Dr Emma Carroll

Dr Emma Carroll
Marie Curie Fellow


I am a molecular ecologist that combines genetic/genomic and demographic data to investigate natural populations. As Marie Curie Fellow and previously a Newton International Fellow, I am using stable isotope and hig-resolution genomic data to investigate the role of behaviour in connectivity in the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis). This collaborative project involves researchers studying the species in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and South Africa.

Previously, I was working with Dr Rochelle Constantine and Associate Professor Mary Sewell at the University of Auckland using high throughput genetic methods to investigate Bryde's whale diet.

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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Aguilar de Soto, N, Martín, V, Silva, M, Edler, R, Reyes, C, Carrillo, M, Schiavi, A, Morales, T, García-Ovide, B, Sanchez-Mora, A, Garcia-Tavero, N, Steiner, L, Scheer, M, Gockel, R, Walker, D, Villa, E, Szlama, P, Eriksson, IK, Tejedor, M, Perez-Gil, M, Quaresma, J, Bachara, W & Carroll, E 2017, 'True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) in Macaronesia' PeerJ, vol 5, e3059. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3059
Torres, L, Rayment, W, Olavarria, C, Thompson, D, Graham, B, Baker, CS, Patenaude, N, Bury, SJ, Boren, L, Parker, G & Carroll, EL 2017, 'Demography and ecology of southern right whales Eubalaena australis wintering at sub-Antarctic Campbell Island, New Zealand' Polar Biology, vol 40, no. 1, pp. 95-106. DOI: 10.1007/s00300-016-1926-x
Cammen, K, Andrews, K, Carroll, EL, Foote, A, Humble, E, Khudyakov, J, Louis, M, McGowen, M, Olsen, M & Van Cise, A 2016, 'Genomic methods take the plunge: recent advances in high-throughput sequencing of marine mammals' Journal of Heredity, vol 107, no. 6, pp. 481-495. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esw044
Carroll, EL, Rayment, WJ, Alexander, AM, Baker, CS, Patenaude, NJ, Steel, D, Constantine, R, Cole, R, Boren, LJ & Childerhouse, S 2014, 'Reestablishment of former wintering grounds by New Zealand southern right whales' Marine Mammal Science, vol 30, no. 1, pp. 206-220. DOI: 10.1111/mms.12031
Constantine, R, Carroll, EL, Stewart, R, Neale, D & van Helden, A 2014, 'First record of True's beaked whale Mesoplodon mirus in New Zealand' Marine Biodiversity Records, vol 7, no. e1, e1, pp. e1. DOI: doi:10.1017/S1755267213001140
Carroll, EL, Childerhouse, SJ, Fewster, RM, Patenaude, NJ, Steel, D, Dunshea, G, Boren, L & Baker, CS 2013, 'Accounting for female reproductive cycles in a superpopulation capture-recapture framework' Ecological Applications, vol 23, no. 7, pp. 1677-1690. DOI: 10.1890/12-1657.1
Carroll, EL, Childerhouse, SJ, Christie, M, Lavery, S, Patenaude, N, Alexander, A, Constantine, R, Steel, D, Boren, L & Baker, CS 2012, 'Paternity assignment and demographic closure in the New Zealand southern right whale' Molecular Ecology, vol 21, no. 16, pp. 3960-3973. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05676.x
Carroll, E, Patenaude, N, Alexander, A, Steel, D, Harcourt, R, Childerhouse, S, Smith, S, Bannister, J, Constantine, R & Scott Baker, C 2011, 'Population structure and individual movement of southern right whales around New Zealand and Australia' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 432, pp. 257-268. DOI: 10.3354/meps09145

Contact Details:

Dr Emma Carroll
Bute Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

tel: 01334 463486
room: E37A



School of Biology
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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Scottish Oceans Institute
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