On a collaborative project between Monash University and Phillip Island Nature Parks, I am using these data to explore different spatial conservation prioritisation scenarios that allow protecting key little penguins’ foraging areas, while minimizing conflicts with human uses that occur in those places.
Seabird breeding seasons are affected by many factors including food supply, climate and environmental variation. For my Honours Project, I will be looking at the timing of the start of the breeding season of Little Penguins and how it has changed over time. I will allude to potential reasons a change in timing may be occurring. Furthermore, I will be investigating the relationship between penguin body condition and subsequent breeding success, which likely relates to foraging opportunities and conditions. This will be undertaken in collaboration with Phillip Island Nature Park and I will be co-supervised by Dr Andre Chiaradia.