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Dr. Norman Ratcliffe - Profile

photo of Dr. Norman Ratcliffe Seabird Ecologist

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


I was born in Alton Staffordshire, in 1968, and even as a toddler had a fascination with wildlife: I spent most of my childhood birdwatching and pond dipping. I studied Zoology for my degree in Manchester, before becoming a PhD student at Glasgow supervised by Bob Furness, where I studied population ecology of great skuas in Shetland. I then spent a short spell collecting and analysing seabird transect data for JNCC in Aberdeen before becoming RSPBs' seabird biologist for the following 13 years. Whilst there I conducted research to help inform RSPBs policy and management regarding seabirds, particularly demographic studies throughout the Atlantic region (including the Azores, Cape Verde, Tristan da Cunha and Greenland).  I worked two consecutive winters lecturing on cruise ships in the Antarctic for Quark Expeditions, visiting most of the South Shetlands, northern Antarctic Peninsula and the north coast of South Georgia. I began work for BAS in 2008 and have developed a diverse portfolio of research on penguins, shags and auks.