I am a seabird ecologist with particular interests in foraging ecology, movement behaviour, oology and anthropogenic impacts on species and habitats. However, I am fascinated by all aspects of ornithology and conservation.
Currently, I am a post-doc at the Environmental Research Institute working on two NPA projects: Blue Circular Economy and APP4SEA. As part of APP4SEA I am focusing on the ecological impact of oil spills on seabirds in the northeastern Atlantic. For Blue Circular Economy, I am exploring nest incorporation of debris by seabirds, also across the northeastern Atlactic.
I recently completed my PhD at the University of Glasgow investigating spatial variation in Herring Gull traits across south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland, focusing on the gulls’ eggs, resource use and foraging behaviours. This was continued in a 6-month position as a Research Assistant analysing telemetry data of Herring Gulls from multiple colonies to investigate spatial variation in breeding and non-breeding movements.
My love of birds and science has led me to be involved with the BOU‘s Engagement Committee as a Social Media Support Officer and with British Birds as a director focusing on communication and social media.
I love being outdoors, especially if it involves fieldwork, ringing and birding, which is what I will mainly be rambling on about here!