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Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

Lauren McWhinnie

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After doing her undergraduate degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Lauren moved to Heriot-Watt University where she received her PhD, her work focused on developing tools using Geographical Information Systems to aid marine spatial planning and aquaculture site selection. 

Through her PhD work her research interests have expanded to include several aspects of marine management from conservation initiative such as MPAs to mitigation management for climate change scenarios and the inclusion of stakeholder inputs and collaborations. 

In addition to research and teaching work, Lauren sits on the MASTS Marine Planning and Governance forum steering group, she has also helped to establish ScienceSea Sketches, and initiative for communicating marine science through the use of cartoons.

Lauren is now working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada where her work now lies at the interface of social science and science in the management of coastal environments.  Current projects that she is involved with are focussed on mapping marine acoustics and noise from shipping traffic using acoustic and AIS data, the impacts this may have on marine mammals in particular and potential mitigation and management scenarios for minimising noise pollution.

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