Seabird life-history strategies and population dynamics
My research focuses on the breeding productivity, survival and dispersal of seabirds and how these demographic parameters are influenced by anthropogenic and environmental change. In particular, I am interested in how birds respond to environmental change when provisioning their young; how the conditions experienced by young during development may manifest themselves in later consequences on fitness; and how life-history constraints can be considered in evidence-based conservation. I work predominately in the Benguela upwelling ecosystem of southern Africa. The ultimate goal of my research is to guide conservation strategy and assist the development of ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management.
Non-invasive or impact reduced strategies for studying wild animals
Seabirds are studied as indicators of change in the marine environment; however, many species are also threatened with extinction. So, it is essential that we minimise any negative effects associated with research. I am interested in how computer vision and developing technologies can be used to assist our understanding of animal behaviour and population ecology with minimal impact on the study animals. I am also interested in methods that quantify the impact of monitoring or research activities on animals at individual and population levels and the use of the technology to engage people in conservation.
Main collaborators: Fitsum Abadi, Res Altwegg, Tilo Burghardt, Peter Barham, Timothée Cook, Rob Crawford, Astrid Jarre, Jessica Kemper, Katrin Ludynia, Nola Parsons, Jean-Paul Roux, Lynne Shannon, Antje Steinfurth, Les Underhill, Carl van der Lingen, Stephen Votier, Lauren Waller, Florian Weller and Henning Winker.
You can find more detailed information on some of my research projects by following the links below: