Dr Sophie Smout


The Observatory 2.02
tel. 01334 461829

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.



Stäbler, M, Kempf, A, Smout, S & Temming, A 2019, 'Sensitivity of multispecies maximum sustainable yields to trends in the top (marine mammals) and bottom (primary production) compartments of the southern North Sea food-web' PLoS ONE, vol. 14, no. 1, e0210882. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210882
Narazaki, T, Isojunno, S, Nowacek, DP, Swift, R, Friedlaender, AS, Ramp, C, Smout, S, Aoki, K, Deecke, VB, Sato, K & Miller, PJO 2018, 'Body density of humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) in feeding aggregations estimated from hydrodynamic gliding performance' PLoS ONE, vol. 13, no. 7, e0200287. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200287
Jones, EL, Hastie, GD, Smout, S, Onoufriou, J, Merchant, ND, Brookes, KL & Thompson, D 2017, 'Seals and shipping: quantifying population risk and individual exposure to vessel noise' Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 54, no. 6, pp. 1930-1940. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12911
McConnell, BJ, Smout, SC & Wu, M 2017, Modelling harbour seal movements. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Reports, vol. 8, 20 edn, Scottish Government. DOI: 10.7489/1998-1
Jones, EL, Sparling, CE, McConnell, BJ, Morris, C & Smout, SC 2017, 'Fine-scale harbour seal usage for informed marine spatial planning' Scientific Reports, vol. 7, 11581. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11174-4
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