Scientific Publications & Current Research

Scientific Publications:

  • Smith, L.E., (2018). Plastic ingestion by Scyliorhinus canicula trawl captured in the North Sea. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 130. 6-7.
  • Koehler, L., Smith, L.E., Nowell, G. (2018). Recovered and released – A novel approach to oviparous shark conservation. Ocean and Coastal Management. 154. 178-185.
  • Smith, L.E. (2017). Shell gland obstruction and eggcase deformation in a captive Bull Huss (Scyliorhinus stellaris). Fish Veterinary Journal. In Press.
  • Smith, L. E. , Matthews, C., Cliff, A. (2016). Hook removal from Scyliorhinus stellaris with a complete oesophagus perforation. Fish Veterinary Journal. 15. 1-7.
  • Mackenzie, K. & Smith, L.E. (2015). Two little-known metazoan parasites potentially pathogenic to smooth-hounds Mustelus sp., in captivity. Journal of fish diseases. Doi: 10.1111/jfd.12380.
  • Smith, L.E., O’Connell, C.P., The effects of neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnets on the behaviour of the small spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) and the thornback skate (Raja clavata), Ocean & Coastal Management (2013),
  • Crouch, K., Smith, L.E. et al., (2013). Humoral immune response of the small-spotted catshark, Scyliorhinus canicula. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. In Press.
  • Smith, L.E. et al.,(2012). Characterization of the immunoglobulin repertoire of the Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Developmental & Comparative Immunology, 36, 4, 665-669.
  • Fraser, P.J., S.F, Cruickshank, R.L. Shelmerdine and L.E. Smith (2008) Hydrostatic pressure receptors and depth usage in crustacea and fish. Navigation: Journal of the Institute of Navigation Special Issue on Bio-Navigation 55, No. 2, 159-165
  • Fraser, P.J. and L. E. Smith (2008) Depth: A forgotten dimension Proceedings of the Royal Institute of Navigation RIN08: 32.1-7
  • Smith, L.E.; Gruber, S.H.; Kessel, S.; Metcalfe, J. Fraser, P.J. (2007). Generation 5 data storage tags, GPS and developed methodology for studying the hydrostatic pressure environment of the juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris). Proceedings of the Institute Of Navigation 63rd Annual Conference, Cambridge, Boston, Ma. Pp 253-263.
  • Fraser, P.J.; Cruickshank, S.F.; Shelmerdine, R.L.; Smith, L.E. (2007). Hydrostatic Pressure Receptors and Path Integration in Crustacea and Fish. Proceedings of the Institute Of Navigation 63rd Annual Conference, Cambridge, Boston, Ma. Pp 264-269.

Current Research:

Lauren is currently running two main projects in her capacity as a shark scientist and environmental research consultant;

1. Canine detection of elasmobranch eggcases; this project was inspired by my spaniels ability to locate empty eggcases that wash up around the Scottish coastline! I began researching conservation dogs and scent detection dogs and i have recently completed my Level 3 Dog Handling & Training Course. We are now working on specific scent detection training techniques which i will then be testing the efficacy of in the field, concentrating specifically on eggcase detection. High detection success rates would help provide valuable eggcase data as well as broaden the field of conservation detection dog research. Plus i get to combine my two loves sharks & dogs!

My Spaniel “Tattie”, showing off her skate eggcase haul!

2. Quantifying Marine Litter around the Scottish Coastline; for this project i will be surveying and analyzing the marine litter found in key locations in the North East of Scotland. This is a research consultant role and i will be collaborating with Marine Scotland Science on this project.