- About Me
I am a Postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Ottawa. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Exeter’s Cornwall campus. I am particularly interested in the field of behavioural ecology, especially how animals gather and utilise information from their environment and their conspecifics. This includes social behaviours and how the outcome of these behaviours can lead animals to alter their behaviours and strategies. Information use pervades many aspects of behavioural ecology, from foraging to mating behaviours and an animals efficiency at utilising social and personal information can have significant effects on their life history.
The shag project was a collaboration between myself and Fourth Element. My research investigated the diving and foraging behaviour of the European shag, one of the UK’s most efficient diving birds.
They can be seen on rocky outcrops all around the British coastline or swiftly disappearing under the water. They are remarkable underwater hunters, pursuing and catching their prey in challenging conditions.
We explored the use of social information by groups of diving animals by studying the behaviour of European shags diving in “foraging rafts” in the Isles of Scilly. This involved the use of a wide variety of methods including GPS tracking, observational studies, collective behaviour analysis and dynamic state mathematical models.
The project was partnered with Fourth Element, a diving company with a keen interest in science and the environment.
- About Fourth Element
Fourth Element began in 1999 with a conversation over a post dive beer in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt. We set out to design high quality clothing with a simple yet diving oriented style. With backgrounds in design and human physiology, we spent a year and a half researching designs and fabrics for a range of casual and technical diving clothing.
The Fourth Element Technical range is designed around the principles of performance, innovation and function. Using the latest fabric technology in unique combinations and designs, the Fourth Element Technical range revolutionises thermal protection for both Wetsuit and Drysuit diving.