Nina O’Hanlon

Senior Research Ecologist

Nina is a Senior Research Ecologist and part of the Wetland and Marine Research Team, based within BTO Scotland. Her role involves reporting, analysis and fieldwork with a focus on marine birds. 

Interests & Responsibilities

Nina has a broad interest in ornithology and conservation, with a particular interest in anthropogenic threats to marine birds and their environment. 

Nina has experience working on seabird foraging ecology, diet, movement behaviour and monitoring, involving a range of techniques, fieldwork and analysis of data, including tracking data. 

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Glasgow: ‘Spatial variation in Herring gull traits’, 2016
  • MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York, 2011
  • BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2005

Recent BTO Publications

O'Hanlon, N.J., van Bemmelen, R.S.A., Snell, K.R.S., Conway, G.J, Thaxter, C.B., Aiton, H., Aiton, D., Balmer, D.E., Are Hanssen, S., Calladine, J.R., Hammer, S., Harris, S.J., Moe, B., Schekkerman, H., Tulp, I. & Humphreys, E.M. 2024. Cross population comparison of complex migration strategies in a declining oceanic seabird. Marine Ecology Progress Series 730 : 113-129 View at journal website (DOI: 10.3354/meps14533)
O’Hanlon, N.J., Thaxter, C.B., Clewley, G.D., Davies, J.G., Humphreys, E.M., Miller, P.I. Pollock, C.J., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Weston, E. & Cook, A.S.C.P. 2024. Challenges in quantifying the responses of Black-legged Kittiwake to habitat variables and local stressors due to individual variation. Bird Study View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2024.2305169)
Woodward, I.D., Franks, S.E., Bowgen, K., Davies, J.G., Green, R.M.W., Griffin, L.R., Mitchell, C., O’Hanlon, N., Pollock, C., Rees, E.C., Tremlett, C., Wright, L. & Cook, A.S.C.P. 2023. Strategic study of collision risk for birds on migration and further development of the stochastic collision risk modelling tool (Work Package 1: Strategic review of birds on migration in Scottish waters). Link to publication ISBN: 978-1-83521-034-5
O’Hanlon, N.J., Johnston, D.T., Cook, A.S.C.P., Robinson, R.A. & Humphreys, E.M. 2023. A crowded ocean: the need for demographic and movement data in seabird conservation. Ocean and Coastal Management 244 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2023.106833)
Langlois Lopez, S., Clewley, G.D., Johnston, D.T., Daunt, F., Wildon, J.M., O'Hanlon, N.J. & Masden, E. 2023. Reduced breeding success in Great Black-backed Gulls Larus marinus due to harness-mounted GPS device. Ibis View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ibi.13247)
Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Humphreys, E.M., Burton, N.H.K., Atkinson, P.W., Pollock, C., Clewley, G.D., Johnston, D.T., O’Hanlon, N.J., Balmer, D.E., Frost, T.M., Harris S.J. & Baker, H. 2023. Highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds in the United Kingdom in 2022: impacts, planning for future outbreaks, and conservation and research priorities.. Research Report no. 752. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford ISBN: 978-1-912642-47-2 92pp

Other Publications

O’Hanlon, N.J., Bond A.L., Lavers, J.L., Masden, E.A., James, N.A. 2019. Monitoring nest incorporation of anthropogenic debris by Northern Gannets across their range. Environmental Pollution, 255: 113152. 
O’Hanlon N.J., Alonso, S., Miller, J.A.O., McGill R.A.R., Nager R.G. 2019. Landscape‐mediated variation in diet is associated with egg size and maculation in a generalist forager. IBIS. 
O’Hanlon, N.J., Nager, R.G. 2018. Identifying habitat-driven spatial variation in colony size of Herring Gulls Larus argentatus. Bird Study, 65:3, 306-316. 
Finch, T., O’Hanlon, N., Dudley, S.P. 2017. Tweeting birds: online mentions predict future citations in ornithology. Royal Society Open Science, 4: 171371. 
O’Hanlon, N.J., James, N.A., Masden, E.A., Bond A.L. 2017. Seabirds and marine plastic debris in the northeastern Atlantic: a synthesis and recommendations for monitoring and research. Environmental Pollution, 231: 1291-1301. 
O’Hanlon N.J., McGill R.A.R., Nager R.G. 2017. Increased use of intertidal resources benefits breeding success in a generalist gull species. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 574: 193-210. 
O’Hanlon, N.J., Lambert, M.S. 2017. Investigating brown rat Rattus norvegicus egg predation using experimental nests and camera traps. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 63: 18. 
Nager, R.G., O’Hanlon, N.J. 2016. Changing numbers of three gull species in the British Isles. Waterbirds, 39: 15-28. 
Gillingham, P.G., Bradbury, R.B., Roy, D.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourne, N.A.D., Crick, H, Q., Findon, R.A., Fox, R., Franco, A., Hill, J.K., Hodgson, J.A., Holt, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O’Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J, W., Procter, D.A., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A., Wilson, R.J., Thomas, C.D. 2015. The effectiveness of protected areas in the conservation of species with changing geographical ranges. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115: 707-717. 
Thomas, C.D., Gillingham, P.G., Bradbury, R.B., Roy, D.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourne, N.A.D., Crick, H, Q., Findon, R.A., Fox, R., Hodgson, J.A., Holth, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O’Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J, W., Procter, D.A., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A., Wilson, R.J., Hill, J.K. 2012. Protected areas facilitate species’ range expansions. PNAS, 109: 14063-14068. 


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