I am a marine scientist specialising in vertebrate ecology, animal behaviour, and underwater acoustics.
Originally from Scotland, I completed an BSc (Hons) Zoology at the University of Aberdeen followed by an MRes Marine Mammal Science at the University of St Andrews. In 2010, I travelled to Australia to work on various marine mammal research projects “for a few months” - which turned into eight years!
During my time in Australia, I completed a PhD in Applied Physics with the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University. My doctoral thesis examined coastal dolphins and noisy environments, focusing on bottlenose dolphins and snubfin dolphins in Western Australia. Following my PhD, I worked on research projects studying marine megafauna, anthropogenic disturbance, and animal movement at Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. I also gained industry experience as an environmental consultant working on marine impact assessments in both Australia and South-East Asia. In 2018, I returned to the UK to begin work at the University of Portsmouth as a Lecturer in Marine Biology.
In addition to conducting research, I have also spent several years working as a science communicator and tertiary educator. I am a strong supporter of both public engagement and citizen science.
I am an Associate Editor for Austral Ecology and Blog Editor for the Journal of Animal Ecology. I also sit on the Media Committee for the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life conference.
My research focuses primarily on marine megafauna, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises), pinnipeds (seals, sea lions), birds, and fish. I am particularly interested in aspects of:
Postdoctoral research associate, University of Western Australia
Postdoctoral research associate, Curtin University
Curtin University, PhD Applied Physics
University of St Andrews, MRes Marine Mammal Science
University of Aberdeen, BSc (Hons) Zoology
The effects of ship noise on marine mammals-a review, Frontiers in Marine Science
Occupancy of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in relation to vessel traffic, dredging, and environmental variables within a highly urbanised estuary, Hydrobiologia
Spatial and temporal variation in the acoustic habitat of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) within a highly urbanized estuary, Frontiers in Marine Science
A tale of two soundscapes: comparing the acoustic characteristics of urban versus pristine coastal dolphin habitats in Western Australia, Acoustics Australia
Underwater recordings of the whistles of bottlenose dolphins in Fremantle Inner Harbour, Western Australia, Scientific Data
Effects of vessel traffic and underwater noise on the movement, behaviour and vocalisations of bottlenose dolphins in an urbanised estuary, Scientific Reports
Underwater sound in an urban estuarine river: sound sources, soundscape contribution, and temporal variability, Acoustics Australia
Characterizing diversity and variation in fish choruses in Darwin Harbour, ICES Journal of Marine Science
Long-term monitoring of soundscapes and deciphering a usable index: Examples of fish choruses from Australia, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics
Non-song vocalizations of pygmy blue whales in Geographe Bay, Western Australia, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Using Tooth Rakes to Monitor Population and Sex Differences in Aggressive Behaviour in Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)., Aquatic Mammals