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Dr Luke Halpin

I am an ecologist with a passion for birds and islands.  I have a strong background in seabird ecology. I am interested in applied research that fosters solutions to challenges in species conservation and effective environmental stewardship. 

My current research strives to understand island food webs in the context of restoring degraded ecosystems, ways to improve how we track seabird movements, and the environmental determinants that drive seabird movement across oceans. 
I hope that my research will serve to improve our knowledge of the ecology and distribution of increasingly threatened species and encourage efforts to preserve them. My toolbox includes using a combination of field surveys, tracking technology, behaviour and diet studies, statistical modelling and spatial analyses. 

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Doctor of Philosophy, Ecology (PhD)

Monash University, Australia (2022)

Movement ecology of sympatric gadfly petrels with implications for bio-logging, island trophic dynamics and conservation.

Master of Resource Management (MRM)

Simon Fraser University, Canada (2014)

Acoustic recorders reveal the impact of invasive rats on nocturnal burrow-nesting seabirds in Haida Gwaii.

Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons)

University of Wales, United Kingdom (2008)


Endeavour Postgraduate Leadership Award (2018 - 2022)

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (Ecological Society of Australia, 2018 - 2022)

Australasian Seabird Group Student Project Grant (2019)

Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award, BirdLife Australia (2018)

Various Philanthropic Grants (anonymous, 2018 - 2022)

James L. Baillie Fund, Bird Studies Canada (2017)

Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Studentship (2010 - 2014)

Welsh Livery Guild Scholarship (2008)

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