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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Recent Submissions

  • Habitat preferences and distribution of harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) west of Scotland 

    Booth, C. G.; Embling, C.; Gordon, J.; Calderan, S. V.; Hammond, Philip Steven (2013-03-25) - Journal article
    The west coast of Scotland is comprised of complex coastlines and topography, and a range of physical processes influence its coastal marine environment. The region is host to one of the highest densities of harbour porpoise ...
  • Functional relationship between harp seal body condition and available prey in the Barents Sea 

    Oigard, Tor Arne; Lindstrom, Ulf; Haug, Tore; Tormod Nilssen, Kjell; Smout, Sophie Caroline (2013) - Journal article
    The Barents Sea ecosystem has undergone substantial fluctuations over the past 40 years including large variations in the abundance of capelin Mallotus villosus, herring Clupea harrengus, krill Thysanoessa sp. and ...
  • Predicting global killer whale population collapse from PCB pollution 

    Desforges, Jean-Pierre; Hall, Ailsa; McConnell, Bernie; Rosing-Asvid, Aqqalu; Barber, Jonathan L.; Brownlow, Andrew; De Guise, Sylvain; Eulaers, Igor; Jepson, Paul D.; Letcher, Robert J.; Levin, Milton; Ross, Peter S.; Samarra, Filipa; Vikingson, Gisli; Sonne, Christian; Dietz, Rune (2018-09-28) - Journal article
    Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are among the most highly polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)–contaminated mammals in the world, raising concern about the health consequences of current PCB exposures. Using an individual-based ...
  • Grey and harbour seals in France : distribution at sea, connectivity and trends in abundance at haulout sites 

    Vincent, Cécile; Huon, Mathilde; Caurant, Florence; Dabin, Willy; Deniau, Armel; Dixneuf, Stéphane; Dupuis, Laetitia; Elder, Jean-François; Fremau, Marie-Hélène; Hassani, Sami; Hemon, Audrey; Karpouzopoulos, Jacky; Lefeuvre, Cécile; McConnell, Bernie J.; Moss, Simon E. W.; Provost, Pascal; Spitz, Jérôme; Turpin, Yannis; Ridoux, Vincent (2017-07) - Journal article
    Grey (Halichoerus grypus) and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) are sympatric seal species, but they display distinct strategies of habitat use and connectivity between haulout sites. The distribution patterns and variations ...
  • Distribution, abundance and habitat use of deep diving cetaceans in the North-East Atlantic 

    Rogan, Emer; Cañadas, Ana; Macleod, Kelly; Santos, M. Begoña; Mikkelsen, Bjarni; Uriarte, Ainhize; Van Canneyt, Olivier; Antonio Vázquez, José; Hammond, Philip S. (2017-07) - Journal article
    In spite of their oceanic habitat, deep diving cetacean species have been found to be affected by anthropogenic activities, with potential population impacts of high intensity sounds generated by naval research and oil ...

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