For more than a decade I have been working in conservation projects with the aim to establish practical solutions to conservation problems by undertaking original research on fundamental biology relevant to wildlife conservation and environmental management.
My research focuses particularly on understanding the processes which regulate seabird distributions, demography and population dynamics and applying this understanding to the conservation of threatened populations.
I have a strong background in seabird tracking using novel technology which enables us to link migration movements and foraging behaviour to oceanographic features, fisheries activities, competition and predation. As such I have specialised in spatial analysis of large and complex datasets using ArcGIS and R.
I have established and fostered several research collaborations with academic and non-academic institutions, which included supervision and training of numerous students and staff, volunteers and interns in scientific research.
Believing in a holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to species conservation, I have worked closely with the relevant departments of national governments, statutory bodies and non-governmental organisations and, most importantly, with local communities.
I am currently leading the Darwin Plus-funded ‘Project Pinnamin’, a study on the foraging and population ecology of the endangered northern rockhopper penguin in the Tristan da Cunha archipelago.
- 2016 to present: Member of the Species Survival Commission, IUCN, as Member of the Penguin Specialist Group
- 2014 to present: Research Associate at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
- 2008 to present: Ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust
Partners and Collaboration
- Trevor Glass, Tristan Conservation Department, Tristan da Cunha
- Dr Norman Ratcliffe, British Antarctic Survey, UK
- Dr Peter Ryan, PFPIO, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Dr Azwianewi Makhado, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa