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BSc (1993), Zoology, University of Nottingham
PGCE (1994), Science, University of Nottingham
MSc (1997), Common and Arctic tern chick growth, University of Durham
PhD (2008-present), Queen’s University Belfast:
"Declining populations and reproductive success of seabirds on Rathlin Island "
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Lorraine was awarded a 4 year PhD studentship funded through the Natural Heritage Research Partnership (NHRP) during 2008. Previously, she was a science teacher, wildlife garden designer, environmental consultant and research biologist for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Her current research on declining populations and reproductive success of seabirds on Rathlin Island focuses on determining the foraging range, main food source and parenting behaviour of Common Guillemots Uria aalge, Razorbills Alca torda and Black-legged Kittiwakes Rissa tridactyla. She is supervised by Dr. Hansjörg Kunc and Dr. Chris Harrod. Her most recent work draws on her MSc thesis which compared Common tern Sterna hirundo and Arctic tern Sterna paradisea chick growth in relation to provisioning rates and chick activity. Lorraine is an active member of the RSPB.
Selected publications and reports
Chivers, L.S. (2008) Breeding seabirds on Rathlin Island, County Antrim: a cause for concern? Irish Birds, 8; 359-365
Chivers, L.S. (2007) Courtship feeding and food provisioning of chicks by Common Terns Sterna hirundo at Belfast Harbour Lagoon. Irish Birds, 8; 215-222
Chivers, LS. , Mawhinney, K., & Robinson, J. (2006) Lagan Valley Regional Park Bird Survey 2005/06. Report to the Lagan Valley Regional Park from the RSPB, Belfast.
Kirby, J., Drewitt, A., Chivers, L.S. & Saunders, R. (2000) Key habitat attributes for birds and bird assemblages in England. English Nature, Peterborough.
Robinson, J.A., Hamer, K.C. & Chivers, L.S. (2001) Contrasting brood sizes in Common and Arctic Terns: the roles of food provisioning rates and parental brooding. The Condor, 103; 108-117.
Robinson, J.A., Chivers, L.S. & Hamer, K.C. (2001) A comparison of Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea and Common Tern S. hirundo nest-site characteristics on Coquet Island, Northeast England. Atlantic Seabirds, 3; 49-58.
Robinson, J.A., Hamer, K.C. & Chivers, L.S. (2002) Developmental plasticity in Arctic Terns Sterna paradisaea and Common Terns S. hirundo in response to a period of extremely bad weather. Ibis, 144; 344-346.