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


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