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Dr. Claire Waluda

+44 (0)1223 221400

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


I joined BAS in November 2000 to work on a Biosciences independent project looking at variability in squid populations and the influence of local and large scale oceanography, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). This work examined the distribution of squid jigging boats throughout the southern hemisphere. Squid jiggers fish at night using powerful lights to attract squid, and the lights are visible in satellite imagery obtained by the Defence Meteorological Satellite Program-Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS). This work was focussed mainly on squid populations in the Southwest Atlantic and the Southeast Pacific and involved collaboration with scientists from Peru, Mexico, USA, Falkland Islands and New Zealand.

In April 2005 I joined the Conservation Biology group (DISCOVERY 2010) to work on long term monitoring and survey (LTMS) data from the Scotia sea. Population and diet parameters for bird and seal populations have been routinely recorded since the early 1980s, along with data on krill abundance. Using these data we can examine patterns and changes in the Southern Ocean ecosystem over the last two decades, and analyse spatial and temporal variability in food web dynamics.

Research Interests:
Predator-prey interactions in the Southern Ocean marine food web

Long term monitoring and survey of the Scotia sea

Spatial and temporal variability in marine populations and their environment

The use of remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in marine ecology

Squid fisheries biology and relationships with oceanography