The seabird team is focussed on quantifying the status and threats of seabirds breeding on the islands of the Chagos archipelago, as well as using bio-logging techniques to understand their at-sea distribution throughout the annual cycle and across BIOT.
In addition, we are tracking the movement and behaviour of seabirds from across the Indian Ocean to better understand the conservation value of the BIOT Marine Protected Area.
Seabirds are one of the most threatened and most travelled of marine vertebrates. Unravelling the mysteries of their at-sea behaviour is not only exhilarating, but is also at the cutting-edge of marine science.
Sentinel Species ResearchThe Importance of the British Indian Ocean Territory for Seabirds
My seabird research interests revolve around the use of bio-logging, dietary analysis and demography to diagnose causes and consequences of change, and link this to help inform conservation.
I am especially interested in understanding the impact of fisheries and offshore renewables, but also studying pollution and climate change effects. Additionally, I work extensively in the UK, but also in the Sub-Antarctic, Caribbean and South Africa.