A Policy afternoon with Scottish Natural Heritage

Often in the field of science, we discuss the importance of translating our knowledge into policy. The natural world supports our industry, growth, and innovation as a society; while effective legislation is aimed to protect these resources. Connecting the fields …

December 16, 2019 | Animal Behaviour


Masters Mission accomplished!

Over 13 years ago we had the vision that our then brand new Masters in Marine Mammal Science would train the next generation of marine mammal scientists who would go on to do amazing work all around the world. The …

December 15, 2019 | MMS


Last (but not least) Ones to the Isle of May (by Cher Chow)

To start the MSc programmes (Marine Ecosystem Management, Marine Mammal Science, and Animal Behaviour), with a bang, the program cohorts got to go on a day trip over the first weekend of the semester to the Isle of May nature …

October 16, 2019 | Animal Behaviour


The 2019 Silurian Blogs – Group 1

Our journey aboard the Silurian [the research vessel of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust] began at 6pm on Monday 27th May. We were introduced to the crew on the boat over a cup of tea and biscuits. The crew …

June 18, 2019 | MMS


Study at St Andrews (or Antarctica, or many places inbetween)

Winter is still in full swing in Scotland, yet the days are getting noticeably longer and brighter. Students are back in class for the second semester after a nice long inter-semester break over Christmas and New Year’s. Now, depending on …

February 7, 2019 | MEM


One woman whale show!

(Blog written by Jenny Hampson) To mark the end of orientation week on the Marine Mammal Science MSc, students met with the inspirational and charismatic cetacean scientist, Dr Asha de Vos. As a St Andrew’s alumni herself, Asha proved to …

December 7, 2018 | MMS


BOATS, FISH AND FOLK!

Master’s students at the School of Biology kick-started Orientation week with a visit to the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther. Following a short bus ride past the beautiful Scottish landscape, we were ushered in for a small introductory talk by …

September 18, 2018 | MMS


West Coast adventures: Silurian Group 2

After a short adventure through the breath-taking landscape of Skye, we arrived at Kyle of Lochalsh and received a warm welcome from the crew of the Silurian. We ate dinner and learned the safety procedures we would need for the …

August 16, 2018 | MMS


West coast adventures Group 1: Sunshine and Sightings Aboard the Silurian

Day 1 (May 27) Spirits were high as our team, the first of three groups to go out with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust aboard their research vessel, Silurian, prepared to travel from St Andrews on the East coast …

June 7, 2018 | MMS


The Tale of a Whale

The British Natural History Museum’s exhibition “Whales: Beneath the Surface” opened 14 July, 2017 (and runs till end of February 2018).  Several of our teachers from the Sea Mammal Research Unit had been involved in consulting on the exhibition and …

January 9, 2018 | MMS


Seal-watching on the Isle of May

It was the perfect day for a trip out to sea, and as we waited for the ferry we sampled the culinary delights of Anstruther; some chose fish and chips, whilst others experienced victoria sponge cake with real cream for …

October 27, 2017 | EMMS


It’s bigger than you think!

photos & text by Will Brown With a new semester fast approaching comes a new cohort of eager master’s students. And what better way of encouraging us to make friends, and settle in to the new country we now call …

October 3, 2017 | EMMS


Marine Mammal Masters turned 10!

August was big celebration time for the Masters in Marine Mammal Science. Cohort number 10 finished their intense year at St Andrews with students submitting their dissertations followed by showing off their work to the rest of the department during …

October 3, 2017 | MMS


Surveying along the West Coast- part III

And here’s the Silurian trip account from Group 3 (Doris, Filippo, Ilias, Monica) Day 1 Our journey to the Isle of Mull included two ferry crossings and a lengthy, but scenic, road trip through the Highlands. We were able to …

June 16, 2017 | MMS


Surveying along the West Coast- part II

Here’s the second Silurian trip account, from Group 2 (Laura, Lauren, Devi, Alex and Naomi) – Written by Naomi Tuhuteru: Day one (25th May) We set off from St Andrews with a beautiful drive across the Highlands to the West …

June 13, 2017 | MMS