Dr Oihane Fernandez Betelu

Dr Oihane Fernandez Betelu
Dr Oihane Fernandez Betelu
Dr Oihane Fernandez Betelu

Research Fellow

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G23 Cruickshank Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
St. Machar Drive
AB24 3UU

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School of Biological Sciences


In 2021 I completed my PhD at the Lighthouse Field Station (University of Aberdeen) investigating the occurrence and behaviour of bottlenose dolphins and the effect of anthropogenic disturbances on them.

Now, as a postdoctoral researcher, I am involved in different research projects, including fish tracking, predator-prey interactions and the effect of vessels and offshore energy developments on marine mammals. 


  • PhD Biology 
    2021 - University of Aberdeen 
  • BSc (Hons) Marine Science 
    2013 - Universidad de Cádiz (Spain) 
  • BSc (Hons) Biology 
    2003 - Universidad de Navarra (Spain) 

Prizes and Awards

National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance 2016 (Premio Nacional de Fin de Carrera de Educación Universitaria) - Issued by the Ministry of Education, Government of Spain.

University Award for Excellence in Academic Performance 2013 (Premio Extraordinario Fin de Carrera) - Issued by the University of Cadiz, Spain.


Research Overview

Current research aims to assess how natural and anthropogenic factors influence the occurrence and foraging behaviour of marine mammals. 

Topics of particular interest include predator-prey interactions and the effect of anthropogenic activities, such as offshore renewable developments, on marine mammal occurrence and behaviour. 

Research Specialisms

  • Acoustics
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Marine Sciences

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

PrePARED: consortium project on predator and prey responses to offshore structures, aimed at understanding cumulative environmental impacts and benefits of offshore windfarms. More information here.

Moray Firth Marine Mammal Monitoring Programme [MMMP]:  co-produced strategic research and monitoring programme to meet consent conditions for regional offshore wind developments.  

Ecology of marine mammals and their prey: investigating predator-prey interactions and drivers of marine mammal occurrence. 

Dolphin-SPOT and Minke-SPOT: projects to develop a automatic detectors of bottlenose dolphin and minke whale vocalizations based on deep-learning techniques.


PrePARED: consortium led by Marine Scotland Science, including University of Exeter, SMRU Consulting, BIOSS, CEH, Nature Scot, Natural England & University of Aarhus.

Moray Firth Marine Mammal Monitoring Programme [MMMP]: involves collaboration with the University of St Andrews Sea Mammal Research Unit and CEFAS.

Dolphin-SPOT and Minke-SPOT: collaborative project involving SAMS (Scotland), NOAA (USA) and Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW, Germany).


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