Nina is a Research Ecologist and part of the Wetland & Marine Research Team, based within BTO Scotland. Her role involves reporting, analysis and fieldwork with a focus on marine birds.
Interests & Responsibilities
Nina has a broad interest in ornithology and conservation, with a particular interest in anthropogenic threats to marine birds and their environment. Nina also has a background in seabird foraging ecology and movement behaviour, which has involved a range of fieldwork and analysing large datasets. The skills and experience gained from her previous positions fit well with the seabird work of the Wetland & Marine Research Team.
PhD, University of Glasgow: ‘Spatial variation in Herring gull traits’, 2016
MRes Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York, 2011
BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2005
Recent BTO Publications
2023. Highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds in the United Kingdom in 2022: impacts, planning for future outbreaks, and conservation and research priorities. Report on virtual workshops held in November 2022. Research Report no. 752. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford ISBN: 978-1-912642-47-2 92pp
2022. Acute impacts from Teflon harnesses used to fit bio-logging devices to Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla. Ringing & Migration View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/03078698.2022.2151065)
2022. Habitat selection and specialisation of Herring Gulls during the non-breeding season. Frontiers in Marine Science 9 View at journal website (DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.816881) 17pp
2021. The Shetland Bird Survey: Population trends for widespead breeding birds 2002-2019. Bird Study/Ringing & Migration Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2021.1955823) 47pp
O’Hanlon, N.J., Bond A.L., Lavers, J.L., Masden, E.A., James, N.A. 2019. Monitoring nest incorporation of anthropogenic debris by Northern Gannets across their range. Environmental Pollution, 255: 113152.
O’Hanlon N.J., Alonso, S., Miller, J.A.O., McGill R.A.R., Nager R.G. 2019. Landscape‐mediated variation in diet is associated with egg size and maculation in a generalist forager. IBIS.
O’Hanlon, N.J., Nager, R.G. 2018. Identifying habitat-driven spatial variation in colony size of Herring Gulls Larus argentatus. Bird Study, 65:3, 306-316.
Finch, T., O’Hanlon, N., Dudley, S.P. 2017. Tweeting birds: online mentions predict future citations in ornithology. Royal Society Open Science, 4: 171371.
O’Hanlon, N.J., James, N.A., Masden, E.A., Bond A.L. 2017. Seabirds and marine plastic debris in the northeastern Atlantic: a synthesis and recommendations for monitoring and research. Environmental Pollution, 231: 1291-1301.
O’Hanlon N.J., McGill R.A.R., Nager R.G. 2017. Increased use of intertidal resources benefits breeding success in a generalist gull species. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 574: 193-210.
O’Hanlon, N.J., Lambert, M.S. 2017. Investigating brown rat Rattus norvegicus egg predation using experimental nests and camera traps. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 63: 18.
Nager, R.G., O’Hanlon, N.J. 2016. Changing numbers of three gull species in the British Isles. Waterbirds, 39: 15-28.
Gillingham, P.G., Bradbury, R.B., Roy, D.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourne, N.A.D., Crick, H, Q., Findon, R.A., Fox, R., Franco, A., Hill, J.K., Hodgson, J.A., Holt, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O’Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J, W., Procter, D.A., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A., Wilson, R.J., Thomas, C.D. 2015. The effectiveness of protected areas in the conservation of species with changing geographical ranges. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 115: 707-717.
Thomas, C.D., Gillingham, P.G., Bradbury, R.B., Roy, D.B., Anderson, B.J., Baxter, J.M., Bourne, N.A.D., Crick, H, Q., Findon, R.A., Fox, R., Hodgson, J.A., Holth, A.R., Morecroft, M.D., O’Hanlon, N.J., Oliver, T.H., Pearce-Higgins, J, W., Procter, D.A., Thomas, J.A., Walker, K.J., Walmsley, C.A., Wilson, R.J., Hill, J.K. 2012. Protected areas facilitate species’ range expansions. PNAS, 109: 14063-14068.
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Habitat selection and specialisation of Herring Gulls during the non-breeding season
New collaborative BTO research has used GPS to provide insights into the movements and habitat needs of Herring Gulls outside the breeding season.
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