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2017 PhD School of Biology and School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews.
Portfolio: ‘Spatial ecology of marine top predators’

2010 MRes Environmental Biology, University of St Andrews and University of Dundee
Thesis: ‘A state-space approach to estimate grey seal pup production’

2002 BSc Astrophysics, Cardiff University
Thesis: ‘Forbidden line (III+) spectra of Active Galactic Nuclei’


My research interests are inter-disciplinary on the interfaces of ecology, statistics, geography, and computing. Broadly, I work on spatial ecology and conservation problems, particularly modelling species distributions, analysing telemetry data, movement modelling, and the ecology of top predators.


Current supervision
Dylan Owen MSc Thesis ‘Analysing the spatial and temporal characteristics of home ranges within bottlenose dolphins of the Marianas Archipelago’

Priyanka Sharma MSc Thesis ‘Assessing the distribution of snow leopards over a large spatial scale’


Hanson, NN, Jones, EL & Harris, R 2018, ‘Multi-decadal and ontogenetic trophic shifts inferred from stable isotope ratios of pinniped teeth’ Oikos, vol 127, no. 1, pp. 134-146. DOI: 10.1111/oik.04441

Russell, DJF, Jones, EL & Morris, C 2017, Updated Seal Usage Maps: The Estimated at-sea Distribution of Grey and Harbour Seals. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science, no. 25, vol. 8, Marine Scotland. DOI: 10.7489/2027-1

Jones, EL, Hastie, GD, Smout, S, Onoufriou, J, Merchant, ND, Brookes, KL & Thompson, D 2017, ‘Seals and shipping: quantifying population risk and individual exposure to vessel noise’ Journal of Applied Ecology, vol 54, no. 6, pp. 1930-1940. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12911

Jones, EL, Sparling, CE, McConnell, BJ, Morris, C & Smout, SC 2017, ‘Fine-scale harbour seal usage for informed marine spatial planning’ Scientific Reports, vol 7, 11581. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-11174-4

Jones, EL, Smout, SC, Russell, DJ, Pinn, E & McConnell, BJ 2017, Review of analytical approaches for identifying usage and foraging areas at sea for harbour seals. vol. 602, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough.

Jones, EL & Russell, DJ 2017, Updated grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) usage maps in the North Sea. vol. OESEA-15-65, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Jones, EL, Smout, SC, Blight, CJ, Sparling, CE & McConnell, BJ 2016, Fine-scale harbour seal at-sea usage around Orkney and the North coast of Scotland. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science, no. 27, vol. 7, Marine Scotland. DOI: 10.7489/1876-1

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. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12678

Jones, EL, Rendell, LE, Pirotta, E & Long, JA 2016, ‘Novel application of a quantitative spatial comparison tool to species distribution data’ Ecological Indicators, vol 70, pp. 67-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.05.051

Jones, EL, Morris, C, Smout, SC & McConnell, BJ 2016, Population scaling in 5 km x 5 km grey and harbour seal usage maps. Note to Scottish Government MMSS/002/15. Marine Scotland.

Onoufriou, J, Jones, EL, Hastie, GD & Thompson, D 2016, Investigations into the interactions between harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and vessels in the inner Moray Firth. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science, no. 24, vol. 74, Marine Scotland. DOI: 10.7489/1805-1

Russell, DJF, McClintock, BT, Matthiopoulos, J, Thompson, P, Thompson, D, Hammond, PS, Jones, EL, MacKenzie, M, Moss, S & McConnell, BJ 2015, ‘Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of activity budgets in sympatric grey and harbour seals’ Oikos, vol 124, no. 11, pp. 1462-1472. DOI: 10.1111/oik.01810

Huon, M, Jones, EL, Matthiopoulos, J, McConnell, BJ, Caurant, F & Vincent, C 2015, ‘Habitat selection of gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) in a marine protected area in France’ Journal of Wildlife Management, vol 79, no. 7, pp. 1091-1100. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.929

Jones, EL, McConnell, BJ, Smout, SC, Hammond, PS, Duck, CD, Morris, C, Thompson, D, Russell, DJF, Vincent, C, Cronin, M, Sharples, RJ & Matthiopoulos, J 2015, ‘Patterns of space use in sympatric marine colonial predators reveals scales of spatial partitioning’ Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 534, pp. 235-249. DOI: 10.3354/meps11370

Jones, EL, Smout, SC, Morris, C & McConnell, BJ 2015, Determine data sparse regions. Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11 MR 5.1. Marine Scotland.

Jones, EL, Smout, SC & McConnell, BJ 2015, Determine environmental covariates for usage preference around the UK. Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11 MR 5.1.6. Marine Scotland.

Jones, EL, Onoufriou, J, Thompson, D & Smout, SC 2015, Examining the distribution of observed carcasses to identify biological and oceanographic patterns and distribution of potential causes to assess the patterns of risk associated with unexplained seal deaths. Report to Scottish Government, no. USD 4, University of St Andrews.

Jones, EL, McConnell, BJ, Sparling, CE & Matthiopoulos, J 2015, Produce, publish and maintain seal usage maps with confidence intervals. Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11 MR 5.1. Marine Scotland. DOI: 10.7489/1672-1

Jones, EL, Smout, SC & McConnell, BJ 2015, Review the extent of how new survey data affect usage estimates. Report to Marine Scotland MMSS/001/11 MR 5.1. Marine Scotland.

Jones, EL & Matthiopoulos, J 2013, Hornsea Offshore Wind Farm Project One: Environmental Statement Volume 5 – Offshore Annexes. Smart Wind Limited.

Sparling, CE, Russell, DJF, Jones, EL, Grellier, K, Lonergan, M, McConnell, BJ, Matthiopoulos, J & Thompson, D 2012, Baseline Seal Information for the FTWODG Area. SMRUL-FDG-2012-0 to FTOWDG. SMRU Consulting.

Jones, EL, McConnell, BJ, Duck, CD, Morris, C, Hammond, PS & Russell, DJF 2012, Marine distribution of grey & harbour seals around the UK.: Special Committee on Seals (12/06). Sea Mammal Research Unit.

Jones, EL, McConnell, BJ, Duck, CD, Hammond, PS & Matthiopoulos, J 2012, ‘Spatial distributions between UK grey & harbour seal populations’ Paper presented at International Statistical Ecology Conference, Oslo, Norway, 3/07/12 – 6/07/12.

Jones, EL & Matthiopoulos, J 2011, Grey seal usage maps for MORL/BOWL developments – Phase 2 delivery. SMRU Consulting.

Russell, DJF, Jones, EL, Matthiopoulos, J, Duck, CD, Morris, C & McConnell, BJ 2011, SMRU seal telemetry data holdings: Special Committee on Seals. Sea Mammal Research Unit.




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