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Dr Debbie Russell

Dr Debbie Russell
Research Fellow


Position

Current

I am a senior research fellow at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and am affiliated with the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Monitoring (CREEM) where I spend one day a week.

Past

2011-2014 Post-doctoral research fellow, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews.

2008-2010 Research fellow, Centre for Research into Environmental and Ecological Monitoring, University of St Andrews.

2005-2009 PhD: "Modelling the effect of climate variation on British seabirds" University of Leeds.

General Information

I am interested in the marine ecosystem and species at the interface between the marine and terrestrial environments, namely seals and seabirds which are dependent on the marine ecosystem for food but on the terrestrial environment for breeding. I am particularly interested in interactions on various levels: among different taxa, between species and humans, and between species and their changing environment.

Research

  • Investigation of seal population trends and their drivers.
  • Using a mixture of Bayesian and frequentist methods to analyse harbour and grey seal telemetry data to answer both pure and applied research questions.
  • Investigation of the impact of anthropogenic structures, their construction, operation and decommisioning, on marine predators.
  • Using movement and behavioural data within a state-space modelling framework to define activity budgets.
  • Modelling interactions between seals and fisheries in a spatial context, using state space models.
  • Modelling the effect of climate variation on British seabirds.

Current Group

  • PhD: Katherine Whyte, “Behavioural responses by seals to offshore energy activities”.
  • Post Doc: Matt Carter, “Comparative Habitat preference of seals around UK”.

Alumni

  • Post doc
    • James Grecian (2017), "Man-made structures and Apex Predators: Spatial interactions and overlap" (funded by INSITE)
  • PhD
    • J. Chris McKnight (2018). Counting the Cost of Tagging: Quantifying and Reducing the Behavioural and Energetic Impacts of Tags in a Large Marine Vertebrate.
    • Matt Carter (2018). From pup to predator: Ontogeny of foraging behaviour in grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pups
  • Masters
    • Sara Young (2012). Potential Effects of Captivity on Dive Behaviour and Movement Patterns of Juvenile Grey Seals
    • Raquel Soley Calvet (2011). Living among giants: Habitat modelling of Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence
    • J. Chris McKnight (2011). Short-term effects of capture and tag attachment in common seals, Phoca vitulina.

Teaching

  • 2nd year interdisciplinary module "Science Methods"
  • Marine Mammal Biology and Environmental Biology Masters.
    • Quantitative Methods for Ecology
    • Research Methods in Marine Mammal Science

source: symbiosis

Research Overview:

 

Recent publications


20  (of 46 published available) for dr60. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018

(Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary)
Gray Seal, Halichoerus grypus
Ailsa Jane Hall, Debbie JF Russell 
2018 (3)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.55 pp.684-693
(Article)
2018 (1)

(Commissioned report)
Man-made structures and Apex Predators: Spatial interactions and overlap (MAPS)
James Grecian, Elizabeth A Masden, Philip Steven Hammond, Ellie Owen, Francis Daunt, Sarah Wanless, Debbie JF Russell 
2017 (14/8)
Conservation Letters
vol.10 pp.459-468
(Article)
Addressing uncertainty in marine resource management; combining community engagement and tracking technology to characterize human behavior
Kristian Metcalfe, Tim Collins, Kirsten E. Abernethy, Richard Boumba, Jean-Claude Dengui, Ricky Miyalou, Richard J. Parnell, Kate E. Plummer, Debbie JF Russell, Gilbert Koumba Safou, Dominic Tilley, Rachel A. Turner, Hilde Vanleeuwe, Matthew J. Witt, Brendan J. Godley 
Keywords: Africa, Artisanal fisheries, Behaviour, Fisheries management, Marine spatial planning, Participatory data collection, Resource use, Small-scale fisheriesQH301 Biology, SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. AnglingNDAS
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
2017 (15/1)
Marine Pollution Bulletin
vol.114 pp.372-383
(Article)
Shipping noise in a dynamic sea
F. Chen, G. I. Shapiro, K. A. Bennett, S. N. Ingram, David Thompson, C. Vincent, Debbie JF Russell, C. B. Embling 
Keywords: Anthropogenic noise, Marine animals, Sound propagation, Acoustic modelling, Ocean frontsQH301 BiologyNDAS
2017 (21/12)

(Commissioned report)
2017
vol.OESEA-15-65 
(Commissioned report)
2016 (8)

(Commissioned report)
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 (12)
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
vol.70 pp.2161–2174
(Article)
Dynamic habitat corridors for marine predators
Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Steven Benjamins, Simon Moss, Ben Wilson, David Thompson 
Keywords: Foraging, Marine mammal, Oceanographic, Predator, Pinniped, DivingGC Oceanography, QH301 Biology, QL Zoology
2016

(Other report)
Independent estimates of grey seal population size: 2008 and 2014
Debbie JF Russell, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, David Thompson 
Keywords: SCOS
2016

(Other report)
Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Estimating the European Grey Seal population
Debbie JF Russell, Nora Nell Hanson, Len Thomas 
Keywords: SCOS
2016
vol.OESEA - 14 - 47  
(Commissioned report)
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 (26/10)
Movement Ecology
vol.4 
(Review article)
2016

(Commissioned report)
Strategic Regional Pre-construction Marine Mammal Monitoring Programme Annual Report 2016
Isla Graham, Barbara Cheney, Rebecca Hewitt, Line Cordes, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Monica Arso Civil, Philip Steven Hammond, Paul Thompson 
2015 (2)
Diversity and Distributions
vol.21 pp.211-222
(Article)
Beyond climate envelopes
Debbie JF Russell, Sarah Wanless, Yvonne Collingham, Barbara Anderson, Colin Beale, James Reid, Brian Huntley, Keith Hamer 
Keywords: Ecological niche modelling, Global warming, Long-term studies, Population monitoring, Space-for-time substitutions, Species distribution modelQH301 BiologyNDAS

Contact Details:

Dr Debbie Russell
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 467281/1808
fax: 01334 463443
room: 2.07a
email: dr60@st-andrews.ac.uk

Related:

research@st-andrews

Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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