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 autumn we welcome Linnet, our newest segul PhD, who will be working with Sam Patrick on how climate change will impact polar ecosystem functioning, and specifically, how polar seabirds will be impacted by climate change.
Her project focuses on polar seabirds’ ability to adapt and respond to environmental change. She will be assessing variation and plasticity in behaviour in response to a changing environment, while comparing differences between individuals, populations and species, and linking this to variability in environmental drivers of distribution and population trends.
We look forward to seeing what she's got in-store for us!
Farewell and the best of luck to Lila Buckingham, who has finished her time as a SEGUL PhD and is moving on to a new role as a postdoctoral Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim. She will be looking at assessing seabird sensitivity to marine stressors using agent-based modelling. Sounds like an adventure!
For an extensive list of SEGUL publications, please see the Research tab.
Congratulations to Sophie Bennett! She has just published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, outlining her finding that breeding guillemots disproportionately occupy high-quality breeding sites during periods of reduced sub-colony size. Read all about Sophie's work on the resulting 'buffer effect' here!
Lila Buckingham's first PhD paper is now out in Marine Ecology Progress Series. Lila investigated the level of non-breeding aggregation between multiple colonies of common guillemots and razorbills, with different implications for the potential likelihood and severity of exposure to marine threats in the two species.
Former SEGUL Ruth Dunn, now a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, has published a paper with Lila Buckingham and other co-authors on two findings of barnacles attached to geolocator-immersion devices that were deployed on seabirds.
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.
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.
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.
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.