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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.
3 03, 2020

Monitoring for the Population Consequences of Disturbance

By |2020-03-03T14:06:38+00:00March 3rd, 2020|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are delighted to announce that our review of the Methods for Monitoring for the Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD) in Marine Mammals has been published and is now available in Frontiers in Marine Science. […]

11 02, 2020

We are proud of our women: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

By |2020-02-12T08:48:21+00:00February 11th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we want to celebrate the amazing women working in science. The celebration could happen everyday but today especially, we are discussing and reflecting upon science and gender equality. […]

20 01, 2020

Expert Elicitations for the CARMMHA project: estimating how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill affected marine mammals

By |2020-01-20T11:25:58+00:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: Expert Elicitation, PCoD, Research & Development|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Last week our own Cormac Booth led two expert elicitation workshops at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego, as part of the CARMMHA project. CARMMHA stands for the ‘Consortium for Advanced Research on Marine Mammal Health Assessment’, and is a project funded by GoMRI, with a collaborative team from a multitude of institutes including [...]

21 12, 2019

A successful World Marine Mammal Conference!

By |2019-12-21T12:56:30+00:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Conference, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to report a hugely successful trip to the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona. […]

4 12, 2019

How to identify populations that are vulnerable to population level effects of disturbance?

By |2019-12-04T17:57:13+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Stats|Tags: |0 Comments

Over the past five years, we’ve been working with amazing collaborators at the University of St Andrews and around the world on the potential Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD). This week we’re delighted to announce a new paper exploring how to determine when PCoD models might be helpful in assessing the impacts of noise on marine [...]

3 12, 2019

SMRU Consulting at the World Marine Mammal Conference!

By |2019-12-10T08:51:56+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are very excited to be heading to the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona in December, 2019.

29 11, 2019

Marine mammals and underwater noise in Antarctica

By |2019-11-29T11:00:19+00:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We were excited to read the recent publication by Erbe et al. (2019) published in ‘Frontiers in Marine Science’, which tackles how we might manage the effects of underwater noise on marine mammals in Antarctica. […]

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 [...]

9 07, 2018

Greenland harbour porpoises movements dissimilar to North Sea animals

By |2018-07-09T09:00:48+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Though commonly encountered in continental shelf waters in the North Atlantic little is known about harbour porpoise movement patterns outside coastal waters. However, a recent study of Greenland harbour porpoises reveals long-range oceanic movements and deep diving as well as strongly seasonal coastal site fidelity. […]

4 07, 2018

Ruth presents on Southern Resident Killer Whale Habitat

By |2018-07-04T12:55:36+00:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The University of St Andrews is currently hosting the 6th International Statistical Ecology Conference and our SMRU Consulting North America colleague and senior statistician Ruth Joy is in town to present. […]

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. […]

24 04, 2018

Where the environment and marine renewables meet; EIMR 2018

By |2018-04-24T07:45:07+00:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Renewables, Research & Development|0 Comments

Coming together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities, the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR), Kirkwall, Orkney is the place to be this week. […]

16 04, 2018

Our Sponsored All Women North Pole Expedition; rolling blog updated daily

By |2018-04-22T20:44:45+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are sponsoring an amazing group of women who are currently skiing their way to the North Pole. The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition. Check back here daily to see how their expedition is progressing and follow #northpole2018 across social media for updates. […]

10 04, 2018

SMRU Consulting Sponsor all women North Pole expedition

By |2018-04-10T19:22:01+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: SMRUC Europe, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

When an opportunity arose to support an international team of women to ski the last degree to the North Pole, how could we resist? Here at SMRU Consulting we are delighted to support the Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018. Led by Felicity Aston MBE a group of 11 women from 10 nations (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, [...]

12 03, 2018

A tidal first!: Tracking movements of porpoises and dolphins around a tidal turbine

By |2018-03-13T09:11:51+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chloe Malinka We’d like to let you know about a new publication, authored by researchers from SMRU Consulting, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and a couple of PAMGuard programmers. Our paper presents findings from the first in-situ passive acoustic monitoring array for marine mammals at an operational tidal turbine in Ramsey Sound, Wales, UK. This post [...]

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. […]