Professional summary

Research Interests

I am interested in the interacting effects of environmental and intrinsic factors on individual behaviour and fitness, 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 experimental, correlational and modelling approaches.

My current research focuses on the effects of environmental and demographic variation, as well as direct human impacts, on the foraging ecology, movements and spatial distributions of seabirds. This work involves the use of a range of animal tracking devices and spatial modelling, and contributes to the identification and protection of key areas for seabirds around breeding colonies and at wintering grounds.

Brief CV

  • 2008 - present: Animal Population Ecologist, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • 2006 - 2008: Post-doctoral researcher, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow
  • 1999: Expert in the National Nature Protection Service, Bulgarian Ministry of Environment
  • 1998 - 1999, 1999 - 2001: Research Biologist, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Qualifications

  • 2001 - 2005: PhD, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow
  • 1997 - 1998: MSc, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University
  • 1993 - 1997: BSc, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, Bulgaria

Panels, committees and memberships

  • 2015 - ongoing: British Ornithologists' Union
  • 2014 - ongoing: Seabird Group
  • 2006 - 2011: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
  • 2002 - 2017: British Ecological Society
  • 1999 - 2001: National Focal point for the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
External Duties:
  • 2019 - ongoing: Associate Editor (Ibis)
  • 2018 - ongoing: Honorary Research Fellow (University of Liverpool) 
  • 2017 - ongoing: Member of Meetings Committee (British Ornithologists' Union)

 

Selected Publications

Publications in peer-reviewed journals

Buckingham, L., Bogdanova, M.I., Green, J.A., Dunn, R.E., Wanless, S., Bennett, S., Bevan, R.M., Call, A., Canham, M., Corse, C.J., Harris, M.P., Heward, C.J., Jardine, D.C., Lennon, J., Parnaby, D., Redfern, C.P.F., Scott, L., Swann, R.L., Ward, R.M., Weston, E.D., Furness, R.W. & Daunt, F. (2022) Interspecific variation in non-breeding aggregation: a multi-colony tracking study of two sympatric seabirds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 684: 181-197.

Dunn, R.E, Buckingham, L., Bogdanova, M.I., Daunt, F. & Newell, M.A. (2021) Two observations of acorn barnacles attached to GLS loggers on seabirds in the North Atlantic. Seabird 33: 115–118.

Reiertsen, T.K., Layton-Matthews, K., Erikstad, K.E., Hodges, K., Ballesteros, M., Anker-Nilssen, T., Barrett, R.T., Benjaminsen, S., Bogdanova, M., Christensen-Dalsgaard, S., Daunt, F., Dehnhard, N., Harris, M.P., Langset, M., Lorentsen, S.-H., Newell, M., Bråthen, V.S., Støyle-Bringsvor, I., Systad, G.-H., Wanless, S. (2021) Inter-population synchrony in adult survival and effects of climate and extreme weather in non-breeding areas of Atlantic puffins. Marine Ecology Progress Series: SEAav7. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13809.

Moe, B., Daunt, F., Bråthen, V.S., Barrett, R.T., Ballesteros, M., Bjørnstad, O., Bogdanova, M.I., Dehnhard, N., Erikstad, K.E., Follestad, A., Gíslason, S., Hallgrimsson, G.T., Lorentsen, S., Newell, M., Petersen, A., Phillips, R.A., Ragnarsdóttir, S.B., Reiertsen, T.K., Åström, J., Wanless, S. & Anker-Nilssen, T. (2021) Twilight foraging enables European shags to survive the winter across their latitudinal range. Marine Ecology Progress Series: SEAav5. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13697.

Harris, M.P., Heubeck, M., Bogdanova, M.I., Newell, M.A., Wanless, S. & Daunt, F. (2020) The importance of observer effort on the accuracy of breeding success estimates in the Common Guillemot Uria aalge, Bird Study 67, 93-103.

Bogdanova, M.I., Butler, A., Wanless, S., Moe, B., Anker-Nilssen, T., Frederiksen, M., Boulinier, T., Chivers, L.S., Christensen-Dalsgaard, S., Descamps, S., Harris, M.P., Newell, M., Olsen, B., Phillips, R.A., Shaw, D., Steen, H., Strøm, H., Thórarinsson, T.L. & Daunt, F. (2017) Multi-colony tracking reveals spatio-temporal variation in carry-over effects between breeding success and winter movements in a pelagic seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series 578: 167-181.

Bogdanova, M.I., Wanless S., Harris M.P., Lindström, J., Butler, A., Newell M., 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 170, 292-299.

Harris, M.P., Daunt, F., Bogdanova, M.I., Lahoz-Monfort, J.J., Newell, M., Phillips, R. & Wanless, S. (2013) Low survival of Atlantic Puffins Fratercula arctica is not associated with changes in winter distribution. Marine Biology 160: 2877-2889.

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, 43-49.

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. & 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.  

Bogdanova M.I., Daunt F., Newell M., 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.

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.

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. & Monaghan P. (2010) Parent age, lifespan and offspring survival: structured variation in life history in a wild population. Journal of Animal Ecology 79, 851-862.

Reid J.M., Bignal E.M., Bignal S., McCracken D.I., Bogdanova M.I. & Monaghan P. (2008) Ecological and environmental correlates of variation in pre-breeding survival in a protected population of red-billed choughs Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax. Journal of Animal Ecology 77: 777-788.

Bogdanova M.I. & Nager R.G. (2008) Sex-specific costs of hatching last: an experimental study of 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). Journal of Avian Biology 38, 83-93.

Bogdanova M.I., Nager R.G. & Monaghan P. (2006) Does parental age affect offspring performance through differences in egg quality? Functional Ecology 20, 132-141.

Contract reports

Bogdanova, M.I., Gunn, C., Newell, M., Benninghaus, E., Bouten, W., Searle, K. & Daunt, F. (2021) GPS tracking of common guillemots, razorbills, Atlantic puffins and black-legged kittiwakes on the Isle of May in 2020 in relation to the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. Contract report to EDF Renewables.

Searle, K.R., Jones, E.L., Bogdanova, M.I., Wilson, L., Bolton, M., Elston, D., Fang, Z., Newman, K.B., Daunt, F & Butler, A. (2021) Study to examine the feasibility of extending SeabORD to the entire breeding season. Contract report to Marine Scotland Science.

Bogdanova, M.I., Langlois Lopez, S., Gunn, C., Tremlett, C., Newell, M., Harris, M.P., Searle, K., Wanless, S. & Daunt, F. (2020) GPS tracking of common guillemots, razorbills, Atlantic puffins and black-legged kittiwakes on the Isle of May in 2019 in relation to the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. Contract report to EDF Renewables.

Bogdanova, M.I., Buckingham, L., Newell, M., Wanless, S., Harris, M.P., Andrews, C., Morley, T., Weston, E., Swann, R., Canham, M., Bennett, S., Cox, N., Quintin, M. & Daunt, F. (2020) Hywind Scotland Ornithological Monitoring Programme: Overwintering distributions of common guillemot and razorbill populations in Eastern Scotland. Contract report to Equinor ASA.

McKnight, J.C., Bogdanova, M.I., Butler, A., Newell, M., Gunn, C., Daunt, F. & Hastie, G.D. (2020) Development of a novel physiology tag to measure oxygen consumption in free-ranging seabirds. Contract report to Marine Scotland Science.

Searle, K., Butler, A., Mobbs, D., Bogdanova, M.I., Waggitt, J., Evans, P., Rehfisch, M., Buisson, R. & Daunt, F. (2019) Development of a Seabird Sensitivity Mapping Tool for Scotland. Report to Marine Scotland Science and Carbon Trust.

Searle, K., Bogdanova, M.I., Daunt, F. & Butler, A. (2019) Scoping Study - Regional Population Viability Analysis for Key Bird Species CR/2016/16. Report to Marine Scotland Science.

Bogdanova, M.I., Gunn, C., Langlois Lopez, S., Phillpot, P., Newell, M., Harris, M.P., Wanless, S. & Daunt, F. (2018) GPS tracking of common guillemots, razorbills, Atlantic puffins and black-legged kittiwakes on the Isle of May in 2018 in relation to the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. Contract report to EDF Renawables.

Bogdanova, M.I., Butler, A., Gunn, C., Kafas, A., Rei, C., Low, P. & Daunt F. (2015) Foraging behaviour of large gulls and implications for offshore wind site selection. Contract report to Innovate UK, Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd. and Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd.

Searle, K., Butler, A., Mobbs, D., Bogdanova, M.I., Wanless, S., Bolton, M. & Daunt, F. (2015) At-sea turnover of breeding seabirds. Contract report to Marine Scotland Science.

Bogdanova, M.I., Newell M., Harris M.P., Wanless S. & Daunt F. (2014) Impact of visitor disturbance on Atlantic puffins and Arctic terns breeding on the Isle of May. Contract report to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Searle, K., Mobbs, D., Butler, A., Bogdanova, M.I., Freeman, S., Wanless, S. & Daunt, F. (2014) Population consequences of displacement from proposed offshore wind energy developments for seabirds breeding at Scottish SPAs. Contract report to Marine Scotland Science.

Freeman, S., Searle, K., Bogdanova, M.I., Wanless, S. & Daunt, F. (2014) Population dynamics of Forth & Tay breeding seabirds: review of available models and modelling of key breeding populations (MSQ – 0006). Contract report to Marine Scotland Science.

Daunt, F., Bogdanova, M.I., McDonald, C. & Wanless, S. (2012) Determining important marine areas used by European shag breeding on the Isle of May that may merit consideration as additional SPAs. Contract report to Joint Nature Conservation Committee. 

Freeman, S., Bogdanova, M.I., Wanless, S. & Daunt, F. (2012) Population dynamics of Forth&Tay breeding seabirds: review of available models and modelling of key breeding populations. Phase One report to Marine Scotland Science.

Daunt F., Bogdanova M.I., Redman P., Russell S. & Wanless S. (2011) GPS tracking of black-legged kittiwake and observations of trip durations and flight directions of common guillemot at Fowlsheugh and St Abb’s Head. Contract report to the Forth and Tay Offshore Developer Group.

Daunt F., Bogdanova M.I., Newell M., Harris M. & Wanless S. (2011) GPS tracking of common guillemot, razorbill and black-legged kittiwake on the Isle of May in 2010. Contract report to the Forth and Tay Offshore Developer Group.

Daunt F., Bogdanova M.I., Newell M., Harris M. & Wanless S. (2010) Literature review of foraging distribution, foraging range and feeding behaviour of common guillemot, razorbill, Atlantic puffin, black-legged kittiwake and northern fulmar in the Forth/Tay region. Contract report to the Forth and Tay Offshore Developer Group.

Bogdanova M.I., Wanless S. & Daunt F. (2010) Pilot analyses of the European shag data in the Firth of Forth SPA. Contract report to Joint Nature Conservation Committee.

Reid J.M., Bogdanova M.I., Bignal E.M., Bignal S., McCracken D.I. & Monaghan P. (2009) Population ecology and conservation of red-billed choughs in Scotland. Final report on Knowledge Transfer Project Funded by Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Publications