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Ecologist wins national photography prize

Black-browed albatrossesDr Zoe Davies, Senior Lecturer in Biodiversity Conservation at the University of Kent has won first prize in the 2013 British Ecological Society’s Centenary photographic competition for her photograph of a pair of black-browed albatrosses greeting one another.

The photograph was taken on the cliff tops of Saunders Island in the Falkland Islands, where she was working with a range of organisations to develop their protected area strategy.

Dr Davies, of the University’s Durrell Institute of Conservation Ecology (DICE), said: ‘The black-browed albatross is one of my favourite species found on the archipelago – the adults are huge but beautifully elegant birds, and a real pleasure to watch as they soar past on the wing or preen each other whilst sitting on their nests.

‘These charismatic birds are an ‘endangered’ species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, with their decline attributed primarily to incidental mortality in trawl and longline fisheries. But the good news is that recent surveys have shown that the number of individuals is increasing – hopefully their status will be downgraded soon. The Falklands are the stronghold of the black-browed albatross, supporting about 70% of the global breeding population.’

Her work in the Falkland Islands was funded by the UK Government's Darwin Initiative.

Dr Davies wins £750 and her photograph forms part of Celebrating Ecology - an exhibition of images from the British Ecological Society Centenary photographic competition - on show at the world's largest international ecology meeting (INTECOL), at ExCEL in London until 23 August 2013.

DICE is part of the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation.



Contact: K.Scoggins@Kent.ac.uk

Story published at 5:07pm 22 August 2013

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