Institution or affiliation:
University of Gdańsk, Dept of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology, Polar Ecology Group
I completed my PhD in 2007, studying then labour division between parents in a small Arctic seabird. Since then parental investments and polar seabirds are a central focus of my research. One of the projects I am now carrying on with my colleagues and students is on coordination of parental performance. Here, seabirds perspective offers unusual framework, where parental care is more viewed as a cooperation of breeding partners rather than sexual conflict (as often considered in other avian groups). Another important line of my research is related to the birds response to the ongoing climate and anthropogenic changes. Here, seabirds are particularly useful species and those adapted to polar environment are true sentinels of these fragile and currently very much threatened ecosystems.
by Dan Chamberlain | Aug 13, 2022