SMRU Consulting is a global leader in marine mammal consulting and research, delivering innovative, robust and environmentally sound solutions to clients active in the marine environment. Our staff have extensive experience in carrying out research into many facets of marine mammal biology.

We work across all marine sectors from wet renewables, civil engineering, infrastructure, oil and gas and decommissioning to government, defence, and scientific research and development.



We have considerable experience with developing frameworks for the environmental assessment of the effects of anthropogenic activities on marine mammals and basking sharks.

We work closely with developer teams to ensure project risks are identified and managed, from pre-consenting consultation through to post installation monitoring and reporting.

SMRU Consulting works closely with our academic partners, the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at the University of St. Andrews.



SMRU Consulting strives to provide the highest quality service to our clients. We focus on the appropriate design, collection and analysis of marine mammal survey data, both for broad site characterization surveys and specific impact assessment.

Delivery of innovative solutions…

Why Choose Us?

SMRU Consulting a global leader in marine mammal consulting. We provide a wide range of professional services for clients seeking marine mammal advice from top scientists. We take pride in our ability to develop practical and cost-effective solutions to help our clients thrive. Our strategy is to provide unsurpassed client service and solutions based on the best science available. We love what we do and our dedicated team of scientists and project managers is looking forward to meeting all of your marine mammal needs.

We strive to provide solutions that benefit our clients, the environment, and our communities.

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Quality
  • Scientific and technical expertise

For over a decade, clients have relied on us to steward their marine mammal projects both in the field and for desktop studies. Our clients, partners, and subcontractors have continued to return to us for our proven track record in delivering high quality results and reports, on time and within budget. We have worked with government departments, NGOs, private companies, and universities around the world.

Our Customers

Our Clients

Our Locations



Our main Europe office is located in St Andrews, Scotland.

North America

North America

Our North American offices are located in Vancouver, Canada and Friday Harbor, USA.

Our History

University of St Andrews

The University of St Andrews

SMRU Consulting was set up in 2006 as the commercial arm of the academic Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews. Although separate entities, we work closely together, and jointly we bridge the gap between the academic and commercial worlds.

The academic Sea Mammal Research Unit carries out interdisciplinary marine mammal research and provides the UK’s main science capability in the field of marine mammal biology.

We also work closely with the Centre for Research into Environmental and Ecological Modelling (CREEM). They are leading experts in development of statistical approaches to be used in advancing marine mammal science. We collaborate with them on wide range of projects!