Danielle L ThompsonUniversity of Aberdeen | ABDN · School of Biological sciences
Danielle L Thompson
BSc (Hons) MSc (Res)
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PhD student at the University of Abedeen investigating the drivers of individual foraging behaviour specialisation in a model seabird, the Falkland Islands shag (Leucocarbo atriceps albiventer).
There is little evidence documenting the prevalence of plastic nest incorporation for different seabird species and populations, and even less detailing the source of such debris as nesting material. This study presents a baseline dataset on the presence of plastic in the nests of five seabird species on Lady Isle, Scotland using a novel and repeat...
Offshore windfarms are seen as a key part of efforts to combat climate change. However, there are a number of significant concerns about the potential of these windfarms to have a negative impact on wildlife and biodiversity, particularly in relation to birds. This is of particular concern as the scale of offshore windfarm development expands so th...
This advice note provides information on kittiwake identification, followed by a methodology to determine whether kittiwakes are breeding on an installation. It provides details of how to obtain an accurate estimate of the number of breeding birds and the likely fledging date of any chicks, to help inform decision-making regarding the scheduling of...
The European Breeding Bird Atlas is one of the most ambitious biodiversity mapping projects ever done. This book presents information on all species reported to breed in the study period 2013–2017. A total of 556 species are treated with a full species account, while a further 69 rare species are included in an appendix. Species accounts include 50...
In July 2018, DEFRA contracted JNCC to develop a UK marine bird bycatch Plan of Action (PoA) to: “Deliver a coherent approach to understand and where necessary reduce marine bird bycatch in UK fisheries, through engagement and dialogue with all interested parties and the implementation of subsequent recommendations”. Stemming from that request and...
Understanding how we can increase the resilience of forest systems to future extreme drought events is increasingly important as these events become more frequent and intense. Diversifying production forests using intimate mixtures of trees with complementary functional traits is considered as one promising silvicultural approach that may increase...
Offshore wind development around Europe is increasing to meet the demands for renewable energy production to help meet climate change targets. It is known that marine birds such as red-throated divers (Gavia stellata) are highly sensitive to disturbance caused by the construction and operation of offshore wind farms and are subsequently displaced f...
This report details the third field season of the Red-throated Diver Energetics Project (https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/rtde-project/). During 2018-2020, archival geolocator (GLS) and time depth recorder (TDR) tags were deployed and retrieved from red-throated divers breeding in Scotland, Finland and Iceland to quantify foraging behaviour and approxi...
Presenting some of my MSc (Res) findings on the impacts of climate change on UK amphibian breeding phenology.
Using biologging techniques and diet analysis, my research will study the poorly known Falkland Islands shag (Leucocarbo atriceps albiventer) to investigate how intra-specific competition and environmental variation influence individual specialisation in foraging behaviours. Additionally, Falkland Island shags forage exclusively in the near-shore marine environment, making them an ideal sentinel species to quantify key areas of importance in the region, for integration into current marine management efforts.
Offshore wind farms cause displacement of red-throated divers but the consequences are unknown. This project aims to obtain empirical data on the proportion of time divers spend foraging, from which their ability to accommodate additional energetic costs of displacement can be inferred. See https://jncc.gov.uk/our-work/rtde-project/ for more information.
This project used long-term data sets to identify and compare phenological changes in two metapopulations of three native newt species in relation to climate change.