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Cormac is a Principal Scientist and Director of Business Development at SMRU Consulting Europe. Check out his bio under the "About Us" tab.
6 08, 2019

The harbour porpoise puzzle

By |2019-08-12T06:43:01+00:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: PCoD|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year has seen the publication of a series of papers which provide really important jigsaw pieces in how harbour porpoises exist on a day to day basis, and how they might be affected by being disturbed by underwater noise (e.g. from pile driving, seismic geophysical surveys or shipping). In recent months, a number of papers [...]

26 11, 2018

Going for gold!

By |2018-11-26T13:30:59+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are proud and excited to announce that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC)  Scientific Research Programme won the Sustainable Development Award, one of ten Nature of Scotland awards. The award, from the RSPB, co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage,was given last Thursday. The Nature of Scotland awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in [...]

18 05, 2018

INPAS Abstracts announced!

By |2018-05-29T18:40:40+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

As we’ve talked about in recent posts, we’re co-organising the INPAS symposium – exploring the latest research on the effects of impulsive noise on and harbour porpoise and seals. We’re delighted to announce the abstracts for the presentations. Check them out below! And REGISTER HERE! […]

11 05, 2018

The impacts of impulsive noise – Symposium announcement!

By |2018-05-11T08:49:52+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce – and invite you to attend – the INPAS Symposium – exploring the effects of Impulsive Noise on Porpoises and Seals. […]

30 01, 2018

Free online training course – expert elicitation

By |2019-03-07T11:59:53+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Policy makers and managers are increasingly concerned about the effects of disturbance on wildlife populations, and in situations where management or conservation decisions need to be made, expert elicitation (asking experts for their judgements in a careful, structured process) is a viable way to provide short-term filling of knowledge gaps (we always recommend this to guide research [...]

26 01, 2018

What happens when porpoises are disturbed? Are they on an energetic knife-edge?

By |2019-03-18T10:38:46+00:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Over the last two years, there’s been a very interesting exploration of how successfully harbour porpoises forage and what the implications are for their vulnerability or ability to tolerate disturbance. Here we’re going to take a bit of a ‘deep dive’ to explore what it all means. […]

16 01, 2018

New porpoise energetics papers!

By |2019-03-18T10:40:06+00:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to see two new papers published in Aquatic Mammals journal, furthering our knowledge of porpoise health, energetics and the effects of exposure to pile-driving noise. […]

11 01, 2018

How do porpoises respond to seismic noise?

By |2019-03-18T10:41:48+00:00January 11th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Given our projects in the North Sea and our work on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and with the development of the iPCoD framework, we’re always particularly interested when new research comes to light on how porpoises respond to noise. Today is one such day of interest! […]

15 12, 2017

Awesome away day!

By |2017-12-15T12:32:33+00:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: SMRUC Europe, Training, Workshop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

As we close out another really good year for the company, working with great clients, funders and collaborators, it seemed like a good time for the team to look inside and reflect on how we can work together even better and more efficiently! […]

24 11, 2017

How do whales respond to sonar ramp up?

By |2019-03-22T15:08:39+00:00November 24th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting study from our colleagues at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and TNO has explored how effective the sonar mitigation known as ‘ramp-up’ is for humpback whales. […]

22 08, 2017

The Viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring

By |2019-03-15T08:45:44+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring! […]

29 06, 2017

Oooooooooooooh shiny!!!! (new website)

By |2017-06-29T09:30:11+00:00June 29th, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Publications, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve updated the SMRU Consulting website! […]

13 06, 2017

Impacts of offshore wind construction on harbour porpoises

By |2017-06-13T06:39:31+00:00June 13th, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report,  where we used the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) model to investigate the potential ‘aggregate effects’ that could arise from the currently planned 12 years of English wind farm construction on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

10 04, 2017

New PCoD page!

By |2017-04-10T06:12:39+00:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve developed our new PCoD website and new information about the ONR funded PCoD+ project (see links at the bottom)! […]

28 11, 2016

Dive planning in porpoises!

By |2019-03-18T11:09:54+00:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

An exciting, and pretty cool, study was published late last week – in which scientists showed that porpoises appear to pre-plan their dives whilst at the surface! […]

21 09, 2016

The future of PCoD?

By |2016-09-21T06:23:21+00:00September 21st, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been awarded funding by the Office of Naval Research to build upon all the work done to date on exploring the Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD)! […]