I am broadly interested in the study of animal sociality, and individual variation in social interactions. As seabirds are highly colonial species, the presence of conspecifics is a constant in their environment. Despite this, relatively little attention has been paid to the study of sociality in seabirds. As such, my PhD work will be focused on examining social processes in seabirds foraging at sea.
My research aims to describe social networks in breeding Australasian gannets and examine the potential for social information use during foraging. To do this I will use bio-logging technology to obtain GPS data of individual’s foraging movements and social associations.