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Theoni Photopoulou

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Theoni Photopoulou
Postal address:
Scottish Oceans Institute
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands
St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Fife
United Kingdom

Email: tp14@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research overview

I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and environmental biology and statistics. I like using statistical methods to learn about pattern and process in the ecology and biology of animals in general, but my main interest is the movement ecology of animals – mainly flying, swimming and diving animals.

For my Newton International Fellowship I am working on adapting and developing methods for better understanding the diving ecology of a truly Antarctic, ice dependent species, the Weddell seal. Using statistical methods for information collected through time, I am looking at how diving behaviour changes over time in individual seals, and how that relates to the oceanographic features they are experiencing in the Weddell Sea, a part of the Southern Ocean that is regarded as a sentinel for climate change. 

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