Since 2008 I have overseen the RSPB’s UK marine research programme, which comprises a wide variety of projects, including:
- An extensive programme of seabird tracking to identify foraging hot-spots to inform marine spatial planning and identification of marine protected areas
- Work to understand the demography and causes of declines of particular seabird species
- Understanding the likely effects of climate change on seabird breeding success and survival.
I am also involved in a number of projects in the UK Overseas Territories, including tracking and searching for new species of seabirds on islands of the South Atlantic.
I'm always keen to investigate new technologies and work closely with the RSPB Conservation Science technological development team pioneering the use of nest cameras, bird-borne tracking devices, infra-red filming and thermal imaging etc.
- 2010 to present: Director, Fair Isle Bird Observatory
- 2009 to 2016: Associate Editor, Ibis International Journal of Avian Science
- 2008 to present: Member of ICES Working Group on Seabird Ecology
Partners and Collaboration
- Prof Tim Guilford, Oxford University
- Dr Beth Scott, Aberdeen University
- Dr Vicki Friesen, Queen's University Ontario, Canada
- Dr Francis Daunt, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
- Dr Renata Medeiros, Cardiff University
Dr Mark Bolton
Principal Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science
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