ABOUT ME

My research broadly focuses on the distribution, habitat use and foraging ecology of marine predators. Specifically, I am interested in their at-sea behaviour and its influence on the population dynamics. This research includes work done on Antarctic and Subantarctic fur seals, Weddell, Ross, and crabeater seals. I am currently a Claude Leon Postdoctoral Fellow with the Marion Island Marine Mammal Programme (MIMMP), studying the consequences of divergent long-term foraging strategies of Antarctic fur seals at Marion Island. I was recently a Pew Fellow with Dr Michelle LaRue at Gateway Antarctica, University of Canterbury studying the distribution and abundance of crabeater seals in the Weddell Sea, which will contribute to the planning of the Weddell Sea Marine Protected Area. I completed my MSc. and PhD within the MIMMP and spent two year-long expeditions as a 'Sealer' on Marion Island (2009-2010 & 2012-2013). Additional fieldwork expeditions have taken me to Antarctica and to the Tristan da Cunha archipelago (Tristan, Gough, Nightingale, and Inaccessible islands) where I was part of the National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition to the Tristan da Cunha islands in 2017.

EDUCATION

2019 - 2020

University of Canterbury

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project title: Crabeater seal distribution in the Weddell Sea, using satellite photos and citizen science

Advisor: Dr Michelle LaRue

2013 - 2017

University of Pretoria

PhD Zoology

Thesis title: Population trend and foraging ecology of sympatric Antarctic and Subantarctic fur seals at Marion Island.
Advisors: Prof. Marthan N. Bester, Ass. Prof. PJ Nico de Bruyn, Ass. Prof. Mary-Anne Lea

2017 - 2019

University of Pretoria

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project title: Foraging ecology of Ross seals in the Weddell Sea

Advisor: Prof. Marthan N. Bester

2010 - 2013

University of Pretoria

MSc. Zoology Cum Laude

Project title: Maternal foraging behaviour of Subantarctic furseals from Marion Island.
 Advisors: Prof. Marthan N. Bester, Ass. Prof. PJ Nico de Bruyn