BAS staff

Dr Jen Jackson

Jen is leading the Whale:SWIM project and overseeing the scientific work. See a description of Jen’s background on the Field Team page.

Dr Gabriele Stowasser

Gabi is a marine ecologist who specialises in use of biomarkers and isotope chemistry to analyse marine food webs in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters. She is particularly interested in trophic connections within ecosystems and how they function. Her role on the Whale:SWIM project is to conduct stable isotope and fatty acid analysis of skin samples collected by the Whale:SWIM cruise and zooplankton samples collected in the same season. By comparing biochemical signatures of whales with that of their possible prey, she will identify the types of prey that the whales are eating.

Gabi Stowasser

Dr Phil Trathan

Phil is especially interested in how seabirds utilize their available habitat and how this relates to their reproductive output and performance. He is also interested in the biology, ecology and management of marine ecosystems in the Antarctic. He is a scientific adviser to the management organization responsible for Southern Ocean fisheries, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Phil advised CCAMLR on the designation of the South Orkney Islands southern shelf Marine Protected Area, the first MPA anywhere in the world in international waters. Recently he provided advice to CCAMLR leading to the designation of Scientific Special Areas, in areas where ice-shelves retreat or collapse.

Phil has also provided scientific advice to the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, leading to the designation of the SGSSI sustainably managed Marine Protected Area. He has strong links with BirdLife International and WWF (UK) and is a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Penguin Specialist Group. Phil is the founding Chair of the Science Advisory Group, Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund, a novel collaboration between the fishing industry, NGOs and scientists. Phil’s role on the Whale:SWIM project is to present data on whale habitat use in relation to local Marine Protected Areas and fishery zones to the CCAMLR Scientific Committee.

Connor Bamford

British Antarctic Survey and University of Southampton PhD student Connor Bamford is conducting a PhD looking at habitat use patterns by marine top predators in the southwest Atlantic high latitudes, with a particular focus on whales and seals. He will be leading analysis of habitat use by humpbacks and right whales tagged in South Georgia waters. Connor joined the field team for the 2019 surveys based at King Edward Point, South Georgia.