Ms Sara Tavares

Postgraduate Student

Bute B5
tel. 01334 463607
fax. 01334 463366
sbt3@st-andrews.ac.uk

I am a PhD student supported by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). I am affiliated with the Scottish Ocean Institute (SOI) and Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU). My research area is marine biology and I’m particularly interested in studying the behaviour and sociality of marine mammals.

The main focus of my PhD thesis is the sociality of the Icelandic killer whale (Orcinus orcapopulation. I’m studying the social structure of the population using photo-identification (photo-ID) and genetics. My goal is to describe the social organization of the Icelandic killer whale population, examine the dynamics of social networks among individuals and assess how relatedness affects relationships in this population.

 
http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7216-6913

 

Current projects

Icelandic orcas

I’m an investigator in the Icelandic orca project (www.icelandic-orcas.com). Our research focuses on the social and foraging behaviour of orcas while monitoring which individuals can be regularly seen in Iceland to gain a better understanding of the population size and status.

 

Publications

Tavares, S.B., Magalhães, A. & de Sousa, L., 2015. Labrador retrievers are more attracted to water than to social stimuli: A pilot study. Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 10(6), pp.465–470. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1558787815001422

 

Publications

Tavares, SB, Samarra, FIP & Miller, PJO 2016, 'A multilevel society of herring-eating killer whales indicates adaptation to prey characteristics' Behavioral Ecology, vol Advance Access. DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arw179
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