Dr Theoni Photopoulou:
Newton International Fellow

Dr Theoni Photopoulou

Dr Theoni Photopoulou
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

room: 2.12 / CREEM 202

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Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and environmental biology and statistics. I like using statistical methods to learn about pattern and process in the ecology and biology of animals in general, but my main interest is the movement ecology of animals – mainly flying, swimming and diving animals.

For my Newton International Fellowship I am working on adapting and developing methods for better understanding the diving ecology of a truly Antarctic, ice dependent species, the Weddell seal. Using statistical methods for information collected through time, I am looking at how diving behaviour changes over time in individual seals, and how that relates to the oceanographic features they are experiencing in the Weddell Sea, a part of the Southern Ocean that is regarded as a sentinel for climate change. 


I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and environmental biology and statistics. I am interested in the movement ecology of animals - mainly swimming, diving and flying animals. More generally, I like using statistical methods to learn about pattern and process in the ecology and biology of animals.

During my Newton International Fellowship at the University of St Andrews I will be looking at the effects of ocean properties on the movement ecology of Weddell seals under the project title EMEWS. There is a strong methods development and implementation focus for this project, particularly time series models for animal movement.

For more information on my news, latest publications, and research projects please see my personal webpage.

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Recent Publications:

5 (of 15 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for tp14 (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Sex-specific variation in the use of vertical habitat by a resident Antarctic top predator Theoni Photopoulou, Karine Heerah, Jennifer Pohle, Lars Boehme
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 2020 vol. 287
Identifying fishing grounds from vessel tracks: model-based inference for small scale fisheries Tania Mendo, Sophie Caroline Smout, Theoni Photopoulou, Mark Andrew James
Royal Society Open Science 2019 vol. 6
Human footprint restricts ranges Theoni Photopoulou
Nature Ecology and Evolution 2018 vol. 2 pp. 773-774
Summer at the beach Alison Ann Kock, Theoni Photopoulou, Ian Durbach, Katya Mauff, Michael Meyer, Deon Kotze, Charles Griffiths, Justin O'Riain
Movement Ecology 2018 vol. 6
Where eagles soar Megan Murgatroyd, Theoni Photopoulou, Les Underhill, Willem Bouten, Arjun Amar
Ecology and Evolution 2018 vol. Early View