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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2015

Quantifying wildlife-watching ecotourism intensity on an endangered marine vertebrate

Dr Gail Schofield, Rebecca Scott, Kostas A. Katselidis, Antonios D. Mazaris, Prof Graeme 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

Prof Graeme Hays, Asbjorn Christensen, Sabrina Fossette, Dr Gail Schofield, Julian Talbot, Patrizio 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

Kellie Pendoley, Dr Gail Schofield, Paul Whittock, Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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A global gap analysis of sea turtle protection coverage

Antonios D. Mazaris, Vasiliki Almpanidou, Bryan Wallace, John D. Pantis, Dr Gail Schofield

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

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

Prof Graeme Hays, Antonios D. Mazaris, Dr Gail Schofield

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

Kostas A. Katselidis, Dr Gail Schofield, Georgios Stamou, Panayotis Dimopoulos, John D. 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

Dr Gail Schofield, Mrs Rebecca Scott, Alexandra Dimadi, Sabrina Fossette, Kostas A. Katselidis, Drosos Koutsoubas, Martin K Lilley, John D. Pantis, Amalia D. Karagouni, Prof Graeme 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

Dr Gail Schofield, Alexandra Dimadi, Sabrina Fossette, Kostas A. Katselidis, Drosos Koutsoubas, Martin K Lilley, Adrian Luckman, John D. Pantis, Amalia D. Karagouni, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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2012

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

Sabrina Fossette, Dr Gail Schofield, Martin K Lilley, Adrian C. Gleiss, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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2010

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

Prof Graeme Hays, Sabrina Fossette, Kostas A. Katselidis, Patrizio Mariani, Dr Gail Schofield

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

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

Prof Graeme Hays, Sabrina Fossette, Kostas A. Katselidis, Dr Gail Schofield, Michael B. Gravenor

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

Dr Gail Schofield, Martin K Lilley, Charles M. Bishop, Mr Peter Brown, Kostas A. Katselidis, Panayotis Dimopoulos, John D. Pantis, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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

Dr Gail Schofield, Victoria J. Hobson, Martin K Lilley, Kostas A. Katselidis, Charles M. Bishop, Mr Peter Brown, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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

Dr Gail Schofield, Victoria J. Hobson, Sabrina Fossette, Martin K Lilley, Kostas A. Katselidis, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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2009

Microhabitat selection by sea turtles in a dynamic thermal marine environment

Dr Gail Schofield, Charles M. Bishop, Kostas A. Katselidis, Panayotis Dimopoulos, John D. Pantis, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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2007

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

Dr Gail Schofield, Charles M. Bishop, Grant MacLeon, Mr Peter Brown, Martyn Baker, Kostas A. Katselidis, Panayotis Dimopoulos, John D. Pantis, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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

Dr Gail Schofield, Kostas A. Katselidis, John D. Pantis, Panayotis Dimopoulos, Prof Graeme Hays

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

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