In order to understand how species, communities and ecosystems are influenced by anthropogenic pressures and an increasingly stochastic environment, scientists need to establish baselines and understand the factors that control animal behaviour, distribution and survival. I am a marine ecologist with a broad interest in the ecology and conservation biology of marine predators. The main thrust of my research effort in recent years has been to develop and lead multidisciplinary projects on the little studied populations of southern sea lions and South American fur seals breeding at the Falkland Islands. Much of my work involves establishing baseline data, which inevitably redefines the ecology of these poorly studied species – from population size, distribution and population genetics, to foraging ecology – and facilitates more coherent conservation and management strategies.
My qualifications include a Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies, Conservation Medicine (Murdoch University). A short version of my CV can be downloaded here. I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, Falkland Islands and an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University, Sydney.