May is for minke whale…

Almost a year ago our then MSc Marine Mammal Science students were treated to an impromptu necropsy of a minke whale that washed ashore almost at our door step in St Andrews….. below is what happened this year…This whale arrived …

May 18, 2017 | MMS


2 PhD studentships: seal spatial ecology and offshore structures

  See following link: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lighthouse/blog/phd-studentships-available

March 22, 2017 | EMMS


Minke whale necropsy in the Eden estuary

“Balaenoptera acutorostrata? That sounds like hakuna matata!” After an incredible time sailing around the sunny Hebrides on the Silurian, the MSc Marine Mammal Science class was back in St Andrews and ready to get stuck into our research theses for …

June 8, 2016 | MMS


Surveying marine mammals on the Scottish West Coast

Each year our MSc MMS students get to spend several days aboard the HWDT‘s research vessel Silurian to learn visual and acoustic surveying techniques and contribute to the long-term data set that the HWDT has collated over the last 13+ …

June 8, 2016 | MMS


It’s all about networking!

Every year, at some point during March/April, scientists gather in a European country to take part in the European Cetacean Society (ECS) conference. This year the conference was held on the beautiful island of Madeira and a few of us …

June 7, 2016 | MMS


Science communication – a message from one of our awesome alumni

How many of you break out in sweat at the mere thought of public speaking? It is one of the most common fears, and it used to affect me. But in 2014, I won an international science communication competition. This …

April 1, 2016 | MMS


Antarctic expedition underway!

The 4th Antarctic expedition of our MSc students is underway – This is the field course component of the optional module top predator ecology in polar regions. You can read about our exploits on the Antarctic expedition blog……

March 16, 2016 | EMMS


Marine Mammal Science – a big world made small

Our Masters alumni rocked marine mammal science! I have just returned from the Society for Marine Mammalogy conference which is the largest biennial gathering of professionals working on, with and around marine mammals. Over 2,500 conference attendees from all over …

December 24, 2015 | MMS


St Andrews Day Graduation – Class of 2015

Graduation day has finally come. The official end of our MSc (Marine Mammal Science). It’s strange how time flies. One moment you’re still worrying about saying silly things during the interview for the course, the next it’s your first day …

December 4, 2015 | MMS


R- reflections and a student’s self-conversation

These are the musings of one of our current MSc students tussling with coursework. Comments (in the form of annotating R-code with a #)  are copy-pasted from Sarah’s second assessed R assignment (these are from the pre-submission version!). #check with …

November 27, 2015 | EMMS


Whale Watching on Land: Pilot Whale Necropsy

Though everyone already looks forward to Friday as the best reward for a week of hard work, we students from the MMSc program hit the jackpot with our Friday adventure to Inverness, where we witnessed a necropsy performed by Dr …

October 27, 2015 | MMS


Oh I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside!

St Andrews’ idyllic location by the sea provides us with a refreshing breeze, undeniably beautiful scenery and the exciting rare glimpse of marine mammals as we arrive at the SOI for our lectures each weekday. Having the sea on our …

October 26, 2015 | MMS


A fresh start – Welcoming all new MSc students!

The end of summer is near here on the East coast of Scotland which means it’s time for a new beginning…… as if on cue sunshine and warm temperatures returned with the new students at the start of Orientation week …

September 13, 2015 | EMMS


MSc Grand Finale

Wednesday 19th August was D-Day – Dissertation Day. The MSc in Marine Mammal Science  students (as well as those from the sister MSc in Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems) submitted their research projects, each thesis being the fruit of many …

August 31, 2015 | MMS


Polar explorers

Summer is usually quiet news time and a break from teaching. Not so for Biology staff at St Andrews and the good folks of the Cupar Churches Holiday Club. The latter organised a polar explorer week for kids, and Dr …

August 15, 2015 | MMS