University of Aberdeen
Current Position Chair in Zoology
Telephone +44 (0)1381 600548
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • Influence of environmental variation on the behaviour and ecology of marine top predators.
  • Marine conservation and spatial planning
  • Interactions between marine wildlife populations and offshore industries
  • Environmental assessment of marine renewables

Recent Key Papers

Nabe-Nielsen, J., van Beest, F.M., Grimm, V., Sibly, R.M., Teilmann, J. & Thompson, P.M. (2018) Predicting the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances on marine populations Conservation Letters

Cheney, B., Wells, R.S., Barton, T.R. & Thompson, P.M. (2017) Laser photogrammetry reveals variation in growth and early survival in free-ranging bottlenose dolphins. Animal Conservation. 10.1111/acv.12384

Edwards, E.W.J., Quinn, L.R. & Thompson, P.M. (2016) State-space modelling of geolocation data reveals sexdifferences in the use of different North East Atlantic management areas by breeding northern fulmars. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53:1880-1889

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Marine top predator inter-species interactions in a dynamic environment
  • Foraging ecology of harbour seals in relation to offshore windfarm developments
  • Assessing responses of top predators to offshore windfarm development