Laura was a PhD student funded by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) and the University of Aberdeen. She was based at the University of Aberdeen in collaboration with the Lighthouse Field Station and Marine Scotland Science. Her project aimed to investigate the spatio-temporal variation in harbour porpoise distribution. She performed species distribution modelling using acoustic detections from C-PODs and fine-scale oceanographic data to determine fine-scale factors that influence harbour porpoise distribution and activity.
Previously, Laura also carried out her MRes at the field station where she compared different harbour porpoise survey methods to see if digital video and acoustic surveys generate reliable estimates of relative density when compared to visual surveys: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/2041-210X.12538/abstract