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By on Friday, February 24th, 2017

On the 22nd of February James Bullock from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and I went through to Ghent University to their Forest & Nature Lab  and had a meeting either side of a presentation, given by James, meeting with Kris Verheyen, Pieter De Frenne and Thomas Vanneste. Thomas is a new PhD student […]


By on Friday, October 7th, 2016

The DTPs biosphere day took place on 23rd September at Devonshire Hall, to complete the line-up of spheres workshops for 2015-16.  The aim of the day was to give students a taste of some of the research going on in the biosphere at Leeds University. The theme for the day was urban ecology and we […]


By on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Every gannet on Bass Rock that has been tracked with a GPS logger over the last 15 years has been fitted with two identification rings. A small metal BTO ring with a long identification number and a larger plastic colour ring with a unique four digit code. The metal rings are extremely difficult to read […]


By on Friday, May 6th, 2016

Last month I took part in the 2nd World Seabird Twitter Conference #WSTC2 If you’ve never heard of a twitter conference they are a fantastic medium, not only for enabling scientists to communicate and exchange information but also for providing a unique opportunity for the general public to find out about and engage with the work of […]


By on Thursday, April 28th, 2016

The 2nd NERC Spheres DTP Conference schedule has now been announced and promises two days packed with talks and posters and talking posters covering research on the Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere and geosphere. First and second year PhD students working within five departments at the University of Leeds and one at the University of York, will […]


By on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

  The gannet research blog has been quiet over the last 6 months … the gannets left the colony at the end of the summer and I returned to Leeds to make a start analysing some of the data we collected. Until now there hasn’t really been too much to blog about, my days have […]


By on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Khumbu valley- 2015 field season. Where? In October and November of 2015, myself, Scott Watson, Duncan Quincey (all University of Leeds- School of Geography) and Ann Rowan (Sheffield University) were Nepal carrying out fieldwork on the Khumbu glacier and in the surrounding valley. The Khumbu valley sits high in the Himalaya at the rewarding end […]


By on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Five months. That’s how long it’s been since I started my PhD. It’s flown by, yet in some ways I feel as though I’ve been here for ages already. When I first started, I felt completely lost, I had no idea what I needed to do – all I had was my desk and a […]


By on Monday, September 7th, 2015

So in my first blog I talked about how we use GPS devices to record fixes of a gannets’ location in order to create maps of where it’s been. Using the locations and the time at which they were taken we can calculate metrics such as the distance and duration of a foraging trip. A more detailed […]


By on Friday, August 21st, 2015

  The gannets of Bass Rock have a long history of being studied; the late Bryan Nelson dedicated years of his life to watching, recording and understanding their behaviour. To someone like me, Bryan’s book ‘The Gannet’ is pretty much the bible when it comes to these incredible birds. However, once they left the colony […]