Dr Francis Daunt
Current work / research interests
My main interests lie in understanding the drivers of change in seabird populations. North Sea seabirds have shown recent population declines, and my research aims to understand the effects of climate change, disease, fisheries and marine energy developments. My approach is to gain a detailed understanding of the intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of individual behaviour and physiology that determine demographic parameters.
I am also interested in understanding the extent to which seabird behaviour and demography can be employed as indicators of marine environmental change. The outcome of this research is being used to assess current and future marine designations (e.g. SPAs, Marine Protected Areas, fishery closures) in safeguarding seabirds.
I coordinate CEH's long-term seabird population study on the Isle of May (IMLOTS).
Brief Curriculum Vitae
Activities and awards
Burthe, S., Wanless, S., Newell, M.A., Butler, A. & Daunt, F. (2014) Assessing the vulnerability of the marine bird community in the western North Sea to climate change and other anthropogenic impacts. Marine Ecology Progress Series 507: 277–295
Daunt, F., Reed, T.R., Newell, M., Burthe, S., Phillips, R.A., Lewis, S. & Wanless, S. (2014) Longitudinal bio-logging reveals interplay between extrinsic and intrinsic carry-over effects in a long-lived vertebrate. Ecology 95: 2077-2083
Grist, H., Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Nelson, E.J., Harris, M.P., Newell, M. Burthe, S. & Reid, J.M. (2014) Site fidelity and individual variation in winter location in partially migratory European shags. PLOS One 9: e98562
Bogdanova, M.I., Wanless, S., Harris, M.P., Lindström, J., Butler, A., Newell, M.A., Sato, K., Watanuki, Y, Parsons. M. & Daunt, F. (2014) Among-year and within-population variation in foraging distribution of European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis over two decades: implications for marine spatial planning. Biological Conservation 140:292-299
Thaxter, C.B., Daunt, F., Grémillet, D., Harris, M.P., Benvenuti, S., Watanuki, Y., Hamer, K.C. & Wanless, S. (2013) Modelling the effects of prey size and distribution on prey capture rates of two sympatric marine predators. PLOS One 8: e79915
Barlow, E.J., Daunt, F., Wanless, S. & Reid, J.M. (2013) Estimating dispersal distributions at multiple scales: within-colony and among-colony dispersal rates, distances and directions in European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis. Ibis 155: 762-778
Burthe, S., Newell, M.A., Goodman, G., Butler, A., Bregnballe, T., Harris, E.., Wanless, S., Cunningham, E.J.A. & Daunt, F. (2013) Endoscopy as a novel method for assessing endoparasite burdens. Methods in Ecology & Evolution 4: 207-216
Lahoz-Monfort, J.J., Morgan, B. J. T., Harris, M. P., Daunt, F., Wanless, S. & Freeman, S.N. (2013) Breeding together: modeling synchrony in productivity synchrony in a seabird community. Ecology 94: 3-10
Reed, T.E., Daunt, F., Kiploks, A.J., Burthe, S.J., Granroth-Wilding, H.M.V., Takahashi, E.A., Newell, M., Wanless, S. & Cunningham, E. (2012) Impacts of parasites in early life: contrasting effects on juvenile growth for different family members. PLOS One 7: e32236
Burthe, S.J., Daunt, F., Butler, A., Elston, D., Frederiksen, M., Johns, D., Newell, M., Thackeray, S.J. & Wanless, S. (2012) Phenological trends and trophic mismatch across multiple levels of a North Sea pelagic food web. Marine Ecology Progress Series 454:119-133
Frederiksen, M., Moe, B., Daunt, F., et al. (2012) Multi-colony tracking reveals the winter distribution of a pelagic seabird on an ocean basin scale. Diversity & Distributions 18:530-542
Barlow, E.J., Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Reid, J.M. & Cavers, S. (2011) Weak global population genetic structure in a philopatric seabird, the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis). Ibis 153: 768-778.
Bogdanova, M., Daunt, F., Newell, M.A., Phillips, R.A., Harris, M.P. & Wanless, S. (2011) Seasonal interactions in the black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla: links between breeding performance and winter distribution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 278: 2412-2418.
Harris, M.P., Daunt, F., Newell, M.A., Phillips, R.A. & Wanless, S. (2010) Wintering areas of adult Atlantic puffins Fratercula arctica from a North Sea colony as revealed by geolocation technology. Marine Biology 157: 827-836
Thaxter, C.B., Daunt, F., Hamer, K.C., Watanuki, Y., Harris, M.P., Grémillet, D., Peters, G. & Wanless, S. (2009) Sex-specific food provisioning in a monomorphic seabird: nest defence, foraging efficiency or parental effort? Journal of Avian Biology 40:75-84
Reed, T., Daunt, F., Hall, M.E., Phillips, R.A., Wanless, S. & Cunningham, E. (2008) Parental responses to parasitism affect production of sons. Science 321: 1681-1682.
Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Greenstreet, S.P.R., Jensen, H., Hamer, K.C. & Harris, M.P. (2008) The impact of the sandeel fishery closure in the northwestern North Sea on seabird food consumption, distribution and productivity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 362-381.
Frederiksen, M., Daunt, F., Harris, M.P. & Wanless, S. (2008) Stochastic weather drives survival and population dynamics in a long-lived seabird. Journal of Animal Ecology 77:1020-1029.
Daunt, F., Afanasyev, V., Adam, A., Croxall, J.P. & Wanless, S. (2007) From cradle to early grave: juvenile mortality in European shags Phalacrocorax aristotelis results from inadequate development of foraging proficiency. Biology Letters 3:371-374.
Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Harris, M.P., Money, L. & Monaghan, P. (2007) Older and wiser: improvements in breeding success are linked to better foraging performance in European shags. Functional Ecology 21:561-567.
Daunt, F., Afanasyev, V., Silk, J.R.D. & Wanless, S. (2006) Extrinsic and intrinsic determinants of winter foraging and breeding phenology in a temperate seabird. Behavioural Ecology & Sociobiology 59:381-388.