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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

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Research Overview:

 

Recent publications


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2018 (3)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.55 pp.684-693
(Article)
Harbour seals avoid tidal turbine noise
Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Paul Lepper, Jim Elliott, Ben Wilson, Steven Benjamins, David Thompson 
Keywords: Collision risk, Marine mammals, Avoidance, Renewable energy, Pinnipeds, Marine spatial planning, Underwater noise, Tidal turbines, Behavioural responsesNERC
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 fisheries
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)
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, DivingNERC
2016 (26/10)
Movement Ecology
vol.4 
(Review article)
2015

(Commissioned report)
2015 (6)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.52 pp.631-640
(Article)
Sound exposure in harbour seals during the installation of an offshore wind farm
Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Bernie J McConnell, Simon Moss, David Thompson, Vincent Janik 
Keywords: Wind farms, Hearing, Marine animals, Pile driving, Pinnipeds, Renewable energy, Underwater noiseNERC
2014 (21/7)
Current Biology
vol.24 pp.R638-R639
(Article)
Marine mammals trace anthropogenic structures at sea
Debbie JF Russell, Sophie Brasseur, David Thompson, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Vincent Janik, Geert Aarts, Brett Thomas McClintock, Jason Matthiopoulos, Simon Moss, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: NERC

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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