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Akiko Shoji

I'm a D.Phil. student in the Animal Behaviour Research Group at Oxford University, supported by JASSO.
My research project is concerned with the ecology and behaviour of seabirds, with an emphasis on incubation strategy, life history theory and conservation issues. My field studies mainly focus on behavioural ecology of Manx Shearwaters on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, the UK. I am interested in the decision-making process for parental effort during nesting in the colony, especially incubation shift length, time/energy allocation, predation risk and foraging conditions, and the mechanisms that cause nest desertion by parent.

To gain in ideas of ecophysiology and evolutionary biology, I collaborate with Katherine Wynne-Edwards at University of Calgary and with Stéphane Aris-Brosou at University of Ottawa in Canada.



Shoji, A., K.H. Elliott, J. G. Greenwood, L. McClean, K. Leonard, C. Perrins, A. Fayet and T. Guilford. In press. Diving behaviour of benthic feeding Black Guillemots. Bird Study. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1017800

Shoji, A., K.H. Elliott, A. Fayet, D. Boyle, C. Perrins and T. Guilford. 2015. Foraging behaviour of sympatric razorbills and puffins. Marine Ecology-Progress Series: 520:257–267. DOI: 10.3354/meps11080

Shoji, A., K.H. Elliott, S. Aris-Brosou, R.P. Wilson and A.J. Gaston. In press. Predictors of incubation costs in seabirds: an evolutionary perspective. Ibis.

Shoji, A., E. Owen, M. Bolton, B. Dean, H. Kirk, A. Fayet, D. Boyle, R. Freeman, C. Perrins, S. Aris-Brosou and T. Guilford. 2014. Flexible foraging strategies in a diving seabird with high flight cost. Marine Biology 161: 2121-2129.

Shoji, A., K. H. Elliott, K. M. O'Reilly and A.J. Gaston. 2013. High corticosterone, not high energy cost, correlates with reproductive success in the burrow-nesting ancient murrelet. PLoS ONE: D-12-36518.

Shoji, A., M. Yoneda and A. J. Gaston. 2012. Ocean climate variability links incubation behaviour and fitness in Ancient Murrelets. Canadian Journal of Zoology 90: 362-368.

Shoji, A., A. Sugiyama and M.A. Brazil. 2011. The status and breeding biology of Ospreys in Hokkaido, Japan. Condor 113: 762-767.

Shoji, A., Elliott KH, Aris-Brosou S, Crump D and Gaston AJ. 2011. Incubation Patterns in a Central-Place Forager Affect Lifetime Reproductive Success: Scaling of Patterns from a Foraging Bout to a Lifetime. PLoS ONE 6(3): e17760. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017760.

Gaston, A.J and A. Shoji. 2010. Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Elliott, K.H., A. Shoji., K. Campbell and A. J. Gaston. 2010. O2 storage capacity and foraging behavior of two sympatric, planktivorous alcids. Aquatic Biology 8: 221-235.

Shoji, A and A.J. Gaston. 2010. Comparing Methods for Monitoring Nest Attendance in Ancient Murrelets. Waterbirds 33: 260-263.

Shoji, A and A.J. Gaston. 2008. A new longevity record for the Ancient Murrelets. Marine Ornithology 36: 197–198.

K. C. Hanson; M. A. Gravel; A. Graham; A. Shoji and S. J. Cooke. 2008. Sexual Variation in Fisheries Research and Management: When Does Sex Matter? Reviews in Fisheries Science 16: 421 — 436.


Contact Details

Akiko Shoji
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
The Tinbergen Building (E23)
Oxford OX1 3PS

email: akiko.shoji[[at]]
Phone: +44 (0)-1865-271253
Fax: +44 (0)-1865-310447