Dr Theoni Photopoulou

Dr Theoni Photopoulou
Newton International Fellow


I am a quantitative ecologist with a background in marine and environmental biology and statistics. I am interested in the movement ecology of animals - mainly swimming, diving and flying animals. More generally, I like using statistical methods to learn about pattern and process in the ecology and biology of animals.

During my Newton International Fellowship at the University of St Andrews I will be looking at the effects of ocean properties on the movement ecology of Weddell seals under the project title EMEWS. There is a strong methods development and implementation focus for this project, particularly time series models for animal movement.

For more information on my news, latest publications, and research projects please see my personal webpage.

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Recent publications

13  (of 13 published available) for tp14. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018 (2/4)
Nature Ecology and Evolution
vol.2 pp.773-774
(Book/Film/Article review)
2018 (22/5)
Movement Ecology
Summer at the beach
Alison Ann Kock, Theoni Photopoulou, Ian Durbach, Katya Mauff, Michael Meyer, Deon Kotze, Charles Griffiths, Justin O'Riain 
Keywords: White shark, Carcharodon carcharias, Telemetry, Habitat use, Marine protected area, Marine spatial planning, Conservation, False Bay, Cape Town
2018 (11/6)
Ecology and Evolution
vol.Early View 
Where eagles soar
Megan Murgatroyd, Theoni Photopoulou, Les Underhill, Willem Bouten, Arjun Amar 
Keywords: Behavior classification, Collision risk, Energy landscape, Flight, Predictive modelling, Random forest, Soaring, Uplift
2017 (2)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
vol.8 pp.161-173
Analysis of animal accelerometer data using hidden Markov models
Vianey Leos-Barajas, Theoni Photopoulou, Roland Langrock, Toby A. Patterson, Yuuki Y. Watanabe, Megan Murgatroyd, Yannis Papastamatiou 
Keywords: Activity recognition, Animal behaviour, Latent states, Serial correlation, Time series
2017 (7)
vol.98 pp.1932-1944
Estimation and simulation of foraging trips in land-based marine predators
Theo Michelot, Roland Langrock, Sophie Bestley, Ian D. Jonsen, Theoni Photopoulou, Toby A. Patterson 
Keywords: Animal telemetry, Central place foraging, Hidden Markov model, Mirounga leonina, Southern elephant seal
2017 (21/6)
Frontiers in Zoology
2016 (19/5)
PLoS One
Bimodal winter haul-out patterns of adult Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in the southern Weddell Sea
Lars Boehme, Amy Baker, Mike Fedak, Marius Arthun, Keith Nicholls, Patrick Robinson, Dan Costa, Martin Biuw, Theoni Photopoulou 
Keywords: Seal, Weddell sea, Weddell seals, Foraging behavior, Antarctica, Light, Diving, Haul-out
2016 (7/4)
2015 (12)

Bimodal winter haul-out patterns of Weddell seals in the southern Weddell Sea.
Lars Boehme, Amy Baker, Mike Fedak, Dan Costa, Theoni Photopoulou 
2015 (3)
Methods in Ecology and Evolution
vol.6 pp.278-288
2014 (7)
Marine Mammal Science
vol.30 pp.923–938

Contact Details:

Dr Theoni Photopoulou
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

room: 2.12 / CREEM 202


My website
Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443