Why birds go bump in the dark: a sensory ecology approach to understanding and addressing gillnet bycatch
Every year, millions of waterbirds die through drowning as a result of being caught in gill nets.
The aim of this project is to (a) describe the sensory ecology and visual field characteristics of waterbirds that have demonstrated a propensity for getting caught as bycatch in gillnets, (b) undertake dive tanks experiments to determine dive behaviour, (c) determine the visual acuity of key species, to ascertain their visual capabilities over distance and (e) provide practical suggestions and solutions to the problem, based on findings (e.g., net panel designs).
This project is available as part of the London NERC DTP (see below). Applicants need a minimum of a 2.1 degree in a suitable subject area (biological sciences - zoology, ecology), and ideally a Master’s degree in a relevant topic.
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key words: waterbirds; seabirds; weaterfowl
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This is a CASE studentship, as part of the London NERC DTP (http://london-nerc-dtp.org). The CASE partner is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB -www.rspb.org.uk). Students are accepted onto the NERC DTP, and then embark on this CASE Studentship. Support with the NERC application is available for suitable students.
Martin, G. R., Portugal, S. J. & Murn, C. P. (2012) Visual fields, foraging and collision vulnerability in Gyps vultures. Ibis. 154: 626-631.
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