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. 

SEGUL are delighted that Dr Steph Harris recently successfully defended her PhD thesis, titled "Linking individual variation in foraging behaviour and personality in a polar seabird".


You can read work from Steph's thesis, published in Journal of Animal Ecology, here.

Up next, Steph has a position as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Follow her career via her personal website.



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.

Sam Patrick's recent paper in Oikos describes a negative relationship between age (and therefore sexual conflict) and the coordination of parental effort in black-browed albatrosses. 


Tommy Clay has co-authored a paper in Diversity and Distributions investigating the environmental drivers of contrasting movements of juvenile and adult seabirds, and their implications for conservation.

Alice Carravieri has published work form her Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship in Environmental Science and Technology. Alice has identified associations between environmental contaminants and gastrointestinal parasites in European shags.

Tommy Clay's latest work on the influence of wind on the flight decisions of albatrosses is out now in the Journal of Animal Ecology.

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.

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