Dr Brendon Dunphy


The University of Auckland, New Zealand

I have recently become fascinated by the diving and flying capacities of seabirds and am seeking to gain greater understanding of how these species achieve this remarkable feat. In particular what adaptations allow such comparatively small species to undertake trans-hemispherical migrations and then dive to 90 m when foraging? Additionally, a fuller characterisation of the stress of breeding and chick rearing is also underway; with a key question being can we identify tipping points that will affect individual and population resilience? The techniques I am bringing to bear on these questions encompass traditional haematology and tissue analysis in addition to newer molecular and “omic” platforms.