Dr Sophie Smout

Dr Sophie Smout


My interests are in the processes that drive changes in animal populations, especially in marine ecosystems. Foraging success and trophic interactions have important consequences for populations of ‘top’ marine predators e.g. seabirds and marine mammals, for their prey, and for fisheries. I also work on the implications of bycatch for predators, and the consequences of limiting bycatch for fisheries. Methods used and under development include: modelling the spatial distributions of predators and prey; the analysis of mark-recapture data; modelling trophic interactions; Bayesian methods including state-space (or hidden process) models.

source: symbiosis


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Suryawanshi, KR, Redpath, SM, Bhatnagar, YV, Ramakrishnan, U, Chaturvedi, V, Smout, SC & Mishra, C 2017, 'Impact of wild prey availability on livestock predation by snow leopards' Royal Society Open Science, vol 4, 170026. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170026
Heath, MR, Richard, L, Kate, S, Cook, R, Speirs, D, Daunt, F, Wanless, S, Hyder, K, Pinnegar, JK, Thorpe, R, Karen, D, Campbell, N, Wright, P, Thorburn, J, Arthur, R, Macdonald, P, Mouat, B, Fox, C, Heymans, S, Coull, K, Evans, P, Fernandes, P, Hammond, P, Smout, S, Kolding, J & Reid, D 2017, FIS013 – Scoping the background information for an ecosystem approach to fisheries in Scottish waters: Review of predator-prey interactions with fisheries, and balanced harvesting. Fisheries Innovation Scotland.
Kempf, A, Mumford, J, Levontin, P, Leach, A, Hoff, A, Hamon, KG, Bartelings, H, Vinther, M, Staebler, M, Poos, JJ, Smout, S, Frost, H, van den Burg, S, Ulrich, C & Rindorf, A 2016, 'The MSY concept in a multi-objective fisheries environment - Lessons from the North Sea' Marine Policy, vol 69, pp. 146-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.04.012
Smout, SC 2016, Report of the NAMMCO Working Group on Coastal Seals 2016. North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission.
Caillat, MAA & Smout, SC 2015, CSD4: Harbour Seal Decline: Population Modelling. in Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11.
Aarts, G, Jones, EL, Brasseur, S, Rindorf, A, Smout, SC, Dickey-Collas, M, Wright, P, Russell, DJF, McConnell, BJ, Kirkwood, R, Matthiopoulos, J & Reijnders, P 2014, 'Prey habitat model outperforms prey data in explaining grey seal distribution' Paper presented at Annual Conferenec of the European Cetacean Society, La Rochelle, France, 4/04/05, .
Dickey-Collas, M, Engelhard, G, RIndorf, A, Raab, K, Smout, SC, Aarts, G, van Deurs, M, Brunel, T, Hoff, A, Lauerberg, R, Garthe, S, Haste Anderson, K, Scott, F, van Kooten, T, Beare, D & Peck, M 2013, 'Ecosystem-based management objectives for the North Sea: riding the forage fish rollercoaster' ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fst075
Northridge, S, Smout, SC & McCully, SR 2012, 'Penalising Yield: MSY and bycatch' Paper presented at ICES Annual Sciecne Conference , Bergen, Norway, 17/09/12 - 21/09/12, .
Smout, SC, Asseburg, C, Matthiopoulos, J, Fernández, C, Redpath, S, Thirgood, S & Harwood, J 2010, 'The functional response of a generalist predator' PLoS One, vol 5, no. 5, e10761. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010761
Matthiopoulos, J, Graham, K, Smout, SC, Asseburg, C, Redpath, S, Thirgood, S, Hudson, P & Harwood, J 2007, 'Sensitivity to assumptions in models of generalist predation on a cyclic prey' Ecology, vol 88, no. 10, pp. 2576-2586. DOI: 10.1890/06-0483.1
Asseburg, C, Harwood, J, Matthiopoulos, J & Smout, SC 2006, The functional response of generalist predators, and their implications for the monitoring of marine ecosystems. in IL Boyd, S Wanless & CJ Camphuysen (eds), Top predators in marine ecosystems: their role in monitoring and management . Cambridge University Press, pp. 262-274.


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

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