Nienke van Geel


  • Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Marine Mammal Ecology and Acoustics, SAMS
  • PA37 1QA

    United Kingdom

  • 35 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Research expertise

My main research interest is in cetacean spatio-temporal distributions, habitat preferences and acoustics, and in marine mammal interactions with anthropogenic pressures. 

I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary marine mammal research where aspects of biology, ecology and conservation are integrated and investigated by the use of complementary methodological and analytical techniques.

My work includes participation in applied marine mammal research projects related to the sustainable progression of human industries and developments (e.g. marine renewables) while safeguarding the continued presence of local species and the habitats and prey upon which they rely.



  • QH301 Biology
  • Marine mammals
  • Bioacoustics
  • Marine ecology
  • Environmental impacts

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Research Output

  • 35 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 7 Article
  • 1 Other report

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
  • Exclusion of tidal influence on ambient sound measurements

    Van Geel, N. C. F., Merchant, N. D., Culloch, R. M., Edwards, E. W. J., Davies, I. M., O'hara Murray, R. B. & Brookes, K. L., 11 Aug 2020, In : The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 148, 2, 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Seasonal and diel acoustic presence of North Atlantic minke whales in the North Sea

    Risch, D., Wilson, S. C., Hoogerwerf, M., Van Geel, N. C. F., Edwards, E. W. J. & Brookes, K. L., 5 Mar 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 3751.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    3 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)

    Entanglement: an emerging threat to humpback whales in Scottish waters

    Rya, C., Leaper, R., Evans, P. G. H., Dyke, K., Robinson, K. P., Haskins, G. N., Calderan, S., van Geel, C. F., Harries, O., Froud, K., Brownlow, A. & Jack, A., May 2016, International Whaling Commission. 12 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Press / Media

    Famous killer whale from 1977 never left the neighbourhood

    Nienke van Geel


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    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)