I conduct multi-disciplinary research using my expertise in marine ecology, oceanography and fisheries sciences. My research identifies general rules in bio-physical oceanographic processes that lead to the creation of hotspots of predator-prey activity. Specifically, my research group defines biological and physical variables that provide the limited, patchy locations and conditions where trophic energy is transferred across trophic levels in marine food webs.
My research team using approaches ranging from the collection and use of fine scale (second by second) information throughout the water column from as well as the analysis of large scale (100s or km) long term data sets on spatial population dynamics. Both scales of information are used within simulation modelling methods which are agent based.
Active research projects:
CORPORATES: NERC Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) 2014-16 Cooperative Participatory Evaluation of Renewable Technologies on Ecosystem services with SAMS, MSS and JHI. See web site at www.corporatesproject.co.uk CENTRAL AIM: To exchange knowledge between the Marine Renewable Energy Industry (MREI), academic ecosystem service experts, and the planning and regulatory functions of Government co-developing a Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) decision-support system to better incorporate ES knowledge and values into business decisions.
Knowledge Transfer Partnership with MeyGen www.meygen.com The KTP will apply the knowledge, techniques and expertise for environmental monitoring around tidal turbines to the MeyGen project. Data gathered will support achieving consent for future phases of the project.
EcoWATT 2050 EPSRC (2014-2017) Impacts of Very Large Scale Arrays and their Regulation. EcoWatt2050 seeks to provide the underpinning science for the strategic policy development and planning being undertaken by the regulatory authorities for marine renewable energy. The overarching objective is to determine ways in which marine spatial planning and policy can enable the maximum sustainable level of marine energy extraction, minimizing environmental impacts and ensuring that these meet the requirements of European law.
FORSITE: Modelling FORaging STrategies in high energy Environments. OPEN CASE NERC PhD studentship with CASE partners Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and Marine Scotland Science (MSS)
Williamson, BJ., Blondel, P., Armstrong, E., Bell, PS., Hall, CM., Waggitt, JJ. & Scott, BE. (2016). ‘A Self-Contained Subsea Platform for Acoustic Monitoring of the Environment Around Marine Renewable Energy Devices–Field Deployments at Wave and Tidal Energy Sites in Orkney, Scotland’. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, vol 41, no. 1, pp. 67-81.
Williamson, LD., Brookes, KL., Scott, BE., Graham, IM., Bradbury, G., Hammond, PS. & Thompson, PM. ‘Echolocation detections and digital video surveys provide reliable estimates of the relative density of harbour porpoises’. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
Chimienti, M., Cornulier, T., Owen, E., Bolton, M., Davies, I., Travis, JMJ. & Scott, BE. (2016). ‘The use of an unsupervised learning approach for characterizing latent behaviors in accelerometer data’. Ecology and Evolution, vol 6, no. 3, pp. 727–741.
Waggitt, JJ. & Scott, BE. (2014). ‘Using a spatial overlap approach to estimate the risk of collisions between deep diving seabirds and tidal stream turbines: a review of potential methods and approaches’. Marine Policy, vol 44, pp. 90-97.
Langton, R., Davies, IM. & Scott, BE. (2014). ‘A simulation model coupling the behaviour and energetics of a breeding central place forager to assess the impact of environmental changes’. Ecological Modelling, vol 273, pp. 31-43.