Megan completed her BSc (Honours) in Applied Science (Marine Environment) at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies in 2017. During her Honours, Megan won a Women Divers Scholarship which allowed her to complete field work on Rose Atoll (in collaboration with the US Fish & Wildlife Service in American Samoa) and Bedout Island (in collaboration with the WA Dept of Biodiversity). What an Honours project! Not surprisingly, she enjoyed the experience so much, she’s decided to complete her PhD research here as well.
As her Honours was on debris in Brown Booby nests, Megan did her best to laugh-off the inevitable “booby” jokes. Over the next three years, she will no doubt do an equally good job of dealing with working on seabird guano (poo) for her PhD. In reality, everyone at Adrift Lab is really excited about Megan’s amazing poo-project, which will look at the relationship between declining seabird populations and corresponding nutrient inputs on offshore islands.
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