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Fieldwork

Over four years, I have had the opportunity to work with 20 seabird species and gain a variety of field experience on four islands in the UK, USA and Canada.  

Gull Island, Newfoundland, Canada

Research Assistant for Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2018 & 2019

  • Adult survival and productivity studies of Leach's storm-petrels and Atlantic puffins

  • GLS and GPS deployment on Leach's storm-petrels, Atlantic puffins and black-legged kittiwakes

  • Mercury studies of Leach's storm-petrels, Atlantic puffins and black-legged kittiwakes

  • Microclimate studies of Leach's storm-petrel and Atlantic puffin burrows

  • Personality studies of Leach's storm petrels

  • PIT-tag deployment on Leach's storm-petrels

  • Whole island census of cliff-nesting seabirds

Baccalieu Island, Newfoundland, Canada

Research Assistant for Environment and Climate Change Canada, 2018 & 2019

  • Adult survival and productivity studies of Leach's storm-petrels

  • GLS deployment on Leach's storm-petrels

Farallon Island, California, USA

Seabird Research Assistant for Point Blue Conservation Science, 2017

  • Aiding the island biologists in continuing long term monitoring of the population, reproductive success, diet and timing of breeding of 13 Farallon Island seabird species

  • Burrow camera to determine Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklet burrow occupancy

  • Breeding success of Brandt’s Cormorants and Western Gulls

  • Predation levels on Ashy Storm-petrels

  • Tufted Puffin island census

  • Surveys of cetaceans, pinnipeds, crickets, salamanders

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Long Term Volunteer for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, 2016

  • Adult survival studies of European storm-petrels

  • Productivity studies of lesser black-backed gulls and black-legged Kittiwakes

  • European storm-petrel island census 

  • Great black-backed gull diet study

  • Collection of population and mortality data of the grey seals.

  • Manx shearwater rafting study

  • GPS and GLS deployment on Manx shearwaters

  • Surveys of plants, butterflies, cetaceans, seals, moths and reptiles

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