Seabird Ecology Group, University of Liverpool

We are a group of marine ecologists, based in the UK, specialising in the study, research and conservation of seabirds around the world. 

To read about what members SEGUL have been up to recently please head to our Blog.

Recent Publications
For an extensive list of SEGUL publications, please see the Research tab.

The second chapter of Teri Jones' PhD thesis has been pubished in Ecology Letters. Teri utilised a multi-layer social network approach to look at how seabird social associations change across different foraging states and environments.

Tommy Clay has co-authored a paper in Diversity and Distributions evaluating the effectiveness of the large Marine Protected Area around South Georgia in protecting key habitats for 14 marine predator species. 


Ruth Dunn has published work on the year-round behaviour and energetics of common guillemots. She's written a SEGUL blog about this research and the paper is also open access in Scientific Reports.

The first paper of Jamie Duckworth's PhD is out now in Marine Ornithology! In this work Jamie explores the diving behaviour of a red throated diver within the freshwater lakes of Finland.

Tommy Clay has co-authored a Journal of Applied Ecology paper presenting a framework to combine biologging, phenology and demography data to map year-round seabird distributions, applying it to 22 albatross and petrels in the Southern Ocean.

Sam Patrick has co-authored a PNAS paper on albatross biologging tags revealing the extent of illegal fisheries. Sam has written an article about this research for The Conversation.

The Journal of Animal Ecology Biologging Special Issue is out now, featuring Steph Harris' research on personality and foraging site fidelity in kittiwakes.

Fledged PhD student, Phil Collins, has shown that kittiwakes adjust their airspeed via changing wingbeat amplitude (not frequency) with increasing head wind. This work is published in the Journal of Avian Biology.

Former SEGUL Masters student, Karl Busdieker, has published work on the influence of prey density on foraging strategies in Ecology and Evolution.

The first paper from Rahel Borrman's PhD, conducted at the Research and Technology Centre (FTZ), University of Kiel has been accepted in the Journal of Avian Biology. Rahel found almost complete foraging segregation of individual greater black-backed gulls. 


Tommy Clay and Sam Patrick have been involved in a review of R packages for movement ecology, out now in Journal of Animal Ecology. The paper, led by Rocio Joo at the University of Florida, is the first from the HFSP-funded project.

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