Ben Wilson


  • Associate Director for Science and Research (interim), SAMS
  • United Kingdom

  • 1431 Citations
  • 18 h-Index

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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

Characterisation of underwater operational sound of a tidal stream turbine

Risch, D., van Geel, N., Gillespie, D. & Wilson, B., 23 Apr 2020, In : The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 147, 4, p. 2547-2555 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Offshore multi-purpose platforms for a Blue Growth: a technological, environmental and socio-economic review

    Abhinav, K. A., Collu, M., Benjamins, S., Cai, H., Hughes, A., Jiang, B., Jude, S., Leithead, W., Lin, C., Liu, H., Recalde-Gamacho, L., Serpetti, N., Sun, K., Wilson, B., Yue, H. & Zhou, B-Z., 15 May 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 65 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    4 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
  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    138 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
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    19 Downloads (Pure)


    Ig Nobel Prize for Biology

    Wilson, Ben (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    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

    Unknown Journal (Journal)

    Ben Wilson (Peer reviewer)

    2009 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review


    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)



    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