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Dr Sophie Smout:
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Dr Sophie Smout

Dr Sophie Smout
The Observatory
Buchanan Gardens
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9LZ
Fife
UK

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email: scs10@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modelling
Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
National Centre for Statistical Ecology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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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.

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Recent Publications:

Recent publications


5  (of 39 published available) for scs10. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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2018 (12/7)
PLoS ONE
vol.13 
(Article)
Body density of humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) in feeding aggregations estimated from hydrodynamic gliding performance
Tomoko Narazaki, Saana Isojunno, Douglas P. Nowacek, Ari S. Friedlaender, Christian Ramp, Sophie Caroline Smout, Kagari Aoki, Volker Bernt Deecke, Katsufumi Sato, Patrick Miller 
2017

(Commissioned report)
FIS013 – Scoping the background information for an ecosystem approach to fisheries in Scottish waters
Michael R. Heath, Law Richard, Searle Kate, Robin Cook, Dougie Speirs, Francis Daunt, Sarah Wanless, Kieran Hyder, John K. Pinnegar, Robert Thorpe, Diele Karen, Neil Campbell, Peter Wright, James Thorburn, Robert Arthur, Paul Macdonald, Beth Mouat, Clive Fox, Sheila Heymans, Ken Coull, Peter Evans, Paul Fernandes, Philip Steven Hammond, Sophie Caroline Smout, Jeppe Kolding, David Reid 
Keywords: fisheries economics , Fisheries management
2017 (14/9)
Scientific Reports
vol.7 
(Article)
Fine-scale harbour seal usage for informed marine spatial planning
Esther Lane Jones, Carol Elizabeth Sparling, Bernie J McConnell, Chris Morris, Sophie Caroline Smout 
2017

(Other report)
Harbour Seal Decline – vital rates and drivers.
Monica Arso Civil, Sophie Caroline Smout, David Thompson, Andrew Brownlow, Nicolas Davison, Mariel Doeschate, Callan David Duck, Chris Morris, Caroline Cummings, Bernie J McConnell, Ailsa Jane Hall 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2017 (7/6)
Royal Society Open Science
vol.4 
(Article)
Impact of wild prey availability on livestock predation by snow leopards
Kulbhushansingh R. Suryawanshi, Stephen M. Redpath, Yash Veer Bhatnagar, Uma Ramakrishnan, Vaibhav Chaturvedi, Sophie Caroline Smout, Charudutt Mishra 
Keywords: Apparent competition, Apparent facilitation, Conservation conflicts, Indirect interactions, Predator, Prey interactions, Snow leopardGeneral