal repeatability of relative standard metabolic rate in juvenile Atlantic salmon and its relation to life history variation

    McCarthy, I. D., 1 Jul 2000, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 57, 1, p. 224-238

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  47. Published

    The Welsh Torgoch (Salvelinus alpinus): a short review of its distribution and ecology.

    McCarthy, I. D., 1 Mar 2007, In : Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 16, 1, p. 34-40

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  48. Published

    The condition conundrum: application of multiple condition indices to the dusky shark Carcharhinus obscurus

    Hussey, N. E., Cocks, D. T., Dudley, S. F., McCarthy, I. D. & Wintner, S. P., 7 Apr 2009, In : Marine Ecology Progress Series. 380, p. 199-212

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  49. Published

    The effect of dietary flumequine on food consumption and growth in rainbow trout

    Moutou, K. A., McCarthy, I. D. & Houlihan, D. F., 1 Jan 2001, In : Aquaculture International. 9, 1, p. 95-102

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  50. Published

    The growth of a Welsh strain of Arctic charr Salvelinus alpinus (L.) and investigations into its aquaculture potential.

    Berrill, I. K. & McCarthy, I. D., 1 Jun 2008, In : Journal of Fish Biology. 72, 10, p. 2700-2706

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  51. Published

    The influence of environmental gradients on individual behaviour: individual plasticity is consistent across risk and temperature gradients. Consistent plasticity across gradients

    Cornwell, T. O., McCarthy, I. D., Snyder, C. R. A. & Biro, P. A., Apr 2019, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 88, 4, p. 511-520

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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