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About Rachael Plunkett

Rachael is an Associate Scientist at SMRU Consulting Europe. Check out her bio under the "About Us" tab.
14 02, 2018

New PAM power analysis tool released!

By | 2018-02-14T10:43:49+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, Stats, Training|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Last year, we announced the release of our report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring, we are now pleased to announce that the PAM power analysis simulation tool we developed as part of this work has now been made available online! […]

7 12, 2017

Listening to chorusing fish to identify dolphin habitat

By | 2017-12-07T15:13:55+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Publications, SMRUC Asia Pacific|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Collaborative research conducted by the SMRU Asia Pacific team was recently published as the Editors Choice in the ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS). The research described how the noises made by chorusing fish can help identify the foraging habitat of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the Pearl River Estuary, southern China. […]

18 10, 2017

ECOMMAS data are now available!

By | 2017-10-18T14:32:13+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustics Study (ECOMMAS) is a long-term project where acoustic data has been collected on dolphins and porpoise round the east coast of Scotland. Marine Scotland have just released the CPOD data collected between 2013 and 2016. […]

13 09, 2017

EOWDC Bottlenose Dolphin Study

By | 2017-09-13T12:07:42+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Great to see our work with SMRU on the EOWDC bottlenose dolphin project has been highlighted in an article in the Power & Energy Solutions Wind Magazine here. […]

4 09, 2017

Presenting at the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts

By | 2017-09-04T11:59:16+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Conference, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Rachael is away to the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts this week where she will be presenting: Strategic post consent monitoring of breeding harbour seals at the Wash SAC. […]

30 08, 2017

Guide to Population Models

By | 2017-08-30T15:22:15+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of our report “Guide to Population Models used in Marine Mammal Impact Assessment” produced for JNCC in collaboration with Dave Thompson at SMRU. […]

25 08, 2017

How does a tidal turbine affect seal movements?

By | 2017-08-25T07:59:13+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce that our new paper has been published this week in the journal Aquatic Conservation. The study explored how the presence of a tidal turbine might affect the movement of harbour seals in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland by analysing tracking data from resident harbour seals, before, during and after the installation of the [...]

20 06, 2017

Understanding bottlenose dolphin movements along east Scotland

By | 2017-06-22T08:02:39+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A €3million scientific research programme is hosted at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility – and we are proud to be part of it! […]

17 05, 2017

Low visibility monitoring methods

By | 2017-05-17T06:18:23+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We are proud to announce the release of our report entitled “Low visibility real-time monitoring techniques review”. This was a collaborate project with SMRU, Marine Ecological Research Ltd, CREEM, Ocean Environmental Consulting, Alfred-Wegener-Institut and Prove Systems Ltd.  […]

26 04, 2017

'Whispering' whales

By | 2017-04-26T08:15:53+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Video|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We all know humpback whales produce amazing songs that can be heard for miles, but new research has shown that during their migration from the breeding grounds to feeding areas, calves make low level vocalisations – a new paper theorises the reasons for these quiet sounds. […]

21 03, 2017

Cormac Presents PCoD Lite at ONR Program Review

By | 2017-03-21T08:49:50+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Categories: Conference, PCoD|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Today Cormac Booth is presenting at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Marine Mammal and Biology Program Review. His talk is entitled: PCoD Lite – Using an interim PCoD protocol to assess the effects of disturbance associated with US Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. […]

1 02, 2017

Effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

By | 2017-02-01T13:46:07+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Publications, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing the release of the Endangered Species Research special-themed issue on the effects of Deepwater Horizon. We are extremely proud to have worked on this as part of a collaborate effort with CREEM, SMRU and NOAA. […]

16 01, 2017

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Backed by Government Review

By | 2017-01-16T09:49:41+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We were delighted to see the publication of the Hendry review last week on the role of Tidal Lagoons in the UK energy mix. […]

5 12, 2016

How sperm whales respond to sonar and predators

By | 2016-12-05T08:21:59+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting new study uses anti-predator responses to create a relative index of disturbance levels to assess the disturbance to sperm whales caused by sonar. […]