Magda Chudzinska

Magda Chudzinska

Statistical Consultant (Europe)


Magda is a statistical consultant at SMRU Consulting Europe. She joined the team in April  2021 and is currently involved in multiple projects investigating the potential impacts of marine developments on marine mammal behaviour and distribution. Her main scientific interests include marine mammal foraging ecology, understanding main physiological and environmental drivers behind their behaviour.

Degrees and Education

  • 2011-2014 Aarhus University, PhD Foraging behaviour of pink-footed geese during spring migration

  • 2007-2009  Aarhus University , MSc (by Research) Diving behaviour of harbour seals

  • 2006-2007 University Center in Svalbard, Artic marine terrestrial biology

  • 2002-2005 University of Gdansk, BSc Hons Oceanography

Skills and Expertise

Statistical analysis (linear regressions, distance sampling), Individual based modelling, Spatial analysis, Analysis of animal movement, Habitat Preferences, GIS (R and ArcGIS), Marine Mammal Behaviour and energetics


    Magda has been working in the field of marine mammal biology for seven years, both in the UK and abroad ( Denmark, Poland, Norway and Sweden), in the laboratory and in the field. She has ten years  experience in academia and two years consulting experience. her primary interests and experience are in marine mammal biology, foraging and movement ecology, individual behaviour, and effects of (natural and anthropogenic) stressors on marine mammals. Her expertise and experience span:

  • Assessing anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals: Via working on various projects related to offshore wind farms, building energetic and movement models helping to assess the effects of disturbance.
  • Foraging and movement ecology of seals: Understanding what determines dries influencing foraging of seals and which are the main intrinsic and extrinsic drivers influencing foraging movement of seals. She is the main constructor of AgentSeal: individual based model depicting movement of harbour seals.


  • Gallagher C., Chudzinska M., Larsen A., Pollock C., Sells S., White P., Berger U., (2021) From Theory to Practice in Pattern-oriented Modelling: Guidance for Identifying and Using Patterns. Biological Reviews (early view)
  • Mortensen L, Chudzinska M, Slabbekoorn H, Thomsen F (2021) Agent-based models to investigate sound impact on marine animals: bridging the gap between effects on individual behaviour and population level consequences, Oikos (early view)
  • Chudzinska M, Nabe-Nielsen J., Smout S., Aarts G., Brasseur S., Thompson P., Graham I., McConnell B., (2021) AgentSeal: agent-based model describing movement of marine central-place foragers. Ecological Modelling 440
  • Chudzinska M., Dupont Y., Nabe-Nielsen J., Maia K., Henriksen M., Rasmussen C., Kissling D., Hagen M., Trojelsgaard K., (2020), Combining the strengths of agent-based modelling and network statistics to understand animal movement and interactions with resources: example from within-patch foraging decisions of bumblebees. Ecological modelling 430
  • Heinanen S., Chudzinska M., Mortensen J., Teo T., Utne K., Sivle L., Thomsen F., (2018), Integrated modelling of Atlantic mackerel distribution patterns and movements: A template for dynamic impact assessments Ecological Modelling 387, 118-133
  • Baveco H., Bergjord A-K., Bjerke J., Chudzinska M., Pellissier L., Simonsen C, Madsen J., Tombre I., Nolet B., (2017), Combining Modelling Tools to Evaluate a Regional Goose Management Scheme. AMBIO 46, 210-223.
  • Cote J., Bocedi G., Debeffe L., Chudzinska M., Weigang H., Dytham C., Gonzales G., Matthysen E., Travis J., Baguette M., Hewison M., (2016), Behavioral synchronization of large-scale animal movements – disperse alone, but migrate together? Biological Reviews 92 (3), 1275-1296
  • Chudzinska M., Ayllón D., Madsen J., Nabe-Nielsen J., (2016), Discriminating between possible foraging decisions using pattern-oriented modelling: the case of pink-footed geese in Mid-Norway during their spring migration. Ecological Modelling 320, 299–315.
  • Chudzinska M., Nabe-Nielsen J., Nolet B., Madsen J., (2016), Foraging behaviour and fuel accumulation of capital breeders during spring migration as derived from a combination of satellite- and ground-based observations. Journal of Avian Biology 47, 001–012
  • Chudzinska M., van Beest F., Madsen J., Nabe-Nielsen J., (2015), Using habitat selection theories to predict the spatiotemporal distribution of migratory birds at stopover sites; a case study of pink-footed geese, OIKOS, 125(7), 851-860.
  • Chudzinska M., Madsen J., Nabe-Nielsen J., (2013), Diurnal variation in the behaviour of the Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) during the spring stopover in Trøndelag, Norway. Journal of Ornithology, 154, 645-654.
  • Harvey J., Chudzinska M., McConnell B., Hastie G., (2021) Harbor seals in Ethology of true seals. Edited by Costa D, McHuron L. (in press).
  • Madsen M., Heinanen S., Mortensen J., Mortensen L., Theophilus T., Skov H., Chudzinska M., (2019), MARAMBS –a web-based software tool to assess movements of marine life in the Barents Sea. DHI Group
  • Skov H., Heinänen S., Lazcny M., Chudzinska M, Zydalis R., (2016), Offshore Wind Farm, Eneco Luchterduinen, Ecological monitoring of seabirds, T1 report, DHI & IFAŐ
  • Middelboe, A.L. (ed.), Kristensen S.E., Brøker I., Møhlenberg F., Madsen K.N., Dorsch M., Heinänen S., Zydelis R., Struve A., Berg T., Chudzinska M., (2016), Plausibility check of the marine EIA baseline. Fehmarnbelt Environmental Monitoring and Consultamcy. FEMO-09-TR0003-R6. BioCosult SH & MariLim & ORBICON & DHI
  • Dyndo M., Chudzinska M., (2013), Raport z projektu “Wsparcie restytucji i ochrony ssaków bałtyckich w Polsce. Hel Marine Station, WWF-Poland


Since joining SMRU consulting in April 2021, Magda has been involved in projects including:

  • Cumulative Effects Framework for Key Ecological Receptors

  • Further development of marine mammal dynamic energy budgets models for application to environmental assesments and integration into the iPCoD framewor

  • Dublin Array OWF

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