On Saturday 10th March Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling (CREEM) and the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) joined forces to enable representation of both groups at the Science Discovery Day in St Andrews and at Dundee Science Centre as part of their “Meet the Expert” programme. Both events coincided with the start of British Science week.
Danielle Harris, Popi Gkikopoulou, Marco Casoli and Filippo Franchini based themselves in St Andrews with activities relating to marine mammal acoustics and density estimation from acoustics.
Charles Paxton, Rick Camp, Claudia Faustino, Gui Bortolotto, Janine Illian, Katherine Whyte and Catriona Harris based themselves in Dundee and ran activities showcasing a number of different methods for estimating abundance and used the SMRU photo-identification game to demonstrate mark-recapture methods. In addition Charles gave a talk on the “Science of sea monsters”.