Marine Scotland Science: directory

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Dr Ewan Edwards 

Renewables and Energy Programme
Renewable Energy Environmental Advice Group 
Renewables Science Advice Leader


Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, UK

Pronouns: he/him/his

Details of specialism

I am a marine ecologist with broad cross-taxa interests, but with a particular interest the spatial ecology of marine predators (marine mammals and seabirds). I currently lead the delivery of scientific advice to Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team, in relation to human activities at sea, with a large focus on offshore marine renewable energy.

My research activities include:

  • MSS lead on the INTERREG North Sea Region JOMOPANS project
  • work Package Lead on the INTERREG VA MarPAMM project
  • MSS lead on the Cetaceans work package of the INTERREG VA COMPASS project
  • passive acoustic monitoring of marine mammals and underwater noise

Main policy links

  • marine renewable energy
  • marine planning
  • marine protected areas
  • marine conservation
  • protected species monitoring
  • underwater noise

Papers of relevance

van Geel NCF, Merchant ND, Culloch RM, Edwards EWJ, Davies IM, O'Hara Murray RB and Brookes KL (2020) Exclusion of tidal influence on ambient sound measurements. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 148, 701-712.

Risch D, Wilson SC, Hoogerwerf M, van Geel NCF, Edwards EWJ and Brookes KL (2019) Seasonal and diel acoustic presence of North Atlantic minke whales in the North Sea. Scientific Reports 9, 3571.

Pirotta E, Edwards EWJ, New L and Thompson PM (2018) Central place foragers and moving stimuli: A hidden‐state model to discriminate the processes affecting movement. Journal of Animal Ecology 87, 1116-1125.

Brookes KL, Edwards EWJ, Merchant ND and Davies I (2017) Broad-scale acoustic monitoring for cetaceans and underwater noise in relation to offshore wind farm construction in Scotland. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 141, 3922.

Edwards EWJ, Quinn LR and Thompson PM (2016) State‐space modelling of geolocation data reveals sex differences in the use of management areas by breeding northern fulmars. Journal of Applied Ecology 53, 1880-1889.

Details of linked research pages

Ewan Edwards Google Scholar profile



Marine Scotland Science
Scottish Government
Marine Laboratory
PO Box 101
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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