The Scottish Oceans Institute is an interdisciplinary research institute studying the marine environment which forms a key focus for research excellence in marine-related science. Our research interests range from the deep oceans to the coasts, and from the people who use and interact with the sea, to the biological and physical processes that make the oceans function.

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Recent Submissions

  • Experimental field studies to measure behavioral responses of cetaceans to sonar 

    Southall, Brandon L.; Nowacek, Douglas P.; Miller, Patrick J. O.; Tyack, Peter L. (2016-12-06) - Journal item
    Substantial recent progress has been made in directly measuring behavioral responses of free-ranging marine mammals to sound using controlled exposure experiments. Many studies were motivated by concerns about observed and ...
  • Extinction is imminent for Mexico’s endemic porpoise unless fishery bycatch is eliminated 

    Taylor, Barbara L.; Rojas-Bracho, Lorenzo; Moore, Jeffrey; Jaramillo-Legorreta, Armando; Ver Hoef, Jay M.; Cardenas-Hinojosa, Gustavo; Nieto-Garcia, Edwyna; Barlow, Jay; Gerrodette, Tim; Tregenza, Nicholas; Thomas, Len; Hammond, Philip S. (2016-12-05) - Journal item
    The number of Mexico’s endemic porpoise, the vaquita (Phocoena sinus), is collapsing primarily due to bycatch in illegal gillnets set for totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), an endangered fish whose swim bladders are exported ...
  • The origin of the Hox/ParaHox genes, the Ghost Locus hypothesis and the complexity of the first animal 

    Ferrier, David E. K. (2016-09-05) - Journal item
    A key aim in evolutionary biology is to deduce ancestral states in order to better understand the evolutionary origins of clades of interest and the diversification process(es) that have elaborated them. These ancestral ...
  • The challenges of analyzing behavioral response study data : an overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean acoustics Human effects Analysis) project 

    Harris, Catriona M; Thomas, Len; Sadykova, Dinara; De Ruiter, Stacy Lynn; Tyack, Peter Lloyd; Southall, Brandon L.; Read, Andrew J.; Miller, Patrick (Springer Science and Business Media, 2016) - Conference item
    This paper describes the MOCHA project which aims to develop novel approaches for the analysis of data collected during Behavioral Response Studies (BRSs). BRSs are experiments aimed at directly quantifying the effects of ...
  • Counting chirps : acoustic monitoring of cryptic frogs 

    Measey, G. John; Stevenson, Ben C.; Scott, Tanya; Altwegg, Res; Borchers, David L. (2016-12-01) - Journal article
    1 .  Global amphibian declines have resulted in a vital need for monitoring programmes that follow population trends. Monitoring using advertisement calls is ideal as choruses are undisturbed during data collection. However, ...

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