University of St Andrews
Sea Mammal Research Unit
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Research Overview

The Sea Mammal Research Unit carries out fundamental, leading edge research on marine mammals in many different subject areas.  This research is carried out worldwide with a core objective of understanding the causes and consequences of changes in populations.  With ever increasing pressure on the world's oceans and it resources, marine mammals are consequently often impacted by man's marine activities.  One of our main aims is to therefore determine the nature, magnitude and significance of these expanding interactions.  Our research is highly integrated and can therefore be divided in many different ways .  However, the broad research areas are listed below and further details of each and how they are connected can be found by following the links.


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