In this episode we talk to Dr. Lucy Hawkes about a number of her research areas including arctic terns, basking sharks and bluefin tuna. Listen out for a story about a mysterious tuna tag as well.
About our guest: Dr. Lucy Hawkes
Lucy is a physiological ecologist, whose work focuses on the costs and drivers of migration in animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) using emergent technologists such as satellite telemetry, heart rate logging, accelerometry and metabolic rate measurements. Lucy uses technical approaches including biologging, spatial ecology, remote sensing and respirometry to make empirical measurements that help in the understanding of amazing migratory performances. Lucy’s work has also investigated the impact of external forcing factors, such as climate change and disease ecology on migration and breeding ecology.
Above: Dr. Lucy Hawkes, Dr. Matt Witt and the team working with basking sharks. Photo credits: Nic Davies
- Lucy’s experience as a National Geographic Explorer.
- Tagging and studying bluefin tuna.
- The long distance migrations of arctic terns.
- Studying basking shark behaviour.
- Breaching basking sharks.
- The journey of a mysterious tuna tag (pictured right).
Basking shark videos
We deployed cameras on #baskingsharks – watch the incredible moment we saw them, for the first time, gathering secretly at dawn together on the Scottish seabed @CLESUniofExeter@DrMJWitt@SNH_Tweets – at least FIVE of these massive, incredible, animals hanging out – but why? pic.twitter.com/O3d0cEAduj
— Dr Lucy A Hawkes (@DrLucyHawkes) August 15, 2018
- Twitter: @DrLucyHawkes
- Researchgate Profile
- National Geographic Explorers: Lucy Hawkes
- If you would like to find out more about bluefin tuna, check out the episode we did a few weeks ago with Tom Horton discussing the Thunnus UK project.
- Lucy also supervised the stingray research for our series 1 hosts, Ethan Wrigglesworth and Molly Meadows, you hear about that project here.
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