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 Zoe Deakin

Zoe Deakin

Research student,


I completed an undergraduate degree in Zoology at Cardiff University in 2009. In 2016 I was awarded an MSc in Conservation and Biodiversity at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus. My MSc research focussed on sex differences in migration and survival of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus). The years in between my degrees saw me take on a variety of roles, including Research Technician with the Cardiff University Otter Project, Warden and Petrel Researcher on Round Island, Mauritius, and two seasons as Field Assistant on the University of Oxford’s Wytham Tits project. Other fieldwork involved radiotracking hedgehogs and seabird research and monitoring in the Seychelles, Outer Hebrides and Shetland. I have also worked in a variety of desk-based roles within charities, universities and the public sector.

In 2017 I began a PhD on the spatial and foraging ecology of the European storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), the smallest Atlantic seabird. My research combines novel technologies, such as GPS tracking and molecular dietary analysis, with traditional natural history techniques to improve our understanding and conservation of seabirds in a changing environment. My PhD is funded through the NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership.


Dr Frank Hailer (Cardiff University), Dr Rob Thomas (Cardiff University), Dr Renata Medeiros (Cardiff University), Dr Mark Bolton (RSPB), Dr Sean Rands (University of Bristol)


Research interests

My research interests include seabird ecology and conservation, movement ecology, island restoration, environmental change and anthropogenic impacts on wildlife and the environment.