Billy Heaney
MRes student


My research interests revolve around how technology can aid marine conservation strategies, with particular emphasis on monitoring marine vertebrate populations. My research focuses on the ecology and conservation of grey seals, the UK’s largest pinniped, using remote sensing techniques such as thermal imagery.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter, I volunteered with the Atlantic Whale Foundation and the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust on offshore surveys collecting observational and acoustical data on cetaceans.  Here I gained experience in the marine conservation field which I have utilised as part of my research in Cornwall alongside my part time job working with AK Wildlife cruises.

Broad research specialisms:

  • Marine Conservation
  • Marine Mammal Ecology
  • Pinniped haul-out behavior


BSc Hons Zoology (University of Exeter)

Contact details

AddressEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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