Dr Nicola Quick

Research Fellow, Visiting Scholar

tel. 01334 479100
fax. 01334 477878

I am currently an honoury research fellow at the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews. I gained my PhD in 2006 working in the lab of Dr Vincent Janik at the University of St Andrews and the Sea Mammal Research Unit. My work focused on the vocal behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in St Andrews bay and looking at how animals use their sounds in the wild to communicate.  I began my PhD in 2002 after completing two research contracts, one for the Fisheries Research Services in Pitlochry and the second for the Lighthouse Field station in Cromarty. I gained a masters degree in marine and fisheries science at the University of Aberdeen in 2001 and an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology at the University of Wales, Swansea in 1997. Between my first two degrees I gained research experience in a number of marine biological projects as well as working as an activity and field studies instructor at a kids residential camp in the UK. My experience ranges from tagging and tracking sharks in the Bahamas to population studies of Hectors dolphins and Sperm whales in New Zealand, photo-id, acoustic surveys and behavioural response studies of beaked and pilot whales in the Bahamas and acoustic behaviour and population estimation of bottlenose dolphins in Scotland. I have also been involved in a number of applied research projetcs, including assessing levels of anti-predator devices on marine fish farms, modeling trends in cetacean populations with respect to oil and gas exploration sound and looking at behavioural responses of cetaceans to sonar sounds.




Southall, B, Quick, NJ, Hastie, GD, Tyack, PL & Boyd, IL 2017, 'Mitigation of harm during a novel behavioural response study involving active sonar and wild cetaceans' Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, vol 16, pp. 29-38.
Quick, N, Scott-Hayward, L, Sadykova, D, Nowacek, D & Read, A 2017, 'Effects of a scientific echo sounder on the behavior of short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus)' Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, vol 74, no. 5, pp. 716-726. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2016-0293
Arso Civil, M, Cheney, B, Quick, NJ, Thompson, PM & Hammond, PS 2017, 'A new approach to estimate fecundity rate from inter-birth intervals' Ecosphere, vol 8, no. 4, e01796. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1796
Quick, NJ, Isojunno, S, Sadykova, D, Bowers, M, Nowacek, DP & Read, AJ 2017, 'Hidden Markov models reveal complexity in the diving behaviour of short-finned pilot whales' Scientific Reports, vol 7, 45765. DOI: 10.1038/srep45765
Quick, NJ, Cheney, B, Thompson, PM & Hammond, PS 2017, 'Can the camera lie? A non-permanent nick in a bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)' Aquatic Mammals, vol 43, no. 2, pp. 156-161. DOI: 10.1578/AM.43.2.2017.156
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Dr Nicola Quick
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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