Seabird Ecology Group, University of Liverpool

Our research interests are diverse and varied, and include previous and ongoing projects on behaviour, life-history strategies, evolution and physiology. Many of our projects are applied, with a strong conservation focus.

We work all over the world with a diversity of collaborators from universities, governments and NGOs. Take a look at our individual members for further details and follow us on Twitter for most recent updates on project outputs and opportunities. 

Recent Publications

2019

Carravieri A, Bustamante P, Labadie P, Budzinski H, Chastel O, Cherel Y. Trace elements and persistent organic pollutants in chicks of 13 seabird species from Antarctica to the subtropics. Environment International134: 105225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.105225.

Borrmann RM, Phillips RA, Clay TA, Garthe S. High foraging site fidelity and spatial segregation among individual great black-backed gulls. Journal of Avian Biologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/jav.02156.

 

Austin RE, Wynn RB, Votier SC, Trueman C, McMinn M, Rodriguez A, Suberg L, Maurice L, Newton J, Genovart M, Peron C, Gremillet D, Guillford T. Patterns of at-sea behaviour at a hybrid zone between two threatened seabirds. Scientific Reports. 9:14720. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-51188-8.

 

Joo R, Boone M, Clay TA, Patrick SC, Clusella-Trullas S, Basille M. Navigating through the R packages for movement. Journal of Animal Ecologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13116.

Roth AM, Firth JA, Patrick SC, Cole EF, Sheldon BC. Partner's age, not social environment, predicts extrapair paternity in wild great tits (Parus major). Behavioural Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz151.

Harris SM, Descamps S, Sneddon LU, Bertrand P, Chastel O, Patrick SC. Personality predicts foraging site fidelity and trip repeatability in a marine predator. Journal of Animal Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13106.

Williams HJ, Taylor LA, Benhamou S, Bijleveld AI, Clay TA, de Grissac S, Demsar U, English HE, Franconi N, Gomez-Laich A, Griffiths RC, Kay WP, Morales JM, Potts JR, Rogerson KF, Rutz C, Spelt A, Trevail AM, Wilson R, Borger L. Optimising the use of bio-loggers for movement ecology research. Journal of Animal Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13094.

Clay TA, Small C, Tuck GN, Pardo D, Carneiro APB, Wood AG, Croxal JP, Crossin GT, Phillips RA. A comprehensive large‐scale assessment of fisheries bycatch risk to threatened seabird populations. Journal of Applied Ecologyhttps://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13407.

Portugal SJ, White CR, Frappell PB, Green JA, Butler PJ. Impacts of "supermoon" events on the physiology of a wild bird. Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5311.

Grecian WJ, Williams HJ, Votier SC, Bearhop S, Cleasby IR, Gremillet D, Hamer KC, Le Nuz M, Lescroel A, Newton J, Patrick SC, Phillips RA, Wakefield ED, Bodey TW. Individual Spatial Consistency and Dietary Flexibility in the Migratory Behavior of Northern Gannets Wintering in the Northeast Atlantic. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00214.

Hicks O, Green JA, Daunt F, Cunningham EJA, Newell M, Bulter A, Burthe SJ. Sublethal effects of natural parasitism act through maternal, but not paternal, reproductive success in a wild population. Ecologyhttps://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2772 

Trevail AM, Green JA, Sharples J, Polton, JA, Miller PI, Daunt F, Owen E, Bolton M, Colhoun K, Newton S, Robertson G, Patrick SC. Environmental heterogeneity decreases reproductive success via effects on foraging behaviour. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 286: 20190795. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.0795

Dunn RE, Wanless S, Green JA, Harris MP, Daunt F. Effects of body size, sex, parental care and moult strategies on auk diving behaviour outside the breeding season. Journal of Avian Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jav.02012.

Austin RE, De Pascalis F, Arnould,JPY, Haakonsson J, Votier SC, Ebanks-Petrie G, Austin T, Morgan G, Bennett G, Green JA. A sex-influenced flexible foraging strategy in a tropical seabird, the magnificent frigatebird. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 611:203-214.

Halsey LG, Green JA, Twiss SD, Arnold W, Burthe SJ, Butler PJ, Cooke SJ, Grémillet D, Ruf T, Hicks O, Minta KJ, Prystay TS, Wascher CAF, Careau V. Flexibility, variability and constraint in energy management patterns across vertebrate taxa revealed by long‐term heart rate measurements. Functional Ecology.

2018

De Pascalis F, Collins PM, Green JA. Utility of time-lapse photography in studies of seabird ecology. PLOS ONE 13(12): e0208995.

 

Trevail AM, Green JA, Sharples J, Polton J, Arnould J, Patrick SC. Environmental heterogeneity amplifies behavioural response to a temporal cycle. Oikos, DOI: 10.1111/oik.05579 

Jones TB, Patrick SC, Arnould JPY, Rodriquez-Malagon MA,  Wells MR, Green JA. Evidence of sociality in the timing and location of foraging in a colonial seabird. Biology Letters 14: 20180214.

Dunn RE, White CR, Green JA. A model to estimate seabird field metabolic rates. Biology Letters 14(6): 20180190.

Hicks O, Burthe SJ, Daunt F, Newell M, Butler A, Ito M, Sato K, Green JA. The energetic cost of parasitism in a wild population. Proceedings of The Royal Society B 285 20180489

Warwick-Evans V, Atkinson PW, Walkington I, Green JA. Predicting the impacts of wind farms on seabirds: An individual-based model. Journal of Applied Ecology 55:503–515

Weimerskirch H, Filippi D p., Collet J, Waugh SM., Patrick SC. Use of radar detectors to track attendance of albatrosses at fishing vessels. Conservation Biology 32:240–245

2017

Collet J, Patrick SC, Weimerskirch H. Behavioral responses to encounter of fishing boats in wandering albatrosses. Ecology and Evolution 7:3335–3347

Collet J, Patrick SC, Weimerskirch H. A comparative analysis of the behavioral response to fishing boats in two albatross species. Behavioral Ecololgy 28:1337–1347

Hicks O, Burthe S, Daunt F, Butler A, Bishop C, Green JA. Validating accelerometry estimates of energy expenditure across behaviours using heart rate data in a free-living seabird. Journal of Experimental Biology:jeb.152710

Howells RJ, Burthe SJ, Green JA, Harris MP, Newell MA, Butler A, Johns, David G., Carnell EJ, Wanless S, Daunt F. From days to decades: short- and long-term variation in environmental conditions affect offspring diet composition of a marine top predator. MEPS 583:227–242

Johnson KV-A, Aplin LM, Cole EF, Farine DR, Firth JA, Patrick SC, Sheldon BC. Male great tits assort by personality during the breeding season. Animal Behaviour 128:21–32

Patrick SC, Pinaud D, Weimerskirch H. Boldness predicts an individual’s position along an exploration–exploitation foraging trade-off. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:1257–1268

Patrick SC, Weimerskirch H. Reproductive success is driven by local site fidelity despite stronger specialisation by individuals for large-scale habitat preference. Journal of Animal Ecology 86:674–682

Votier SC, Fayet AL, Bearhop S, Bodey TW, Clark BL, Grecian J, Guilford T, Hamer KC, Jeglinski JWE, Morgan G, Wakefield E, Patrick SC. Effects of age and reproductive status on individual foraging site fidelity in a long-lived marine predator. Proceedings of The Royal Society B  284:20171068

Wakefield ED, Owen E, Baer J, Carroll MJ, Daunt F, Dodd SG, Green JA, Guilford T, Mavor RA, Miller PI, Newell MA, Newton SF, Robertson GS, Shoji A, Soanes LM, Votier SC, Wanless S, Bolton M. Breeding density, fine-scale tracking, and large-scale modeling reveal the regional distribution of four seabird species. Ecological Applications 27:2074–2091

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