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 Molly Margaret Kressler

Molly Margaret Kressler

PhD student

 Environment and Sustainability Institute 


Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK


I'm a postgraduate research with the Marine Predator Ecology and Conservation research group in the CEC.  

Beyond my PhD work, I am a founding Co-Chair of the Cornwall Disability Network, and the PGR Representation on the CLES Inclusivity Committee. Please feel free to approach me with any issues, concerns or questions regarding accessibility, inclusion, disability and/or mental health. 


2018    BSc. (Honours) Marine Biology, Univeristy of St Andrews, Scotland

2019    Research Technician, Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei, Berlin, Germany


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Research interests

Behavioural ecology, marine ecology; conservation of elasmobranchs and teleosts; population and assemblage ecology; foraging and habitat ecology; elasmobranch research; fisheries management.

Research projects

My doctoral thesis looks to define a novel framework for studying animal behaviour in the marine environment. The framework enables predictions of animal space use based on a statistical representation of their energy seascape. This representation is formulated using Bayesian statistics, incorporating the various ways in which energy is acquired, stored, allocated, and used. I am applying this framework and novel methodology in juvenile lemon sharks, in a mangrove nursery, and addressing several questions related to their movement and behaviour.

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