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Prof Patrick Miller

Prof Patrick Miller
Professor


 

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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Short first click intervals in echolocation trains of three species of deep diving odontocetes Peter Lloyd Tyack, Patrick Miller, Luke Edward Rendell
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2017 vol.141 pp.900-907
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
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
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
Sperm whale response to tag boat presence Saana Isojunno, Patrick Miller
Ecosphere 2015 vol.6
The social context of individual foraging behaviour in long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) Fleur Visser, Patrick Miller, Ricardo Nuno Antunes, Machiel G. Oudejans, Monique Lea MacKenzie, Kagari Aoki, Frans-Peter A. Lam, Petter H. Kvadsheim, Jef Huisman, Peter Lloyd Tyack
Behaviour 2014 vol.151 pp.1453-1477
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
Changes in dive behaviour during naval sonar exposure in killer whales, long-finned pilot whales, and sperm whales. Lise D Sivle, Petter H Kvadsheim, Andreas Fahlman, Frans Peter Lam, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Patrick Miller
Frontiers in Physiology 2012 vol.3
Estimated tissue and blood N2 levels and risk of in vivo bubble formation in deep-, intermediate- and shallow diving toothed whales during exposure to naval sonar. Petter H Kvadsheim, Patrick Miller, Peter Lloyd Tyack, Lise D Sivle, Frans Peter Lam, Andreas Fahlman
Frontiers in Physiology 2012 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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