John & Pat Warham Studentship | 2023

Postgraduate studies of Sphenisciform and Procellariiform seabirds

Recovering the Critically Endangered Beck’s Petrel

The BOU is pleased to announce that John Lamaris has been awarded the fourth BOU John & Pat Warham Studentship. John will be based at Monash University, Australia with supervisor A/Prof Rohan Clark and additional support from Dr Jeremy Bird (University of Tasmania) and Prof Richard Fuller (University of Queensland).

John is originally from New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). He obtained his MPhil from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to starting this research, he was with the Wildlife Conservation Society’s PNG program as coordinator for the organisation’s terresterial wildlife research and monitoring activities.

Beck’s Petrel is a Critically Endangered seabird that is thought to breed in mountains in southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. Data from a single tracked individual has identified a likely site but knowledge of distribution, population size, trends, threats, and breeding ecology are limited, preventing the implementation of on-ground conservation actions. This project will focus on locating a breeding colony and studying the species ecology and conservation status. Project findings will inform evidence-based and community supported conservation actions.

BOU John & Pat Warham Studentships are funded by a bequest left to the BOU by the late John and Pat Warham for the study of Sphenisciform and Procellariiform seabirds.

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Image Credits
Tahiti Petrel (not a Beck’s Petrel!) | Aviceda CC BY 3.0 Wikimedia Commons

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