Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward

Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward
Senior Research Fellow (seconded to Office of the Principal)

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:


15 (of 15 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for lass. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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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
Journal of Experimental Biology 2017 vol. 220 pp. 2878-2886
Effects of a scientific echo sounder on the behavior of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Dinara Sadykova, Doug Nowacek, Andrew Read
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2017 vol. 74 pp. 716-726
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 pp. 1
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 James Miller
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2017 vol. 71
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
Journal of Applied Ecology 2016 vol. 53 pp. 1642-1652
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
2016 vol. 517
Modelling killer whale feeding behaviour using a spatially adaptive complex region spatial smoother (CReSS) and generalised estimating equations (GEEs) Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Monique Lea MacKenzie,
Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics 2015 vol. 20 pp. 305-322
Complex Region Spatial Smoother (CReSS) Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Carl Robert Donovan, Cameron Walker,
Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics 2014 vol. 23 pp. 340-360
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
Functional Ecology 2013 vol. 27 pp. 314-322
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
Complex Region Spatial Smoother (CReSS) Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Carl Robert Donovan, Cameron Walker,
MODELLING SPERM WHALE HABITAT PREFERENCE: A NOVEL APPROACH COMBINING TRANSECT AND FOLLOW DATA Enrico Pirotta, Jason Matthiopoulos, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Luke Edward Rendell
Marine Ecology Progress Series 2011 vol. 436 pp. 257-272
Automated chemical crystallography Lindesay Alexandra Sarah Scott-Hayward, Yang Li, Michael Buehl, Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin, J Derek Woollins
Journal of the American Chemical Society 2010 vol. 132 pp. 5799-5802

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: 128


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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