Team complete!

Since the start of 2018 the whole team is full time working on the project. Let me introduce;

Tommy Clay (University of Liverpool ,UK)

Tommy 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.

Jeff Zeyl (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Jeff’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.

Rocío Joo (University of Florida, USA)

Rocío 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.

Olivier den Ouden (KNMI, the Netherlands)

Olivier 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.

Official start – Stellenbosch meeting

Since all team members are on board, a first ‘real-life’ meeting was needed. The second week of 2018 the whole team visited the Stellenbosch University in South-Africa, and thus this week can be seen as the official start of the Seabird Sound project! Goal of the week, introduction on previous work, future plan for the project and to get to know each other.

During the week everybody showed their skills and discussed what and why it contributes to the project. A good start with many new thoughts. Besides hard work and discussing, there was also time to relax. With some good wine, magnificant views, wild life, table mountain, seabirds, infrasound and really good company this was not very hard.

After 8 days of hard work and discussing, all went home with new ideas and a lot of motivation. Next meeting, May 2018 – Liverpool!

 

… and we’re off!

img_7128.jpgAfter a few months of interviewing candidates, Skyping, setting up forms and agreements and more Skyping we have now finally started with the project! The team is now complete – so with a group of 8 enthousiast researchers in total we’re now off to unravel the mysteries of seabird navigation, potentially linking the fields of geophysics and biology!

Take off!

A new project to study if seabirds navigate using infrasound

ALBATROSS_seabird_bird_birds_1920x1200Our team has just been awarded a HFSP grant to work on infrasound and seabird navigation. We are looking for 4 enthusiastic postdocs to work on this interdisciplinary project over the next 3 years, in the fields of seabird ecology, physiology, spatial ecology and low-frequency acoustics! If you are interested, please contact us.

Find out more about the the project and the involved researchers!