Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward

Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward
Research Fellow and Project Manager

Research: Use of spatially adaptive smoothing (SALSA methods) and geodesic distance (CReSS method) for modelling species distributions. Of particular interest is analysis of environmental impact assessment survey data.

PhD: Predicting the distribution of marine organisms in spatially complex regions.

Research Interests:

  • Developing methods for environmental impact assessment
    • Spatially adaptive smoothing
    • Correlated data
    • Areas of complex topography (two dimensional smoothing using geodesic distances)
  • Splines
  • Radial basis functions

Workshop Teaching:

  • Introduction to Statistical Modlling
  • Spatial modelling methods for correlated data (splines, GAMs, GEEs)
  • Using the MRSea R-package
  • Distance Sampling

Project Manager:

Reports and Software:

  • Marine renewables strategic environmental assessment: Statistical Modelling of bird and cetacean distributions in off-shore renewables development areas (2013; contract for Marine Scotland (SB9 (CR/2012/05))
    • Guidance document
    • MRSea R-package
    • MRSea User Guide and reference manual
  • Paxton, C.G.M., Scott-Hayward, L.A.S. & Rexstad, E. 2014. Statistical approaches to aid the identification of Marine Protected Areas for minke whale, Risso’s dolphin, white-beaked dolphin and basking shark. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 594.


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Research Overview:

Details about my research, teaching and industry involvement can be found here:


Recent publications

15  (of 15 published available) for lass. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2017 (16/8)
Journal of Experimental Biology
vol.220 pp.2878-2886
Determining the behavioural dose-response relationship of marine mammals to air gun noise and source proximity
Rebecca A. Dunlop, Michael J. Noad, Robert D. McCauley, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Eric Kniest, Robert Slade, David Paton, Douglas H. Cato 
Keywords: Anthropogenic noise, Behavioural response study, Received level, Humpback whale, Seismic air gun
2017 (5)
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
vol.74 pp.716-726
2017 (27/10)
(Other contribution)
Quantifying the Power to Detect Change: methodological development and implementation using the R package MRSeaPower.
Monique Lea MacKenzie, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Charles G. M. Paxton, M Louise Burt 
2017 (12)
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Vocal foragers and silent crowds
Fleur Visser, Annebelle C.M. Kok, Machiel G. Oudejans, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Stacy Lynn De Ruiter, Ana Catarina De Carvalho Alves, Ricardo Nuno Antunes, Saana Isojunno, Graham J. Pierce, Hans Slabbekoorn, Jef Huisman, Patrick Miller 
Keywords: Acoustic tags, Animal communication, Call, Foraging, Pilot whale, Social behaviourEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Animal Science and Zoology
2016 (12)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.53 pp.1642-1652
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 noiseNERC, BEIS/DECC, Scottish Government
(Commissioned report)
Revised Phase III Data Analysis of Joint Cetacean Protocol Data Resources with Advisory Note
Charles G. M. Paxton, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Eric Rexstad, Len Thomas 
2015 (9)
Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics
vol.20 pp.305-322
2014 (28/4)
Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics
vol.23 pp.340-360
Complex Region Spatial Smoother (CReSS)
Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Carl Robert Donovan, Cameron Walker,  
Keywords: Geodesic Distance, Local Radial Basis, Thin Plate Splines, Model Averaging

(Commissioned report)
(Commissioned report)
Functional Ecology
vol.27 pp.314-322
Modelling the biological significance of behavioural change in coastal bottlenose dolphins in response to disturbance
Leslie Frances New, John Harwood, Len Thomas, Carl Robert Donovan, James Clark, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Paul Thompson, Barbara Cheney, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, David Lusseau 
Keywords: Cumulative effects; Conservation; Health; Management; Population dynamics

(Commissioned report)
Statistical Modelling of Seabird and Cetacean data: Guidance Document
Monique Lea MacKenzie, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Cornelia Sabrina Oedekoven, Henrik Skov, Elizabeth Humphries, Eric Rexstad 

(Other report)
Complex Region Spatial Smoother (CReSS)
Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Carl Robert Donovan, Cameron Walker,  
Keywords: Geodesic distance, Local radial basis, Thin plate splines, Model averaging
Marine Ecology Progress Series
vol.436 pp.257-272
Enrico Pirotta, Jason Matthiopoulos, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Luke Edward Rendell 
2010 (28/4)
Journal of the American Chemical Society
vol.132 pp.5799-5802
Automated chemical crystallography
Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Yang Li, Michael Buehl, Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin, J Derek Woollins 
Keywords: Absolute-configuration, Crystal-structure, Crystallization, Dichalcogenides

Contact Details:

Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward
The Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9LZ

tel: 01334 461824
fax: 01334 461800
room: 203


Departmental website
Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Mathematics & Statistics
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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