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Sophie Bestley

Sophie Bestley

University Associate

Australian Antarctic Division / IMAS Waterfront Building, Off-Campus

+61 (0)3 6232 3629 (phone)

Sophie.Bestley@aad.gov.au

Achievements

  • 2010 Invited 3mo residency at LOCEAN, Natural History Museum, Paris
  • 2009 Tasmanian Marine Science Fellowship
  • 2009 Australian Fresh Science Competition
  • 2008 Student presentation award, 2nd International Symposium on Tagging and Tracking Marine Fish, Spain
  • 2004–2008 CSIRO Postgraduate Award, Wealth from Oceans Flagship
  • 2004–2008 University of Tasmania/CSIRO Quantitative Marine Science Postgraduate Research Scholarship
  • 2005 Invited 3mo residency at Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Sète, France
  • 2001 UNSW University Medal in Biological Environments (Marine)
  • 2001 CSIRO Marine Research Industrial Traineeship
  • 1997–2001 NSW Masonic Youth Academic Scholarship

Additional Information

Skills

Biological oceanography: oceanographic and physical influences on biological and ecological processes. Most recently focussed on the movement, behaviour, and foraging ecology of top marine predators, using electronic tagging data.

Background

  • 2012-present ARC Super Science Postdoctoral Fellow (supervisor: Nick Gales, AAD)
  • 2010-11 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow (supervisor: Ian Jonsen, Dalhousie University Biology Department)
  • 2009 Southern Ocean Postdoctoral Fellowship (supervisor: Steve Rintoul, CSIRO)
  • 2008 Graduate of CSIRO-UTAS QMS PhD program (supervisors: John Gunn, CSIRO and Mark Hindell, UTAS)

General Responsibilities

University Associate at IMAS

Research and Projects

Integrative analysis of multi-species electronic tagging data, seeking to quantify how Antarctic marine predators respond to biophysical processes.

Development of state-space approaches for integrating animal movement, diving, and physical environmental influences into a cohesive modelling framework.

Quantification of environmental factors influencing individual movement, key to understanding how a population can respond to future change.Identification of spatio-temporal structure in marine resources and areas of high ecological significance in the Southern Ocean

Teaching Responsibilities

I am seeking a PhD candidate: Inference of foraging success in a top Southern Ocean predator, see http://www.imas.utas.edu.au/coursework-programs/phd-program-in-quantitative-antarctic-science/qas-projects

Publications

Selected Publications

Bestley, S Jonsen, ID, Hindell, MA, Harcourt, RG and Gales, NJ (in revision) 'Taking animal tracking to new depths: synthesizing horizontal-vertical movement relationships for four marine predators', Ecology

Bestley, S, Jonsen, ID, Hindell, MA, Guinet, C and Charrassin, JB (2013) 'Integrative modelling of animal movement: incorporating in situ habitat and behavioural information for a migratory marine predator', Proc. R. Soc. B., 280 (1750) Article 20122262. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.2262

Bestley, S, Patterson, TA, Hindell, MA and Gunn, JS (2010) 'Predicting feeding success in a migratory predator: integrating telemetry, environment, and modeling techniques', Ecology, 91 (8) pp. 2373-2384. doi:10.1890/08-2019.1

Bestley, S, Patterson, TA, Hindell, MA and Gunn, JS (2008) 'Feeding ecology of wild migratory tunas revealed by archival tag records of visceral warming', Journal of Animal Ecology, 77 (6) pp. 1223-1233. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01437.x

Jonsen, ID, Basson, M, Bestley, S, Bravington, MV, Patterson, TA, Pedersen, MW, Thomson, R, Thygesen, UH and Wotherspoon, SJ (2013) 'State-space models for bio-loggers: A methodological road map', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 88-89 (SI) pp. 34-46. doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2012.07.008

Full Publication List:

https://rmdb.research.utas.edu.au/public/rmdb/q/indiv_detail_warp_trans/15170

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Fields of Research

  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Animal Behaviour (060801)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)
  • Biological Oceanography (040501)
  • Global Change Biology (069902)

Research Objectives

  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (960502)
  • Wild Caught Tuna (830207)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts) (960306)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Aquaculture Tuna (830107)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related) (969902)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography (969901)

Publications

Total publications

12

Journal Article

(10 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Hindell MA, Sumner M, Bestley S, Wotherspoon S, Harcourt RG, et al., 'Decadal changes in habitat characteristics influence population trajectories of southern elephant seals', Global Change Biology pp. 1-15. ISSN 1354-1013 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13776 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Hindell MA; Sumner M; Wotherspoon S; Lea MA; McMahon CR

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2017Meiners KM, Arndt S, Bestley S, Krumpen T, Ricker R, et al., 'Antarctic pack ice algal distribution: floe-scale spatial variability and predictability from physical parameters', Geophysical Research Letters, 44, (14) pp. 7382-7380. ISSN 0094-8276 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/2017GL074346 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Meiners KM; Kawaguchi S

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2017Michelot T, Langrock R, Bestley S, Jonsen ID, Photopoulou T, et al., 'Estimation and simulation of foraging trips in land-based marine predators', Ecology, 98, (7) pp. 1932-1944. ISSN 0012-9658 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1880 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Bestley S, Jonsen I, Harcourt RG, Hindell MA, Gales NJ, 'Putting the behavior into animal movement modeling: improved activity budgets from use of ancillary tag information', Ecology and Evolution, 6, (22) pp. 8243-8255. ISSN 2045-7758 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2530 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2015Bestley S, Jonsen ID, Hindell MA, Harcourt RG, Gales NJ, 'Taking animal tracking to new depths: synthesizing horizontal-vertical movement relationships for four marine predators', Ecology, 96, (2) pp. 417-427. ISSN 0012-9658 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/14-0469.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2013Bestley S, Jonsen ID, Hindell MA, Guinet C, Charrassin JB, 'Integrative modelling of animal movement: incorporating in situ habitat and behavioural information for a migratory marine predator', Proc. R. Soc. B., 280, (1750) Article 20122262. ISSN 1471-2954 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2262 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 40

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2013Jonsen ID, Basson M, Bestley S, Bravington MV, Patterson TA, et al., 'State-space models for bio-loggers: A methodological road map', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 88-89, (SI) pp. 34-46. ISSN 0967-0645 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2012.07.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 75

Co-authors: Wotherspoon SJ

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2010Bestley S, Patterson TA, Hindell MA, Gunn JS, 'Predicting feeding success in a migratory predator: integrating telemetry, environment, and modeling techniques', Ecology, 91, (8) pp. 2373-2384. ISSN 0012-9658 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/08-2019.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 37Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Patterson TA; Hindell MA

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2009Bestley S, Gunn JS, Hindell MA, 'Plasticity in vertical behaviour of migrating juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) in relation to oceanography of the south Indian Ocean', Fisheries Oceanography , 18, (4) pp. 237-254. ISSN 1054-6006 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2419.2009.00509.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2008Bestley S, Patterson TA, Hindell MA, Gunn JS, 'Feeding ecology of wild migratory tunas revealed by archival tag records of visceral warming', Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, (6) pp. 1223-1233. ISSN 0021-8790 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01437.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 55Web of Science - 57

Co-authors: Patterson TA; Hindell MA

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2008Bestley S, 'Juvenile migration in southern Bluefin tuna' (2008) [PhD]

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2008Bestley S, 'Environmental influences on annual migrations of juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)' (2008) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$1,572,544

Projects

Mesopelagic Southern Ocean Prey and Predators (MESOPP) (2016 - 2019)$1,572,544
Funding
European Commission ($1,572,544)
Scheme
Grant-Horizon 2020
Administered By
European Commission
Research Team
Hindell MA; Corney SP; Trebilco R; Blanchard JL; Constable A; Kloser R; Fulton E; Bestley S; Lehodey P; Cox MJ; Fielding S; Cotte C; Handegaard N; Brierley A; Melbourne-Thomas J
Period
2016 - 2019
Assessment of habitats, productivity and food webs on the Kerguelen Axis in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean (2015)$0
Description
The Southern Ocean is one of the most rapidly changing environments on earth. Australia seeks to sustain marine resources of high fisheries and conservation value that are dependent on the productive ecosystems of the Kerguelen Axis (including Australias Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands south to the Antarctic continent). The Kerguelen Axis has never been surveyed as a single region to determine the critical relationships between environmental and biogeochemical drivers responsible for the transition between the northern copepod-fish dominated foodweb to the southern krill-based foodweb. This knowledge is essential for ecosystem-based management of fisheries, as well as conservation of whale populations and marine biodiversity. The results will be important for assessing likely responses to change in the ecosystem (from climate or fisheries) as well as change in the global oceans and carbon cycle, which are fundamental to the Earths response to climate change
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Constable A; Andrews-Goff V; Bell E; Bestley S; Bowie AR; Boyd PW; Corney SP; Cox MJ; Davidson AT; Deagle BE; Double MC; Emmerson L; Harcourt R; Hindell MA; Kawaguchi S; Koubbi P; Lea MA; McMahon CR; McMinn A; Melbourne-Thomas J; Moteki M; Odate T; Rintoul SR; Southwell C; Sumner MD; Swadling KM; Takahashi K; Tilbrook B; Trull T; Westwood KJ; Ziegler PE; Causse R; Phillips HE; Pruvost P; Kokubun N
Year
2015

Research Supervision

Current

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDInference of Foraging Success in a Top Southern Ocean Predator2015
PhDComparative Diving Physiology and Ecology Across Southern Ocean Marine Predators2015
PhDAdelie Penguins as Ecosystem Indicators: Foraging Behaviour and Habitat2016