Information on MASTS Webinars

Members of the marine science community are invited to watch MASTS webinars to learn about the latest breakthroughs, new technologies, and ground-breaking research in a broad variety of fields. 

During these live programs, our expert speakers explain their top quality research to you, and answer questions submitted by viewers. The idea is to share innovations and ideas on a regular basis, support our work, and spark our imaginations.

MASTS Webinar information document

All events are available to view free of charge (registration may be required) and can take place from the comfort of your own desk and PC. Participants will be emailed the participation link.

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Next Webinar
Join us for a webinar on: Tuesday 9 May 2017 (10.30) - UK Shark Tagging database internship

Amie Williams (SIORC intern)

Join Amie Williams for a webinar that will cover each stage of an internship that overhauled the UK Shark Tagging database. It will present the process which was undertaken to standardise and display the UK Shark Tagging Programme database and how it has changed over this time. Furthermore, the webinar will highlight the difficulties which have been overcome during the project and present ways in which the dataset can now be utilised.

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Join us for a webinar on: Tuesday 9 May 2017 (13.00) - Stop Copying Me! How Male Bottlenose Dolphins Communicate

Brittany Jones (St Andrews University)

Bottlenose dolphins use tonal whistles to communicate their identity, location, group membership, and behavioral context to conspecifics. The steady increase of marine sound pollution in the world’s oceans can result in these whistles being masked by noise, thus interfering with marine mammal communication. A dolphin whistle has many characteristics such as, the amplitude (loudness), frequency (pitch), and duration (length) of the call. Dolphins can manipulate these different aspects of their whistle in order to communicate important information. For example, they increase the loudness and repetition rate of whistles when they are in distress. In order to better understand how dolphins change their whistles in response to sounds in their environment, we are studying whether they change these subtle call parameters in response to another dolphin’s whistles, similar to humans that spontaneously copy aspects of a foreign accent while traveling. This question is explored by looking at whistles that immediately precede a dolphin’s response. We also assess these changes over long periods of exposure by looking at whistles of animals that spend a lot of time together and how the pair’s whistles change across multiple years. It is interesting that dolphins can modify their whistles over time to be more similar to a close associate’s (i.e., convergence). Whistle convergence is likely a friendly signal that allows animals to communicate that they are part of the same pair or group. While we know male “allied” dolphins converge on a shared whistle shape, it is still unclear which parameters are manipulated, how long the process of convergence takes, and what characteristics remain unique to each individual. Finding the limits of this flexibility and identifying what whistle characteristics remain stable, regardless of social and environmental changes, will allow us to better predict the effects of noise on communication efficiency in bottlenose dolphins.

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Webinar Index
Broadcast Date
Speaker Title Keywords
6th April 2017 Dr Nick Dunstone Skilful predictions of the winter North Atlantic Oscillation climate/weather modelling, NAO
4th November 2016 Professor John Horne Environmental Monitoring at Marine Renewable Energy Sites monitoring; renewable; fisheries;
14th October 2016 Professor George Tsirtsis Phytoplankton ecological variation in a regional sea: Do neutral or niche processes predominate? phytoplankton; Aegean; niche; neutral; ecology; regional seas
6th October 2016 Dr Zhang Fang, Dr Anna Kintner and Morag Clinton Jellyfish, and their Impacts on Farmed Fish jellyfish; salmon; aquaculture; mortality
6th October 2016 Dr Lynette Loke Enhancing the ecological outcomes of artificial coastal defenses seawalls; diversity; assemblage; habitat; artificial; coastal defense
11th August 2016 Dr Franziska Broell Challenges of activity recognition in fish using accelerometer sensors microtags; accelerometers; fish behaviour; algorithms
4th July 2016 Dr Carlos Caceres Perez Building the first theoretical and experimental database for diatom short-term responses to changes in nutrient availability Primary production; phytoplankton; phosphorus; nutrient restriction
20th April 2016 Dr Sophie McCoy Responses of coralline algae at multiple scales over 3 decades of ‘natural’ ocean acidification Acidification; coralline; algae; mineralisation; CO2
3rd March 2016 Professor Jonathan Erez Biomineralization and palaeo-proxy development in foraminifera Biomineralisation; foraminifera; coccoliths; coccolithophores; climate; CO2
28th January 2016 Dr Cati Torres Valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services. An overview from a management perspective Ecosystem services; marine; coastal; ecosystem management
10th August 2015 Professor William Ritchie Relative sea level change scenarios for regional Scottish coastlines Sea-level change; coastline; Scotland;
6th July 2015 Dr Theoni Photopoulou Looking at telemetry data from above and below: some technological and methodological thoughts of an animal movement ecologist Animal movement; ecology, tracking
18th June 2015 Dr Ruth Brennan Cultural transformations in the Scottish marine policy process: the story of Barra Anthropology; marine planning; policy; Barra
10th June 2015 Georgios Kazanidis Sponges in cold-water reefs in the North-east Atlantic Ocean Sponges; cold-water reefs; Atlantic
5th March 2015 Dr Crawford Revie and Dr Maya Groner Using data driven models to explore sea louse infestations on wild and farmed salmon Aquaculture; salmonids; sea louse; modelling
2nd February 2015 Dr Clare Maynard Coastal Management Techniques - Partnerships, policy and practice Coastal; management; salt marsh; restoration
22nd January 2015 Professor David Battisti Climate change and global food security Food security; climate change
26th November 2014 Professor David Battisti Recent decadal trends in the tropical Pacific and their impact on Antarctic and the Arctic Weather patterns; climate; Antarctic; Arctic
14th October 2014 Professor Robert Johnston Disentangling the value of water quality improvements across different ecosystem services Water quality; ecosystems
10th October 2014 Professor Stephen Salter Are nearly all tidal stream turbine designs wrong? Renewable energy; tidal stream; turbines
15th July 2014 Ian Reid and Dr Mark Begbie Introduction to CENSIS Sensors; imaging systems; technology
5th June 2014 Dr Matthew Palmer From the land of yellow submarines: The evolving role of Ocean Gliders Ocean glider; sensors; data collection
23rd May 2014 Georgia Bayliss-Brown Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership recent activities and future work Climate change; impacts; marine
8th May 2014 Professor Daniel Ruzzante Genetic Diversity in salmonid populations: the role of life history diversity and habitat fragmentation Genetics; salmonids; population dynamics
21st March 2014 Mark McAllister and Paul Bonar Two Talks on Marine Energy from The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) University of Edinburgh Renewable energy; extreme waves; turbines; social and ecological factors
14th February 2014 Professor Stephen Salter Marine Cloud Brightening Cloud creation; reflection; climate change
31st January 2014 Dr Claire Golléty Measuring primary productivity and carbon fluxes in temperate coastal habitats Primary production; carbon flux; coastal zone
21st November 2013 Dr Matthew Martin and Dr Fiona Carse Two talks from the Met Office Forecast Ocean Assimilation Model; FOAM; marine mammals; tracking; telemetry; modelling
20th November 2013 Dr Susan Gallon The moult in southern elephant seals the cost of losing it all Elephant seal; moulting; energetics
9th September 2013 Professor Mitsuhiro Kawase and Marisa Gedney Tidal Energy Extraction in an Idealized Ocean-Fjord Tidal Model with Astronomical Forcing Modelling; tidal energy; renewables
1st July 2013 Martyn Cox National Marine Plan Interactive (NMPi) – the journey so far.... Marine Scotland; graphical interface; marine planning
6th June 2013 Professor Alan Decho Bacteria, Chemical Communication and Nano-particles: Bio-films in the Environment and Disease Microbiology; nano-particles; bio-films
20th May 2013 Susan Chambers Why, What, Where, and How I Look at Worms Polychaetes; taxonomy; classification