From Oxford University, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
30 March, 2012
WildCRU’s DPhil student, Joanna Bagniewska, was awarded the Acorn Ecology Best Student Presentation Prize at the recent Mammal Society Conference. There were a number of great talks at the event but Joanna’s presentation on the diving patterns of semi-aquatic, shallow-diving, small-bodied mammals was unanimously chosen as the winner. The head of the voting committee, Sue Searle from Acorn Ecology, said that Joanna’s presentation was not only informative and engaging, but also had the extra “spark” that the jury was looking for.
Joanna was presenting WildCRU’s research on American mink using miniaturised Time-Depth Recorders (TDRs), tiny devices which measure temperature and pressure over time. Using TDRs allows a precise determination of the diving behaviour of mink, as well as the examination of their activity patterns. The methods explored by Joanna and her colleagues can also be used in measuring the activity of other semi-aquatic mammals.
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Wildwood is hosting researchers from Oxford to test equipment to learn more about mink in the wild.
The team from Oxford University WildCRU (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit), have put a collar on the mink which will record depth and temperature. This will allow future researchers to use the equipment on wild mink to learn more about their movements especially how they dive.
It is hoped that the research will help to see what mink are doing in the wild, by seeing the pattern of activity of the mink over long periods of time. The new data logger is the latest and smallest of its type, and is being tested in a controlled situation at the park.
“The data logger is very clever it measures the temperature and depth of water in which the mink is swimming” commented Joanna Bagniewska, WildCRU researcher “The whole unit is no bigger than a boiled sweet and the collar is very similar to ones used on cats.”
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