Staff profile - Gail Schofield

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Dr Gail Schofield

Position: Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env
Department: School of Life & Env. Sciences
Campus: Warrnambool Campus
Phone: +61 3 556 33080 +61 3 556 33080
Email: g.schofield@deakin.edu.au

Biography

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.


Qualifications

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


Academic

Expertise categories

Conferences and seminars

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


 

Research

Research interests

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


Publications

Publications

Full list:
http://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=JuAIkOoAAAAJ&hl=en

Key publications

Schofield, G., R. Scott, A. Dimadi, S. Fossette, K.A. Katselidis, D. Koutsoubas, M.K.S. Lilley, J.D. Pantis, A.D. Karagouni, G.C. Hays. Evidence based marine protected area planning for a highly mobile endangered marine vertebrate. Biological Conservation 161, 101–109 doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2013.03.004.
Schofield, G., A. Dimadi, S. Fossette, K.A. Katselidis, D. Koutsoubas, M.K.S. Lilley, A. Luckman, J.D. Pantis, A.D. Karagouni, G.C. Hays. 2013. Satellite tracking large numbers of individuals to infer population level dispersal and core areas for the protection of an endangered species. Diversity and Distributions 19(7), 834-844  doi: 10.1111/ddi.12077.
Schofield, G., C.M. Bishop, K.A. Katselidis, P. Dimopoulos, J.D. Pantis, G.C. Hays. 2009. Microhabitat selection by sea turtles in a dynamic thermal environment. Journal of Animal Ecology 78(1):14-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01454.x.
Schofield, G., V.J. Hobson, S. Fossette, M.K.S. Lilley, K.A. Katselidis, G.C. Hays. 2010. Fidelity to foraging sites, consistency of migration routes and habitat modulation of home range on sea turtles. Diversity and Distributions, 16:840-853. doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2010.00694.x.
Schofield, G., C.M. Bishop, G. MacLean, P. Brown, M. Baker, K.A. Katselidis, P. Dimopoulos, J.D. Pantis, G.C. Hays. 2007. Novel GPS tracking of sea turtles as a tool for conservation management. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 347: 58-68.
Pendoley KL, Schofield G, Whittock PA, Ierodiaconou D, Hays GC. 2014. Protected species use of a coastal marine turtle migratory corridor connecting Australian MPAs. Marine Biology 161(6), 1455-1466. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-014-2433-7.
Mazaris AD, Almpanidou V, Wallace B, Schofield G. 2014. A global gap analysis of sea turtle protection coverage. 2014. Biological Conservation 173, 17–23 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.03.005.
Hays, GC, Christensen A, Fossette S, Schofield G, Talbot J, Mariani P. 2014. Do long distance migrators solve Zermelo’s navigation problem for route optimisation?  Ecology Letters 17, 137-145. doi: 10.1111/ele.12219.


Link to publications

http://scholar.google.gr/citations?user=JuAIkOoAAAAJ&hl=en


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