SMRU Consulting are very excited to be heading to the World Marine Mammal Science Conference (WMMC) in Barcelona, which starts on the 7th December. In other years, the European Cetacean Society (ECS) meet annually, whilst the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) hold an international biennial conference. However, 2019 is different as it sees the SMM and ECS combine forces for the WMMC, bringing together marine mammal scientists, managers and policymakers from around the globe. This is a key opportunity for us to network and foster new collaboration partnerships, whilst also catching up with previous collaborators.

The conference will be well attended by the SMRU Consulting global team. Here are a list of the posters and talks that we are presenting:

Carol Sparling from our Europe office is presenting her poster ‘How much is too much? A global review of thresholds of ‘acceptable’ impacts on marine mammal populations’. Catch Carol’s poster in Hall R5-R6 at 8:30-9:45am on Tuesday 10th December as part of the Policy and Management poster session.

Emily Hague from our Europe office is presenting her poster ‘Assessing the performance of open source, semi-automated pattern recognition software for harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) photo-identification data’, showcasing her work done with the Harbour Seal Decline Project at the Sea Mammal Research Unit prior to her employment at SMRU Consulting. Catch Emily’s poster in Hall R12-14 at 8:30-9:45am on Tuesday 10th December as part of the Population Biology and Abundance poster session.

Dom Tollit from our North America office is presenting a poster ‘Advancing anthropogenic noise risk and noise mitigation assessments for endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales‘. Catch Dom’s poster in Hall R5-R6 at 8:30-9:45am on Tuesday 10th December as part of the Policy and Management poster session.

Ruth Joy from our North America office is presenting a talk ‘Fine-scale 3-D whale movement: A simulation model to assess the impact of noise exposure to naval exercises in range‘. Her talk will be part of the Effects of Noise session on Wed 11th December at 1:30-4:00pm in room Room 112.

Lindsay Porter from our Asia Pacific office is presenting a poster ‘The coastal acoustic buoy: a new tool for remote and real-time acoustic monitoring‘ in collaboration with our North America team. Catch Lindsay’s poster in Hall R6-R7 at 8:30-9:45am on Tuesday 10th December as part of the New Technology poster session.

Lindsay is also a co-author on the poster ‘Long-term population and distribution dynamics of an endangered Irrawaddy dolphin population under rapid industrial development in Balikpapan Bay, Indonesia’ (1:30-3:00pm, Monday 9th December, Hall R8-R12).

Naomi Brannan from our Asia Pacific office is presenting a poster Assessment of Online Information as a Tool to Improve the Documentation of Aquatic Wildmeat in Asia‘ in collaboration with Lindsay Porter and Niki Yeung from our Asia Pacific office. Catch Naomi’s poster at 8:30-9:45am, Tuesday 10th December, Hall R5-R6.

Whilst Cormac Booth from our Europe office won’t be attending the WMMC, he is co-author on a poster entitled ‘A calorific map of harbour porpoise prey in the North Sea’, presented by Janneke Ransijn as part of the Foraging Ecology poster session (1:30-3:00pm, Monday 9th December, Room 125).

Talk and poster abstracts are available here

Be sure to say hello to the team if you see them!

Gaudir!