Dr Ellie Owen

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science


The work I do directly investigates the fundamental causes of seabird population declines. I focus mainly on aspects of how and where seabirds feed through the use of miniature tagging technology and citizen science.

The seabird tracking data we collect has given us one of the largest databases of its kind. The insights are introducing new information to manage our seas to account for the needs of marine wildlife.

Using photographs of puffins carrying fish, collected by citizen scientsits ('the puffarazzi"), we are building a national picture of how puffin diet differs between colonies and over time. This is helping us understand why some puffin colonies are declining while others are stable.

Communicating the results of our work with the public and all users of the marine environment is important in my work.

External Activities

  • 2012 - 2016: Secretary of the UK Seabird Group


Ellie Owen

Dr Ellie Owen

Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science

North Scotland Regional Office, Etive House, Beechwood Park, Inverness, IV2 3BW



Research Gate


Climate change Identifying problems Marine New methods and technologies Protected areas