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Researcher: Sumner, MD (Mr Michael Sumner)

Fields of Research

Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Behavioural Ecology
Wildlife and Habitat Management
Animal Behaviour
Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Conservation and Biodiversity
Environmental Science and Management
Physical Oceanography
Ecosystem Function

Research Objectives

Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (excl. Social Impacts)
Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales
Climate Variability (excl. Social Impacts)
Marine Oceanic Processes (excl. climate related)
Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

Abundance and richness of key Antarctic seafloor fauna correlates with modelled food availability; Nature Ecology and Evolution
Assessing status and trends of open ocean habitats: a regionally resolved approach and Southern Ocean application; Ecological Indicators
At sea movement of Macquarie Island giant petrels: Relationships with marine protected areas and regional fisheries management organisations; Biological Conservation
Bayesian Estimation of Animal Movement from Archival and Satellite Tags; PLoS One
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
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
Depletion of deep marine food patches forces divers to give up early; Journal of Animal Ecology
Dispersal of female southern elephant seals and their prey consumption during the austral summer: relevance to management and oceanographic zones; Journal of Applied Ecology
Dynamic fine-scale sea icescape shapes adult emperor penguin foraging habitat in East Antarctica; Geophysical Research Letters
Habitat modelling of tracking data from multiple marine predators identifies important areas in the Southern Indian Ocean; Diversity and Distributions
How many seabirds do we need to track to define home-range area?; Journal of Applied Ecology
Integrated modelling to support decision-making for marine social-ecological systems in Australia; ICES Journal of Marine Science
Loyalty pays: potential life history consequences of fidelity to marine foraging regions by southern elephant seals; Animal Behaviour
Predicting krill swarm characteristics important for marine predators foraging off East Antarctica; Ecography
Prediction of krill swarm characteristics that drive a marine predator ‘hotspot' region off East Antarctica; CLIOTOP 3rd Symposium 2015
Remote sensing of Southern Ocean sea surface temperature: implications for marine biophysical models; Remote Sensing of Environment
Resource partitioning through oceanic segregation of foraging juvenile southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina); Oecologia
The endangered Australian sea lion extensively overlaps with and regularly becomes by-catch in demersal shark gill-nets in South Australian shelf waters; Biological Conservation
The influence of diet on foraging habitat models: a case study using nursing Antarctic fur seals; Ecography: Pattern and Diversity in Ecology
The optimal spatial scale for the analysis of elephant seal foraging as determined by geo-location in relation to sea surface temperatures; ICES Journal of Marine Science
The winter pack-ice zone provides a sheltered but food-poor habitat for larval Antarctic krill; Nature Ecology and Evolution
Under ice habitats for Antarctic krill larvae: could less mean more under climate warming?; Geophysical Research Letters

Research Projects

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)
Projecting ecosystem change in the Southern Ocean using end-to-end models; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)
Solar and satellite animal tracking: analytical methods and applications ; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)

Research Candidate Supervision