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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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Breathing patterns indicate cost of exercise during diving and response to experimental sound exposures in long-finned pilot whales Saana Isojunno, Kagari Aoki, Charlotte Curé, Peter Kvadsheim, Patrick Miller
Frontiers in Physiology 2018 vol.9
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
Icelandic herring-eating killer whales feed at night Richard Gaëtan, Olga Alexandrovna Filatova, Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Ivan D. Fedutin, Marc Lammers, Patrick Miller
Marine Biology 2017 vol.164
Biological significance of sperm whale responses to sonar: comparison with anti-predator responses Charlotte Curé, Saana Isojunno, Fleur Visser, Paul Wensveen, Lise D. Sivle, Petter H. Kvadsheim, Frans-Peter A. Lam, Patrick Miller
Endangered Species Research 2016 vol.31 pp.89-102
Disturbance-specific social responses in long-finned pilot whales, Globicephala melas Fleur Visser, Charlotte Cure, Petter H. Kvadsheim, Frans-Peter A Lam, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Patrick Miller
Scientific Reports 2016 vol.6
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
Sperm whales reduce foraging effort during exposure to 1-2 kH z sonar and killer whale sounds Saana Isojunno, Charlotte Cure, Petter Helgevold Kvadsheim, Frans Peter Alexander Lam, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Paul Wensveen, Patrick Miller
Ecological Applications 2016 vol.26 pp.77-93
First indications that northern bottlenose whales are sensitive to behavioural disturbance from anthropogenic noise Patrick 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
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
Predator sound playbacks reveal strong avoidance responses in a fight strategist baleen whale Charlotte Cure, Lise Doksaeter-Sivle, Fleur Visser, Paul Wensveen, Saana Isojunno, Catriona M Harris, Petter Kvadsheim, Frans-Peter Lam, Patrick Miller
Marine Ecology Progress Series 2015 vol.526 pp.267-282
Classification of large acoustic datasets using machine learning and crowdsourcing L. Shamir, C. Yerby, R. Simpson, A.M. Von Benda-Beckmann, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Patrick Miller, J. Wallin
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2014 vol.135 pp.953-962
Responses of male sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) to killer whale sounds Charlotte Cure, Ricardo Nuno Antunes, Ana Catarina De Carvalho Alves, Fleur Visser, Petter H. Kvadsheim, Patrick Miller
Scientific Reports 2013 vol.3
Pilot whales attracted to killer whales sounds Charlotte Curé, Ricardo Nuno Antunes, Filipa Isabel Pereira Samarra, Ana Catarina De Carvalho Alves, Fleur Visser, Petter H. Kvadsheim, Patrick Miller
PLoS One 2012 vol.7

Contact

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

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