Monash University
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Movement ecology of sympatric gadfly petrels with implications for bio-logging, island trophic dynamics and conservation

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posted on 2022-04-25, 00:23 authored by LUKE ROBIN HALPIN
Movement is a central theme in the study of ecology because the movement of organisms shapes the structure and function of ecosystems, communities, and populations. In this thesis, I use seabirds (gadfly petrels) as exemplars of movement across large scales of oceanic habitat. My research brings together various features of movement in tropical seabirds including foraging ecology and the implications of seabird movement for ecosystem function on isolated islands to address several issues related to research, conservation, and management. My research bridges a gap between the marine and terrestrial realms and empirically demonstrates the importance of understanding ecosystem structure and multifunctionality in a conservation and management context.


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Principal supervisor

Rohan Clarke

Additional supervisor 1

Rowan Mott

Additional supervisor 2

Nicholas Carlile

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Department, School or Centre

Biological Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

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Faculty of Science