Virginia began her PhD in 2018. Her project focusses on the foraging behaviour of marine top predators, and the influence of the environment on their foraging patterns. In particular, she will investigate harbour seal and bottlenose dolphin foraging activity. She will also explore how marine top predators overlap temporally and spatially in the Moray Firth to increase our understanding of how these species share their environment.
Virginia graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology. She carried out her honours project at the Field Station, which focused on the detection performance of CPODs. For 2 summers she also worked at the Field Station analysing acoustic data and as an intern to assist the photo-ID project. She developed her interest in cetaceans working for the Tethys Research Institute in Italy, her home country.
Virginia is presenting a poster at the WMMC19. Check it out below and download here.