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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

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)
  • Physical Oceanography (040503)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
  • Animal Behaviour (060801)
  • Microbial Ecology (060504)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Biological Oceanography (040501)
  • Chemical Oceanography (040502)
  • Glaciology (040602)
  • 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)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts) (960306)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Wild Caught Tuna (830207)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography (969901)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Aquaculture Tuna (830107)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related) (969902)
  • Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts) (960304)

Publications

Total publications

24

Journal Article

(20 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Bestley S, van Wijk E, Rosenberg M, Eriksen R, Corney S, et al., 'Ocean circulation and frontal structure near the southern Kerguelen Plateau: the physical context for the Kerguelen Axis ecosystem study', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2 pp. 1-50. ISSN 0967-0645 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.07.013 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: van Wijk E; Rosenberg M; Eriksen R; Corney S; Rintoul S

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2019Jonsen ID, McMahon CR, Patterson TA, Auger-Methe M, Harcourt R, et al., 'Movement responses to environment: fast inference of variation among southern elephant seals with a mixed effects model', Ecology, 100, (1) Article e02566. ISSN 0012-9658 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2566 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hindell MA

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2018Andrews-Goff V, Bestley S, Gales NJ, Laverick SM, Paton D, et al., 'Humpback whale migrations to Antarctic summer foraging grounds through the southwest Pacific Ocean', Scientific Reports, 8, (1) Article 123333. ISSN 2045-2322 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-30748-4 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Bestley S, Raymond B, Gales NJ, Harcourt RG, Hindell MA, et al., 'Predicting krill swarm characteristics important for marine predators foraging off East Antarctica', Ecography, 41, (6) pp. 996-1012. ISSN 0906-7590 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/ecog.03080 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Raymond B; Hindell MA; Nicol S; Sumner MD; Wotherspoon SJ; Cox MJ

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2018Clarke LJ, Bestley S, Bissett A, Deagle BE, 'A globally distributed Syndiniales parasite dominates the Southern Ocean micro-eukaryote community near the sea-ice edge', ISME Journal, 13, (3) pp. 734-737. ISSN 1751-7362 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0306-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Clarke LJ

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2018Labrousse S, Williams G, Tamura T, Bestley S, Sallee J-B, et al., 'Coastal polynyas: winter oases for subadult southern elephant seals in East Antarctica', Scientific Reports, 8 Article 3183. ISSN 2045-2322 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21388-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Williams G; Tamura T; Fraser AD; Sumner M; McMahon C; Hindell MA

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2018Roncon G, Bestley S, McMahon CR, Wienecke B, Hindell MA, 'View from below: inferring behavior and physiology of Southern Ocean marine predators from dive telemetry', Frontiers in Marine Science, 5, (DEC) Article 464. ISSN 2296-7745 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00464 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: McMahon CR; Hindell MA

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2018Schallenberg C, Bestley S, Klocker A, Trull TW, Davies DM, et al., 'Sustained upwelling of subsurface iron supplies seasonally persistent phytoplankton blooms around the Southern Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Ocean', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, (8) pp. 5986-6003. ISSN 2169-9275 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2018JC013932 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Schallenberg C; Klocker A; Trull TW; Davies DM; Gault-Ringold M; Roden NP; Townsend AT; van der Merwe P; Westwood K; Wuttig K; Bowie A

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2018Zhu G, Duan M, Ashford JR, Wei L, Zhou M, et al., 'Otolith nucleus chemistry distinguishes Electrona antarctica in the westward-flowing Antarctic Slope Current and eastward-flowing Antarctic Circumpolar Current off East Antarctica', Marine Environmental Research, 142 pp. 7-20. ISSN 0141-1136 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.09.010 [eCite] [Details]

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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, 23, (12) pp. 5136-5150. ISSN 1354-1013 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 11

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

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2017Malpress V, Bestley S, Corney S, Welsford D, Labrousse S, et al., 'Bio-physical characterisation of polynyas as a key foraging habitat for juvenile male southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) in Prydz Bay, East Antarctica', PLoS One, 12, (9) Article e0184536. ISSN 1932-6203 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0184536 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Corney S; Sumner M; Hindell M

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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]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7

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]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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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 - 4Web of Science - 3

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 - 43Web of Science - 43

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 - 67Web of Science - 55

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 - 107Web of Science - 106

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 - 44Web of Science - 39

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 - 25Web of Science - 25

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 - 64Web of Science - 62

Co-authors: Patterson TA; Hindell MA

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Walters A, Trebilco R, Bestley S, Raymond B, Revill A, et al., 'Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish predict top predator hotspots?', Where the Poles come together: A SCAR and IASC Conference, 15-26 June, Davos, Switzerland, pp. 1632. (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walters A; Trebilco R; Hindell MA; Lea MA; Melbourne-Thomas J; Constable A

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2018Walters A, Trebilco R, Raymond B, Bestley S, Revill A, et al., 'Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish determine foraging hotspots of marine mammals and birds in the southern Indian Ocean?', MEASO 18, 09-13 April, Hobart (2018) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Walters A; Trebilco R; Raymond B; Hindell MA; Davies DM; Lea MA; Melbourne-Thomas J; Constable A

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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

7

Total funding

$52,880,902

Projects

Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative (2019 - 2029)$50,000,000
Description
Australian Antarctic Program Partnership, comprises the University of Tasmania, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the Australian Antartcic Division, Geosciences Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology, IMOS and Tasmanian State Govt. This initiative will support research that aims to understand the role of the Antarctic region in the global climate system and the implications on marine ecosystems.
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($50,000,000)
Scheme
Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Boyd PW; Swadling KM; Nicol S; Bestley S; Blanchard JL; Lannuzel D; Williams GD; Coleman R; Nikurashin M; Bowie AR; Phillips HE; King MA; Watson CS; Hurd R; Bindoff NL
Period
2019 - 2029
Mathematical Models for Antarctic Animal Migrations in a Changing Climate (2018 - 2020)$365,068
Funding
Australian Research Council ($365,068)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Bestley S
Period
2018 - 2020
Grant Reference
DE180100828
The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation (2018 - 2021)$943,290
Funding
Australian Research Council ($943,290)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hindell MA; Harcourt R; McMahon C; Rintoul SR; Ohshima K; van Wijk E; Bestley S; Roquet F
Period
2018 - 2021
Grant Reference
DP180101667
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
Assessing status and trends of marine ecosystems in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean (2015 - 2017)$0
Description
With a focus on the Indian Sector, the overall objective of this project is to develop a quantitative framework for assessing change in Southern Ocean ecosystems (habitats, species and foodwebs), to undertake the first assessment using that framework and, arising from the experience of that assessment, design a cost-effective sustained observing program that will be able to detect long-term trends in these ecosystems in the future. Specifically, the project will1. With the IMBER program Integrating Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics of the Southern Ocean (ICED), develop the framework for assessing change in Southern Ocean ecosystems to deliver products to stakeholders and the public at large;2. Review and refine methodologies for quantitative assessments of the status (including spatial and temporal variability) and trends of marine food webs;3. Using these methods and available data, including satellites, underway data from ships-of-opportunity, repeat transects and local at-sea and land-based studies, undertake a synthesis and assessment of the current status (including spatial and temporal variability) and trends of (i) sea ice and ocean habitats,(ii) key pelagic species, including large diatoms, Antarctic krill, commercial finfish, myctophid fish, marine mammals and birds, and (iii) the relative importance of different trophic pathways (e.g. through krill versus copepods) in the subantarctic and Antarctic food webs in the Indian Sector;4. Develop methods for presenting results that allow these assessments to be easily understood by key stakeholders and the public at large; and5. Based on the requirements identified in the framework and first assessment, design a cost-effective observing system for the region, as part of the Southern Ocean Observing System, to provide robust assessments of change in habitats, key species and food webs, based on a set of sustained observations of cost-effective essential variables, known as ecosystem Essential Ocean Variables.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Constable A; Bestley S; Boyd PW; Corney SP; Cox MJ; de la Mare WK; Meiners K; Melbourne-Thomas J; Raymond Ben; Sumner MD; Wotherspoon SJ; Ziegler PE
Period
2015 - 2017
Multi-species animal tracking: analytical methods and application (2014 - 2016)$0
Description
For marine predators in remote Antarctic areas, telemetry studies (i.e. location tracking) provide the most feasible means for obtaining information on behaviour, movement, habitat utilization, and foraging locations. An ecosystem-level focus can be brought to predator studies by including multiple species within a single modelling framework (multi-species modelling). "Hotspot" areas of high predator use and diversity can indicate elevated prey abundance and predictability, habitat types or structural complexity, or niche space. Comparisons between predator species can elucidate processes such as competition between populations, territoriality, and successional habitat use that are difficult to infer from single-species studies. This project will develop improved methods for multi-species modelling of existing telemetry data. These methods will be applied at a range of spatial scales including a whole-of-Antarctic synthesis aligned with current international efforts.
Funding
Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) ($0)
Scheme
Grant-Australian Antarctic Science
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Raymond B; Bestley S; Hindell MA; Huckstadt L; Jonsen I; Kato A; Ropert-Coudert Y; Wotherspoon SJ
Period
2014 - 2016

Research Supervision

Current

4

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDInference of Foraging Success in a Top Southern Ocean Predator2015
PhDComparative Diving Physiology and Ecology Across Southern Ocean Marine Predators2015
PhDThe Missing Link: Meso-pelagic prey field prediction for Southern Ocean marine predators2018
PhDBiophysical Modelling of Antarctic Krill: Key habitats, ocean transport and dependent marine predators2018