The Marine Bioacoustics Group at the University of St Andrews consists of the research laboratories of Douglas Gillespie, Vincent Janik, Mark Johnson, Patrick Miller, Luke Rendell, and Peter Tyack. It brings together a unique group of researchers in the School of Biology who share a distinctive set of common interests in the study of bioacoustics, marine mammal behaviour and telemetry, mostly in the marine environment. We are distributed across the Bute Building and the Scottish Oceans Institute in the School of Biology. The group and its members are all part of the St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU).
Research is both observational and experimental, conducted on wild and captive populations of marine mammals and their prey. Some of the main topics we cover are marine mammal foraging, vocal communication and learning, the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine mammals and the use of acoustics for animal monitoring. Comparative research on communication in terrestrial animals is also part of our remit. More details on research topics can be found under the links below.
Research projects are supported by grants from organisations that include NERC, ESRC, European Research Council, the Scottish Government, the US Office of Naval Research, and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change. Postgraduate research is supported through a variety of sources and supervised by staff in their areas of interest. Core activities of the group include a bioacoustics journal club, the promotion of a scheme for both Senior and Junior Visiting Research Fellows, sharing of facilities and equipment and shared postgraduate student supervision. Supplementary activities include the organisation of workshops and conferences.