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Research at St Andrews

Andrew Stuart Brierley


Research overview

We carry out research on the ecology and biology of zooplankton that live in the open ocean (the pelagic realm). We use combinations of acoustic (scientific echosounders) and netting techniques to sample zooplankton and gather data enabling us to estimate their abundance and map their distribution. We are seeking to understand processes that alter zooplankton abundance and distribution, and the consequences that changes in the zooplankton have for higher trophic levels (predators) and fisheries.

We are develping Bayesian Maximum Entropy techniques to reconstruct distributions of organisms from sparse acosutic survey data.

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