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On June 3rd 2022 Elspeth Sage successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled ‘Wind energy for all!’. For this she was awarded the cum laude distinction- an extraordinary accomplishment.

Elspeth has been working in the department of Theoretical and Computational Ecology (TCE) and  focused on the dynamic flight of gulls in human-engineered landscapes. The atmospheric landscape is heavily influenced by the Earth’s surface and is therefore sensitive to landscape change and human development. For lesser black-backed gulls, who use a wide range of flight strategies and habitats, there was a need to understand how the atmosphere influences flight behaviour in the context of minimising potential negative interactions between gulls and human activity.