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I am a marine ecologist interested in understanding the impacts of man-made noise in the marine environment, and how this affects marine species at both individual and population levels.
My work focuses on the risks posed by Acoustic Deterrent Device noise to marine mammals on the west coast of Scotland.
Modelling underwater noise from acoustic deterrent devices to determine the extent of exposure and implications for the conservation of marine mammals
Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) or 'seal-scarers' produce intense and aversive noise within the hearing range of seals to deter them from approaching and damaging cages or finfish at aquaculture farms. The use of ADDs in Scotland is largely undocumented, however recent evidence suggests that the noise from these devices has become widespread across the west coast of Scotland, and represents a regionally important but overlooked source of underwater noise pollution.
This PhD aims to model the extent of underwater noise from acoustic deterrent devices (ADD) on the west coast of Scotland and assess risks for marine mammal populations. Specifically, the PhD will explore the risk for injury and potential of habitat displacement for harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and seal species (Phocidae spp.).
Results will be used to consider management options for the use of ADDs in Scotland and better inform legislation addressing underwater noise and species protection.
Professor Ben Wilson, SAMS
Dr Denise Risch, SAMS
Dr Nathan Merchant, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)
2018 BioAcoustic Summer School (SeaBASS) at the University of New Hampshire, USA
Since 2017 PhD student at SAMS UHI
2016-17 Underwater Noise Adviser. Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)
Master in Science, University of St Andrews
Award Date: 1 Jan 2016
Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow
Award Date: 20 Jun 2015
Predictions of auditory damage to marine mammals from acoustic deterrent devices (ADDs) used in aquaculture. Presented at: The Effects of Noise of Aquatic Life, The Netherlands.Findlay, C., Jul 2019.
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Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
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