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Mathematical models for Antarctic animal migrations

Mathematical models for Antarctic animal migrations

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Dr Sophie Bestley from the University of Tasmania has received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to build state-of-the-art mathematical models for movement processes of high conservation-value Antarctic penguins, seals, and whales.

The project, to commence in 2018, has secured $365,058 in funding, announced on 10 November 2017 by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.

The study will generate new capacity to predict the likelihood of changes in sea ice and ocean dynamics that impact on important forage migration pathways for these Antarctic animals. In doing so, the project will address knowledge gaps highlighted in climate reporting on polar regions and will strategically position Australia to create a forward-looking context for conservation management efforts under international treaty commitments.


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