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Researcher: Bestley, S (Dr Sophie Bestley)

Fields of Research

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

Research Objectives

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

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

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
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
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
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
Taking animal tracking to new depths: synthesizing horizontal–vertical movement relationships for four marine predators; Ecology

Research Projects

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)
The Role of Eastern Antarctic Polynyas in Global Ocean Circulation; Australian Research Council (ARC)

Research Candidate Supervision