• SAMS, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

  • 1327 Citations
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Public engagement

Invited speaker at 15 international conferences, presented at >60 (3 student prizes). Delivered >70 talks on biological themes to UK & US government agencies and general public. Speaker on Aberdeen University’s extra-mural lecture programme. Webinar speaker for the US based Ocean Energy Systems Annex IV collaboration.

Expert advice to government / regulators

Scottish Natural Heritage Expert Panel member (2017-2020)

International Whaling Commission, UK Delegation (2001-2005), Invited participant (2012)

IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group (2001-ongoing)

Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme, Scientific Steering Group (2015-ongoing)

Professional activities

Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewables conference (EIMR): Scientific Steering Group (2012, 2014, 2016)

Editorial Board for the Journal: Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Research expertise

Ben is a researcher who has worked for over twenty years on the ecology of marine mammals, fish and birds in relation to offshore industrial activities. He currently focusses on the interactions between large marine animals and energy structures (wind, wave, tidal-stream, oil and gas devices).

His research aims to understand the interactions enough to develop effective monitoring and mitigation tools that will facilitate regulators to take appropriate consenting decisions and industry to reduce their impacts. Learning what marine vertebrates actually do in the sea and how their behaviour is adapted to their prey, competitors, predators and habitats is of key importance. His research seeks to bridge the gaps between biology, oceanography and engineering and this work has taken him to many different coastal seas with southeast Alaska and the west of Scotland being among his favourites.

He leads the University of the Highlands and Island’s energy related research.

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Research Output 1999 2018

10 Citations (Scopus)
121 Downloads (Pure)

Harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) avoid tidal turbine noise: implications for collision risk

Hastie, G., Russell, D. J., Lepper, P. A., Elliott, J., Wilson, B., Benjamins, S. & Thompson, D., Mar 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 2, p. 684-693 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Phoca vitulina
3 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Mapping widespread and increasing underwater noise pollution from acoustic deterrent devices

Findlay, C., Ripple, H., Coomber, F., Froud, K., Harries, O., van Geel, C. F., Calderan, S., Benjamins, S., Risch, D. & Wilson, B., Oct 2018, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 135, p. 1042-1050 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
underwater noise
noise pollution
Acoustic devices
Noise pollution

Review of the environmental impacts of salmon farming in Scotland

Tett, P., Benjamins, S., Black, K., Coulson, M., Davidson, K., Fernandes, T. F., Fox, C., Hart, M., Hicks, N., Hughes, A., Hunter, D. C., Nickell, T., Risch, D., Tocher, D., Vare, L., Verspoor, E., Wilding, T., Wilson, B. & Wittich, A., 5 Mar 2018, 196 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
environmental impact
aquaculture industry
rural economy
land reform
80 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
echo sounder
marine mammal
commercial activity


Ig Nobel Prize for Biology

Ben Wilson (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 2004 2016

Aquatic Conservation-Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (Journal)

Ben Wilson (Peer reviewer)
1 May 2016

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

BBC One show

Ben Wilson (Participant)
2011 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

Talk on Marine Mammals

Ben Wilson (Speaker)
2010 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

Corals, Marine Technology, Marine Aliens, Dolphin Recognition - visit by Castlebay School, Barra

Ben Wilson (Participant)
2009 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition


Parliamentary Written Evidence submitted to the Scottish Affairs Committee

Finlo Cottier (Participant), Mark Inall (Participant), Raeanne Miller (Participant), David Pond (Participant), Ben Wilson (Participant), Nick Owens (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts



Predator movements in complex geography: Spatial distribution and temporal occurrence of low-density bottlenose dolphin communities off western Scotland

Author: Nienke, C. F., 2 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Wilson, B. (Supervisor) & Hastie, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


Drift modelling of marine mammal carcases in coastal waters

Author: Bedington, M., 3 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Dale, A. (Supervisor), Wilson, B. (Supervisor) & Inall, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


Tidal Energy, Underwater Noise and Marine Mammals

Author: Carter, C., 30 Apr 2008

Supervisor: Wilson, B. (Supervisor) & Black, K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)