Welcome to the PHATS team page! PHATS stands for Pollutants, Hormones, and Adipose Tissue Science.
We are a group of scientists working together to find out how 'obesogenic' chemicals in the environment affect how seals regulate their fat reserves. This project will help us understand more about the impact of pollution on our wildlife, and better predict how environmental contaminants can affect human health by contributing to obesity.
The PHATS team is based at Abertay University, and the Sea Mammal Research Unit at University of St Andrews in Scotland, with colleagues at Plymouth University, Université de Liège and Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. We are currently funded by the Natural Environment Research Council. If you’d like to know more about us and the research we are doing, please visit the Find Out section.
Supporters and sponsors
We’d like to thank NERC for the funding for this project, and the Scottish Natural Heritage for the permits to undertake the work on the Isle of May. We’re also reliant on the enormous efforts put in by the field teams, the folk involved in the pool facility at SMRU and the fantastic service provided by Isle of May boat trips and Anstruther Pleasure Cruises who get us and our equipment on and of the island safely, often during the worst weather of the year (and they never bat an eye lid at the kit we bring)!