Dr Trevor McIntyre


Dr. McIntyre has broad research interests in the behaviour and general ecology of vertebrates, and particularly in how phenotypic plasticity allows animals to exploit varied environments. Much of his research has focused on studying the at-sea behaviours of marine mammals in the sub-Antarctic and Antarctic, particularly through the use of animal-borne biologging instruments. Other ongoing interests include studies on the ecology of otters, human-wildlife conflicts, as well as behavioural plasticity in reptiles. He is active in the international scientific community and currently also serves as co-Editor-in-Chief of Polar Record (Cambridge University Press). 

Position:   Researcher & Senior Lecturer

PhD (Zoology), University of Pretoria

MSc (Resource Conservation Biology), University of the Witwatersrand

BSc Hons (Zoology), Rand Afrikaans University

BSc (Biological Sciences), Rand Afrikaans University

Discipline:   Zoology
Campus:   Pietermaritzburg
Telephone:   033 260 5118
Email:   McIntyreT@ukzn.ac.za
Research Areas   

Movement ecology

Dive behaviour


Behavioural plasticity

Recent Publications:


Treasure, A.M. et al.  (2017) Marine Mammals Exploring the Oceans Pole to Pole: a review of the MEOP consortium. Oceanography 30(2): 132-138.

Jordaan, R., Somers, M.J. & McIntyre, T. (2017) Dancing to the message: African clawless otter scent marking behaviour. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 28(2) doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4404/hystrix-28.2-12264

McIntyre, T., Bester, M.N., Bornemann, H., Tosh, C.A. & de Bruyn, P.J.N.  (2017) Slow to change? Individual foraging fidelity to three-dimensional habitats in southern elephant seals, Mirounga leonina. Animal Behaviour 127: 91-99.

Hindell, M.A. et al. (2016) Circumpolar habitat use in a deep-diving Southern Ocean predator, the southern elephant seal: implications for foraging success and population trajectories. Ecosphere 7(5): e01213. 10.1002/ecs2.1213

McIntyre T., Donaldson, A. & Bester, M.N. (2016) Spatial and temporal patterns of changes in condition of southern elephant seals. Antarctic Science 28(2): 81-90.

Research Profile:    Research Gate

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