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Research Interests:

My main research and teaching interests are in the ecology and conservation of marine systems, with a particular focus on marine top predators. For over twenty years, my group’s research has focused on understanding how natural and anthropogenic environmental change influences the behaviour and dynamics of marine mammals and seabirds. This work has been underpinned by the development and maintenance of long-term individual based studies of harbour seal, bottlenose dolphin and fulmar populations in the North of Scotland, with comparative studies conducted at a range of overseas sites across the North Atlantic, North Pacific and South America. A key aim of the work has been to directly support regional conservation and management programmes, and through this to develop generic understanding and best practice case studies that provide insights into marine resource management issues elsewhere in the world.

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Research Output 1991 2019

Age-length relationships in UK harbour seals during a period of population decline

Hall, A. J., Mackey, B., Kershaw, J. L. & Thompson, P., 24 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Phoca vitulina
population decline
harbor
coast
Scotland

Breeding status influences timing but not duration of moult in the Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis

Grissot, A., Graham, I. M., Quinn, L., Brathen, V. S. & Thompson, P. M., 7 Mar 2019, In : Ibis.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

molt
molting
breeding
duration
seabird

Changing distribution of the east coast of Scotland bottlenose dolphin population and the challenges of area-based management

Arso Civil, M., Quick, N. J., Cheney, B., Pirotta, E., Thompson, P. M. & Hammond, P. S., 24 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tursiops truncatus
dolphin
Scotland
estuaries
estuary

Effects of impulsive noise on marine mammals: investigating range-dependent risk

Hastie, G., Merchant, N. D., Götz, T., Russell, D. J. F., Thompson, P. & Janik, V. M., 15 Apr 2019, In : Ecological Applications.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

marine mammal
pile driving
damage
underwater noise
hearing
4 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Bottle-Nosed Dolphin
Dolphins
Echolocation
Scotland
Acoustics

Datasets

Integrating passive acoustic and visual data to model spatial patterns of occurrence in coastal dolphins

Thompson, P. M. (Creator), Brookes, K. L. (Creator), Cordes, L. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 11 Jul 2014

Dataset

Echolocation detections and digital video surveys provide reliable estimates of the relative density of harbour porpoises

Williamson, L. D. (Creator), Kate L., B. (Creator), Scott, B. E. (Creator), Graham, I. M. (Creator), Bradbury, G. (Creator), Hammond, P. S. (Creator), Thompson, P. M. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 26 Jan 2016

Dataset

Prizes

Marsh Award for Marine and Freshwater Conservation

Paul Michael Thompson (Recipient), 22 Jun 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

freshwater ecosystem
marsh
freshwater conservation
science

Impacts

Impacts of offshore energy developments

Paul Michael Thompson (Coordinator), Philip S. Hammond (Coordinator), David Lusseau (Coordinator), D L Borchers (Coordinator), Gordon Hastie (Coordinator)

Impact: Quality of life Impacts