Brendan has provided new insights into marine biodiversity and the complex life histories and migration strategies of marine turtles. The interdisciplinary nature of Brendan’s work is self-evident, as he collaborates with engineers, social scientists, oceanographers, molecular biologists and mathematicians, to collect and analyse valuable long-term ecological data.
In 2004, he collaborated to develop the online Satellite Tracking Analysis Tool (STAT), which a global network now uses, with the help of satellite tags, time-depth recorders and animal-borne cameras, to track over 7000 individuals of 113 species in 300 projects.
Brendan has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers, and has demonstrated an enormous commitment to outreach and the public understanding of science. He is hugely successful in attracting funding for his work, securing almost £4 million of research income in a little over a decade. In recent years he has widened his interests to include sustainable fisheries, and the ecological impacts of marine renewable energy resources and climate change.