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I am interested in the interacting effects of environmental and intrinsic factors on individuals’ life-histories 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 their wintering grounds.
2008 - present: Animal Population Ecologist, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
2006 - 2008: Post-doctoral researcher, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow. Research looking at temporal and spatial variation in survival and habitat use of a bird of conservation concern, the red-billed chough, with the aim of devising science-based conservation policies for the species.
2001 - 2005: PhD, Division of Environmental & Evolutionary Biology, University of Glasgow. Research investigating effects of parental age on egg production and incubation performance, and consequences for offspring growth and survival in gulls.
1998 - 1999, 1999 - 2001: Research Biologist, Institute of Zoology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Research projects on the ecology and conservation of endangered waterfowl species, and migration dynamics of passerine species.
Jan 1999 - July 1999: Expert in the National Nature Protection Service, Bulgarian Ministry of Environment. Responsible for the preparation of the accession of Bulgaria to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and three agreements under CMS.
1997 - 1998: MSc, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University. Research into the biology and behaviour of a rare bird species, the Ruddy Shelduck, in order to devise an effective captive breeding and reintroduction programme for the species in Bulgaria.
1993 - 1997: BSc, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, Bulgaria
PhD in Zoology, University of Glasgow
MSc in Ecology, Sofia University
BSc in Ecology, Sofia University
2014 - ongoing: Seabird Group
2015 - ongoing: British Ornithologists' Union
2002 - 2017: British Ecological Society
2006 - 2011: Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
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)
Publications in peer-reviewed journals
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.
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).