Meet the team

This project has been funded by the Human Frontier Science Programme and is established as a interdisciplinary collaboration between four research institutes.

University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Samantha Patrick is a seabird ecologist working on the causes and consequence of individual behavior. This project will focus on multi-species comparisons and physiological mechanisms for the first time. The use of dynamic landscapes will allow her to explore novel and exciting research questions addressing complex movement behaviors at multiple scales.

Tommy Clay is interested in the ecology and conservation of marine predators; in particular, the drivers of variation in movement and foraging strategies and their influence on population dynamics. During this project he will be linking seabird movement data to meteorological and infrasound maps in order to better understand movement decisions at various ecological scales.

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Susana Clusella-Trullas investigates strategies used by animals to cope with environmental change across spatial scales. Her current work incorporates whole-organism performance traits such as locomotion speed and energetics, and evolutionary processes. By examining fine structures that seabird use to detect environmental perturbations and signals, this project will add a new functional dimension to her research.

Jeff Zeyl’s research interests centre on mechanisms of hearing and acoustic communication in vertebrates. Some of his recent work has involved auditory tests on turtles, salamanders, and fishes using the auditory brainstem response. In this project, Jeff will be exploring potential mechanisms of infrasonic hearing in seabirds.

University of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale, USA

Mathieu Basille applies principles of landscape ecology on terrestrial vertebrates to understand environmental determinants of spatial distribution. This project will expand his research in a new dimension, increasing the spatio-temporal resolution of tracking data (higher than in terrestrial systems) and a complete shift in theoretical framework to the oceanic ecosystem.

Rocio Joo is a numerical ecologist. Her research is focused on movement ecology; particularly on the development and adaption of statistical methods for the analysis of trajectories of animals and human predators (i.e. fishers). The analysis of different types of tracking data for seabird movement, and the assessment of the role of infrasound in migration through statistical modelling are two exciting challenges of this project that will enrich her research.

Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), The Netherlands

Jelle Assink studies seasonal and annual trends of the infrasonic wavefield by incorporating state-of-the-art atmospheric, oceanic models and acoustic models. Here he will collect novel in-situ measures of infrasound and the integration of wavefields with animal movement data is completely novel and will extend his research into a biological dimension.

Olivier den Ouden will focus on infrasound. Previous he already got experienced with processing infrasound recordings and localisation of infrasound sources. During this project he will exploring infrasound propagation through atmosphere and creating soundscapes.