I am a postgraduate researcher at Swansea University currently studying towards a PhD in Biological Sciences. Broadly speaking my research interests lie in the spatial and behavioural ecology of marine animals and their activity-specific energy budgets. I use telemetry techniques to remotely track wild, free-ranging animals. I am an applied biologist and attempt to understand the movements of animals within the context of environmental and human influences; to work towards spatial management strategies for conservation. Additionally, my research seeks to address solutions to the issues and implications related to the use of telemetry devices on study individuals.
PhD Project: Advanced Telemetry and Bio-logging for Investigating Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus) Interactions with Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) installations.
Supervised by Dr James C. Bull, Dr Luca Borger, Dr Thomas Stringell (NRW) and Professor Rory P. Wilson
My current project investigates the possible interactions between grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) and marine renewable energy developments. This project is specifically targeted at individuals from Pembrokeshire, Wales, with possible interactions with the DeltaStreamTM development (Tidal Energy Limited) in the Ramsey Sound. This project is in collaboration with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government. See also attached poster.
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