My work is focused on practical aspects of conservation, including quantifying the impacts of human activities on wildlife and examining the best ways to minimise such impacts. I work mainly with fisheries and aquaculture, quantifying bycatch levels of non-target species, and especially those whose populations are most vulnerable to additional mortality. I am interested in understanding how and why such interactions occur and in testing ways that may be useful in minimising any damage caused while maintaining economically important activities. Competitve interactions between fisheries and marine mammals provide the basis for my interest in the feeding ecology and behaviour of marine mammals, and especially how this relates to fishing activity. Work within my research group also uses passive acoustic techniques to study the behaviour of echolocating animals, especially in areas close to fisheries, aquaculture or renewable energy sites where they may be vulnerable.
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