Marine Scotland

PhD Announcement

December 19, 2013 by No Comments | Category Marine Renewables, Marine Scotland Science

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A 3yr PhD studentship (fully funded for UK/EU students) is available at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St Andrews, to work on a collaborative project with Marine Scotland Science (MSS) looking at marine mammal habitat use along the east coast of Scotland using passive acoustic monitoring.

The student will use data collected from arrays of acoustic loggers deployed as on-going projects with both SMRU and MSS designed to monitor the impact of offshore wind energy developments on marine mammals (http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0042/00426891.pdf ). The student will need to develop methods for handling large amounts of acoustic data from various sources, detecting marine mammal vocalisations in that data, and for analysing detections statistically in ways that account for issues such as temporal autocorrelation.

Experience with acoustic analysis, particularly in Matlab, and statistical modelling, particularly in R, are desirable, as is evidence of effective communication across a range of stakeholders, as the project will involve close collaboration with Marine Scotland Science and potentially feed into offshore energy development policy. The student will work under the supervision of Dr Luke Rendell (SMRU) and Dr Kate Brookes (MSS). Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk and Kate.Brookes@scotland.gsi.gov.uk by 31st December 2013.

Please feel free to circulate to interested students

Enquiries to Dr Luke Rendell ler4@st-andrews.ac.uk

Article by Kate Brookes

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