Study species: Gannets, Albatrosses, Petrels and Falcons
Research topic: Moult
Institution location: Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
I recently completed my PhD. My research explores how large birds balance moult with other aspects of their annual cycles. Specifically, I assessed how long-winged birds manage to replace their large number of secondaries, including strategies to limit the impact of intensive secondary moult in terms of loss of wing area. I also tested whether nestlings compromise flight feather quality in a long-distance migratory raptor. I provided several lines of evidence to proof that moult may be used as an index of condition and ultimately as an indicator of fitness.
Moving forward, I am interested in analyzing moult from an evolutionary and life history perspective.
Seabird Conservation, Moult, Feather Quality