Benjamin Williamson


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Research expertise

Benjamin Williamson’s research includes AUV development, sensor integration and the environmental and ecological effects of marine renewable energy devices. His PhD developed hybrid-ROV/AUVs for near-shore habitat mapping of kelp beds using multibeam sonar and video. He is now a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen, working on the FLOWBEC project with MeyGen Ltd to develop subsea platforms to track the interactions of fish, seabirds and marine mammals with wave and tidal energy devices and Lead Scientist for the ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’ Research Theme at the Environmental Research Institute. He has a keen interest in developing novel sensor platforms to investigate biophysical interactions in the marine environment, such as using UAVs to investigate behavioural associations of top predators with fine-scale hydrodynamic surface features at tidal energy sites.

Academic Qualifications

2017 IET Chartered Engineer (CEng)
2013 PhD Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bath
2011 Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
2007 MSc (Distinction) Mechatronics, University of Bath
2006 BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Bath

Frequent Journals

  1. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering

    ISSNs: 0364-9059

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.86 SJR 0.582 SNIP 1.957


  2. Journal of Applied Ecology

    ISSNs: 0021-8901


    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 5.96 SJR 2.731 SNIP 1.939


  3. Limnology and Oceanography - Methods

    ISSNs: 1541-5856


    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.27 SJR 1.035 SNIP 0.831


  4. ICES Journal of Marine Science

    ISSNs: 1054-3139

    Oxford University Press

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.22 SJR 1.591 SNIP 1.271


  5. Marine Pollution Bulletin

    ISSNs: 0025-326X

    Elsevier Inc.

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 4.01 SJR 1.215 SNIP 1.305


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