Ms Kate Swindells

Ms Kate Swindells

Research Assistant, Cetacean Strandings

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Vertebrates Division
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Summary

I am part of a national collaborative project called the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) which monitors the strandings of marine animals across the UK. The main focus of the project is on cetaceans, but also includes seals, turtles and large-bodied sharks. My role is to coordinate strandings in England and collect suitable specimens for post-mortem to allow continual health monitoring of cetacean populations in British waters. The project documents over 800 strandings every year in England, with around 60 of these going to post-mortem. The Natural History Museum have been documenting strandings since 1913 and often collect materials from strandings to add to the collection.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, Swansea University, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2016

Publications

Swindells KL, Murdoch RJ, Bazen WD, Harman NW, Unsworth RKF (2017) Habitat Configuration Alters Herbivory across the Tropical Seascape. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00048

Introduction

Summary

I am part of a national collaborative project called the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) which monitors the strandings of marine animals across the UK. The main focus of the project is on cetaceans, but also includes seals, turtles and large-bodied sharks. My role is to coordinate strandings in England and collect suitable specimens for post-mortem to allow continual health monitoring of cetacean populations in British waters. The project documents over 800 strandings every year in England, with around 60 of these going to post-mortem. The Natural History Museum have been documenting strandings since 1913 and often collect materials from strandings to add to the collection.

Qualifications

Degrees

MSc Global Wildlife Health and Conservation, University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 2016 - 2017

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, Swansea University, United Kingdom, 2013 - 2016

Publications

Publications

Swindells KL, Murdoch RJ, Bazen WD, Harman NW, Unsworth RKF (2017) Habitat Configuration Alters Herbivory across the Tropical Seascape. Frontiers in Marine Science, 4 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00048