In particular, I’m interested in how the physical environment shapes foraging opportunities, and therefore behaviour and habitat choice.
The seabird team aims to understand the importance of the BIOT Marine Protected Area for seabirds, both locally and regionally. During my project, I will be evaluating the extent to which seabirds across the Western Indian Ocean use the BIOT MPA during their non-breeding period. The non-breeding period is a key life stage, when seabirds undergo extensive migrations, and when survival is key for these long-lived species.
We have so much to learn from tracking the at-sea movements of seabirds; about how our marine ecosystems function, and how to protect them in the face of ongoing change
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Importance of the British Indian Ocean Territory for Seabirds