Dr Gail Schofield

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Life & Env. Sciences

Campus

Warrnambool Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol, 1996
Doctor of Philosophy, Uni of Ioannina (Greece), 2010

Contact

g.schofield@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 556 33080

Biography

Dr Gail Schofield completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Bristol, UK, her country of origin. Subsequently, Gail acquired broad experience in research, conservation, management and consultancy work in Greece and the wider Mediterranean region. Gail then returned to academia to complete her PhD at the University of Ioannina (Greece) in 2010, which led onto post-doctoral research in collaboration with Professor Graeme Hays at Swansea University, UK. Within this framework, Gail’s work has focused on understanding the ecology and movement biology of male loggerhead sea turtles, about which information was previously limited, requiring the use of novel capture techniques and state-of-the-art tracking tools. In depth in-water surveys also contributed towards new insights about sea turtle population and behavioural ecology. Gail’s research has relevant application to science-based management, contributing to the improvement of protected area zoning and regulations. Already, information acquired through my research has led to the amendment of national park precautionary maritime legislation to properly reflect in-water use of the largest sea turtle breeding area in the Mediterranean. Gail’s current research focus is divided into three distinct areas: (1) breeding ecology with respect to climate change and conservation management, (2) foraging ground ecology and the delineation of marine protected areas, and (3) the impact of marine based recreational activities on turtle behaviour. This focus led to Gail’s current fellowship at Deakin University, where she is investigating how sea turtle offspring (hatchling) and operational (adult) sex ratios are being influenced by climate changes at a global scale, drawing on her own research experience and that of the published literature.

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Research interests

Animal movement - Behavioural ecology – Population ecology – Science-based management – Conservation - Anthropogenic disturbance – Climate change

Conferences

Examples of invited lectures and symposia:
Gail Schofield. "Photo-identification as an objective tool to study endangered sea turtle populations" (invited speaker). Fundacion Neotropico Photo-identification of Sea Turtles Conference 14-17 May 2015, Teneriffe, Spain.
Adel-Nada M, Boura L, Grimanis K, Schofield G, El-Alwany MA, Noor N, Ommeran MM, Rabia B. 2014. Multiple sea turtle strandings in Lake Bardawil, Egypt, during 2012: implications and planned actions. Thirty-fourth International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, New Orleans, USA, April 2014
Fossette, S., G. Schofield, M.K.S. Lilley, A. Gleiss, G.C. Hays. 2013. On the use of accelerometry to study marine turtle diving behaviour, activity and energy budgets. Thirty-third International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, March 2013
Katselidis, K.A., Y. Fournari-Kostantinidou, C. Dimitriadis, G. Schofield, D. Koutsoubas. 2012. Sky glow and night lights: investigating hatchling disorientation by lights that are not directly behind the beach or even visible. (Poster presentation) Athens, October 2012
Schofield, G., S. Fossette, K.A. Katselidis, A.D. Karagouni, D. Koutsoubas, G.C. Hays . 2012. Resident and early returning males challenge seasonal marine protected area legislation at the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. (Oral presentation) Thirty-second International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Oaxaca, Mexico, March 2012
Katselidis, K.A., Y. Fournari-Kostantinidou, C. Dimitriadis, G. Schofield, D. Koutsoubas. 2012. Sky glow and night lights: investigating hatchling disorientation by lights that are not directly behind the beach or even visible. (Poster presentation) Thirty-second International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Oaxaca, Mexico, March 2012.
Katselidis, K.A., G. Schofield, D. Koutsoubas. 2012. Friend or foe: the effects of tamarisk 30 years after introduction to Laganas beach on Zakynthos island – a quantitative analysis of the effects of roots and shading. (Poster presentation) Thirty-second International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Oaxaca, Mexico, March 2012.
Schofield, G., C.M. Bishop, K.A. Katselidis, P. Dimopoulos, J.D. Pantis, G.C. Hays. 2009. No time to chill out: GPS tracking reveals micro-habitat selection by breeding loggerhead turtles. (Oral presentation) Twenty-Ninth International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Brisbane, Australia, February 2009
Sourbes, L., G. Schofield, K.A. Katselidis, A.D. Karagouni. Active management: GPS technology as an active management tool of visitors on loggerhead nesting beaches. (Poster presentation) Twenty-Ninth International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Brisbane, Australia, February 2009
Katselidis, K.A., G. Schofield, L.Sourbes, A.D. Karagouni. Mediterranean migrations: adult male and female loggerhead movement beyond the protected breeding area of Zakynthos. (Poster presentation) Twenty-Ninth International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Brisbane, Australia, February 2009
Schofield, G., V. Saravia, C. Dean, B. Gill, K.A. Katselidis, L.Sourbes, A.D. Karagouni.Hunting hatchlings: assessing loggerhead hatchling emergence and predation rates at a densely nested loggerhead beach. (Poster presentation) Twenty-Ninth International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Brisbane, Australia, February 2009
Katselidis, K.A., G.Schofield, L.Sourbes, A.D. Karagouni. ‘Sea & sand’ – Science-based management of the loggerhead breeding population in the National Marine Park of Zakynthos. (Oral presentation). Presented at the Third Mediterranean Conference on Marine Turtles, Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia, 20-23 October 2008


 

Publications

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2017

Population viability at extreme sex-ratio skews produced by temperature-dependent sex determination

G Hays, A Mazaris, G Schofield, J-O Laloë

(2017), Vol. 284, pp. 1-7, Proceedings B of the Royal Society of London: biological sciences, London, Eng., C1

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Knock-on effects of national risk assessments on the conservation of global biodiversity

A Mazaris, D Vokou, V Almpanidou, G Schofield

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 890-897, Aquatic conservation: marine and freshwater ecosystems, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Aerial and underwater surveys reveal temporal variation in cleaning-station use by sea turtles at a temperate breeding area

G Schofield, K Papafitsoros, R Haughey, K Katselidis

(2017), Vol. 575, pp. 153-164, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

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Fastloc-GPS reveals daytime departure and arrival during long-distance migration and the use of different resting strategies in sea turtles

A Dujon, G Schofield, R Lester, N Esteban, G Hays

(2017), Vol. 164, pp. 1-14, Marine biology, Berlin, Germany, C1

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Detecting elusive aspects of wildlife ecology using drones: new insights on the mating dynamics and operational sex ratios of sea turtles

G Schofield, K Katselidis, M Lilley, R Reina, G Hays

(2017), pp. 1-10, Functional ecology, Chichester, Eng., C1

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2016

Using climatic suitability thresholds to identify past, present and future population viability

V Almpanidou, G Schofield, A Kallimanis, O Türkozan, G Hays, A Mazaris

(2016), Vol. 71, pp. 551-556, Ecological indicators, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Are we working towards global research priorities for management and conservation of sea turtles?

A Rees, J Alfaro-Shigueto, P Barata, K Bjorndal, A Bolten, J Bourjea, A Broderick, L Campbell, L Cardona, C Carreras, P Casale, S Ceriani, P Dutton, T Eguchi, A Formia, M Fuentes, W Fuller, M Girondot, M Godfrey, M Hamann, K Hart, G Hays, S Hochscheid, Y Kaska, M Jensen, J Mangel, J Mortimer, E Naro-Maciel, C Ng, W Nichols, A Phillott, R Reina, O Revuelta, G Schofield, J Seminoff, K Shanker, J Tomás, J van de Merwe, K Van Houtan, H Vander Zanden, B Wallace, K Wedemeyer-Strombel, T Work, B Godley

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 337-382, Endangered species research, Oldendorf, Germany, C1

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2015

Quantifying wildlife-watching ecotourism intensity on an endangered marine vertebrate

G Schofield, R Scott, K Katselidis, A Mazaris, G Hays

(2015), Vol. 18, pp. 517-528, Animal conservation, London, Eng., C1

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2014

Route optimisation and solving Zermelo's navigation problem during long distance migration in cross flows

G Hays, A Christensen, S Fossette, G Schofield, J Talbot, P Mariani

(2014), Vol. 17, pp. 137-143, Ecology letters, London, England, C1

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Protected species use of a coastal marine migratory corridor connecting marine protected areas

K Pendoley, G Schofield, P Whittock, D Ierodiaconou, G Hays

(2014), Vol. 161, pp. 1455-1466, Marine Biology, Heidelberg , Germany, C1

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Different male vs. female breeding periodicity helps mitigate offspring sex ratio skews in sea turtles

Graeme Hays, Antonios Mazaris, Gail Schofield

(2014), Vol. 1, pp. 1-9, Frontiers in marine science, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

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A global gap analysis of sea turtle protection coverage

Antonios Mazaris, Vasiliki Almpanidou, Bryan Wallace, John Pantis, Gail Schofield

(2014), Vol. 173, pp. 17-23, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

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Employing sea-level rise scenarios to strategically select sea turtle nesting habitat important for long-term management at a temperate breeding area

K Katselidis, G Schofield, G Stamou, P Dimopoulos, J Pantis

(2014), Vol. 450, pp. 47-54, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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2013

Evidence-based marine protected area planning for a highly mobile endangered marine vertebrate

G Schofield, R Scott, A Dimadi, S Fossette, K Katselidis, D Koutsoubas, M Lilley, J Pantis, A Karagouni, G Hays

(2013), Vol. 161, pp. 101-109, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Satellite tracking large numbers of individuals to infer population level dispersal and core areas for the protection of an endangered species

G Schofield, A Dimadi, S Fossette, K Katselidis, D Koutsoubas, M Lilley, A Luckman, J Pantis, A Karagouni, G Hays

(2013), Vol. 19, pp. 834-844, Diversity and distributions, London, England, C1

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Evidence-based management to regulate the impact of tourism at a key marine turtle rookery on Zakynthos Island, Greece

K Katselidis, G Schofield, G Stamou, P Dimopoulos, J Pantis

(2013), Vol. 47, pp. 584-594, ORYX, Cambridge, United Kingdom, C1-1

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2012

Acceleration data reveal the energy management strategy of a marine ectotherm during reproduction

S Fossette, G Schofield, M Lilley, A Gleiss, G Hays

(2012), Vol. 26, pp. 324-333, Functional ecology, London, England, C1-1

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Females first? Past, present and future variability in offspring sex ratio at a temperate sea turtle breeding area

K Katselidis, G Schofield, G Stamou, P Dimopoulos, J Pantis

(2012), Vol. 15, pp. 508-518, Animal conservation, London, Eng., C1-1

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The complete mitochondrial genome of the loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta (Testudines: Cheloniidae): genome description and phylogenetic considerations

E Drosopoulou, G Tsiamis, M Mavropoulou, S Vittas, K Katselidis, G Schofield, D Palaiologou, T Sartsidis, K Bourtzis, J Pantis, Z Scouras

(2012), Vol. 23, pp. 1-12, Mitochondrial DNA, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

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2010

Breeding periodicity for male sea turtles, operational sex ratios, and implications in the face of climate change

G Hays, S Fossette, K Katselidis, G Schofield, M Gravenor

(2010), Vol. 24, pp. 1636-1643, Conservation biology, London, England, C1-1

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Ontogenetic development of migration : Lagrangian drift trajectories suggest a new paradigm for sea turtles

G Hays, S Fossette, K Katselidis, P Mariani, G Schofield

(2010), Vol. 7, pp. 1319-1327, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, London, England, C1-1

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Fidelity to foraging sites, consistency of migration routes and habitat modulation of home range by sea turtles

G Schofield, V Hobson, S Fossette, M Lilley, K Katselidis, G Hays

(2010), Vol. 16, pp. 840-853, Diversity and distributions, London, England, C1-1

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Inter-annual variability in the home range of breeding turtles : implications for current and future conservation management

G Schofield, V Hobson, M Lilley, K Katselidis, C Bishop, P Brown, G Hays

(2010), Vol. 143, pp. 722-730, Biological conservation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Conservation hotspots : implications of intense spatial area use by breeding male and female loggerheads at the Mediterranean's largest rookery

G Schofield, M Lilley, C Bishop, P Brown, K Katselidis, P Dimopoulos, J Pantis, G Hays

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 191-202, Endangered species research, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

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2009

Microhabitat selection by sea turtles in a dynamic thermal marine environment

G Schofield, C Bishop, K Katselidis, P Dimopoulos, J Pantis, G Hays

(2009), Vol. 78, pp. 14-21, Journal of animal ecology, London, England, C1-1

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2007

Female-female aggression : structure of interaction and outcome in loggerhead sea turtles

G Schofield, K Katselidis, J Pantis, P Dimopoulos, G Hays

(2007), Vol. 336, pp. 267-274, Marine ecology progress series, Oldendorf, Germany, C1-1

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Novel GPS tracking of sea turtles as a tool for conservation management

G Schofield, C Bishop, G MacLeon, P Brown, M Baker, K Katselidis, P Dimopoulos, J Pantis, G Hays

(2007), Vol. 347, pp. 58-68, Journal of experimental marine biology and ecology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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