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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

 Clemency White

Clemency White

PhD student



My research focuses on the impact of anthropogenic noise and light on shark behaviour.

I’m interested in how animals interact with their environment through their sensory systems and how behaviour is influenced by changes to sensory landscapes. For my PhD I have been working to develop an understanding of the physiological and behavioural responses of juvenile sharks to human developments, particularly the noise and lights associated with coastal construction and recreational water users. I aim to use project outputs to inform sustainable development initiatives to bridge the interests of economy and environment.

Broad Research Specialisms

  • Sensory ecology
  • Marine biology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Bioacoustics


BSc Zoology (First class honours) - University of Bristol
MSc Marine Environmental Management (Distinction) - University of York

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Research projects

Project title: Impact of anthropogenic disturbance on the sensory capabilities of elasmobranchs


Professor Steve Simpson - University of Exeter
Dr Matthew Witt - University of Exeter

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