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Dr Debbie Russell

Dr Debbie Russell
Research Fellow


 

Position

Current

I am a senior research fellow at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and am affiliated with the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Monitoring (CREEM) where I spend one day a week.

Past

2011-2014 Post-doctoral research fellow, Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews.

2008-2010 Research fellow, Centre for Research into Environmental and Ecological Monitoring, University of St Andrews.

2005-2009 PhD: "Modelling the effect of climate variation on British seabirds" University of Leeds.

General Information

I am interested in the marine ecosystem and species at the interface between the marine and terrestrial environments, namely seals and seabirds which are dependent on the marine ecosystem for food but on the terrestrial environment for breeding. I am particularly interested in interactions on various levels: among different taxa, between species and humans, and between species and their changing environment.

Research

  • Investigation of seal population trends and their drivers.
  • Using a mixture of Bayesian and frequentist methods to analyse harbour and grey seal telemetry data to answer both pure and applied research questions.
  • Investigation of the impact of anthropogenic structures, their construction, operation and decommisioning, on marine predators.
  • Using movement and behavioural data within a state-space modelling framework to define activity budgets.
  • Modelling interactions between seals and fisheries in a spatial context, using state space models.
  • Modelling the effect of climate variation on British seabirds.

Current Group

  • PhD: Katherine Whyte, “Behavioural responses by seals to offshore energy activities”.
  • Post Doc: Matt Carter, “Comparative Habitat preference of seals around UK”.

Alumni

  • Post doc
    • James Grecian (2017), "Man-made structures and Apex Predators: Spatial interactions and overlap" (funded by INSITE)
  • PhD
    • J. Chris McKnight (2018). Counting the Cost of Tagging: Quantifying and Reducing the Behavioural and Energetic Impacts of Tags in a Large Marine Vertebrate.
    • Matt Carter (2018). From pup to predator: Ontogeny of foraging behaviour in grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) pups
  • Masters
    • Sara Young (2012). Potential Effects of Captivity on Dive Behaviour and Movement Patterns of Juvenile Grey Seals
    • Raquel Soley Calvet (2011). Living among giants: Habitat modelling of Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) in the Northern Gulf of St. Lawrence
    • J. Chris McKnight (2011). Short-term effects of capture and tag attachment in common seals, Phoca vitulina.

Teaching

  • 2nd year interdisciplinary module "Science Methods"
  • Marine Mammal Biology and Environmental Biology Masters.
    • Quantitative Methods for Ecology
    • Research Methods in Marine Mammal Science

source: symbiosis

 

Recent publications


12  (of 12 published available) for dr60 with keyword foraging clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.


Scientific Reports
vol.7 
(Article)
Intrinsic and extrinsic factors drive ontogeny of early-life at-sea behaviour in a marine top predator
Matthew Ian Daniel Carter, Debbie JF Russell, Clinton John Blight, David Thompson, Philip J. Hosegood,  
Keywords: NERC
2017 (2/2)
vol.602 
(Commissioned report)
Review of analytical approaches for identifying usage and foraging areas at sea for harbour seals
Esther Lane Jones, Sophie Caroline Smout, Debbie JF Russell, Eunice Pinn, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: JNCC
2017
vol.OESEA-15-65 
(Commissioned report)
2016 (12)
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
vol.70 pp.2161–2174
(Article)
Dynamic habitat corridors for marine predators
Gordon Drummond Hastie, Debbie JF Russell, Steven Benjamins, Simon Moss, Ben Wilson, David Thompson 
Keywords: Foraging, Marine mammal, Oceanographic, Predator, Pinniped, DivingNERC
2016 (26/10)
Movement Ecology
vol.4 
(Review article)
2015 (2)
Diversity and Distributions
vol.21 pp.211-222
(Article)
Beyond climate envelopes
Debbie JF Russell, Sarah Wanless, Yvonne Collingham, Barbara Anderson, Colin Beale, James Reid, Brian Huntley, Keith Hamer 
Keywords: Ecological niche modelling, Global warming, Long-term studies, Population monitoring, Space-for-time substitutions, Species distribution model
2015 (11)
Oikos
vol.124 pp.1462-1472
(Article)
Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of activity budgets in sympatric grey and harbour seals
Debbie JF Russell, Brett Thomas McClintock, Jason Matthiopoulos, Paul Thompson, David Thompson, Philip Steven Hammond, Esther Lane Jones, Monique MacKenzie, Simon Moss, Bernie J McConnell 
Keywords: Area-restricted search, Bayesian , Energetic requirements, Energy budget, Hidden process models, Pinnipeds, Time budgetBEIS/DECC, NERC
2015

(Commissioned report)
2014 (3)

(Commissioned report)
Seal at-sea distribution, movements and behaviour
Debbie JF Russell, Bernie J McConnell 
2013 (1/4)
Ecology
vol.94 pp.838-849
(Article)
2013 (1)
Journal of Applied Ecology
vol.50 pp.499-509
(Article)

Contact Details:

Dr Debbie Russell
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Fife
UK

tel: 01334 467281/1808
fax: 01334 463443
room: 2.07a
email: dr60@st-andrews.ac.uk

Related:

research@st-andrews

Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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Contact

The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB
Scotland
UK

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443
email: soi@st-andrews.ac.uk

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