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Dr Debbie Russell

Dr Debbie Russell
Senior 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

  • Post Doc: Matt Carter, “Comparative Habitat preference of seals around UK”.
  • PhD: Katherine Whyte, “Behavioural responses by seals to offshore energy activities”.
  • PhD: Lauren Arkoosh, "Seals as sentinels of antimicrobial resistance: mapping antimicrobial resistance genes in UK waters" (based at University of Abertay)

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:

 

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Shining new light on mammalian diving physiology using wearable near-infrared spectroscopy Kimberley Bennett, Mathijs Bronkhorst, Debbie JF Russell, Steven Thomas Balfour, Ryan Milne, Matt Bivins, Simon E. W. Moss, Willy Colier, Ailsa Jane Hall, David Thompson
PLoS Biology 2019 vol.17
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors drive ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviour in a marine top predator Matthew Ian Daniel Carter, Debbie JF Russell, Clinton John Blight, David Thompson, Philip J. Hosegood,
Scientific Reports vol.7
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
2017 vol.602
Dynamic habitat corridors for marine predators Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Steven Benjamins, Simon Moss, Ben Wilson, David Thompson
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2016 vol.70 pp.2161–2174
Navigating uncertain waters: a critical review of inferring foraging behaviour from location and dive data in pinnipeds Matthew Ian Daniel Carter, Kimberley A. Bennett, Clare B. Embling, Philip J. Hosegood, Debbie JF Russell
Movement Ecology 2016 vol.4
Seal at-sea distribution, movements and behaviour Debbie JF Russell, Bernie J McConnell
2014
Combining individual animal movement and ancillary biotelemetry data to investigate population-level activity budgets Brett Thomas McClintock, Debbie JF Russell, Jason Matthiopoulos, Ruth King
Ecology 2013 vol.94 pp.838-849

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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