The Farmhouse G02/3
The Farmhouse, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK
I am a PhD student working on Mediterranean loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) investigating the influence of foraging success on migration and breeding and the ecological impact of a changing climate.
My broad research interests include marine spatial ecology and investigating anthropogenic stressors. I also enjoy public outreach and building awareness among both children and adults.
I studied Marine Biology at the University of Southampton, which included an exchange year at UNC- Wilmington where I worked in the Ichthyology laboratory investigating the impact of coastal development and beach nourishment on surf zone fish.
Once graduated, in the winters I worked as a marine biology educator and guide in the Maldives. In the summers, I took secondary school and 6th form students to wonderful locations around the world whilst teaching marine biology and working with local conservation organisations. This included teaching Marine Mammal Ecology in British Columbia and Sea Turtle Ecology in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
After a few years I decided to return to university and undertook the MSc in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews. I used predictive habitat modelling to identify potential habitat for Chilean dolphins and identified areas of overlap with fishing activities.
Throughout my PhD I would like to continue teaching and working with outreach programs as well as diving, painting, and playing netball.
Broad research specialisms:
Marine spatial ecology, anthropogenic stressors, marine conservation, climate change, public outreach and awareness.
MSci Marine Biology (Uni. Southampton - 2012)
MSc Marine Mammal Science (Uni. St Andrews - 2015
At present – PhD Candidate (2016 -2019)
Project Title: The influence of foraging success on marine turtle migration and breeding and the ecological impact of a changing climate.
Dr Annette Broderick (University of Exeter)
Dr Jamie Shutler (University of Exeter)
Professor Steve Widdicombe (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)
Dr Wayne Fuller (Near East University Cyprus)
Understanding how migratory species may respond to changing climatic conditions is critical for their conservation and management. I will focus on the Mediterranean loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) investigating how their foraging ecology affects the timing, frequency and magnitude of migration and breeding. I will then investigate how foraging sites may change under future climate scenarios and how this may influence population dynamics.
I will be using a variety of techniques including; Stable Isotope Analysis and reproductive histories of nesting females to determine the relationship between prey trophic status and reproductive fitness. Satellite tracking and SIA will be used to produce an isoscape of foraging sites, allowing individuals to be assigned to likely foraging sites and prey. Environmental data will be used to investigate how variations in oceanic processes can influence migratory routes and phenology. Finally, environmental data will be used to investigate the conditions at the foraging grounds and relate these to reproductive fitness, how sites may change under future climate scenarios and how this may influence population dynamics.