Dr Philipp Boersch‑Supan

Quantitative Ecologist


I try to understand the physical and biological processes that shape the distribution and movements of animals, their foraging and migration behaviours, and their life-history strategies. I predominantly address these questions by studying life in the open ocean, the so called pelagic realm, and by using a combination of field observations and computational/theoretical approaches.

I am currently a postdoctoral associate in the QDEC lab at the University of Florida where I study the bioenergetics and foraging strategies of Antarctic albatrosses. This research is funded by the National Science Foundation and conducted in collaboration with scientists at Virginia Tech and the British Antarctic Survey.

I love to dig into biological data and am broadly interested in making and improving quantitative tools for ecological research. My work aims to bridge the gap between field observations and ecological theory and to this end I am working on a number of open source software projects.

In my previous and ongoing work I have studied a variety of biological systems including the midwater ecology around seamounts and atolls, resource allocation strategies and migration phenology in penguins and the ecology of human and non-human pathogens and disease vectors.

Recent News and Blog posts

23 Nov 2017: New paper - Bite rates in Anopheline and Culex mosquitoes
04 Oct 2017: New paper - Sampling scale and movement model identifiability
29 Jun 2017: New paper - Assessing resource competition between seabirds and fisheries
15 Apr 2017: Campbell Island - A life boat in a changing ocean
14 Apr 2017: World Seabird Twitter Conference: Surface temperatures of albatross eggs