The Distribution, Behaviour and Vulnerability of Far-Ranging Seabirds at Sea
- Start Date
- End Date
- Funding Body
Irish Research Council and the Petroleum Infrastructure Program
- Research Partners
MaREI & the School of Biological Environmental and Earth Sciences, UCC
- Project Partners
SeaTrack, a project of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
- Principal Investigators
Dr Mark Jessopp and Prof John Quinn
- Research Area
This project is based on the behaviour and distributions of pelagic seabirds, highly mobile marine top predators. We use modern telemetry technology to advance our understanding of how they use their marine environments, and how they respond to human disturbances and by-products.
This project aims to fill critical knowledge gaps in our understanding of how seabirds use the marine environment. This will help us to project how changes in their environment will affect their demographics, and also how changes in the marine environment can be detected through seabirds’ responses. Our project also aims to inform policy to prevent or arrest declines in their populations.
Engagement and Outreach
Seabirds comprise some of Ireland’s most charismatic animals; think of puffins posing on a cliffside, or gannets stooping into a dive from 30 meters above the surface of the water. Seabird science is quite attractive to the public, and the response has been positive at poster presentations and talks. A documentary segment is also being produced by the BBC based on some of our work during the summer of 2020.
Email – Jamie.Darby@ucc.ie