Dr Monica Arso Civil:
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Dr Monica Arso Civil
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
tel: 01334 472629
Harbour Seal Decline Project Blog
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
Scottish Oceans Institute
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My research interests focus on marine mammal population dynamics and how these can inform on the conservation status of wild populations.
My PhD thesis focused on the ecology of bottlenose dolphins off the East coast of Scotland, in which I estimated population parameters (survival and fecundity rates) for this resident population and looked at the use of the area of St Andrews Bay and the Firth of Tay.
Harbour seal decline project
Populations of harbour seals have been declining around the east and north coast of Scotland and in the Northern Islands since around 2000, while populations on the West Coast and in the Western Islands have been stable or increasing. My research aims to estimate vital rates for harbour seals in areas of contrasting trajectories to inform population dynamics models and ultimately get a better understanding of the main (potential) drivers for the decline.
Check more information at http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/harbourseals/
Bottlenose dolphins in St Andrews Bay and the Tay
Research on bottlenose dolphins conducted in St Andrews Bay and the Tayside since 2003 has shown how this area is used every summer by half of the estimated total population that ranges between the Moray Firth and the Firth of Forth. The entrance to the Firth of Tay has been identified as a high use area for at least part of the population. We are continuing monitoring the use of this area outside the Moray Firth SAC, conducting photo-ID surveys during the summer months.
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Monica Arso Civil, Barbara Cheney, Paul Thompson, Philip Steven Hammond
Keywords: Birth interval, Birth probablility, Bottlenose dolphin, Cetaceans, Fecundity, Generalized linear mixed model, Mark-recapture dataGC Oceanography, QA Mathematics, QH301 BiologyDAS
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Joseph Onoufriou, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicholas Davison, Caroline Cummings, Patrick Pomeroy, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall
Keywords: Harbour seal, Population Dynamics, Population decline, Bayesian approach, Photo-identification, TelemetryGE Environmental Sciences, QA Mathematics, QH301 BiologyScottish Government
Isla Graham, Barbara Cheney, Rebecca Hewitt, Line Cordes, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Monica Arso Civil, Philip Steven Hammond, Paul Thompson
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Enrico Pirotta, John Harwood, Paul Thompson, Leslie New, Barbara Cheney, Monica Arso Civil, Philip Steven Hammond, Carl Robert Donovan, David Lusseau
Keywords: Behavioural response, Human development, Individual-based modelling, Individual heterogeneity, Management, Population consequences of disturbance QH301 Biology