Dr Maria Bogdanova
Animal Population Ecologist
My current work is part of the CEH's long-term study on the Isle of May in Southeast Scotland (IMLOTS) and focuses on understanding the effects of environmental, demographic and phenotypic variation on foraging dynamics and spatial distributions of seabirds (contributes to Biodiversity Programme Objective BD-1.3).
To address these questions, I use a combination of foraging data recorded by various tracking devices and demographic and life-history data collected on the Isle of May over a number of years. Developing a solid understanding of these issues is needed to assess and predict the effects of changes in the marine environment on seabirds, and to mitigate their consequences where appropriate. For example, this work helps us identify key foraging areas for seabirds around the breeding colony and at wintering grounds and assess the impact of human activities such as fisheries and renewable energy developments on these species. It also contributes to the designation of Marine Protected Areas.
I am interested in the interacting effects of environmental and intrinsic factors on individuals’ life-histories and resource allocation patterns, and their consequences for processes at the population level. I am also interested in the application of behavioural and population ecology in conservation and policy work. Most of my research is on wild bird populations, using both experimental and correlational approaches.
2008-present: Animal Population Ecologist, CEH (Edinburgh).
2006-2008: PDRA, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow. I worked on a NERC/SNH/RSPB-funded Knowledge Transfer project using population ecology with the aim of devising science-based conservation policies for a rare species, the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax), in Scotland. In this population, survival of subadult birds is a key determinant of population growth rate and varies both between years and nest sites. The study focused on understanding the fine-scale patterns and the causes of this temporal and spatial variation, and particularly the links between subadult survival and post-natal dispersal, habitat and land use.
2001-2005: PhD, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow. My PhD project investigated how age of the parents influences their performance during the early reproductive phases (egg production and incubation), and what are the consequences for offspring growth and survival. To address these questions I used field experiments in a long-lived seabird, the herring gull (Larus argentatus).
1998-2001: Research Biologist, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. I was involved in a study investigating migration dynamics in a number of passerine bird species in the Eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula.
1997-1998: MSc, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University.
1993-1997: BSc, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, Bulgaria.
See also the NERC Open Research Archive
Harris M., Bogdanova M.I., Daunt F. and Wanless S. 2012. Using GPS technology to assess feeding areas of Atlantic Puffins Fratercula arctica. Ringing and Migration, 27 (1). 43-49. DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2012.691247
Frederiksen M., Moe B., Daunt F., Phillips R.A., Barrett R.T., Bogdanova M.I., Boulinier T., Chardine J.W., Chastel O., Chivers L.S., Christensen-Dalsgaard S., Clément-Chastel C., Colhoun K., Freeman R., Gaston A.J., González-Solís J., Goutte A., Grémillet D., Guilford T., Jensen G., Krasnov Y., Lorentsen S-H., Mallory M.L., Newell M., Olsen B., Shaw D., Steen H., Strøm H., Helge Systad G., Thórarinsson T.L. and Anker-Nilssen T. 2012. Multi-colony tracking reveals the winter distribution of a pelagic seabird on an ocean basin scale. Diversity and Distributions 18, 530-542. DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00864.x
Bogdanova, M.I., Daunt, F., Newell, M., Phillips, R.A., Harris, M.P. and Wanless S. 2011. Seasonal interactions in the black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla: links between breeding performance and winter distribution. Proc. Royal Society B 278 (1717). 2412-2418. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.2601
Reid J.M., Bignal E.M., Bignal S., Bogdanova M.I., Monaghan P. & McCracken D.I. 2011. Diagnosing the timing of demographic bottlenecks: sub-adult survival in red-billed choughs. Journal of Applied Ecology 48, 797-805. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2010.01669.x
Zehtindjiev P.H., Ilieva M. & Bogdanova M.I. 2010. Dynamics of passerine migration in the Eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Ardeola 57, 375-386.
Reid J.M., Bignal E.M., Bignal S., McCracken D.I., Bogdanova M.I. and Monaghan P. 2010. Parent age, lifespan and offspring survival: structured variation in life history in a wild population. J. Animal Ecology 79, 851-862.
Reid J.M., Bignal E.M., Bignal S., McCracken D.I., Bogdanova M.I. and Monaghan P. 2008. Ecological and environmental correlates of variation in pre-breeding survival in a protected population of red-billed choughs Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. J. Animal Ecology 77, 777-788
Bogdanova M.I. and Nager R.G. 2008. Sex-specific costs of hatching last: an experimental study on herring gulls (Larus argentatus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62, 1533-1541
Bogdanova M.I., Nager R.G., Monaghan, P. 2007. Age of the incubating parents influences nestling survival: an experiment in the herring gull (Larus argentatus). J. Avian Biology 38, 83-93
Bogdanova M.I., Nager R.G. and Monaghan P. 2006. Does parental age affect offspring performance through differences in egg quality? Functional Ecology 20, 132-141