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Prof Patrick Miller

Prof Patrick Miller
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My research focuses on social communication and behavioral ecology of marine mammals. I record and describe the behaviour patterns of marine mammals in order to elucidate their function, often using novel research tools. I seek to unravel how the marine environment and anthropogenic stressors such as sonar might influence foraging, social interactions, swimming behaviour, and body condition.

Current Projects

Novel methods to study body condition of cetaceans at sea

Body condition influences how animals trade-off foraging and anti-predator behaviors, and modulates responses to human disturbance. However, current methods for estimating lipid store body condition in cetaceans are descriptive or do not measure full-body fat stores. In this study, we are working to validate, establish and utilize a novel, non-invasive method to measure total body lipid-stores of free-ranging cetaceans by analysis of their underwater swimming pattern. The results of this study will establish and validate an innovative technique to measure body condition in cetaceans, and examine the interplay of body condition with foraging and anti-predator behaviors and reproductive status of females.

Killer whales in the North Atlantic

Killer whales are generalist predators as a species, but each population seems to be remarkably specialized on certain prey types. This project seeks to describe natural behaviour of killer whales in the North Atlantic, focusing upon interatctions between foraging behaviour, social interactions and acoustic communication of herring-feeding killer whales. Work in this area also seeks to explore interactions of killer whales with other speces, and how killer whales respond to underwater noise.

Effects of noise on cetaceans and other animals

The underwater environment is subject to the input of noise from human activities, but there are wide gaps in our understanding about how noise might affect marine mammals. My work within the international collaboration known as '3S' has focused on describing how several species of cetaceans respond to experimental presentation of sonar and various control sounds including killer whale sounds. To aid in management of this important problem, a key component of this work is to determine the levels of noise at which responses start I am using animal models ranging from the fruit fly D montana to long-finned pilot whale to explore how noise influences communication systems and how signallers might respond to noise within ecological and evolutionary time scales.

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Marine mammals and sonar Catriona M Harris, Len Thomas, Erin Falcone, John Hildebrand, Dorian Houser, Petter Kvadsheim, Frans-Peter A. Lam, Patrick Miller, David J. Moretti, Andrew Read, Hans Slabbekoorn, Brandon L. Southall, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Douglas Wartzok, Vincent Janik
Journal of Applied Ecology 2018 vol.55 pp.396-404
A multilevel society of herring-eating killer whales indicates adaptation to prey characteristics Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Patrick Miller
Behavioral Ecology 2017 vol.28 pp.500-514
Avoidance responses of minke whales to 1–4 kHz naval sonar Petter H Kvadsheim, Stacy DeRuiter, Lise D Sivle, Jeremy Goldbogen, Rune Roland-Hansen, Patrick Miller, Frans-Peter A Lam, John Calambokidis, Ari Friedlaender, Fleur Visser, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Lars Kleivane, Brandon Southall
Marine Pollution Bulletin 2017 vol.121 pp.60-68
Movements and site fidelity of killer whales (Orcinus orca) relative to seasonal and long-term shifts in herring (Clupea harengus) distribution Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, J. Béesau, V. B. Deecke, A. Fennell, Patrick Miller, H. Pétursson, J Sigurjónsson, G. A. Víkingsson
Marine Biology 2017 vol.164
From physiology to policy Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Sascha Kate Hooker, Saana Isojunno, Mark Johnson, Patrick Miller, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Paul Wensveen, Carl Robert Donovan, Catriona M Harris, Danielle Harris, Laura Helen Marshall, Cornelia Sabrina Oedekoven, Rocio Prieto, Len Thomas
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics 2016 vol.27
Physical constraints of cultural evolution of dialects in killer whales Olga A. Filatova, Filipa I. P. Samarra, Lance G. Barrett-Lennard, Patrick Miller, John K. B. Ford, Harald Yurk, Craig O. Matkin, Erich Hoyt
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2016 vol.140 pp.3755-3764
Marine seismic surveys and ocean noise Douglas P. Nowacek, Christopher W. Clark, David Mann, Patrick Miller, Howard C. Rosenbaum, Jay S. Golden, Michael Jasny, James Kraska, Brandon L. Southall
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2015 vol.13 pp.378-386
Sperm whale echolocation behaviour reveals a directed, prior-based search strategy informed by prey distribution A. Fais, Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Mark Johnson, C. Pérez-González, Patrick Miller, P.T. Madsen
Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 2015 vol.69 pp.663-674
Neutral buoyancy is optimal to minimize the cost of transport in horizontally swimming seals Katsufumi Sato, Kagari Aoki, Yuuki Y. Watanabe, Patrick Miller
Scientific Reports 2013 vol.3

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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