Dr Lucy Hawkes

Dr Lucy Hawkes is a physiological ecologist at the University of Exeter and a National Geographic Explorer. During her PhD she was the first person to track sea turtles from populations in North Carolina, USA, and the Cape Verde Islands. She has written over 60 scientific articles to date, which have been cited over 2300 times. Her work focuses on the costs and drivers of migration in animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) using emergent technologists such as satellite telemetry, heart rate logging, accelerometry and metabolic rate measurements. She uses technical approaches including biologging, spatial ecology, remote sensing and respirometry to make empirical measurements that help in the understanding of amazing migratory performances. Her work has also investigated the impact of external forcing factors, such as climate change and disease ecology on migration and breeding ecology.