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Researcher: Bestley, S (Dr Sophie Bestley)

Fields of Research

Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Behavioural Ecology
Physical Oceanography
Ecosystem Function
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Animal Behaviour
Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Microbial Ecology
Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Global Change Biology

Research Objectives

Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Wild Caught Tuna
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Oceanography
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Aquaculture Tuna
Climate and Climate Change
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A globally distributed Syndiniales parasite dominates the Southern Ocean micro-eukaryote community near the sea-ice edge; ISME Journal
Antarctic pack ice algal distribution: floe-scale spatial variability and predictability from physical parameters; Geophysical Research Letters
Bio-physical characterisation of polynyas as a key foraging habitat for juvenile male southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) in Prydz Bay, East Antarctica; PLoS One
Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish determine foraging hotspots of marine mammals and birds in the southern Indian Ocean?; MEASO 18
Can isoscapes of mesopelagic fish predict top predator hotspots?; Where the Poles come together: A SCAR and IASC Conference
Coastal polynyas: winter oases for subadult southern elephant seals in East Antarctica; Scientific Reports
Decadal changes in habitat characteristics influence population trajectories of southern elephant seals; Global Change Biology
Environmental influences on annual migrations of juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii)
Estimation and simulation of foraging trips in land-based marine predators; Ecology
Feeding ecology of wild migratory tunas revealed by archival tag records of visceral warming; Journal of Animal Ecology
Humpback whale migrations to Antarctic summer foraging grounds through the southwest Pacific Ocean; Scientific Reports
Integrative modelling of animal movement: incorporating in situ habitat and behavioural information for a migratory marine predator; Proc. R. Soc. B.
Juvenile migration in southern Bluefin tuna
Movement responses to environment: fast inference of variation among southern elephant seals with a mixed effects model; Ecology
Ocean circulation and frontal structure near the southern Kerguelen Plateau: the physical context for the Kerguelen Axis ecosystem study; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2
Otolith nucleus chemistry distinguishes Electrona antarctica in the westward-flowing Antarctic Slope Current and eastward-flowing Antarctic Circumpolar Current off East Antarctica; Marine Environmental Research
Plasticity in vertical behaviour of migrating juvenile southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) in relation to oceanography of the south Indian Ocean; Fisheries Oceanography
Predicting feeding success in a migratory predator: integrating telemetry, environment, and modeling techniques; Ecology
Predicting krill swarm characteristics important for marine predators foraging off East Antarctica; Ecography
Putting the behavior into animal movement modeling: improved activity budgets from use of ancillary tag information; Ecology and Evolution
State-space models for bio-loggers: A methodological road map; Deep-Sea Research. Part 2: Topical Studies in Oceanography
Sustained upwelling of subsurface iron supplies seasonally persistent phytoplankton blooms around the Southern Kerguelen Plateau, Southern Ocean; Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans
Taking animal tracking to new depths: synthesizing horizontal–vertical movement relationships for four marine predators; Ecology
View from below: inferring behavior and physiology of Southern Ocean marine predators from dive telemetry; Frontiers in Marine Science

Research Projects

Antarctic Science Collaboration Initiative; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DoIIS)
Assessing status and trends of marine ecosystems in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Assessment of habitats, productivity and food webs on the Kerguelen Axis in the Indian Sector of the Southern Ocean; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Mathematical Models for Antarctic Animal Migrations in a Changing Climate; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Mesopelagic Southern Ocean Prey and Predators (MESOPP); European Commission (EC)
Multi-species animal tracking: analytical methods and application ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision