Seabird Interest Group
Seabird Interest Group
The University of Glasgow has a long-standing history of excellence in seabird research. The Seabird Interest Group is a network of researchers, driven by the Institute, who are interested in seabird demography, behaviour & physiology, movement & resource utilization and trophic & ecosystem ecology. We also have an applied research focus on the impact of environmental change on seabird populations. We work on seabird species in the UK and overseas, and our methodology ranges from GPS telemetry, remote sensing and stable isotope analysis to GIS and quantitative modelling.
News & events
22 SepPlease join us for a special research talk titled “Life in fickle airspaces” by Dr Emily Shepard from Swansea Lab for Animal Movement, University of Swansea
10 AugThe Seabird Interest Group and other interested members of the Institute visit the stable isotope lab at SUERC, East Kilbride.
17 JunPlease join us for a Seabird Special Interest Group seminar on the use of stable isotopes in seabird research
17 JunPlease join us for a Seabird Special Interest Group seminar “Rediscovery and conservation of the New Zealand storm petrel” by Alan Tennyson from from the Museum of New Zealand
In addition to traditional scientific outputs, members of the group have published a number of accessible articles about their research aimed at a general audience interested in seabird ecology. Read more about our public engagement.
Current work: case studies
The following case studies detail some of the ongoing work and outputs of active research programmes within the Seabird Interest Group.
- Dynamic emergence of metapopulation patterns in Northern gannets: linking prospecting movements of immatures with metapopulation modelling (Jana Jeglinski, Jason Matthiopoulos and collabroators)
- Using seabirds to monitor shallow coastal habitats (Nina O’Hanlon, Ruedi Nager)
- Using stable isotopes to assess climate-change impacts on migration of prions (Bob Furness and James Grecian)
- Ecology & movement of black skimmers (Bianca P. Vieira, Dr Ruedi Nager and Prof. Bob Furness)
- Sociable schedules: daily and annual cycles of flocks as a compromise between individuals (in shorebirds) (Barbara Helm)
We see great additional potential in linking up with areas of further strengths in the Institute and outwith, for example in thermal biology, stress physiology, disease ecology and seasonal biology.
We encourage interested students and collaborators to get in touch to develop research projects. Some of our current topics are listed below, but we are equally interested in new ideas.
• Impact of wind farms on prospecting movements of immature Northern gannets (Jana Jeglinski, Jason Matthiopoulos, Bob Furness)