Dr Theoni Photopoulou

Dr Theoni Photopoulou
Newton International Fellow

I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and environmental biology and statistics. I am interested in the movement ecology of animals - mainly swimming, diving and flying animals. More generally, I like using statistical methods to learn about pattern and process in the ecology and biology of animals.

During my Newton International Fellowship at the University of St Andrews I will be looking at the effects of ocean properties on the movement ecology of Weddell seals under the project title EMEWS. There is a strong methods development and implementation focus for this project, particularly time series models for animal movement.

For more information on my news, latest publications, and research projects please see my personal webpage.

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Research Overview:

I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and environmental biology and statistics. I like using statistical methods to learn about pattern and process in the ecology and biology of animals in general, but my main interest is the movement ecology of animals – mainly flying, swimming and diving animals.

For my Newton International Fellowship I am working on adapting and developing methods for better understanding the diving ecology of a trully Antarctic, ice dependent species, the Weddell seal. Using statistical methods for information collected through time, I am looking at how diving behaviour changes over time in individual seals, and how that relates to the oceanographic features they are experiencing in the Weddell Sea, a part of the Southern Ocean that is regarded as a sentinel for climate change. 


Recent publications

13  (of 13 published available) for tp14. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018 (2/4)
Nature Ecology and Evolution
vol.2 pp.773-774
(Book/Film/Article review)
2018 (22/5)
Movement Ecology
Summer at the beach
Alison Ann Kock, Theoni Photopoulou, Ian Durbach, Katya Mauff, Michael Meyer, Deon Kotze, Charles Griffiths, Justin O'Riain 
Keywords: White shark, Carcharodon carcharias, Telemetry, Habitat use, Marine protected area, Marine spatial planning, Conservation, False Bay, Cape TownQH301 BiologyNDAS
2018 (11/6)
Ecology and Evolution
vol.Early View 
2017 (2)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
vol.8 pp.161-173
Analysis of animal accelerometer data using hidden Markov models
Vianey Leos-Barajas, Theoni Photopoulou, Roland Langrock, Toby A. Patterson, Yuuki Y. Watanabe, Megan Murgatroyd, Yannis Papastamatiou 
Keywords: Activity recognition, Animal behaviour, Latent states, Serial correlation, Time seriesQH301 BiologyDAS
2017 (7)
vol.98 pp.1932-1944
2017 (21/6)
Frontiers in Zoology
2016 (19/5)
PLoS One
Bimodal winter haul-out patterns of adult Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in the southern Weddell Sea
Lars Boehme, Amy Baker, Mike Fedak, Marius Arthun, Keith Nicholls, Patrick Robinson, Dan Costa, Martin Biuw, Theoni Photopoulou 
Keywords: Seal, Weddell sea, Weddell seals, Foraging behavior, Antarctica, Light, Diving, Haul-outQH301 Biology
2015 (12)

Bimodal winter haul-out patterns of Weddell seals in the southern Weddell Sea.
Lars Boehme, Amy Baker, Mike Fedak, Dan Costa, Theoni Photopoulou 
2015 (3)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
vol.6 pp.278-288

Contact Details:

Dr Theoni Photopoulou
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

room: 2.12 / CREEM 202


My website
Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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