My interests are in understanding individual variation. My PhD looks at consistent individual behavioural differences, or personality differences, in seabirds, and how personality may influence responses to environmental change. I'm particularly interested in how personality links to foraging behaviour, behavioural specialisation, parental care, and physiological stress.
I work on two species of polar-breeding seabird: black-legged kittiwakes in Svalbard, and Antarctic petrels at Svarthamaren, in Dronning Maud Land. I combine personality data with information on foraging movements, stress, and reproductive success to improve understanding of how behaviour and environment interact to determine individual success.