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James Waggitt

James Waggitt


Bangor University


Marine Top-Predator Ecology

Dr James Jeffrey Waggitt is a marine top-predator ecologist studying the behavioural, ecological and physical influences of cetacean and seabird foraging distributions in shallow water environments.  He performs at-sea surveys collecting concurrent data on oceanography, prey characteristics and predator behaviour to understand what creates foraging opportunities at minute and metre scales; but also uses long-term distributional datasets to understand the factors influencing foraging distributions at decadal and regional scales.

He recently joined the MERP team to first collate aerial and vessel surveys recording the foraging distributions of top-predators across the north-west continental shelf, and then combine them with relevant environmental datasets to understand the main drivers of top-predator distributions in this region.

Selected Publications

Benjamins S., Dale A., Hastie G., Lea M., Scott B.E., Waggitt J.J., Wilson B. In Press.
Confusion reigns? A review of marine megafauna interactions with energetic tidal features. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review.

Williamson B.J., Blondel Ph., Armstrong E., Bell P.S., Hall C., Waggitt J.J., Scott B.E. In Press. A Self-Contained Subsea Platform for Acoustic Monitoring of the Environment Around Marine Renewable Energy Devices - Field Deployments at Wave and Tidal Energy Sites in Orkney, Scotland. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering.

Waggitt J.J., Bell P.S., Scott, B.E. 2014. An evaluation of the use of shore-based surveys for estimating spatial overlap between deep-diving seabirds and tidal stream turbines. International Journal Of Marine Energy. 8: 36-49.

Waggitt J.J., Briffa M., Grecian W.J., Newton J., Patrick S.C., Stauss C., Votier S.C. 2014. Testing for sub-colony variation in seabird foraging behaviour: Ecological and methodological consequences for understanding colonial living. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 498:275-285.

Waggitt, J.J.,Scott, B.E. 2014. Using a spatial overlap approach to estimate the risk of collisions between deep diving seabirds and tidal stream turbines: a review of potential methods and approaches. Marine Policy. 40: 90-97.

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