Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward

Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward
Research Fellow and Project Manager


Research: Use of spatially adaptive smoothing (SALSA methods) and geodesic distance (CReSS method) for modelling species distributions. Of particular interest is analysis of environmental impact assessment survey data.

PhD: Predicting the distribution of marine organisms in spatially complex regions.

Research Interests:

  • Developing methods for environmental impact assessment
    • Spatially adaptive smoothing
    • Correlated data
    • Areas of complex topography (two dimensional smoothing using geodesic distances)
  • Splines
  • Radial basis functions

Workshop Teaching:

  • Introduction to Statistical Modlling
  • Spatial modelling methods for correlated data (splines, GAMs, GEEs)
  • Using the MRSea R-package
  • Distance Sampling

Project Manager:

Reports and Software:

  • Marine renewables strategic environmental assessment: Statistical Modelling of bird and cetacean distributions in off-shore renewables development areas (2013; contract for Marine Scotland (SB9 (CR/2012/05))
    • Guidance document
    • MRSea R-package
    • MRSea User Guide and reference manual
  • Paxton, C.G.M., Scott-Hayward, L.A.S. & Rexstad, E. 2014. Statistical approaches to aid the identification of Marine Protected Areas for minke whale, Risso’s dolphin, white-beaked dolphin and basking shark. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 594.


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Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Dunlop, RA, Noad, MJ, McCauley, RD, Scott-Hayward, LAS, Kniest, E, Slade, R, Paton, D & Cato, DH 2017, 'Determining the behavioural dose-response relationship of marine mammals to air gun noise and source proximity' Journal of Experimental Biology, vol 220, no. 16, pp. 2878-2886. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.160192
Scott Hayward, LAS, MacKenzie, ML, Donovan, CR, Walker, C & Ashe, E 2011, Complex Region Spatial Smoother (CReSS). CREEM Technical Report, no. 2011-2, University of St Andrews.

Contact Details:

Dr Lindesay Scott-Hayward
The Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9LZ

tel: 01334 461824
fax: 01334 461800
room: 203


Departmental website
Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Mathematics & Statistics
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
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Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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