I was the Post Graduate Research Assistant on the Chagos Archiplago Seabird Project based at IOZ.
This study concerns the status, distribution and population trends of red-footed and brown boobies (Sula sula and Sula leucogaster), their utilisation of the marine protected area which surrounds their breeding sites, and the environmental factors which drive their at-sea distributions. I am currently doing my PhD on seabird foraging behaviour between King’s College London and the IOZ and remain a collaborator and field assistant for the Chagos Archipelago Seabird Project.
In order to effectively protect marine species, we need to understand how they utilise the environment around them
PhD candidate (London NERC DTP) at King’s College London and ZSL’s Institute of Zoology
Post Graduate Research Assistant the Chagos Archipelago Seabird Project.
I am primarily interested in the movement behaviour and foraging ecology of marine top predators. Through the use of bio-telemetry, we are now able to collect detailed data about the fine scale movements of animals when they are at sea and utilise new statistical analysis and modelling techniques to analyse this information. I am particularly interested in the use of hidden Markov models to identify and describe different behaviours and to determine the influence of environmental variables on their distribution patterns. This kind of information is essential in order to determine ecologically important areas and can be incorporated into habitat conservation measures. In the past I have spent much of my time in the field, working predominantly with marine mammals, as well as a variety of seabirds and predatory pelagic teleosts.