Dr Richard Sherley

University of Exeter, United Kingdom

I try to understand the impacts of anthropogenic and environmental change on marine ecosystems by studying the foraging ecology and population biology of seabirds. I am particularly interested in the drivers of dispersal behaviour and survival of non-breeding individuals as these issues have received little attention in marine predators, even though they may play vital roles in buffering populations against collapse. More broadly, I'm interested in how the conditions that animals experience during their early development influence later fitness, how to consider life-history strategies in conservation planning and how technology can assist our efforts to understand changes in animal populations by creating minimally-invasive solutions to gather ecological data. I am also a Research Associate with the Bristol Zoological Society (http://www.bcsf.org.uk/bcsf).