18th January 2016 – British Ornithologists’ Union

IBIS avatarThis week the BOU (@IBIS_journal) has lined up a series of ornithology tweeps to discuss a different avian science topic each day. Look out for free IBIS content linked to from tweets which will only be available during this BOU ornithology Biotweeps week!

IBIS_Dan BeckerMonday, 18 January | Avian health and disease
Dan Becker | @danjbecker | University of Georgia, US

Dan is a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia, where he studies infectious disease dynamics, particularly of zoonoses. He is interested in how changes to food resources of wildlife (whether these are acorn masts or supplemental feeding) interact with host ecology to shift infection outcomes. He dabbles in mathematical modeling and fieldwork, the latter focused on vampire bats and livestock intensification in Latin America.

Today Dan will be posting about avian infectious disease, but expect at least a few related to health benefits and costs of bird feeding. Dan’s personal website is danieljbecker.weebly.com.

IBIS_Tom EvansTuesday, 19 January | Avian tracking
Tom Evans | @ThomasEvans | Lund University, Sweden

Tom is a British biologist based at Lund University in Sweden. His PhD work is focussed on the movement ecology of seabirds, which I study with GPS and other technologies.

Today Tom will be discussing avian tracking and the fantastic insights new technologies have given scientists into the lives of birds. We are learning of extraordinary trans-oceanic migrations by shorebirds flying 10,000 kilometres non-stop from Alaska to New Zealand, of aerial insect eating birds spending 9 months in the air without landing, and of geese migrating across the Himalayas reaching altitudes of 7,000 metres.


IBIS_Nino OHanlonWednesday, 20 Janaury | Seabird ecology
Nino O’Hanlon | @Nina_OHanlon | University of Glasgow, UK & Sjúrður Hammer | @sjurdur | University of Glasgow, UK

IBIS_Sjúrður HammerNina and Sjúrður are PhD students at the University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) supervised by Ruedi
Nager. Nina is a looking at spatial variation in herring gull traits and demography, and whether Herring Gulls can be used as Sjurdur portrait indicators of coastal marine environments. Sjúrður is mainly interested in great skua breeding ecology in the Faroe Islands, pollution monitoring – both with regards to marine plastic and Persistent Organic Pollutants. They both share a particular research interest in seabird eggs – oology – and what they can potentially reveal about seabird ecology and pollutant.


IBIS_Richard FaceyThursday, 21 January | Weather and fecundity
Richard Facey | @faceyrj | Cardiff University, UK

Rich has worked in nature conservation for 13 years, going part-time as a Conservation Officer for Natural Resources Wales, in order to become a part-time postgraduate student at Cardiff University. His research interests are predominately focused on how organisms adapt to changing environments – be that from climate change or urban expansion – with an emphasis on weather and fecundity. In 2013 he enrolled as a part-time post graduate student at Cardiff University. His thesis examines the impact of local weather variation on the seasonal fecundity of Swallows Hirundo rustica and the decisions they make to overcome those impacts.


IBIS_Kate PlummerFriday, 22 January | Urban birds
Kate Plummer | @_KatePlummer | BTO, UK & Co-Organiser of #BOU2016 Urban Birds conference

Kate is a Research Ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO – @_BTO) with a passion for urban ecology. Her research focuses on human-wildlife interactions in urban areas, and she’ll be tweeting some interesting facts and figures about urban birds – what shapes urban bird communities, how are birds adapting to live in our rapidly changing cities, and why might interacting with urban birds be beneficial for human well-being? If these questions interest you as much as they do me, then check out our upcoming BOU conference. You can find out more about Kate and her research here or on twitter @_KatePlummer.


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