Research Overview:

My study area, biomechanics and bioenergetics of diving marine mammals, lies at the intersection of a number of fields within biology as well as incorporating ideas from engineering and physics. I have developed several methods to study the fine-scale biomechanics and energetics of marine mammals using multi-sensor tags. However, these methods have broad application to understanding gaits, locomotion and energetics of many marine and terrestrial taxa. My interest in understanding how animals overcome and exploit forces to move efficiently led me to study the biomechanical strategies of cetacean locomotion. I believe that it is by combining biomechanical and physiological avenues of research that will lead to a better understanding of animal locomotion capabilities.



8 (of 8 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for lmml2. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details

Aerial photogrammetry and tag-derived tissue density reveal patterns of lipid-store body condition of humpback whales on their feeding grounds Kagari Aoki, Saana Isojunno, Charlotte Bellot, takahashi Iwata, Joanna Louise Kershaw, Yu Akiyama, Lucía Martina Martín López, Christian Ramp, Martin Biuw, Paul Wensveen, Patrick Pomeroy, Tomoko Narazaki, Ailsa Jane Hall, Katsufumi Sato, Patrick James Miller
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B: Biological Sciences 2021 vol. 288
Animal-borne tags provide insights into the acoustic communication of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) on the calving grounds Julia R. G. Dombroski, Susan E. Parks, Paulo A C Flores, Lucía Martina Martín López, K. Alex Shorter, Karina R Groch
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2020 vol. 147 pp. EL498-EL503
Assessing the spatiotemporal persistence of fish distributions Josu Martin Paradinas Aranjuelo, David Conesa, Antonio López-Quílez, Antonio Esteban, Lucía Martina Martín López, José María Bellido, Maria Grazia Pennino
Marine Ecology Progress Series 2020 vol. 644 pp. 173-185
When the noise goes on Saana Isojunno, Paul Wensveen, Frans-Peter Lam, Petter Kvadsheim, Alexander M. von Brenda-Beckmann, Lucía Martina Martín López, Lars Kleivane, Patrick James Miller
Journal of Experimental Biology 2020 vol. 223
Tracking the kinematics of caudal-oscillatory swimming Lucía Martina Martín López, Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Patrick James Miller, Mark Johnson
Journal of Experimental Biology 2016 vol. 219 pp. 2103-2109
Beaked whales B-stroke for long dives Lucía Martina Martín López
First indications that northern bottlenose whales are sensitive to behavioural disturbance from anthropogenic noise Patrick James Miller, P H Kvadsheim, F P A Lam, Peter Lloyd Tyack, C Cure, Stacy Lynn De Ruiter, L Kleivane, L D Sivle, S P van IJsselmuide, F Visser, Paul Wensveen, A M von Benda-Beckmann, Lucía Martina Martín López, Tomoko Narazaki, Sascha Kate Hooker
Royal Society Open Science 2015 vol. 2
Gait switches in deep-diving beaked whales Lucía Martina Martín López, Patrick James Miller, Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Mark Johnson
Journal of Experimental Biology 2015 vol. 218 pp. 1325-1338

Contact Details:



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

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443