Elizabeth Masden


Research Fellow

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+44 (0)1847 889672


2010 PhD – Assessing cumulative impacts of wind farms on birds. Supervisors: Prof. Dan Haydon and Prof. Bob Furness (University of Glasgow), Prof Tony Fox (NERI, Denmark)


2006 M.Res. Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York


2004 B.Sc.(Hons) Marine and Environmental Biology, University of St Andrews


2003 University of California International Exchange Student, University of California, Santa Cruz



Wade, H.M., Masden, E.A., Jackson, A.C. & Furness, R.W. (2016) Incorporating data uncertainty when estimating potential vulnerability of Scottish seabirds to marine renewable energy developments. Marine Policy, 70, 108–113.


Lees, K.J., Guerin, A.J. & Masden, E. A. (2016) Using kernel density estimation to explore habitat use by seabirds at a marine renewable wave energy test facility. Marine Policy, 63, 35–44.

Ross-Smith, V.H., Thaxter, C.B., Masden, E.A., Shamoun-Baranes, J., Burton, N.H.K., Wright, L.J., Rehfisch, M.M. & Johnston, A. (2016) Modelling flight heights of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Great Skuas from GPS: a Bayesian approach. Journal of Applied Ecology, 59–61.

Masden, E. A., & Cook, A. S. C. P. (2016). Avian collision risk models for wind energy impact assessments. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 56: 43–49.

Thaxter, C. B., Ross-Smith, V. H., Clark, J. A., Clark, N. A., Conway, G. J., Masden, E. A., Wade, H.M., Leat, E. H.K., Gear, S.C., Marsh, M., Booth, C., Furness, R.W., Votier, S.C., Burton, N. H. K. (2015). Contrasting effects of GPS device and harness attachment on adult survival of Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus and Great Skuas Stercorarius skua. Ibis.

Masden, E. A., McCluskie, A., Owen, E., & Langston, R. H. W. (2015). Renewable energy developments in an uncertain world: The case of offshore wind and birds in the UK. Marine Policy, 51: 169–172.

Wade, H. M., Masden, E. A., Jackson, A. C., Thaxter, C. B., Burton, N. H. K., Bouten, W., & Furness, R. W. (2014). Great skua (Stercorarius skua) movements at sea in relation to marine renewable energy developments. Marine Environmental Research. 101: 69-80

Masden, E., Foster, S., Jackson, A., (2013) Diving behaviour of Black Guillemots Cepphus grylle in the Pentland Firth, UK: potential for interactions with tidal stream energy developments. Bird Study 60: 547–549.

Thaxter, C.B., Ross-Smith, V.H., Clark, N.A., G.J., C., Wade, H.M., Masden, E.A., Rehfisch, M.M., Bouten, W., Burton, N.H.K. (2013) Measuring the interaction between marine features of Special Protection Areas with offshore wind farm development zones through telemetry: third year report. BTO Research Report No. 639. Thetford, Norfolk.

Furness, R.W., Wade, H.M., Masden, E. A. (2013) Assessing vulnerability of marine bird populations to offshore wind farms. Journal of Environmental Management 119: 56–66

Furness, R. W., Wade, H.M., Robbins, A.M.C. and Masden, E.A. (2012) Assessing the sensitivity of seabird populations to adverse effects from tidal stream turbines and wave energy devices. ICES Journal of Marine Science 69: 1466-1479

Trathan, P.N., Ratcliffe, N., Masden, E. A. (2012) Ecological drivers of change at South Georgia: the krill surplus, or climate variability. Ecography 35:983-993

Masden, E.A., Reeve, R., Desholm, M., Fox, A. D., Furness, R.W., Haydon, D.T. (2012) Assessing the impact of marine wind farms on birds through movement modelling. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 9: 2120-2130

Masden, E.A., Haydon, D.T., Fox, A.D., and Furness, R.W (2010) Barriers to movement: modelling energetic costs of avoiding marine wind farms amongst breeding seabirds. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 60: 1085-91

Masden, E.A., Fox, A.D., Furness, R.W., Bullman, R., & Haydon, D.T. (2010) Cumulative impact assessments and bird/wind farm interactions: developing a conceptual framework. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 30: 1-7

Masden, E.A., Haydon, D.T., Fox, A.D, Furness, R.W., Bullman, R. & Desholm, M. (2009) Barriers to Movement: Impacts of wind farms on migrating birds. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 66: 746-753


My current research focuses on the potential impacts of human activities such as marine renewable energy developments on the environment, and particularly seabirds. I also have an interest in cumulative impacts related to renewable energy. More generally I am interested in population dynamics and spatial ecology including animal movement as well as ecological modelling.