I am a comparative physiologist working on the physiology of stress and energy balance. I have always been interested in how animals (including humans) and plants work and deal with environmental challenges.
Lecturer in Biomedical Science, Abertay University, Dundee, UK. Aug 2015- present
Lecturer in Marine Biology, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK. Aug 11 – July 15
McCain Fellow, Biology Department, Mount Allison University, Canada. Jul 09 – Jun 11
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Maternal and Child Health Sciences, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee, UK. May 06 – July 09
Teaching Assistant, Abertay University,Dundee, UK. Sept 2006-May2007
Active research projects:
NERC New Investigator standard grant: (lead applicant) £1.1 million requested in total; Obesogens in an obese animal: an experimental approach to assess the impact of marine pollutants on fat tissue function in seals. August 2015-July 2018. http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=NE%2FM013723%2F1; https://www.researchgate.net/project/Obesogens-in-an-obese-animal
Using NIRS to understand physiology and behavioural responses of diving, fasting and moulting seals: collaborative project with SMRU https://www.researchgate.net/project/Diving-physiology
Ontogeny of foraging in grey seal pups: joint project with Plymouth University and SMRU https://www.researchgate.net/project/Ontogeny-of-Foraging-in-Grey-Seal-Pups
Eustress and distress in marine mammals: Joint project with Plymouth University https://www.researchgate.net/project/Eustress-and-distress-in-marine-mammals
The role of marine mammals as vectors and reservoirs of antimicrobial resistance
Carter, M.I.., Russell, D.J.F., Embling, C.B., Blight, C.J., Thompson, D., Hosegood, P.J., Bennett, K.A (2017) Intrinsic and extrinsic factors drive ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviour in a marine top predator. Sci Rep 7. Article Number 15505 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-15859-8 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-15859-8
Bennett, K.A., Robinson K.J., Moss, S.E.W., Millward, S.and Hall, A.J. (2017) Using blubber explants to investigate adipose function in grey seals: glycolytic, lipolytic and gene expression responses to glucose and hydrocortisone. Sci Rep. 7. Article number: 7731 doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06037-x http://rdcu.be/uTU9
Bennett, K.A., Turner, L.M., Millward, S., Moss, S.E.W. and Hall, A.J. (2017) Obtaining accurate glucose measurements from wild animals under field conditions: comparing a hand held glucometer with a standard laboratory technique in grey seals. Conserv. Physiol. 5(1): cox013. DOI: 10.1093/conphys/cox013.
Chen, F., Shapiro, G.I., Bennett, K. A., Ingram, S.I., Thompson, D., Vincent C., Russell, D.J., Embling, C.B. (2017) Shipping noise in a dynamic sea: a case study of grey seals in the Celtic Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 114: 372-383. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.09.054.
Carter, M.I., Bennett, K.A., Embling, C.B., Hosegood, P.J., Russell D.J.F (2016) Navigating uncertain waters: a critical review of inferring foraging behaviour from location and dive data in pinnipeds. Movement Ecology 4:25 DOI: 10.1186/s40462-016-0090-9. Available at: https://movementecologyjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40462-016-0090-9