Senior Lecturer in Marine Invasives, Head of SAMS-United Nations University Associate Institute, Scottish Association for Marine Science

Scientific interests:

Invasive Species: Pathways, dispersal, environmental costs/benefits. Specifically focused on interactions with climate change (particularly ocean acidification, storminess and eutrophication), aquaculture, hull fouling and the marine energy renewable industry.
Biofouling of artificial structures (including vessels, offshore renewable energy structures, marinas, ports and aquaculture installations)
Integrated Aquaculture: Use of nutrient extracting organisms to mitigate the impacts of aquaculture.

Current projects:
-Marine Biosecurity Planning. Funded by Firth of Clyde Forum/SNH (2013)
-Marine Invasive Species in Northern Scotland - Implications for the offshore marine renewables energy industry. EU Funded. SAMS and ERI Thurso in collaboration with Pelamis Ltd (2011-2014)
-INNS - Establishing an Early Warning Monitoring System in Scotland. Funded by SNH/Marine Scotland (2013-14)

-Committee member of the Scottish Working Group on Invasive Non-native Species
-Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Division of the Scottish Executive
-Committee member of the UK Working Group on the invasive tunicate, Didemnum vexillum
-Editor for online journal "Aquatic Invasions"

Experience

  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Marine Invasives, Head of SAMS-United Nations University Associate Institute, Scottish Association for Marine Science