Miss Catharine Horswill

British Antarctic Survey United Kingdom

My research interests include conservation biology, population dynamics, foraging ecology and predictive modelling. To date, my research has focused on quantifying the interactions between seabirds and the marine environment. By understanding how seabirds use and respond to their environment over different temporal and spatial scales, we are better placed to understand how they may respond to potential threats from fisheries and climatic change. To address this topic I use a range of techniques including stable isotope analysis, bio-logging technology, capture-mark-recapture techniques and population modelling.

I am working on a NERC funded Ph.D. project with Prof. Jason Matthiopoulos, Dr. Jon Green (University of Liverpool) and Dr. Norman Ratcliffe (British Antarctic Survey) examining how penguin population trends are responding to climate change. The aim of the project is to examine the survival rates and foraging ecology of these birds using mark-recapture techniques, population modelling, bio-logging and stable isotope analysis. Using this information we will be better placed to understand how seabirds may respond to the effects of climatic change.