Principal Research Fellow, Sea Mammal Research Unit


Gordon is a Principal Research Fellow at SMRU. He studies how marine wildlife adjust their behaviour in response to changes in their environments. This includes natural environmental changes and responses to human perturbations. As we see the increasing urbanisation of marine environments, he is interested in how marine mammals perceive and respond to novel human activities in the ocean; in particular, he looks to understand how marine mammals interact with marine renewable energy developments. His research includes studies of the effects of wind farm construction on seals and behavioural responses by seals and porpoises to tidal stream energy devices.

Selected publications

Hastie, GD, Russell, DJF, Lepper, P, Elliott, J, Wilson, B, Benjamins, S & Thompson, D 2018, ‘Harbour seals avoid tidal turbine noise: implications for collision risk’, Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 684-693.

Hastie, GD, Wu, G-M, Moss, S, Jepp, P, MacAulay, JDJ, Lee, A, Sparling, CE, Evers, CHM & Gillespie, DM 2019, ‘Automated detection and tracking of marine mammals: a novel sonar tool for monitoring effects of marine industry’, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, vol. 29, no. S1, pp. 119-130.

Onoufriou, J, Brownlow, A, Moss, S, Hastie, G & Thompson, D 2019, ‘Empirical determination of severe trauma in seals from collisions with tidal turbine blades’, Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. Early View.

Russell, DJF, Hastie, GD, Thompson, D, Janik, VM, Hammond, PS, Scott-Hayward, LAS, Matthiopoulos, J, Jones, EL & McConnell, BJ 2016, ‘Avoidance of wind farms by harbour seals is limited to pile driving activities’, Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 53, no. 6, pp. 1642-1652.

Russell, DJF, Brasseur, S, Thompson, D, Hastie, GD, Janik, VM, Aarts, G, McClintock, BT, Matthiopoulos, J, Moss, S & McConnell, BJ 2014, ‘Marine mammals trace anthropogenic structures at sea’, Current Biology, vol. 24, no. 14, pp. R638-R639.