I studied a master’s degree in Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews in 2014/2015. Between 2015 and 2019 I worked as a research assistant at the Sea Mammal Research Unit. My research interests are in population biology and behavioural ecology of marine top predators.
Inter-specific Interactions: Investigating the role of grey seals in the harbour seal decline
The aim of this PhD is to investigate the ecological interactions between two sympatric species of seals in the UK in the context of their contrasting population trajectories.
We will attempt to answer the following research questions:
- Is there evidence of a link between grey and harbour seal densities and trends?
- Is there evidence on inter-specific competition?
- Could grey seal predation have caused the regional decline in harbour seals?
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