Fiona Jones

Research Interests

Monitoring of penguin colonies in the Southern Ocean has proved difficult historically, mainly owing to harsh environmental conditions and remote study sites. The Penguin Lifelines project has adopted a novel approach to monitoring, which makes large-scale conservation efforts feasible. Together with the Australian Antarctic Division they have constructed approximately 140 remote time-lapse cameras, in locations including the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic continent. The wealth of photographic information captured by the camera network is processed by the citizen science project Penguin Watch, which is part of the Zooniverse citizen science platform.

My DPhil project aims to use the data generated by Penguin Watch to examine the phenology of specific penguin colonies, in order to disentangle the effects of the threats currently facing them. These threats include climate change (and related changes in sea ice distribution), pollution and fishing (particularly of Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba), which is a keystone species in the Southern Ocean ecosystem).


Selected Publications

Jones, F.M., Dunlop, J.A., Friedman, M., & Garwood, R.J. (2014). Trigonotarbus johnsoni Pocock, 1911, revealed by x-ray computed tomography, with a cladistic analysis of the extinct trigonotarbid arachnids. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172(1), 49-70.

Barrett, P.M., Pouech, J., Mazin, J-M. & Jones, F.M. (in press). Teeth of embryonic or hatchling sauropods from the Berriasian (Early Cretaceous) of Cherves-de-Cognac, France. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. Published online 5th April 2016; available at: doi: