Institution: SAMS / UHI
Department / group: Environmental Research Institute
Institution URL: https://eri.ac.uk/
Google Scholar URL: N/A

Research interests:

-Marine Ecology
-Marine Mammal/ Seabird Research
-Tidal-stream energy/ environments
-Marine renewable energy
-UAVs
-Passive Acoustics

Career history:

Academic History
Date from Date to Award
Sep 2005 June 2013 3 ‘A’ levels – Chemistry, Biology and Geography (Oakham School)
Sep 2013 July 2017 Master in Science in Marine Biology (MSci) (Bangor University)
Oct 2018 Present Candidate for PhD Environmental Science (University of the Highlands and Islands)

Active research projects:

Top predator usage of tidal-stream sites in relation to fine-scale surface hydrodynamic features- using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) as an ecological survey tool.

This project will aim to use UAV imagery as a method to better classify fine-scale habitat characteristics present within a tidal-stream environment, to examine marine top predator associations with defined fine-scale habitat characteristics, and to understand the drivers of fine-scale heterogeneity in top predator usage.

Recent publications:

– PRIMaRE (Cardiff): "An applied approach to investigating cetacean collision risk from tidal turbines". Presentation (Co-Author), July, 2019.

-European Cetacean Society (La Spezia): "Collaboration between academia, industry and regulators to investigate collision risk of cetaceans from tidal turbines". Poster Presentation (Co-Author), April, 2018.

-Society for Marine Mammalogy Conference (Halifax): “Searching for consistencies in harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) activity in high tidal energy regions: investigating spatio-temporal trends relative to tidal phase and asymmetry”. Poster Presentation (Co-Author), Oct, 2017.