School of Mathematics

Case Studies

A selection of case studies of previous work that we have been involved in:

 

Identifying offshore foraging areas used by seabirds

Movements of mobile animals such as seabirds are often changeable and difficult to predict. We tested whether oceanographic and environmental variables can be used to predict offshore areas used by seabirds and whether these predictions are consistent over time. We used spatial models to relate foraging locations, identified using GPS data collected from seabird foraging trips, with variables such as sea surface temperature. We found that seabird foraging areas can be predicted from environmental data, but the accuracy of these predictions do not remain consistent between years or at different stages of the breeding season.