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


Surveying along the West Coast of Scotland

Each year our MSc students get to spend some time on the West Coast of Scotland to gain practical skills surveying for marine mammals. Three groups of students joined the team from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin trust aboard their …

June 8, 2017 | MMS


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