Seabird diet composition changes dramatically over three decades in both summer and winter
About the author
Rich Howells has recently submitted his PhD thesis (European shag diet and demography at a North Sea colony, over half a century of environmental change) and awaits his viva. Based at the Centre for Ecology Hydrology during his PhD, he utilises long-term European shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis diet and demographic data collected over 5 decades as part of the Isle of May Long Term Study. His research focuses on detecting temporal trends in key demographic parameters and testing the underlying determinants, including extrinsic conditions, such as climate, and intrinsic mechanisms, such as carry-over effects. Rich is an active ringer and keen brewer.
Read Rich’s earlier BOU blog about shag diet composition: Shag diet – a new fad?