In addition to our regular programme of events at the Centre, throughout the year there will be a range of special marine-themed events, held both at the Centre and at other venues around the country. Events will be shown here as they are confirmed. From science festivals to ‘Meet the Scientist’ evenings, more events will be added soon – so keep an eye out for updates!
Meet the Scientist Evening
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Thursday 26 July 2018
You are invited to meet scientists from University of Leeds talking about 'Foraging behaviours of the Bass Rock gannets', here at the Centre 19:30 to 21:00 (doors open 19:00).
Tickets: £5 (or £4 if you are a member of the Centre) - available at retail desk or email email@example.com
Seabirds are fantastic indicators of ocean health; as predators at the top of the food chain they are affected by changes to prey populations caused by over fishing, pollution, climate change and marine plastics. Miniaturised data loggers have revolutionised our understanding of seabird foraging behaviour and the gannets from Bass Rock have made a large contribution to this work.
PhD researchers from the University of Leeds, Jude Lane, Ruth Jeavons and Chris Pollock, are currently working to understand more about gannet foraging behaviour at a time when many seabird populations are declining. This evening provides an opportunity to find out more about one of the UK’s most charismatic seabirds and hear about the latest research findings and plans.
Anticipate insights into how adult and immature gannets differ in their foraging strategies, how accelerometers are used to define behaviour every second whilst at sea and how estimates of flight height and computer simulated models can estimate the potential impact wind farms could have on the Bass Rock gannets.