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Ecology and Conservation

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Lecturer in Marine Biology

 Stella Turk Building B046-028


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


I am a Lecturer in Marine Biology with an interest in the evolutionary biology and ecology of cetaceans and deep-sea megafauna. My work focuses on understanding the drivers of evolution in open water environments, particularly in relation to paleoclimate change.


2020 PhD Biological Sciences, University College, Durham University
2010 MMBiol Master of Marine Biology, Bangor University


Prior to joining the University of Exeter, I spent several years organising and leading marine expeditions around the world for Ocean Census, Operation Wallacea and as Chief Scientist of an expedition ship. In the past three years I have spent more than a year at sea, conducting research from Antarctica to Canada - spanning the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific – and making several submersible dives to the deep-sea. 

Additionally, I have spent time as a Marine Lead Advisor for Natural England, where I was Marine Mammal Lead for the Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Team, as well as working as a Marine & Fisheries Scientist for the Ascension Island Conservation Department. Earlier in my career I spent several years working as a Research Officer on various fish focused research projects at Bangor University.

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Research interests

  • Deep-sea Megafauna
  • Cetaceans
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Paleoclimate Change


Moore DM, Natoli A, Papale E, Cunningham EG, de Silva MA, Genov T, Moura A, Gaspari S, Buscaino G, Grocke D, Hoelzel AR (In Review) Population genomics and the environmental drivers of differentiation in a cosmopolitan marine predator, Tursiops truncatus

Moore DM, Cunningham EG, Crowder K, Grocke DR (In Review) Establishing the limitations to utilizing archived marine mammal samples for Stable Isotope Analysis. 

Moore DM, Flink AE, Prendergast E, & Gilbert A (2023) Personal submersibles offer novel ecological research access to Antarctic waters: an example, with observations of the rarely encountered scyphozoan Stygiomedusa giganteaPolar Research42.8873. 

Vargas‐Fonseca OA, Yates P, Kirkman SP, Pistorius PA, Moore DM, Natoli A, Cockcroft V and Hoelzel AR (2021) Population structure associated with bioregion and seasonal prey distribution for Indo‐Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in South Africa. Molecular Ecology30(19), pp.4642-4659.

Moura A, Shreves K, Pilot M, Andrews K, Moore DM, Kishida T, Möller L, Natoli A, Gaspari S, McGowen M, Chen I, Gray H, Gore M, Culloch R, Kiani MS, Willson M, Bulushi A, Collins T, Baldwin R, Willson A, Minton G, Ponnampalam L, Hoelzel AR, (2020) Phylogenomics of the genus Tursiops and closely related Delphininae reveals extensive reticulation among lineages and provides inference about eco-evolutionary drivers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 146, p.106756

McCarthy I, Jones N, Moore DM, Berlinsky DL, (2019) Determining the optimum temperature and salinity for larval culture and describing a culture protocol for the conservation aquaculture for European smelt Osmerus eperlanus. Journal of Applied Ichthyology.

O’Neil K, Cunningham EG, Moore DM. (2019) Sudden seasonal occurrence of humpback whales Megaptera novaeangliae in the Firth of Forth, Scotland and first confirmed movement between high-latitude feeding grounds and United Kingdom waters. Marine Biodiversity Records. 12(1) 1-5

Gridley T, Elwen S, Harris G, Moore DM, Hoelzel AR, Lampen F, (2018) Hybridization in bottlenose dolphins - A case study of Tursiops aduncus × T. truncatus hybrids and successful backcross hybridization events. Plos One. 13(9), p.e0201722

Gaither MR, Gkafas GA, de Jong M, Sarigol F, Neat F, Regnier T, Moore DM, Grocke DR, Hall N, Liu X, Kenny J, Lucaci A, Hughes M, Haldenby S, Hoelzel AR, (2018) Genomics of habitat choice and adaptive evolution in the deep sea. Nature Ecology and Evolution. 2(4) 680-687

Moore DM, McCarthy ID (2014) Distribution of ampullary pores on three catshark species (Apristurus spp.) suggest a vertical-ambush predatory behaviour Aquatic Biology. 21(3) 261-265

Moore DM, Neat FC, McCarthy ID, (2013) Potential for using vertebral growth bands to age the deep-water sharks Galeus melastomus, Centroselachus crepidater and Apristurus aphyodes and new information on their maturation schedules. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 93(07) 1941-1950

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I am the Module Convenor for BIO1433 - Marine Biology. If you have any questions about this module or its content then please get in touch.

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Office Hours:

My office hours are:

Monday - Friday 14:00-17:00

Please send me an email to book a meeting slot.

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