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 birds and animals of the open ocean, and by using a combination of field observations and computational/theoretical approaches.

I am based at the British Trust for Ornithology where I work as an Ecological Statistician. Prior to that I was a postdoc in the QDEC lab at the University of Florida and the QED lab at Virginia Tech working on the bioenergetics and foraging strategies of Antarctic albatrosses.

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

17 Feb 2018: Mapping one's academic career path
25 Jan 2018: New job - I am joining the British Trust for Ornithology
04 Dec 2017: New paper - Albatross egg temperatures
23 Nov 2017: New paper - Bite rates in Anopheline and Culex mosquitoes
04 Oct 2017: New paper - Sampling scale and movement model identifiability