I’m a marine ecologist investigating the impact of climate change on crabeater seal populations on the Western Antarctic Peninsula using Very-High-Resolution satellite imagery and AI approaches to analyse these data. This project is jointly funded by NERC (UK) and the NSF (USA), with collaborators in both countries. I am based within the Ecosystems Team at the British Antarctic Survey, where I use both predictive modelling and Very-High-Resolution satellite imagery as tools with the long-term goal of informing conservation science and marine management in this region.
I completed my PhD at BAS with the University of Southampton, where my project focussed on habitat modelling of marine mammal species around South Georgia and the application of satellite imagery to survey whales in remote regions.
Prior to this PhD, I competed my MPhil in Polar Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge in 2015, where my dissertation research investigated the spatial distribution of baleen whales in Eastern Antarctica. Preceding my MPhil, I graduated from the University of Southampton with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Environmental Sciences in 2014.
Publications from NERC Open Research Archive
Bamford, C.C.G. ORCID record for C.C.G. Bamford, Hollyman, P.R. ORCID record for P.R. Hollyman, Abreu, J., Darby, C., Collins, M.A. ORCID record for M.A. Collins. (2023) Spatial, temporal, and demographic variability in patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) spawning from twenty-five years of fishery data at South Georgia. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 19 pp. 10.1016/j.dsr.2023.104199
Jackson, Jennifer A. ORCID record for Jennifer A. Jackson, Kennedy, Amy S., Bamford, Connor C.G. ORCID record for Connor C.G. Bamford, Hart, Ian, Martin, Stephanie, MacDonald, Darryl, Moore, Michael M., Carroll, Emma L.. (2023) Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) return to Cumberland Bay, South Georgia, one century after the peak of whaling. Marine Mammal Science. 9 pp. 10.1111/mms.13050
Robinson, Kevin P., MacDougall, Duncan A. I., Bamford, Connor C.G. ORCID record for Connor C.G. Bamford, Brown, William J., Dolan, Ciaran J., Hall, Rebecca, Haskins, Gary N., Russell, Grace, Sidiropoulos, Theofilos, Sim, Texa M.C., Spinou, Evgenia, Stroud, Elice, Williams, Genevieve, Culloch, Ross M.. (2023) Ecological habitat partitioning and feeding specialisations of coastal minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) using a recently designated MPA in northeast Scotland. PLOS ONE, 18. 10.1371/journal.pone.0246617
Bamford, Connor ORCID record for Connor Bamford, Kelly, Nat, Herr, Helena, Seyboth, Elisa, Jackson, Jennifer A. ORCID record for Jennifer A. Jackson. (2023) The recovery of Antarctica’s giants – baleen whales. Antarctic Environments Portal [Marine]. 10.48361/edgj-pp83
Bamford, Connor C.G. ORCID record for Connor C.G. Bamford, Jackson, J.A. ORCID record for J.A. Jackson, Kennedy, A.K., Trathan, P.N. ORCID record for P.N. Trathan, Staniland, I.J., Androlio, A., Bedriñana-Romano, L., Carroll, E.C., Martin, S., Zerbini, A.N.. (2022) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) distribution and movements in the vicinity of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 198. 16 pp. 10.1016/j.dsr2.2022.105074
Bamford, Connor C.G. ORCID record for Connor C.G. Bamford, Warwick-Evans, Victoria ORCID record for Victoria Warwick-Evans, Staniland, Iain J. ORCID record for Iain J. Staniland, Jackson, Jennifer A. ORCID record for Jennifer A. Jackson, Trathan, Philip N. ORCID record for Philip N. Trathan. (2021) Wintertime overlaps between female Antarctic fur seals (Arctocephalus gazella) and the krill fishery at South Georgia, South Atlantic. PLoS ONE, 16. 20 pp. 10.1371/journal.pone.0248071
Jackson, Jennifer A. ORCID record for Jennifer A. Jackson, Kennedy, Amy, Moore, Michael, Andriolo, Artur, Bamford, Connor ORCID record for Connor Bamford, Calderan, Susannah, Cheeseman, Ted, Gittins, George, Groch, Karina, Kelly, Natalie, Leaper, Russell, Leslie, Matthew S., Lurcock, Sarah, Millar, Brian S., Richardson, Jessica, Rowntree, Vicky, Smith, Patrick, Stepien, Emillie, Stowasser, Gabriele ORCID record for Gabriele Stowasser, Trathan, Phil ORCID record for Phil Trathan, Vermeulen, Els, Zerbini, Alexandre N., Carroll, Emma L.. (2020) Have whales returned to a historical hotspot of industrial whaling? The pattern of southern right whale Eubalaena australis recovery at South Georgia. Endangered Species Research, 43. 17 pp. 10.3354/esr01072
Bamford, C.C.G. ORCID record for C.C.G. Bamford, Kelly, N., Dalla Rosa, L., Cade, D.E., Fretwell, P.T. ORCID record for P.T. Fretwell, Trathan, P.N. ORCID record for P.N. Trathan, Cubaynes, H.C. ORCID record for H.C. Cubaynes, Mesquita, A.F.C., Gerrish, L. ORCID record for L. Gerrish, Friedlaender, A.S., Jackson, J.A. ORCID record for J.A. Jackson. (2020) A comparison of baleen whale density estimates derived from overlapping satellite imagery and a shipborne survey. Scientific Reports, 10. 12 pp. 10.1038/s41598-020-69887-y
Robinson, Kevin P., Haskins, Gary N., Eisfeld-Pierantonio, Sonja M., Sidiropoulos, Theofilos, Bamford, Connor C.G. ORCID record for Connor C.G. Bamford. (2020) Note: Presenting vertebral deformities in bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus calves from a protected population in northeast Scotland. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 140. 103-108. 10.3354/dao03498
Carroll, Emma L., Ott, Paulo H., McMillan, Louise F., Galletti Vernazzani, Bárbara, Neveceralova, Petra, Vermeulen, Els, Gaggiotti, Oscar E., Andriolo, Artur, Baker, C. Scott, Bamford, Connor ORCID record for Connor Bamford, Best, Peter, Cabrera, Elsa, Calderan, Susannah, Chirife, Andrea, Fewster, Rachel M., Flores, Paulo A.C., Frasier, Timothy, Freitas, Thales R.O., Groch, Karina, Hulva, Pavel, Kennedy, Amy, Leaper, Russell, Leslie, Matthew S., Moore, Michael, Oliveira, Larissa, Seger, Jon, Valenzuela, Luciano O., Stepien, Emilie N., Zerbini, Alexandre, Jackson, Jennifer A. ORCID record for Jennifer A. Jackson. (2020) Genetic diversity and connectivity of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) found in the Brazil and Chile-Peru wintering grounds and the South Georgia (Islas Georgias del Sur) feeding ground. Journal of Heredity, 111. 263-276. 10.1093/jhered/esaa010
Cubaynes, Hannah ORCID record for Hannah Cubaynes, Fretwell, Peter ORCID record for Peter Fretwell, Bamford, Connor ORCID record for Connor Bamford, Gerrish, Laura ORCID record for Laura Gerrish, Jackson, Jennifer ORCID record for Jennifer Jackson. (2019) Whales from space: Four mysticete species described using new VHR satellite imagery. Marine Mammal Science, 35. 466-491. 10.1111/mms.12544