Public engagement

Strathkinness Cubs measure a Minke Whale

Researchers from SMRU (Debbie Russell) and CREEM (Catriona Harris) spent an evening with Strathkinness Cub Scouts helping them work towards their Scientist Badge.

There was lots of fun with whale and seal skulls, whale sounds, identifying individuals with the SMRU photo-ID matching game and seeing how big a minke whale really is.

We also played some games demonstrating noise pollution and learnt how hard it can be for animals to communicate when humans are so noisy!



The CREEM mural, by Cornelia Oedekoven, shows a researcher surrounded by some of the species CREEM have worked on, together with the symbols depicting the models and methods used. For more information please go to the Mural Home Page.

St Andrews Science Discovery Day 2017


The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) had a research stand at the University of St Andrews Science Discovery Day event on March 4th.

The “Counting critters” stand was manned by Charles Paxton, Claudia Faustino, Natacha Aguilar de Soto, Guilherme Bortolotto and Ursula Verfuss (from SMRU Consulting).

The group ran three different activities demonstrating different methods for estimating the abundance of animals and levels of species biodiversity. These activities relate to the work done by CREEM in terms of designing methods for surveying and sampling wildlife populations.