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Dr Bernie McConnell

Dr Bernie McConnell
Senior Research Fellow


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Research Overview:

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the University of St. Andrews. I have worked in the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) for over 25 years during which time I have published on the movement and behaviour of marine mammals – from the Antarctic to the Arctic. I co-manage the Instrumentation Group within the SMRU that has developed a novel set of telemetry systems to study the biology of marine mammals at sea. This group is internationally acknowledged as a world leader in the development of novel telemetry system for marine mammals and has an annual turnaround of c. £0.6M.

 

I have been the recipient of numerous awards from public agencies, the telecommunications industry and Research Councils.  My other academic interests include networks and the application of wireless sensor networks in ecology and population biology

 

Recent publications


20  (of 90 published available) for bm8. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (11)
Marine Pollution Bulletin
vol.136 pp.92-106
(Article)
Empirical measures of harbor seal behavior and avoidance of an operational tidal turbine
Ruth Joy, Jason D. Wood, Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Dom J. Tollit, Andrea E. Copping, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: SeaGen turbine, Harbor seal, Animal tags, Behavioral avoidance, Strike riskQH301 BiologyNDAS
2018 (2)
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
vol.28 pp.194-204
(Article)
2018 (28/9)
Science
vol.361 pp.1373-1376
(Article)
Predicting global killer whale population collapse from PCB pollution
Jean-Pierre Desforges, Ailsa Jane Hall, Bernie J McConnell, Aqqalu Rosing-Asvid, Jonathan L. Barber, Andrew Brownlow, Sylvain De Guise, Igor Eulaers, Paul D. Jepson, Robert J. Letcher, Milton Levin, Peter S. Ross, Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Gisli Vikingson, Christian Sonne, Rune Dietz 
Keywords: QH301 BiologyDAS
2018 (2)
Environmental Pollution
vol.233 pp.407-418
(Article)
2017 (14/9)
Scientific Reports
vol.7 
(Article)
Fine-scale harbour seal usage for informed marine spatial planning
Esther Lane Jones, Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Bernie J McConnell, Chris Morris, Sophie Caroline Smout 
Keywords: GC Oceanography, QH301 BiologyDAS
2017 (7)
Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography
vol.141 pp.294-305
(Article)
Grey and harbour seals in France
Cécile Vincent, Mathilde Huon, Florence Caurant, Willy Dabin, Armel Deniau, Stéphane Dixneuf, Laetitia Dupuis, Jean-François Elder, Marie-Hélène Fremau, Sami Hassani, Audrey Hemon, Jacky Karpouzopoulos, Cécile Lefeuvre, Bernie J McConnell, Simon E W Moss, Pascal Provost, Jérôme Spitz, Yannis Turpin, Vincent Ridoux 
Keywords: Tracking, Telemetry, Density, Census, Management units, English Channel, MSFD, OSPARQH301 BiologyNDAS
2017

(Other report)
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers.
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Caroline Cummings, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2017 (11/10)
vol.8 
(Commissioned report)
2017 (2/2)
vol.602 
(Commissioned report)
Review of analytical approaches for identifying usage and foraging areas at sea for harbour seals
Esther Lane Jones, Sophie Caroline Smout, Debbie JF Russell, Eunice Pinn, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: JNCC
2016 (12)
Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
vol.202 pp.859-868
(Article)
Aerial low frequency hearing in captive and free-ranging harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) using auditory brainstem responses
Klaus Lucke, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Kerstin Ternes, Bernie J McConnell, Simon Moss, Debbie JF Russell, Heike Weber, Vincent Janik 
Keywords: Harbour seal , Phoca vitulina, Hearing, ABR, Low-frequencyGC Oceanography, QH301 Biology, T Technology
2016 (12)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.53 pp.1642-1652
(Article)
Avoidance of wind farms by harbour seals is limited to pile driving activities
Debbie JF Russell, Gordon Drummond Hastie, David Thompson, Vincent Janik, Philip Steven Hammond, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Jason Matthiopoulos, Esther Lane Jones, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: Complex Region Spatial Smoother, Disturbance, Marine renewables, Marine spatial planning, Pinnipeds, Renewable energy, Spatially Adaptive Local Smoothing Algorithm, Spatially adaptive smoothing , Underwater noiseQH301 Biology
2016 (15/12)

(Commissioned report)
Fine-scale harbour seal at-sea usage around Orkney and the North coast of Scotland
Esther Lane Jones, Sophie Caroline Smout, Clinton John Blight, Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2016 (1/11)
ICES Journal of Marine Science
vol.73 pp.2653-2665
(Article)
2016 (6)

(Commissioned report)
Harbour Seal Decline - vital rates and drivers
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Joseph Onoufriou, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicholas Davison, Caroline Cummings, Patrick Pomeroy, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Harbour seal, Population Dynamics, Population decline, Bayesian approach, Photo-identification, TelemetryGE Environmental Sciences, QA Mathematics, QH301 BiologyScottish Government
2016 (29/7)

(Commissioned report)
Marine Renewable Energy MRE1 Annual Report
Bernie J McConnell, Sophie Caroline Smout, Mick Wu, David Thompson, Phil Irving, Gordon Drummond Hastie 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2016 (1/1)
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
vol.875 pp.425-430
(Article)
Multiple-pulse sounds and seals: results of a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) telemetry study during windfarm construction
Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Bernie J McConnell, David Thompson, Vincent Janik 
2016 (14/10)

(Commissioned report)
2016 (2)
vol.7 
(Commissioned report)
Scottish Government Demonstration Strategy
Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Douglas Michael Gillespie, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Jonathan Charles David Gordon, Jamie Donald John MacAulay, Chloe Elizabeth Malinka, Mick Wu, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: marine renewables, passive acoustic monitoring, active acoustic monitoring, tidal energy, Marine mammalScottish Government
2015

(Commissioned report)
Determine data sparse regions. Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11 MR 5.1
Esther Lane Jones, Sophie Caroline Smout, Chris Morris, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2015

(Commissioned report)

Contact Details:

Dr Bernie McConnell
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 463280
fax: 01334 462632
room: 2.10 SMRU
email: bm8@st-andrews.ac.uk

Related:

research@st-andrews

Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
SMRU Instrumentation
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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