The Development of robust predictors of seabird behaviour whilst at sea

Title

The Development of robust predictors of seabird behaviour whilst at sea

Funding Body

Irish Research Council

Research Area

Marine Ecology

Key Contact

Ashley Bennison

Introduction

4 year Phd Project – The Development of robust predictors of seabird behaviour whilst at sea. This project aims to :

  • Collect high-resolution depth and accelerometry data and use this to better define behaviours (diving, resting, feeding and flying) to understand how seabirds use the marine environment
  • Identify offshore hotspots or areas of high usage for seabirds and where seabirds are most likely at risk from human activities
  • Explore correlations between seabird distribution and environmental variables to predict seabird distribution in poorly surveyed areas.