British Antarctic Survey

Assessing seabird communities

A new study of sub-Antarctic seabirds shows that their community structure (how they co-exist and share resources) is unaffected by annual changes in availability of different types of prey, including Antarctic krill (a small ...

dateOct 08, 2015 in Ecology
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Ocean life triggers ice formation in clouds

Researchers have shown for the first time that phytoplankton (plant life) in remote ocean regions can contribute to rare airborne particles that trigger ice formation in clouds. Results published this week (Wednesday 9 September) ...

dateSep 09, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Explaining sea lion decline

The southern sea lion population of the Falkland Islands witnessed a dramatic decline during the last century with numbers falling by 65 per cent between the 1930s and 1960s. It was thought commercial hunting was the main ...

dateSep 07, 2015 in Ecology
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Ocean upwelling and increasing winds

As the southern westerly winds drive the Antarctic circumpolar current around Antarctica, deep waters are forced up to the surface south of the polar front. Changes in the intensity with which this relatively warm, nutrient ...

dateSep 03, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Bird tracking aids seabird research

A two year study of shags on the Isle of May National Nature Reserve in Scotland reveals that when winds are strong, female birds take much longer to find food compared with males.

dateAug 19, 2015 in Ecology
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Petrels tracked across the Oceans

Staff at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are following the journeys of White-chinned Petrel fledglings as they make their first journeys over the South Atlantic Ocean in search of food. The birds have been fitted with small ...

dateMay 26, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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