Lucy’s PhD research is identifying non-breeding foraging areas of the northern fulmar and investigating whether individual differences in area use affects subsequent reproduction or survival. To do this, a combination of tracking birds at sea from differing colonies and analyses of feather metal loadings and stable isotope analysis is being carried out.
Lucy graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Zoology Msci degree in 2009 and it was during these studies that a specific research interest in seabirds and fisheries developed, culminating in work with Professor Bob Furness on factors affecting the timing of breeding of skuas. She has also spent a work-placement year with the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology’s seabird and freshwater teams, working on both the Isle of May and Loch Leven long-term research projects. Her time with CEH cemented her interest in how research on population dynamics using long-term datasets can be used in future conservation work and policy, in particular within aquatic environments.