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. 

This summer we welcomed two new Seguls to the fold, Ros and Freddie!


Ros will be completing her PhD part time with us whilst also working as a Research Ecologist for the BTO. Her work will focus on the migratory movements of common shelduck, and how they might interact with offshore windfarms.


Freddie will be looking at responses to climate change in black-legged kittiwake and snow petrel. His project will examine physiological costs of behavioural responses using physiological measures and GPS loggers.

It's wonderful to have you both, and best of luck starting out.

Join us in welcoming SEGUL's newest team member, Tash Gillies!


Having recently completed her PhD on the breeding behaviour of pelagic seabirds, Tash will now be conducting a post-doc on the effects of wind and personality on foraging behaviour in wandering albatrosses.

Best of luck as you start your project, Tash! Stay tuned to our website and Twitter page for updates on Tash's work. 

SEGUL are thrilled to welcome our newest post-doc Jack Thorley to our ranks!

Jack's recent work has focused on cooperatively breeding mammals, but now he's switching to seabirds as he investigates the impact of personality on  foraging plasticity in wandering albatrosses.

Welcome to the team Jack! We can't wait to see what you get up to!

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

Former SEGUL member Alice Trevail's final paper from her PhD is out in the Journal of Animal Ecology. It is an exploration of individual specialism in habitat selection in black-legged kittiwakes. 

Jamie Duckworth's  latest publication is now available in the Journal of Avian Biology! Jamie's paper explores the spatial and temporal variation in the foraging patterns of breeding red-throated divers.


Rhiannon Austin has published a paper in Movement Ecology on interspecific and intraspecific differences in foraging of sympatric tropical seabirds in the Caribbean 

Sam Patrick has recently co-authored a longitudinal study on sexual segregation in gannet movement patterns which can be read in Marine Ecology Progress Series. 

Environmental influences and pace-of-life syndromes are central to Sam Patrick's recent work published in Ethology.


Steph Harris has published her second paper from her PhD thesis! It focusses on personality mediated carry-over effects on breeding kittiwakes and can be read in Proceedings of Royal Society B.

More fantastic work from Sam Patrick can be found in her co-authored paper on the effects of marine ecosystem perturbation on northern gannet survival, published in Marine Biology.  

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.