Thomas Breithaupt

Dr Thomas Breithaupt

Senior Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Summary

Dr Thomas Breithaupt has been studying the sensory ecology of aquatic and terrestrial animals for more than 25 years. His research is driven by his fascination in the sensory world and behaviour of animals, and how animals extract and respond to information from their specific habitat. Dr Breithaupt is most interested in how animals communicate by chemicals, and how they respond to chemical and mechanical (sound and vibration) stimuli from predators, prey and conspecifics. As natural environments are threatened by chemical pollution, noise and vibrations, he believes we need to understand how animal senses and behaviours cope with these challenges. Publications on catfish wake following behaviour, lobster chemical communication and visualisation of crayfish chemical signals have been highlighted in various international online and printed science news portals and blogs.

Journal Article

Sensitivity of the mussel Mytilus edulis to substrate-borne vibration in relation to anthropogenically generated noise

Roberts, L., Cheesman, S., Breithaupt, T., & Elliott, M. (2015). Sensitivity of the mussel Mytilus edulis to substrate-borne vibration in relation to anthropogenically generated noise. Marine ecology progress series, 538, 185-195. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps11468

Sensitivity of Pagurus bernhardus (L.) to substrate-borne vibration and anthropogenic noise

Roberts, L., Cheesman, S., Elliott, M., & Breithaupt, T. (2016). Sensitivity of Pagurus bernhardus (L.) to substrate-borne vibration and anthropogenic noise. Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, 474, 185-194. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.09.014

Fighting over burrows : the emergence of dominance hierarchies in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus)

Sbragaglia, V., Leiva, D., Arias, A., Garcia, J. A., Aguzzi, J., & Breithaupt, T. (2017). Fighting over burrows : the emergence of dominance hierarchies in the Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus). The journal of experimental biology, 220(24), 4624-4633. https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.165969

The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus

Bunnell, T., Hanisch, K., Hardege, J. D., & Breithaupt, T. (2011). The fecal odor of sick hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) mediates olfactory attraction of the tick Ixodes hexagonus. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 37(4), (340-347). doi:10.1007/s10886-011-9936-1. ISSN 0098-0331

Presentation / Conference

Exposure of benthic invertebrates to sediment vibration: From laboratory experiments to outdoor simulated pile-driving

Harding, H. R., Voellmy, I., Simpson, S. D., Radford, A. N., Breithaupt, T., Elliott, M., …Voellmy, I. K. Exposure of benthic invertebrates to sediment vibration: From laboratory experiments to outdoor simulated pile-driving

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Breithaupt welcomes MSc and PhD projects in areas that deal with sensory ecology, animal behaviour, ecophysiology, or animal personalities. Completed PhDs Dr Breithaupt has been first supervisor for 20 postgraduate studies including six PhD research projects Current PhD supervisions Tom Evans, Identification of feeding attractant for American lobsters Homarus americanus