My interests lie in researching the influences of anthropogenic impacts on marine systems. I am particularly passionate about the study of seabirds due to their role as conspicuous bioindicators of the quality of the marine environment. Because of this I am currently studying a PhD on UK seabird behaviour and energetics.
Using long-term datasets, collected from biologging devices, I will investigate year-round seabird behaviour and quantify energetic budgets. I will model the behavioural decisions that individuals make based on intrinsic and extrinsic drivers. Using these models I hope to increase understanding of how environmental change will influence seabird behaviour and subsequent demography.
My PhD research focuses on Isle of May populations of Atlantic puffins, common guillemots and razorbills.
Ruth E. Dunn, Sarah Wanless, Jonathan A. Green, Michael P. Harris, Francis Daunt. (2019) 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.
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