Lea started as a PhD student in 2017. She will be investigating the foraging ecology of harbour seals in relation to offshore windfarm developments. Specifically she will research how site fidelity and consistency of activity patterns differ between individuals and aim to identify natural and anthropogenic drivers that shape an individual’s decision on where to forage.
Lea graduated from the University Centre of the Westfjords, Iceland, in 2017 with a Masters in Coastal and Marine Management. Her Master’s thesis aimed to identify important marine areas for pinnipeds by comparing different methods of spatial analysis for a wide range of pinniped species across the globe. She previously graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Liverpool. Previously she has volunteered at a seal rescue centre in Germany.