Dr Dave Thompson

Senior Research Scientist

tel: 01334 462637
fax: 01334 462632
email: dt2@st-andrews.ac.uk
room: 2.06  (SOI)
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 8LB
UK


 



 

Recent Publications

Hanson, N, Thompson, D, Duck, C, Baxter, J & Lonergan, M 2017, 'Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance within the Firth of Tay and Eden Estuary, Scotland: recent trends and extrapolation to extinction' Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol 27, no. 1, pp. 268-281. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2609
Chen, F, Shapiro, GI, Bennett, KA, Ingram, SN, Thompson, D, Vincent, C, Russell, DJF & Embling, CB 2017, 'Shipping noise in a dynamic sea: a case study of grey seals in the Celtic Sea' Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol 114, no. 1, pp. 372-383. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.09.054
Hastie, GD, Russell, DJ, Benjamins, S, Moss, S, Wilson, B & Thompson, D 2016, 'Dynamic habitat corridors for marine predators: intensive use of a coastal channel by harbour seals is modulated by tidal currents' Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, vol 70, no. 12, pp. 2161–2174. DOI: 10.1007/s00265-016-2219-7
Russell, DJF, Hastie, GD, Thompson, D, Janik, VM, Hammond, PS, Scott-Hayward, LAS, Matthiopoulos, J, Jones, EL & McConnell, BJ 2016, 'Avoidance of wind farms by harbour seals is limited to pile driving activities' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 53, no. 6, pp. 1642-1652. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12678
McConnell, BJ, Smout, SC, Wu, G-M, Thompson, D, Irving, P & Hastie, GD 2016, Marine Renewable Energy MRE1 Annual Report: Marine Mammals and Tidal Energy. Sea Mammal Research Unit.
Brownlow, A, Onoufriou, J, Bishop, A, Davison, N & Thompson, D 2016, 'Corkscrew seals: grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) infanticide and cannibalism may indicate the cause of spiral lacerations in seals' PLoS One, vol 11, no. 6, e0156464, pp. 1-14. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156464
Hastie, GD, Russell, DJF, McConnell, BJ, Thompson, D & Janik, VM 2016, 'Multiple-pulse sounds and seals: results of a harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) telemetry study during windfarm construction' Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 875, pp. 425-430. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_50
Russell, DJF, Duck, CD, Morris, C & Thompson, D 2016, Independent estimates of grey seal population size: 2008 and 2014: Special Committee on Seals. Briefing Paper 16/03. Sea Mammal Research Unit.
Thompson, D, Onoufriou, J, Brownlow, A & Morris, C 2016, Data based estimates of collision risk: an example based on harbour seal tracking data around a proposed tidal turbine array in the Pentland Firth. 900 edn, Scottish Natural Heritage.
Onoufriou, J, Jones, EL, Hastie, GD & Thompson, D 2016, Investigations into the interactions between harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and vessels in the inner Moray Firth. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science, no. 24, vol. 74, Marine Scotland. DOI: 10.7489/1805-1
Russell, DJF, McClintock, BT, Matthiopoulos, J, Thompson, P, Thompson, D, Hammond, PS, Jones, EL, MacKenzie, M, Moss, S & McConnell, BJ 2015, 'Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of activity budgets in sympatric grey and harbour seals' Oikos, vol 124, no. 11, pp. 1462-1472. DOI: 10.1111/oik.01810
Jones, EL, McConnell, BJ, Smout, SC, Hammond, PS, Duck, CD, Morris, C, Thompson, D, Russell, DJF, Vincent, C, Cronin, M, Sharples, RJ & Matthiopoulos, J 2015, 'Patterns of space use in sympatric marine colonial predators reveals scales of spatial partitioning' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 534, pp. 235-249. DOI: 10.3354/meps11370
Hastie, GD, Russell, DJF, McConnell, BJ, Moss, S, Thompson, D & Janik, VM 2015, 'Sound exposure in harbour seals during the installation of an offshore wind farm: predictions of auditory damage' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 52, no. 3, pp. 631-640. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12403
Russell, DJF, Duck, CD, Morris, C & Thompson, D 2015, Review of parameters of grey seal pup production model: Special Committee on Seals. Briefing Paper 15/03. Sea Mammal Research Unit.
Paterson, W, Russell, DJ, Wu, G-M, McConnell, BJ & Thompson, D 2015, Harbour seal haul-out monitoring, Sound of Islay. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 894. 894 edn, Scottish Natural Heritage.
Jones, E, Onoufriou, J, Thompson, D & Smout, SC 2015, Examining the distribution of observed carcasses to identify biological and oceanographic patterns and distribution of potential causes to assess the patterns of risk associated with unexplained seal deaths. Report to Scottish Government, no. USD 4, University of St Andrews.
Thompson, D, Brownlow, A, Onoufriou, J & Moss, S 2015, Collision risk and impact study: field tests of turbine blade-seal carcass collisions. Report to Scottish Government, no. MR 5, University of St Andrews.
Onoufriou, J & Thompson, D 2015, Collision risk: a brief review of available information on behaviour of mammals and birds in high tidal energy areas. Report to Scottish Government, no. MR 7.2.1, University of St Andrews.
Coram, AJ, Gordon, JCD, Thompson, D & Northridge, S 2014, Evaluating and Assessing the Relative Effectiveness of Acoustic Deterrent Devices and other Non-Lethal Measures on Marine Mammals. Scottish Government.
Russell, DJF, Brasseur, S, Thompson, D, Hastie, GD, Janik, VM, Aarts, G, McClintock, BT, Matthiopoulos, J, Moss, S & McConnell, BJ 2014, 'Marine mammals trace anthropogenic structures at sea' Current Biology, vol 24, no. 14, pp. R638-R639. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.06.033
Silva, MA, Jonsen, I, Russell, DJF, Prieto, R, Thompson, D & Baumgartner, MF 2014, 'Assessing performance of Bayesian state-space models fit to Argos Satellite telemetry locations processed with Kalman Filtering' PLoS One, vol 9, no. 3, e92277. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092277
Thompson, D 2014, Studies of harbour seal behaviour in areas of high tidal energy:: Part 1. Movements and diving behaviour of harbour seals in Kyle Rhea. Sea Mammal Research Unit.
Onoufriou, J, Thompson, D & Brownlow, A 2014, Testing the hypothetical link between shipping and unexplained seal deaths. Report to Marine Scotland, no. MMS/001/11 USD2, University of St Andrews.
Hanson, NN, Thompson, D, Duck, CD, Moss, S & Lonergan, M 2013, 'Pup mortality in a rapidly declining harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) population' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 11, e80727. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080727
Sparling, CE, Coram, AJ, McConnell, BJ, Thompson, D, Hawkins, KR & Northridge, S 2013, Wave & Tidal Consenting Position Paper Series: Marine Mammal Impacts. Natural Environment Research Council.
Thompson, D, Hall, AJ, Lonergan, M, McConnell, BJ & Northridge, S 2013, Current state of knowledge of effects of offshore renewable energy generation devices on marine mammals & research requirements: Report to Scottish Government Marine Mammal Scientific Support Research Programme MMSS/001/11. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.
Thompson, D, Culloch, R & Milne, R 2013, Current state of knowledge of the extent, causes and population effects of unusual mortality events in Scottish seals.: Marine Mammal Scientific Support Research Programme MMSS/001/11. Marine Scotland.
Lonergan, M, Duck, CD, Moss, S, Morris, C & Thompson, D 2013, 'Rescaling of aerial survey data with information from small numbers of telemetry tags to estimate the size of a declining harbour seal population' Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol 23, no. 1, pp. 135-144. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2277
Russell, DJ, McConnell, BJ, Thompson, D, Duck, CD, Morris, C, Harwood, J & Matthiopoulos, J 2013, 'Uncovering the links between foraging and breeding regions in a highly mobile mammal' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 50, no. 2, pp. 499-509. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12048
Milne, R, Lines, J, Moss, S & Thompson, D 2013, Behavioural responses of seals to pulsed, low-voltage electric fields in sea water (preliminary tests) . SARF commisioned reports, vol. 071, vol. 071, Scottish Aquaculture Research Forum.
Boehme, L, Thompson, D, Fedak, M, Bowen, D, Hammill, M & Stenson, G 2012, 'How many seals were there? The global shelf loss during the Last Glacial Maximum and its effect on the size and distribution of grey seal populations' PLoS One, vol 7, no. 12, e53000. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053000
Miller, P, Biuw, M, Watanabe, YY, Thompson, D & Fedak, M 2012, 'Sink fast and swim harder! Round-trip cost-of-transport for buoyant divers' Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 215, no. 20, pp. 3622-3630. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.070128
Paterson, W, Sparling, CE, Thompson, D, Pomeroy, PP, Currie, JI & McCafferty, DJ 2012, 'Seals like it hot: Changes in surface temperature of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) from late pregnancy to moult' Journal of Thermal Biology, vol 37, no. 6, pp. 454-461. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2012.03.004
Sparling, CE, Russell, DJF, Jones, EL, Grellier, K, Lonergan, M, McConnell, BJ, Matthiopoulos, J & Thompson, D 2012, Baseline Seal Information for the FTWODG Area. SMRUL-FDG-2012-0 to FTOWDG. SMRU Consulting.
Kovacs, KM, Aguilar, A, Aurioles, D, Burkanov, V, Campagna, C, Gales, N, Gelatt, T, Goldsworthy, SD, Goodman, SJ, Hofmeyr, GJG, Harkonen, T, Lowry, L, Lydersen, C, Schipper, J, Sipila, T, Southwell, C, Stuart, S, Thompson, D, Trillmich, F & Thompson, D 2012, 'Global threats to pinnipeds' Marine Mammal Science, vol 28, no. 2, pp. 414-436. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2011.00479.x
Thompson, D 2012, Scientific advice on matters related to the management of seal populations. Natural Environment Research Council.
Bexton, S, Thompson, D, Brownlow, A, Barley, J, Milne, R & Bidewell , C 2012, 'Unusual Mortality of Pinnipeds in the United Kingdom Associated with Helical (Corkscrew) Injuries of Anthropogenic Origin.' Aquatic Mammals, vol 38, no. 3, pp. 229-240. DOI: DOI 10.1578/AM.38.3.2012.229
Lonergan, M, Duck, CD, Thompson, D, Moss, S & McConnell, BJ 2011, 'British grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) abundance in 2008: an assessment based on aerial counts and satellite telemetry' ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol 68, no. 10, pp. 2201-2209. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsr161
Thompson, D 2011, Scientific advice on matters related to the management of seal populations. Natural Environment Research Council.
Lonergan, ME, Thompson, D, Thomas, LJ & Duck, CD 2011, 'An approximate Bayesian method applied to estimating the trajectories of four British grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) populations from pup counts.' Journal of Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1155/2011/597424
Thompson, D 2010, Scientific advice on matters related to the management of seal populations. Natural Environment Research Council.
Paterson, WD, Pomeroy, P, Sparling, CE, Moss, S, Thompson, D, Currie, J & McCafferty, D 2010, 'Assesment of flipper tag site healing in gray seal pups using thermography.' Marine Mammal Science. DOI: 10.1111/j.1748-7692.2010.00400.x
McCafferty, D, Gilbert, C, Paterson, WD, Pomeroy, P, Thompson, D, j.c. currie, J & Ancel, A 2010, 'Estimating metabolic heat loss in birds and mammals by combining infrared thermography with biophysical modelling.' Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systems, and Environmental Physiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2010.09.012
Simas, TC, Moura, AC, Thompson, D, Batty, R, Norris, J & Harrison, G 2010, 'Environmental Assessment for Ocean Energy Schemes: Useful Tools and Case Studies' Paper presented at International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers (ISOPE), Beijing, China, 1/08/10 - 5/08/10, .
Thompson, D, Duck, CD & Lonergan, ME 2010, 'The status of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in the United Kingdom' NAMMCO Scientific Publications, vol 8, pp. 117-128.
Thompson, D 2009, Scientific advice on matters related to managemnt of seal populations:2009. Unknown Publisher.
Thompson, D (ed.) 2008, Scientific advice on matters related to the management of seal populations: 2008. Unknown Publisher.
Sparling, C, Thompson, D, Fedak, MA, Gallon, S & Speakman, J 2008, 'Estimating Field Metabolic Rates of pinnipeds: Doubly-labelled water gets the seal of approval' Functional Ecology, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 245-254. DOI: doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2007.01368.x
Matthiopoulos, J, Smout, SC, Winship, A, Thompson, D, Boyd, IL & Harwood, J 2008, 'Getting beneath the surface of marine mammal - fisheries competition' Mammal Review, vol 38, no. 2-3, pp. 167-188. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2907.2008.00123.x
Thompson, D & Härkönen, T 2008, IUCN SSC Pinniped Specialist Group 2008. Halichoerus grypus. in In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2 .
Thompson, D & Harkonen, T 2008, IUCN SSC Pinniped Specialist Group 2008. Phoca vitulina. in In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. .
Gallon, SL, Sparling, CE, Georges, J-Y, Fedak, MA & Thompson, D 2007, 'How fast does a seal swim? Variations in swimming behaviour under differing foraging conditions' Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 210, no. 18, pp. 3285-3294. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.007542
Sparling, CE, Georges, J-Y, Gallon, SL, Fedak, M & Thompson, D 2007, 'How long does a dive last? Foraging decisions by breath-hold divers in a patchy environment: a test of a simple model' Animal Behaviour, vol 74, pp. 207-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.06.022
Sparling, CE, Thompson, D & Fedak, MA 2007, 'Estimating field metabolic rates of pinnipeds: DLW gets the seal of approval' Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, vol 146, no. 4, pp. S173-S173. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2007.01.367
Lonergan, M, Duck, CD, Thompson, D, Mackey, B, Cunningham, L & Boyd, I 2007, 'Using sparse survey data to investigate the declining abundance of british harbour seals' Journal of Zoology, vol 271, no. 3, pp. 261-9. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00311.x
Sparling, CE, Fedak, MA & Thompson, D 2007, 'Eat now, pay later? Evidence of deferred food-processing costs in diving seals' Biology Letters, vol 3, no. 1, pp. 94-98. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0566
Thompson, D 2007, Thompson, D. (ed). 2007 Scientific advice on matters related to the management of seal populations. Unknown Publisher.
Duck, CD & Thompson, D 2007, The status of grey seals in Britain. in T Haug, M Hammill & D Olafsdottir (eds), Grey seals in the North Atlantic and the Baltic. NAMMCO scientific publications, vol. 6, North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, pp. 69-78.
Thompson, D 2006, "Thompson, D. (ed). 2006. Scientific advice on matters related to the management of seal populations. Unknown Publisher.
Thompson, D, Lonergan, ME & Duck, CD 2005, 'Population dynamics of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) in England: growth and catastrophic declines.' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 42, no. 4, pp. 638-648. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2005.01025.x
Thompson, D, Strange, I, Riddy, M & Duck, CD 2005, 'The size and status of the population of southern sea lions Otaria flavescens in the Falkland Islands' Biological Conservation, vol 121, no. 3, pp. 357-367. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2004.05.008
Matthiopoulos, J, Thompson, D & Boyd, IL 2005, Modelling the dynamical interactions between seals and their prey: The example of steller sea lions. Unknown Publisher.
Tyack, P, Gordon, J & Thompson, D 2003, 'Controlled exposure experiments to determine the effects of noise on marine mammals' Marine Technology Society Journal, vol 37, no. 4, pp. 41-53. DOI: 10.4031/002533203787537087
Thompson, D, Moss, S & Lovell, P 2003, 'Foraging behaviour of South American fur seals (Arctocephalus australis): extracting fine scale foraging behaviour from satellite tracks.' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 260, pp. 285-296.
Gordon, JCD, Gillespie, D, Potter, J, Frantzis, A, Simmonds, MP, Swift, R & Thompson, D 2003, 'A review of the effects of seismic surveys on marine mammals' Marine Technology Society Journal, vol 37, no. 4, pp. 16-34. DOI: 10.4031/002533203787536998
Thompson, D, Duck, CD & Fedak, MA 2002, 'Biology of grey seals: abundance, distribution and movements.' The Salmon Net, vol XXXII, pp. 34-40.
Hindell, MA, Harcourt, R, Waas, JR & Thompson, D 2002, 'Fine-scale three-dimensional spatial use by diving, lactating female Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddelli).' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 242, pp. 275-284..
Thompson, D & Fedak, MA 2001, 'How long should a dive last? A simple model of foraging decisions by breath-hold divers in a patchy environment' Animal Behaviour, vol 61, no. 2, pp. 287-296. DOI: 10.1006/anbe.2000.1539
Thompson, D & Fedak, MA 1997, 'Variations in cardiac responses of free ranging harbour (Phoca virtulina) and grey (Halichoerus grypus) seals in response to differing activity patterns.' The Journal of Physiology, vol 504P, pp. P6-P7.
Bjorge, A, Thompson, D, Hammond, P, Fedak, M, Bryant, E, Aarefjord, H, Roen, R & Olsen, M 1995, 'Habitat use and diving behaviour of harbour seals in a coastal archipelago in Norway' Developments in Marine Biology, vol 4, pp. 211-223. DOI: 10.1016/S0163-6995(06)80025-9
THOMPSON, D & FEDAK, MA 1993, 'CARDIAC RESPONSES OF GRAY SEALS DURING DIVING AT SEA' Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 174, pp. 139-164.
Fedak, M & Thompson, D 1993, Behavioural and physiological options in diving seals. in IL Boyd (ed.), Marine mammals: advances in behavioural and population biology: the proceedings of a symposium held at the Zoological Society of London on 9th and 10th April 1992 . Symposia of the Zoological Society of London, no. 66, Clarendon Press, pp. 333-348.
Thompson, D, Hiby, AR & Fedak, M 1993, How fast should I swim? Behavioural implications of diving physiology. in IL Boyd (ed.), Marine mammals: advances in behavioural and population biology: the proceedings of a symposium held at the Zoological Society of London on 9th and 10th April 1992 . Symposia of the Zoological Society of London, no. 66, Clarendon Press, pp. 349-368.
FEDAK, MA & THOMPSON, D 1993, 'CIRCULATORY RESPONSES OF GRAY SEALS TO DIVING AT SEA' The Journal of Physiology, vol 459, pp. P23-P23.
THOMPSON, D, HAMMOND, PS, NICHOLAS, KS & FEDAK, MA 1991, 'MOVEMENTS, DIVING AND FORAGING BEHAVIOR OF GRAY SEALS (HALICHOERUS-GRYPUS)' Journal of Zoology, vol 224, pp. 223-232.
Thompson, D, Mansfield, AW, Beck, B, Bjorge, A, Bowen, WD, Hammill, M, Hauksson, E, Myers, R & Zwanenburg, K 1990, Seal Ecology. In: Population Biology of Sealworm (Pseudoterranova decipiens) in Relation to its Intermediate and Seal Hosts ed D.W.Bowen. in Canadian Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.: Bowen, W.D. (Ed.) . Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, Ottawa, pp. 163-170.
HARWOOD, J, ANDERSON, SS, FEDAK, MA, HAMMOND, PS, HIBY, AR, MCCONNELL, BJ, MARTIN, AR & THOMPSON, D 1989, 'NEW APPROACHES FOR FIELD STUDIES OF MAMMALS - EXPERIENCES WITH MARINE MAMMALS' Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol 38, no. 1, pp. 103-111. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1989.tb01567.x


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