Lisa Reilly, a current Yr3 BSc Geography student, has been successful in winning the top award from the P1 Marine Foundation to continue with her research on abiotic controls on the nesting success of Loggerhead Turtles on Kefalonia and Alonissos, Greece. Lisa undertook her dissertation research on this theme during her summer volunteer work with the Katelios Group, collecting ecological and environmental data to examine linkages between hatching success and nest position, beach grain size and sediment geochemistry. Her successful application to develop this work further will see Lisa analyzing data from the Katelios Group, the National Marine Park of Alonissos and ARCHELON in a GIS to enhance marine conservation practice by investigating temporal trends in environmental and ecological parameters.
Lisa will receive her prize of £1000 at a presentation evening on the 6th February at The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Attending the event will be representatives of the P1 Marine Foundation, a number of leading environmentalists and academics from universities around the UK. Lisa will be presenting a talk on her proposed research at the event.