Staff, Students, and Associates

Dr Ana Couto
Ecological Statistician


Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland
JCMB, The King's Buildings,
Peter Guthrie Tait Road,
EDINBURGH, EH9 3FD, Scotland, UK.

Ana has been an Ecological Statistician at BioSS since August 2022 and works on several long-term projects in the Offshore Renewable Group, mostly focus on assessing on the influence/impact of offshore wind farms on multiple aspects of seabird ecology, such as spatial distribution and demography traits.

Before starting at BioSS, Ana was doing her PhD part-time at University of Aberdeen focusing on understanding the biotic (e.g., prey) and abiotic drivers (e.g., velocity and turbulence) of seabirds’ usage of tidal areas and assess the potential ecological impacts of marine renewable energy devices. Ana's main research interests are understanding the drivers of animal behaviour, especially marine predators foraging behaviour, and how man-made structures influence their behaviour.