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Lily Bentley

Lily Bentley

PhD Student

Room: 1.01 David Attenborough Building

Biography:

I completed my Bachelor of Science (Zoology) and Bachelor of Arts (Spanish) at the University of Queensland, Australia. My Honours research (equivalent to a one year research masters) investigated the thermal biology and movement behaviour of estuarine crocodiles in far north Queensland. After 7 months in Uganda, working on the data analysis team for a solar power company, I began my PhD at Cambridge in October 2017. 

Research Interests

My PhD will capitalise on the substantial body of existing seabird tracking data to determine the role of habitat accessibility and preference in explaining variation in distribution patterns, both within and between species of Antarctic albatross and petrels. Understanding the distribution patterns of highly mobile predators is critical to making informed conservation and regulatory decisions in the Antarctic. I am interested in using tracking technology and models to better understand and predict movement patterns of mobile species, not only to increase the likelihood of saving vulnerable species from extinction, but also to learn more about community dynamics, competition and specialisation in natural systems.