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Emily Hague

Project Scientist (Europe)

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Emily is a Project Scientist for SMRU Consulting Europe. Since graduating from both the University of St Andrews and Aberdeen, Emily has worked as a research assistant at the Sea Mammal Research Unit, gaining two years’ experience conducting visual boat and land-based marine mammal surveys, before joining us at SMRU Consulting.

Emily is a Project Scientist for SMRU Consulting Europe. Emily has ten years’ experience studying and working within the marine mammal field, with 2 years’ experience conducting marine mammal photo-ID surveys on bottlenose dolphins and harbour seals. After graduating from both the University of St Andrews and Aberdeen, Emily worked as a research assistant at the Sea Mammal Research Unit, mainly focusing on two projects; one monitoring long-term population abundance and dynamics of the east coast of Scotland population of bottlenose dolphins, and another using photo-ID as a method to investigate the regional decline of harbour seals in Scotland. This involved leading boat or land-based surveys, photo and data processing and subsequent catalogue and sighting database management. Emily has also spent time in Canada researching temporal changes in habitat use of the northern resident killer whale population. Emily is now using her previous marine mammal science experience to inform her consultancy work within SMRU Consulting. Outside of work, Emily is crew on the Anstruther Inshore and All-Weather RNLI Lifeboats.

 Degrees and Education

  • 2016 University of Aberdeen, MSc. Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology
  • 2015 University of St Andrews, BSc. (Hons) Marine Biology

Areas of Expertise

Photo-Identification, statistical data analyses, GIS, systematic reviews, field work, marine mammal spatial distribution and habitat use, Story Map website development.

Field Experience

Boat and land based photo-ID surveys of cetaceans and pinnipeds. Acoustic monitoring of cetaceans. Experienced and competent in small boat handling and maintenance. Experienced in remote lone working. MMO and PSO certified (JNCC).

Here are some of the reports, publications and conference presentations that Emily has been involved in:

Hague, E., Sinclair, R. & Sparling, C. (2019). Review of bottlenose dolphins and minke whales: Focus on Southern Outer Moray Firth. Report No. SMRUC-VEO-2019-009. Provided to Catchment (unpublished).

Hague, E., Sinclair, R. & Sparling, C. (2019). Review of the effects of activity and noise on hauled out seals: with a focus on potential effects of noise from a space hub close to a seal haul out. Report No. SMRUC-NEV-2019-012. Provided to Space Hub Sutherland (unpublished).

Arso Civil, M., Louis, M., Hague, E. & P.S. Hammond (2019). Improving understanding of bottlenose dolphin movements along the east coast of Scotland: Interim report: 2017 abundance estimate & 2018 surveys. Interim Report 2019. Report No. SMRUC-VAT-2019-001 provided to European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) (unpublished).

Arso Civil, M., Louis, M., Hague, E.& P.S. Hammond (2018). Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Firth of Tay and St Andrews Bay in 2017: Fieldwork effort. Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Arso Civil, M., Louis, M., Hague, E.& P.S. Hammond (2018). Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Firth of Tay and St Andrews Bay in 2016 and 2017. Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.

Arso Civil, M., Louis, M., Hague, E.& P.S. Hammond (2018). Improving understanding of bottlenose dolphin movements along the east coast of Scotland. Interim Report 2017. Report No. SMRUC-VAT-2018-002 provided to Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (unpublished).

EOWDC Bottlenose Dolphin Movement

MacDuff Sewage Outlet

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Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
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Scotland