Dr Alex Bond is an ecologist and conservation biologist based at the Natural History Museum (Tring, UK). His research covers myriad topics, but is typically centered around seabirds as sentinels of environmental condition. He uses a mix of lab, field, and analytical techniques to better understand natural and human-caused changes, including the impact of invasive species, chemical pollution, and marine debris.
Dr Bond is a key member Adrift Lab, as he co-supervises many of the graduate students and is integral to data collection on Lord Howe Island. His knowledge of statistics is greatly appreciated by all, as is his patience with students learning R for the first time!
You can follow him on Twitter at @TheLabAndField
Gadfly petrels (Pterodroma spp.) are one of the most threatened and poorly studied seabird groups, and as marine predators, are exposed to biomagnified and bioaccumulated chemical pollutants from their prey. We quantified trace element concentrations in breast feathers of seven petrel species that breed in the southern hemisphere to quantify current concentrations.
We compared the characteristics of debris incorporated within brown booby nests and in beach transects at 18 sites, to determine if nests are indicators of the amount of debris in local marine environments
Seabirds face diverse threats on their breeding islands and while at sea. Human activities have been linked to the decline of seabird populations, yet over-wintering areas typically receive little or no protection.
Here we investigate trends in the type, amount, and colour of ingested plastic over time, and determine whether ingested plastic contributes to reduced health of Wedge-tailed Shearwaters on Lord Howe Island, Australia
Invasive rodents detrimentally affect native bird species on many islands worldwide. It is unclear whether the temporary reduction of a rodent population during an unsuccessful eradication operation has beneficial effects on native birds.
Geophysical features of sample sites were recorded in order to investigate their relationship with debris density. Results suggest the density of macro debris (items > 5 mm) is highest on uninhabited, sandy beaches facing a leeward direction
In just over half a century plastic products have revolutionized human society and have infiltrated terrestrial and marine environments in every corner of the globe.
We collected basic biological information on Henderson Petrels, including nest success, and found that the extrapolated population size of 19 987 pairs in 2015 was marginally higher than the comparable estimate of 18 668 in 1991.
Here, we discuss and propose standardized techniques, approaches and metrics for reporting debris ingestion that are applicable to most large marine vertebrates. As a case study, we examine how the use of standardized methods to report ingested debris in Northern Fulmars
On Kaua'i, 50.0% of Newell's and 76.9% of wedge-tailed shearwater fledglings necropsied during 2007-2014 contained plastic, while 42.1% of adult wedge-tailed shearwaters had ingested plastic. For both species, the frequency of plastic ingestion has increased since the 1980s.