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  • Welcome to MASTS

    The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) is a consortium of organisations engaged in marine science and represents the majority of Scotland's marine research capacity.

  • Objective of MASTS

    The overall objective of MASTS is to facilitate better communication, collaboration and co-ordination within the marine research community whilst ensuring that Scottish marine science receives international recognition. The work of MASTS falls into a number of key activities: 1) Research; 2) Communication; 3) Graduate School; 4) Resources and 5) Representation.

  • Knowledge and Resources

    MASTS also provides an academic platform and knowledge base for marine governance and commerce by contributing to the Scottish Marine Science Strategy. This Strategy will help to deliver 'Clean, healthy, safe, productive, biologically diverse marine and coastal environments, managed to meet the long-term needs of people and nature'.

  • MASTS Latest Research Highlight

    Confusion Reigns? A Review of Marine Megafauna Interactions with Tidal-Stream Environments - Benjamins et al. 2015

    Energetic tidal-stream environments are characterised by frequent, variable yet broadly predictable currents containing ephemeral flow structures that change across multiple spatiotemporal scales. Marine mammals and seabirds (marine megafauna) often frequent such sites but increasingly these locations are targeted for renewable energy extraction; little is known however about how marine megafauna use these habitats and any potential impacts. This review aims to summarise existing knowledge concerning usage by marine megafauna and considers their wider ecological significance.



    Come and join the largest gathering of scientists, policy makers, students, and practioners working in the marine environment at the MASTS ASM "Influencing our Marine Future". Find out more.

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Graduate School

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The MASTS Graduate School is led by the Dean of Graduate Studies (Dr Lois Calder, SAMS), supported by the Graduate School Steering Group (GSSG).  The Graduate School currently has an open call for PhD proposals. Interested supervisors can find out more.

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Resource Map

MASTS members have significant intellectual resources as well as physical assets ranging from large ocean going research vessels to inshore craft, remotely operated vehicles and diving facilities together with a host of specialist equipment, services and expertise. The MASTS resource database and map are searchable and accessible to MASTS Members only.

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NAFC Marine Centre
Orkney College
Heriot Watt Campus
Environmental Research Institute
Lews Castle Campus
University of Aberdeen
Marine Scotland Science
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Glasgow
University of Strathclyde
Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh Napier University
University Marine Biological Station Millport
Lighthouse Field Station
University of Edinburgh