Maximising lasting impact for recent (fisheries), current (anthropogenic noise) and future (Cabot Institute) research programmes.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Biological Sciences


I am strategically positioned to work with Bristol research groups to maximise impact
from recent, current and future NERC-funded projects.
I will spend 70% of my time developing and delivering KE strategies for my own
- Marine Fisheries and Climate Change
- Anthropogenic Noise and Marine Ecosystems
To achieve my defined objectives, I have established partnerships with policy makers,
industry, professional bodies and management, allowing me to explore economic and
policy implications of existing research, identify important future research questions,
and communicate economic opportunities and scientific findings to end-users.
With experience from these case studies, and gained training in KE (10% of my time),
I will spend 20% of my time working throughout the University as an ambassador of
impact. I will develop strategies and build networks for KE with research groups within
the Cabot Institute for Interdisciplinary Environmental Research, an initiative involving
~300 academics and ~400 external partners


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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
NE/J500616/1 31/08/2011 31/08/2012 £104,780
NE/J500616/2 Transfer NE/J500616/1 31/08/2012 30/12/2014 £118,469

Crab foraging and antipredator behaviour is disrupted by ship noise:

Wale M, Simpson SD, Radford AN (In Press) Playback of ship noise negatively affects foraging and anti-predator behaviour in shore crabs. Animal Behaviour

Boat noise affects orientation behaviour in coral reef fish:

Holles S, Simpson SD, Radford AN, Berten L, Lecchini D (In Press) Boat noise disrupts orientation behaviour in a coral reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series

Ship noise affects metabolic rate in crabs:

Wale M, Simpson SD, Radford AN (In Press) Size-dependent physiological responses of shore crabs to single and repeated playback of ship noise. Biology Letters 9:20121194. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.1194

Ocean acidification affects auditory response in fish:

Simpson SD, Munday PL, Wittenrich ML, Manassa R, Dixson DL, Gagliano M, Yan HY (2011) Ocean acidification erodes crucial auditory behaviour in a marine fish. Biology Letters 7:917-920. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2011.0293

Recent warming has fundamentally affected European fisheries:

Simpson SD, Jennings S, Blanchard JL, Schön P-J, Johnson MP, Sims DW, Genner MJ (2011) Continental shelf-wide response of a fish assemblage to rapid warming of the sea. Current Biology 21:1565-1570. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.016
Exploitation Route Newspaper and magazine articles, TEDx Talk, Online GCSE resources (Digital Explorer), Presented to European Parliament (European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service) Developing policy and commercial modelling tools to manage marine noise.
Sectors Construction,Education,Energy,Environment,Transport

Description I was contracted by Marine Scotland to measure salmon hearing (I am the only UK licensed operation that can do this) to determine range of impact of piledriving noise to underpin policy decisions about when and where construction can occur. This Project was completed and the report is due to be published by Marine Scotland Science in the next month (April 2016).
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Construction,Education,Energy,Environment
Impact Types Economic

Description 2 x NERC Business Internships
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 09/2013
Description Ecosystem-Level Impacts of Marine Noise 
Organisation Marine Scotland Science (MSS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution I organised a 3-day workshop for academics, industry, policy, NGOs to explore ecosystem-level impacts of marine noise. The outcomes of this meeting included 2 NERC Business Internships, a NERC-TSB KTP Proposal, a NERC Large Grant pre proposal, a NERC KE project proposal, directly contracted science (e.g. with Marine Scotland), a postgraduate network (marinenoisenetwork) and a collaborative approach to studying noise at the Narec windfarm site.
Start Year 2012
Description Digital Explorer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact I provided an interview on our work for an online GCSE Sustainable Fisheries module.

This modeule has been used by 100s of schools reaching 10,000s of students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
Description Future of the Oceans 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TEDx Talk

I have received many emails commenting favourably on this talk and received several invitations to give further talks on this subject. I currently have a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship application under review following on the same topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
Description Ocean acidification reduces fishes' ability to respond to sound. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Ocean acidification work presented to MEPs:

Science for Environment Policy (2013) Ocean acidification reduces fishes' ability to respond to sound. European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service. Issue 320, 7 March 2013.

I have now built a lasting interaction with the Australian Government to further explore impacts of OA and noise on reef fish.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013