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By on Friday, June 16th, 2017

Germany. The land of efficiency, beer and lederhosen. For myself however, it was an opportunity to do some cutting-edge research in a country renown for scientific innovation. Some beer was still enjoyed along the way. The goal of the fieldwork was to successfully measure the aluminium and nickel layers in the upper atmosphere, a region […]


By on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Our return visits to the Bass certainly didn’t disappoint! If you read the previous blog, you’ll know we put out some GPS loggers on gannets in April this year in a first attempt at finding out how they behave early in the breeding season before they are constrained by incubating eggs or feeding chicks. The […]


By on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

My first field work blog of the year is a little earlier than usual. This is because, excitingly, we are attempting to gather some slightly different data this year. As I explained in Gannet Grabbing, the GPS tagging of adult gannets has traditionally taken place during the period of the breeding season when the birds […]


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 […]