Areas of Expertise

  • marine biology
  • marine mammal science
  • bioacoustics
  • static acoustic monitoring of cetaceans
  • remote sensing
  • statistical modelling
  • underwater surveys
  • marine renewables
  • scientific diving
  • photo-identification
  • line-transect and towed acoustic surveys

Publications

  1. & Seasonal and diel patterns in cetacean use and foraging at a potential marine renewable energy site. Marine Pollution Bulletin
  2. & Don’t forget the porpoise: acoustic monitoring reveals fine scale temporal variation between bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise in Cardigan Bay SAC. Marine Biology 164(3)
  3. (2015). Development of videographic methods for measuring distance from vantage point to porpoise sightings in Ramsey Sound. Presented at Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Annual Industry Seminar 2015,
  4. & (2015). Developing marine mammal monitoring at marine renewable energy sites. Presented at THE NOC ASSOCIATION 5th ANNUAL MEETING March 2015,
  5. (2015). Design challenges for a floating hydrophone array for locating and tracking marine mammals at high tidal energy sites. Presented at Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Annual Industry Seminar 2015,

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Teaching

  • BIO327 Tropical marine ecology field course

    This field based module will provide students with an introduction to the ecology of tropical marine systems and teach students the key practical skills required by tropical marine biologists. Students will obtain training in how to design, implement and report scientifically robust marine research. The module will complement the level three marine field course and help develop key skills in field based marine biology. Students will learn skills in marine ecology and taxonomy, in-water marine sampling and surveys, and impact assessment. This module will be mostly practical based but will also include theory lectures, workshops and feedback sessions. It would be structured around seven days of directed practical activities and a three day small group based mini-project. The field course will utilise snorkeling and intertidal walking as the major means of sampling throughout directed practical¿s.

  • BIO338 Polar Biology

    This module considers the ecology of the polar region. Topics are organised into six themes: 1) History of polar exploration; 2) Characteristics of the environments; 3) Major wildlife; 4) Adaptation strategies; 5) Ecosystem dynamics; 6) Changes and threats. Lectures will be complemented by paper discussions.

Supervision

  • 'Local and Regional variability of Indo-Pacific Seagrass Fish Assemblages' (current)

    Student name:
    MRes
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Unsworth