Dr Sophie Smout

Lecturer

The Observatory 2.02
tel. 01334 461829
fax.
scs10@st-andrews.ac.uk

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.

 

Publications

McConnell, BJ, Smout, SC & Wu, M 2017, Modelling harbour seal movements. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Reports, vol. 8, 20 edn, Scottish Government. DOI: 10.7489/1998-1
Jones, EL, Sparling, CE, McConnell, BJ, Morris, C & Smout, SC 2017, 'Fine-scale harbour seal usage for informed marine spatial planning' Scientific Reports, vol 7, 11581. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11174-4
Suryawanshi, KR, Redpath, SM, Bhatnagar, YV, Ramakrishnan, U, Chaturvedi, V, Smout, SC & Mishra, C 2017, 'Impact of wild prey availability on livestock predation by snow leopards' Royal Society Open Science, vol 4, 170026. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170026
Jones, EL, Hastie, GD, Smout, S, Onoufriou, J, Merchant, ND, Brookes, KL & Thompson, D 2017, 'Seals and shipping: quantifying population risk and individual exposure to vessel noise' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12911
Jones, EL, Smout, SC, Russell, DJ, Pinn, E & McConnell, BJ 2017, Review of analytical approaches for identifying usage and foraging areas at sea for harbour seals. vol. 602, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough.
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