Eleanor Maedhbh (Ellie) Honan


  • Vice-President, 2023-2024
  • President, 2022-2023
  • Head of Social Media, 2021-2022



Ellie is a third year PhD researcher from Ireland working with Durham University and the British Antarctic Survey. She studies the interaction of Antarctic seabirds and the sea ice environment, using a combination of movement data (obtained through tracking the seabirds as they forage) and biochemistry (through sampling the bird’s diet). Her PhD, funded by the European Research Council, focuses on the snow petrel, a flying seabird endemic to Antarctica whose life cycle is intrinsically linked to the sea ice.  

Ellie has a BSc in Geology from University College Cork, Ireland, where she spent some time interning on a glacial research field programme in Alaska, and an MSc in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol, UK, where she spent a lot of time in a lab working with penguin poo. In between her BSc and MSc, Ellie worked in scuba diving and in museums.  

She is passionate about increasing awareness of polar seabirds.