Ben Bluck

About Me

I am a recently started PhD student at the University of Southampton, working in behavioural ecology and environmental engineering, with a focus on freshwater fish movement and the effects of the presence/absence of light. Alongside this, I am hugely interested in animal cognition and personality, functional morphology, and sharks (the sharks are a bit of a theme). Beyond my studies, I have also had the opportunity to work as a ranger for Northumberland National Park in my childhood backyard, which involved a lot of getting cold and wet – perfect preparation for fish science! Outside of work, I enjoy reading fantasy and classics, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and have recently taken up bouldering, an interesting choice for someone with a crippling fear of heights…

Click below to read articles from Ben on Ecology for the Masses.

The Guilt of One Shark: The History of the “Rogue Shark” Theory

Great Minds (Don’t Always) Think Alike: Recognising Animal Intelligence

Media Misconduct, Public Paranoia, and the Vanishing of the Adder