My research focuses on the foraging ecology of Marine top-predators; specifically at-sea behaviour and its influence on the population dynamics. I am currently studying are Antarctic and Subantarctic fur seals, Weddell, and Ross seals.
I am an SANAP-funded postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pretoria, within the Mammal Research Institute of the Department of Zoology and Entomology. I have spent two non-consecutive years as a 'Sealer' on Marion Island (2009-2010 & 2012-2013) and have been involved in the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme ever since. I have also had opportunities to do further fieldwork at Antarctica and the Tristan da Cunha Island Archipelago, which includes Gough, Nightingale, and Inaccessible islands. I have also been involved in the National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition to the Tristan da Cunha islands in 2017. My PhD investigated the influences of the seasonal cycle and inter-species differences on the at-sea foraging behaviour of sympatric Antarctic and Subantarctic fur seals at Marion Island.
I coordinate and lecture short courses on basic R programming, mapping and statistical skills to postgraduate students within the Department of Zoology & Entomology. I am also involved as a lecturer on data management and R programming on SEAmester 2018.
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