I have recently handed in my PhD thesis at the Lighthouse Field Station (University of Aberdeen)on the drivers of movement and foraging behaviour of marine top predators.
I am now a research assistant at the Lighthouse Field Station where I currently help in the Marine Mammal Monitoring Program. I am involved in many different research from passive acoustic, predators movement and applications of artificial intelligence to acoustic data.
- PhD Marine Biology2022 - University of Aberdeen
PhD thesis title: "Drivers of marine top predator occurrence, movement and foraging behaviour".
- BSc Marine Biology2018 - University of Aberdeen
- British Ecological Society
- European Cetacean Society
Prizes and Awards
- Best-speed talk at the Society Marine Mammalogy UK student chapter conference, Swansea, 2019
- Mark Young Prize for service, University of Aberdeen, 2018
- Gold STAR (Student Taking Active Roles) Award, University of Aberdeen, 2017
- Zoology Travel Grant, University of Aberdeen, 2016
The Lighthouse Field Station research aims to study how natural and anthropogenic variation affects the behaviour, life history and vital rates of marine top predators.
My research interest focus in particular on the drivers of top predators movement and foraging behaviour, predator prey interactions and how might use this information to inform conservation measures.
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Moray Firth Marine Mammal Monitoring Programme [MMMP]; co-produced strategic research and monitoring programme to meet consent conditions for regional offshore wind developments.
Ecology of marine predators: Investigating how factors such as memory and prey distribution influence predators movement and foraging behaviour.
Harbour seal ecology: Investigating temporal changes and factors influencing harbour seal distribution in the Moray Firth (Scotland).
Artificial intelligence and acoustic data: projects to develop a automatic detectors of bottlenose dolphin and minke whale vocalizations based on deep-learning techniques.
During my PhD I investigated the drivers of marine predators occurrence, movement and foraging behaviour. I have used a wide array of techniques, such as passive acoustic monitoring to study bottlenose dolphin behaviour, and telemetry data to study the movement and infer the foraging behaviour of harbour seals.
Investigating drivers of predators movement
Understanding the drivers of marine predators is key for effective management and conservation plans and to forecast how predators may respond to disturbance or climate change. We used harbour seal movement and accelerometer data to show how memory and prey encounter rate shape foraging decisions and movement patterns of marine predators.
Moray Firth Marine Mammal Monitoring Programme [MMMP]: involves collaboration with the University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit and CEFAS.
Dolphin-SPOT and Minke-SPOT: collaborative project involving SAMS (Scotland), NOAA (USA) and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW, Germany).
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Variation in foraging activity influences area-restricted search behaviour by bottlenose dolphinsRoyal Society Open Science, vol. 10, no. 6, 221613Contributions to Journals: Articles
Prey encounters and spatial memory influence use of foraging patches in a marine central place foragerProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 289, no. 1970, 20212261Contributions to Journals: Articles