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Personal Statement

Mel Cosentino is a conservation biologist with a special interest in the impact of human activities on marine mammals. She earned her Biology Degree in Spain and her MRes in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology in the UK. She has been involved in several projects related to human impact for almost 20 years. These include live captures for commercial display purposes, consumption, whale watching, and anthropogenic noise. This involvement is both in the scientific aspect as well as education and outreach. Mel collaborates with many researchers and NGO’s from around the world, and has conducted both land and boat-based cetacean research, with several publications in conferences and scientific journals. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, UK, studying the acoustic behaviour of harbour porpoises in the Firth of Clyde, in West Scotland. She is a truth seeker and a citizen of all of the seven kingdoms.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Research, University of Aberdeen

Bachelor of Applied Science, University of Malaga

External positions

Chair Jairo Award Committee , Society for Conservation Biology, Marine Section

1 Jul 2017 → …

Finance Officer , Society for Conservation Biology, Marine Section

1 Jan 20141 Dec 2016

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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2015 2019

D-PorCCA, a new tool to study the behaviour of harbour porpoises

Cosentino, M., Schwarzbach, P., Tougaard, J., Nairn, D., Guarato, F., Jackson, J. & Windmill, J. F. C., 12 Dec 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access

PorCC: a new high-accuracy click classifier to study harbour porpoises in the wild

Cosentino, M., Guarato, F., Tougaard, J., Nairn, D., Jackson, J. C. & Windmill, J. F. C., 25 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
Ports and harbors


Activities 2014 2020

  • 3 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
  • 2 Membership of board
  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 2 Invited talk

The secret lives of harbour porpoises

Mel Cosentino (Speaker)
10 Jan 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Kylie, the solitary common dolphin from the First of Clyde

Mel Cosentino (Speaker)
25 Apr 201928 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk