A bioenergetics model for estimating daily prey consumption has been developed for Adelie penguins foraging near Bechervaise Island (Southwell et al. 2015). The model was parameterised for prey based on values in published literature. This project will measure energy content of known prey (e.g. Euphausia superba, E. crystallorophias, amphipods, copepods, Pleuragramma antarcticum) and potential prey (e.g. salps) using a bomb calorimeter. These data will enable the exploration and refinement of the bioenergetics model under varying food conditions.
Bomb calorimetry (to measure energy content of prey); dynamic energy budget modelling, statistical analysis, paper writing, oral presentation, zooplankton identification
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
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