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.
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.