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Dr Sophie Smout

Dr Sophie Smout
Lecturer


My interests are in the processes that drive changes in animal populations, especially in marine ecosystems. Foraging success and trophic interactions have important consequences for populations of ‘top’ marine predators e.g. seabirds and marine mammals, for their prey, and for fisheries. I also work on the implications of bycatch for predators, and the consequences of limiting bycatch for fisheries. Methods used and under development include: modelling the spatial distributions of predators and prey; the analysis of mark-recapture data; modelling trophic interactions; Bayesian methods including state-space (or hidden process) models.

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Research Overview:

 

Recent publications


20  (of 38 published available) for scs10. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2018 (12/7)
PLoS ONE
vol.13 
(Article)
Body density of humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) in feeding aggregations estimated from hydrodynamic gliding performance
Tomoko Narazaki, Saana Isojunno, Douglas P. Nowacek, Ari S. Friedlaender, Christian Ramp, Sophie Caroline Smout, Kagari Aoki, Volker Bernt Deecke, Katsufumi Sato, Patrick Miller 
Keywords: QH301 BiologyDAS
2017

(Commissioned report)
FIS013 – Scoping the background information for an ecosystem approach to fisheries in Scottish waters
Michael R. Heath, Law Richard, Searle Kate, Robin Cook, Dougie Speirs, Francis Daunt, Sarah Wanless, Kieran Hyder, John K. Pinnegar, Robert Thorpe, Diele Karen, Neil Campbell, Peter Wright, James Thorburn, Robert Arthur, Paul Macdonald, Beth Mouat, Clive Fox, Sheila Heymans, Ken Coull, Peter Evans, Paul Fernandes, Philip Steven Hammond, Sophie Caroline Smout, Jeppe Kolding, David Reid 
Keywords: fisheries economics , Fisheries management
2017 (14/9)
Scientific Reports
vol.7 
(Article)
Fine-scale harbour seal usage for informed marine spatial planning
Esther Lane Jones, Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Bernie J McConnell, Chris Morris, Sophie Caroline Smout 
Keywords: GC Oceanography, QH301 BiologyDAS
2017

(Other report)
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers.
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Caroline Cummings, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2017 (7/6)
Royal Society Open Science
vol.4 
(Article)
Impact of wild prey availability on livestock predation by snow leopards
Kulbhushansingh R. Suryawanshi, Stephen M. Redpath, Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Uma Ramakrishnan, Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Sophie Caroline Smout, Charudutt Mishra 
Keywords: Apparent competition, Apparent facilitation, Conservation conflicts, Indirect interactions, Predator, Prey interactions, Snow leopardQH301 BiologyGeneralDAS
2017 (11/10)
vol.8 
(Commissioned report)
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
2017 (12)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.54 pp.1930-1940
(Article)
Seals and shipping
Esther Lane Jones, Gordon Drummond Hastie, Sophie Caroline Smout, Joseph Onoufriou, Nathan Merchant, Kate Brookes, David Thompson 
Keywords: Halichoerus grypus, Phoca vitulina, Spatial overlap, AIS, Telemetry, Acoustic propagation, Marine stressor, MSFD, Noise pollution, UncertaintyQH301 Biology, QL ZoologyDAS
2016 (17/8)
Journal of Experimental Biology
vol.219 pp.2458-2468
(Article)
2016 (15/12)

(Commissioned report)
Fine-scale harbour seal at-sea usage around Orkney and the North coast of Scotland
Esther Lane Jones, Sophie Caroline Smout, Clinton John Blight, Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2016 (6)

(Commissioned report)
Harbour Seal Decline - vital rates and drivers
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
2016 (29/7)

(Commissioned report)
Marine Renewable Energy MRE1 Annual Report
Bernie J McConnell, Sophie Caroline Smout, Mick Wu, David Thompson, Phil Irving, Gordon Drummond Hastie 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2016 (14/10)

(Commissioned report)
2016 (1/12)

(Commissioned report)
2016 (26/4)

(Commissioned report)
2016 (7)
Marine Policy
vol.69 pp.146-158
(Article)
The MSY concept in a multi-objective fisheries environment - Lessons from the North Sea
Alexander Kempf, John Mumford, Polina Levontin, Adrian Leach, Ayoe Hoff, Katell G. Hamon, Heleen Bartelings , Morten Vinther, Moritz Staebler, Jan Jaap Poos, Sophie Caroline Smout, Hans Frost, Sander van den Burg, Clara Ulrich, Anna Rindorf 
Keywords: MSY, MEY, Bio-economic, Mixed fisheries, Multi species, North Sea, MANAGEMENT STRATEGY EVALUATION, SINGLE, YIELD, PARTICIPATION, UNCERTAINTY, LIMITATIONS, ECONOMICS, SYSTEMS, STOCKS
2015 (3)

(Chapter)
2015

(Commissioned report)
Determine data sparse regions. Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11 MR 5.1
Esther Lane Jones, Sophie Caroline Smout, Chris Morris, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2015

(Commissioned report)

Contact Details:

Dr Sophie Smout
The Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9LZ
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 461829
fax:
room: 2.02
email: scs10@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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