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Dr. Phil Trathan - Profile

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+44 (0)1223 221602

British Antarctic Survey
Madingley Road, High Cross
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0ET United Kingdom



                                         Philip Trathan


Research scientist with an extensive publication record on the biology, ecology and management of marine ecosystems in the Antarctic. Wide experience and established track record of interdisciplinary research, commissioned research and international collaboration. More than 150 peer-reviewed publications and with an H-index of 33. NERC/BAS lead with the organisation responsible for managing Southern Ocean fisheries, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, plus related issues.



British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET UK.

Email:; Tel: +44 (0)1223 221602; Fax: +44 (0)1223 362616.


NERC/BAS Band 3, Head of Conservation Biology: 2004 – :

I lead a diverse group of marine predator scientists who undertake ecological research on a wide variety of seabirds and marine mammals in the Southern Ocean. Key components of this research focus upon foodweb interactions (e.g. foraging ecology, energetic requirements), critical constraints on life histories (e.g. environmental impacts, breeding performance), circumpolar connections (e.g. post-breeding dispersal) and anthropogenic impacts (e.g. resource competition with fisheries). The Conservation Biology group also manages NERC/BAS long-term monitoring of key marine predators in the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic.

My group provides national capability and advocacy for science into Antarctic policy arenas, e.g. for the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and the Agreement for the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). I have personally been involved with CCAMLR for over 20 years. Two particularly important recent science projects established the fundamental science that underpinned the development of two important marine protected areas; the South Orkney Southern Shelf MPA (the first anywhere entirely located in the High Seas), and the South Georgia MPA (an enormous MPA over 1,000,000 km2 in extent).



PhD: Claire Waluda (2000); Jose Xavier (2003); Kate Cresswell (2005); Matthew Swarbrick (2006); Tom Hart (2009); Ewan Wakefield (2009); Annette Scheffer (2013); Fabrizio Manco; Jennifer Brown (current).

MSc: Ruben Fijn (2006); Annette Scheffer (2008); Catherine Horswill, Julia Heaton (2009).



Amélie Lescroël PhD (Strasbourg, 2005); Megan Tierney PhD (Tasmania, 2006); Jean-Baptiste Charrassin HR (Paris, 2010); Claire Saraux PhD (Strasbourg, 2011).



DSc - University of Wales, Bangor: 2012:

I received my DSc for my sustained research into the impacts of climate variability and climate change on Southern Ocean marine predators.

MA - University of Cambridge: 1990:

I received my MA whilst at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

PhD - University College of North Wales, Bangor: 1979 – 1982:

Population biology and demography of ryegrass (Lolium perenne) and white clover (Trifolium repens) in an old permanent pasture.

BSc - University College of North Wales, Bangor: 1976 – 1979:

Plant Ecology (Hons) II(i). My final year specialist options included quantitative and numerical ecology, population ecology, statistics and computing.