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Martin Beal

I am a Swedish-American nature-enthusiast with an educational background in Animal Ecology. I grew up in the United States, where I spent much of my time playing sports, learning the birds and exploring the vast diversity of North America’s natural places. I also spent time in Brazil in the Atlantic Rainforest region as both an exchange student and a conservation volunteer. In keeping with my roots, I have most recently lived in Sweden, where I completed a masters in Animal Ecology in 2018, during which I studied the breeding season foraging movements of Caspian Terns in the Baltic Sea. My current research continues in the theme of analyzing remote tracking data (e.g. GPS) in the interest of bettering out understanding of animal space use. In particular, my focus is on using spatial analyses of seabird movements to improve schemes for protecting seabirds at important sites out at sea (e.g. IBA network).

Will there always be more fish in the sea?

In May of this ‘exciting’ year of 2020, it was widely reported that the Smooth Handfish (Sympterichthys unipennis) was declared the first species of bony fish to go extinct in modern times. Without a doubt, it is sad that a creature described as having a ‘punk rock hair-do’ has been relegated to a single, discolored ...
Freedom in the high seas: a pickle for nature management

Freedom in the high seas: a pickle for nature management

The high seas, or international waters, encompasses all areas beyond 200 nautical miles (nm) of shore, which in total constitutes one-half of the world’s surface area. Not only is this a massive area, but also hosts a diversity of life, with species ranging from sharks and albatrosses, to tuna and sea turtles using the high ...