I am a fourth year PhD student studying the development of sexual segregation in Antarctic fur seals. My project involves analysing tracking data and stable isotopes in whiskers to investigate sex differences in resource use at progressive life stages. This research is important to understand the drivers of sexual segregation and determine its key ecological consequences on the marine ecosystem. My supervisory team includes Dr Iain Staniland and Dr Norman Ratcliffe from the British Antarctic Survey and Dr Stephen Votier from the University of Exeter. This project is funded by NERC GW4+ DTP.
During my PhD I gained valuable experience in the field. I assisted Dr Alastair Baylis deploy GPS and satellite tags on adult female Southern sea lions and South American fur seals in the Falkland Islands. I also deployed satellite tags on South American fur seals pups to gain insights into their dispersal after weaning with support from a National Geographic Early Career Grant and The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI). Additionally, I helped deploy GPS tags on guillemots in Iceland for a Changing Arctic Ocean project.
For my Master’s (MSc) degree I studied Marine Environmental Management at the University of York. My MSc dissertation focused on expansion of a grey seal colony in Lincolnshire, while my MSc summer placement investigated the behaviour of harbour seal mother-pup pairs in Northern Ireland. I also interned with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, Alaska, where I assisted with necropsies for the sea otter health-monitoring programme. For my Bachelor’s degree I studied Marine Vertebrate Zoology at Bangor University and Oregon State University.
I hope to continue studying seals in my future career to improve understanding of their ecology and ultimately inform conservation efforts. I look forward to meeting people with similar research interests.
Twitter name: @kayleigh_seals
Wilson, S. C. & Jones, K. A. (2018). Behaviour of harbour seal (Phoca vitulina vitulina) mother-pup pairs in Irish Sea intertidal habitats. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 118, 1-15. DOI: 10.3318/BIOE.2018.02
Jones, K. A., Ratcliffe, N., Votier, S. C., Newton, J., Forcada, J., Dickens, J., Stowasser, G., Staniland, I. J. (2020). Intra-specific Niche Partitioning in Antarctic Fur Seals, Arctocephalus gazella. Scientific Reports, 10, 3238. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-59992-3
Jones, Kayleigh, Wood, Hannah, Ashburner, Jonathan P., Forcada, Jaume ORCID record for Jaume Forcada, Ratcliffe, Norman, Votier, Stephen C., Staniland, Iain J. ORCID record for Iain J. Staniland. (2020) Risk exposure trade-offs in the ontogeny of sexual segregation in Antarctic fur seal pups. Behavioral Ecology. 10.1093/beheco/araa018
Jones, Kayleigh, Ratcliffe, Norman, Votier, Stephen C., Newton, Jason, Forcada, Jaume ORCID record for Jaume Forcada, Dickens, John, Stowasser, Gabriele, Staniland, Iain J. ORCID record for Iain J. Staniland. (2020) Intra-specific niche partitioning in Antarctic fur seals, Arctocephalus gazella. Scientific Reports, 10.
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