Conservation Animal movement, foraging ecology Spatial Ecology and modelling Animal Behviour Ecosystem variation and climate-change
My driving passion concerns the research and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems with particular application to the interactive and cumulative effects of multiple anthropogenic pressures such as climate change and habitat loss in terrestrial systems or climate change and marine fisheries or pollution.
As a behavioral ecologist I am especially interested in sudying animal movement ecology (navigation, foraging and migratory patterns) and environmental/ecological associations.
As chief investigator of numerous cutting-edge electronic tracking studies that I designed, organised, conducted and managed, I developed innovative and effective new methodologies and techniques which are broadly applicable to investigations of a wide variety of taxa - both marine and terrestrial.
Tracking data can be used to map foraging habitat using GIS (ArcGIS) and overlay a multiplicity of oceanographic, environmental and climatic parameters to describe the characteristics of at-sea food resources and identify essential habitat and foraging grounds.
Advanced ecological and predictive modelling techniques can accurately assess these environmental interactions, define mechanistic processes that influence behaviour or patterns of movement and identify potential climate-change impacts.
Such findings can advance predictive modelling approaches and be applied to the improvement of management regarding protection and conservation of organisms.