The Sea Mammal Research Unit carries out fundamental, cutting-edge research on marine mammals in many different subject areas. This research is carried out worldwide with a core objective of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in populations. With ever increasing pressure on the world's oceans and it resources, marine mammals are consequently often impacted by man's marine activities. One of our main aims is to therefore determine the nature, magnitude and significance of these expanding interactions.

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  • Circumpolar habitat use in the southern elephant seal: implications for foraging success and population trajectories 

    Hindell, Mark A.; McMahon, Clive R.; Bester, Marthán N.; Boehme, Lars; Costa, Daniel; Fedak, Mike; Guinet, Christophe; Herraiz-Borreguero, Laura; Harcourt, Robert G.; Huckstadt, Luis; Kovacs, Kit M.; Lydersen, Christian; McInytre, Trevor; Muelbert, Monica; Roquet, Fabien; Williams, Guy; Charrassin, Jean-Benoit (2016-05-26) - Journal article
    In the Southern Ocean, wide-ranging predators offer the opportunity to quantify how animals respond to differences in the environment because their behavior and population trends are an integrated signal of prevailing ...
  • Avoidance of wind farms by harbour seals is limited to pile driving activities 

    Russell, Deborah Jill; Hastie, Gordon Drummond; Thompson, David; Janik, Vincent M.; Hammond, Philip Steven; Scott-Hayward, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah; Matthiopoulos, Jason; Jones, Esther Lane; McConnell, Bernie J (2016-05-23) - Journal article
    1. As part of global efforts to reduce dependence on carbon-based energy sources there has been a rapid increase in the installation of renewable energy devices. The installation and operation of these devices can result ...
  • Bimodal winter haul-out patterns of adult Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) in the southern Weddell Sea 

    Boehme, Lars; Baker, Amy; Fedak, Mike; Årthun, Marius; Nicholls, Keith; Robinson, Patrick; Costa, Dan; Biuw, Martin; Photopoulou, Theoni (2016-05-19) - Journal article
    Hauling out is an essential component of pinniped life-history. Haul-out behaviour may be affected by biological (e.g. sex, age and condition) and physical factors (e.g. food availability and environmental conditions), and ...
  • Sound exposure in harbour seals during the installation of an offshore wind farm : predictions of auditory damage 

    Hastie, Gordon Drummond; Russell, Deborah Jill Fraser; McConnell, Bernie J; Moss, Simon; Thompson, David; Janik, Vincent M. (2015-06) - Journal article
    Summary 1. With ambitious renewable energy targets, pile driving associated with offshore wind farm construction will become widespread in the marine environment. Many proposed wind farms overlap with the distribution of ...
  • Breeding male grey seals exhibit similar activity budgets across varying exposures to human activity 

    Bishop, Amanda; Pomeroy, Patrick; Twiss, Sean D. (2015-05-07) - Journal article
    Human-wildlife interactions can be incidental or direct through activities such as wildlife tourism. In the presence of anthropogenic activities, some animals exhibit behavioural alterations such as increased vigilance or ...

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