MASTS Students

MASTS Prize Studentships:
  • Iain Hannah: Heriot Watt & Edinburgh Napier Universities. Ecotoxicological impact of silver nanoparticles on marine microbial communities.
  • William Paterson: St Andrews University, Glasgow University & Edinburgh Napier University. The energetic cost of human disturbance to UK seals.
MASTS Studentships
  • Kate Wade: St Andrews University. Intertidal ecosystem health and resilience through managed salt-marsh regeneration.
  • Jenny Stergeon: Aberdeen University. Spatial demography in a marine top predator: linking spatial distribution with survival and population recruitment in juvenile European Shags.
  • Leigh Hickmott: St Andrews University. Behavioural adaptations and social dynamics of beaked whales.
  • Alan MacDonald: Strathclyde University. Modelling the availability of small pelagic fish to birds and marine mammal predators off the east coast of Scotland.
  • Joanna Gosling: SAMS. Biogeochemistry of highly reducing sediments.
  • Koji Yamamoto: Stirling University. Targeting surveillance in Scottish aquaculture using reported mortality and transmission network structure to minimise impacts of infectious diseases.
  • Jacopo Agagliate: Strathclyde University. Developing in situ flow cytometry for optical characterisation of suspended particles in marine ecosystems.
  • Kristina Ulrich: Stirling University. Evolution of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV).
  • Charlotte Francoz: Glasgow University. Assessing saltmarsh resilience in a changing climate.
  • Ben Taylor: St Andrews University. Restoration of saltmarsh areas subsidised by a clue carbon market.
  • Laura Williamson: Aberdeen University. Spatio-temporal variation in harbour porpoise distribution and activity.
  • Joshua Lawrence, Aberdeen University. Studies of cetaceans and their prey; combining passive and active acoustics.
  • Francesca Mancini, Aberdeen University. Managing the wildlife tourism commons.
  • Craig Brownlie, Strathclyde University. Modelling the dynamics of expenditure on recreational access to marine goods and services.
  • Hazel Smith, Strathclyde University. Norway lobster and Hematodinium sp. in the Clyde: modelling the population dynamics of a commercially important parasite-host system.
  • Keshav Dutia, Strathclyde University. Modelling the impact of marine reserves and wind farm developments on the population dynamics of commerically harvested shellfish stocks.
  • Matteo Marasco, based at ERI, UHI: Structure and coherance of flow througha tidally energetic channel measured by HF Radar.
  • Daniel Johnston, based at ERI, UHI: Ecology of black guillemots in relation to marine protected areas and marine renewable energy developments.
  • Mairi MacArthur, Glasgow University: Geodiversity and marine biodiversity interactions: enhancing ecosystem service provision on rocky and engineered coasts.
  • Ana Rodriguez, joint student between Heriot Watt & St Andrews: Shellfish restoration: Marine protected areas and built structures.
  • Deborah Wood, Stirling University: Linking carbon and iron cycles by investigating transport, fate and mineralogy of iron-bearing colloids from peat-draining rivers - Scotland as a model for high latitude rivers.
  • Joe Onoufriou, University of St Andrews: Effects of tidal turbines on the movements of marine predators in tidally energetic areas.
  • Ashley Cordingly, joint student between Heriot Watt and St Andrews: Ecological, conservation and societal consequences of shellfish restoration in MPAs
  • Marzena Dziedzicka, Aberdeen University: Making use of new broadband acoustic technology: size discrimination and high resolution fish counting in support of fisheries management
  • Matthew Pace, Glasgow & Strathclyde Universities: Modelling the fishing activity patterns required to meet ecosystem service goals in the Firth of Clyde under changing environmental conditions
  • Danielle Whitlock, Edinburgh Napier University: Understanding the drivers of, and threats to, carbon sequestration in Scottish seagrass
  • Corallie Hunt, St Andrews University: Sedimentary Blue Carbon: A national inventory in Scottish territorial waters
  • Pauline Goulet, St Andrews University: NEXUSS studentship
  • Texa Sim, SAMS: Changes in Marine Mammal habitat use relative to fish-farm scarer-noise off western Scotland.
  • Allan Audsley, Stirling University: Scotland’s Pockmarks: understanding the link between gas-escape features and buried carbon in fjordic systems
  • Ana Couto, Aberdeen University: Determining the ecology & physics of tidal-stream habitats
Climate X Change Studentships
  • Fiona Cunningham: St Andrews University. Climate change impacts and adaptation in island communities.
  • Emily Gal: St Andrews University. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of submerged island landscapes and communities.
  • Cathy Winterton: SAMS. A 100 year record of changing toxic algae in Scottish coastal waters related to change in land use and temperature. View her blog
  • Kamila Walicka: SAMS. Impacts of basin scale forcing on the circulation of the Faroe Shetland Channel.
Associate Student Members
  • Rebecca Grieve: Heriot Watt University. The impact of hydrodynamic change associated with marine renewable installation on species of conservation importance.
  • Kaitlin Palmer: St Andrews University & MSS. Marine mammal habitat use along the east coast of Scotland using passive acoustic monitoring.
  • Alice Tagliati: Heriot Watt University. Ecotoxicology of sunscreen on tropical corals in a changing ocean.
  • Nicola Largey: UHI. Investigating bird flight characteristics and habitat use to understand mechanisms for ornithological impacts of wind farms.
  • Edward Bolger: Edinburgh Napier. The effects of underwater sound on the early life-stages of marine invertebrates.
  • Soizic Garnier: Strathclyde University: Optimal-detail circulation models for fjords and sea lochs.
  • Ian Campbell: SAMS. The assembly, transport and installation of floating turbines as vectors for introducing invasive non-native species.
  • Nguyen Thi Thai Hoa: Strathclyde University. Biogeochemical modeling of fjords and sea lochs.
  • Luis Jose Perez Calderon: Aberdeen University. Hydrocarbon transport in marine sediments and the role of chemical dispersant on oil-sediment interactions.
  • Clare MacDowall: UHI. The effects of wave-current interaction on marine energy generation under high wave conditions.
  • Cecilia Biancacci: SAMS. Establishment of red seaweed mari-cultre (RedWeed)
  • Agnes Olin: Strathclyde. Past and future links from climate to kittiwakes via zooplankton and forage fish: a mechanistic model synthesis
Alumni
  • Lauren Biermann: St Andrews University. The biophysical breadcrumb trail: how a new generation of animal-borne sensors elucidate hidden biological richness at the surface and at depth. Now working at CEFAS.
  • Adam Chivers: SAMS. The biodiversity and ecology of the Senghor seamount. Passed viva January 2015.
  • Simon Dailey: St Andrews University. Transcriptomics and gene expression during amphioxus regeneration. Passed viva March 2017. Now a post-doc at St Andrews
  • Penelope Donohue: Glasgow & Heriot Watt Universities. The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Calcifying Organisms. Now working at Glasgow University. Final submission March 2015. Now working as a statistician for the Forestry Commission.
  • Alice Doyle: Stirling University. Defining the driving mechanisms of maturation (puberty) in gadoid species through novel molecular approaches. Now working as a Marine Support Officer for JNCC.
  • Ewan Edwards: Aberdeen University. Do commercial fisheries influence the distribution and dynamics of northern fulmars? Passed viva June 2015. Now working at Marine Scotland.
  • Joly Ghanawi: Stirling University. Direct and indirect ecological interactions between coastal aquaculture activities and marine fish communities in Scotland. Submitted and viva due Jan 2017.
  • Silje-Kristin Jensen: St Andrews University, Marine Scotland and SAMS. Is biotoxin exposure from harmful algae the reason for the decline in harbour seal populations in Scotland? A view through a food chain study. Viva passed February 2015. Now working as an environmental advisor to fish farms in Norway.
  • Niels Jobsvogt: Aberdeen University. What is the value of the Deep Sea? Measuring changes in ecosystem services for the deep sea. Final submission January 2015. Now in Germany.
  • Petronella Johansson: Aberdeen University. Characterising dendritic cells in fish.
  • Georgios Kazanidis: Aberdeen University. Climate change, carbon cycling and ecology of deep-sea ecosystems. Feb2016 - now has 10 month PDRA contract with University of Aberdeen working on Arctic benthos biology. Feb 2017 - now have 3 yr post-doc working on ATLAS project.
  • Flora Kent: Heriot Watt University. The societal benefits of biogenic structures and their value within MPAs and a Marine Spatial Planning Context. Now working for SNH.
  • Anna Kintner: St Andrews University and SAMS. Impacts of Hydrozoan Jellyfish on Scottish Mariculture: Ecology and Strategies for Mitigation.
  • Nicola Lacey, Aberdeen University. Scavenging fauna of the hadal zone. Now working at Marine Scotland.
  • Lilian Lieber, Aberdeen University and St Andrews University. The application of molecular ecology and hydroacoustics to understand spatiotemporal patterns of seascape use of a planktivorous shark, the basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus). Passed viva Nov 2015, then joined the research expedition to Chagos before starting work at Queens University Belfast as a post-doc.
  • Katherina Lefering: Strathclyde University. Characterisation of a Point-Source Integrating Cavity Absorption Meter for applications in optical oceanography. Completed October 2016. Now working as a post-doc at Strathclyde University.
  • Thomas Linley: Aberdeen University. Novel technology for biological research at hadal depths. Passed viva July 2016. Now working as a post-doc at Newcastle University.
  • Marlene Lorgan, Aberdeen University. The molecular basis of migrations and life history strategies in Atlantic salmon. Now a Research Fellow at Aberdeen University.
  • Jen Loxton: Heriot Watt University. The impact of Ocean Acidification on Scottish marine Bryozoa. Passed viva May 2014. Now working as a NERC Research Fellow at UHI.
  • Fiona Macintyre: Aberdeen University. The Development of Underwater Visual Surveys to Support Environmental Monitoring and Fisheries Management. Viva passed December 2014. Worked at Marine Scotland before setting up Greyhope Bay initiative.
  • Jenny McLeish: Edinburgh Napier University. Aquatic non-native species: a closer look at their parasite fauna. Passed viva October 2017 and will be working as an aquatic ecologist for Jacobs.
  • Lauren McWhinnie: HW, ENU & MSS. Developing and testing approaches for Marine Spatial Planning: the case for aquaculture. Passed viva April 2015 and now working in Canada.
  • Enrico Pirotta: Aberdeen University and St Andrews University. Assessing the population consequences of disturbances caused by human development on marine mammal populations: a case-study on bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation (Scotland). Viva passed February 2015. Now taken up a postdoctoral researcher position with Pr. Leslie New at Washington State University working on the investigation of the cumulative impacts of human disturbances on blue whales and elephant seals. 
  • Heather Ritchie: Aberdeen University. Ecological genomics of hadal amphipods. Now a Research Fellow at Aberdeen University.
  • Sally Rouse: SAMS and Heriot Watt University. Understanding benthic productivity on artificial structures: maximising the benefits of marine renewable energy devices. Submitted April 2016. Now working at Marine Scotland Science.
  • Amy Scott-Murray: Aberdeen University and Marine Scotland. Marine taxonomy in the 21st Century: embracing digital opportunities. Now working as the Manager of the 3D Scanning and Visualisation Laboratory Imaging and Analysis Centre at The Natural History Museum, London. 
  • Ben Scoulding: Aberdeen University. The acoustic properties of mackeral: target strength modelling and field studies.
  • James Thorburn: Aberdeen University. Movements, areas of importance and sustainability of Scottish Elasmobranchs. Viva passed December 2015. Now working with Heriot Watt University before taking a post with Marine Scotland.
  • Thitiya Summathed: Aberdeen University. The effects of clinical nutrition on fish immune status and resistance to viral infection.
  • Matthew Toberman: SAMS. Thin Surface Layers - New perspectives on ocean mixing and colour.
  • Nienke Van Geel: SAMS. Understanding Scottish bottlenose dolphin movement patterns: Can visual and acoustic cues be used to ensure that dolphins and construction of marine renewable don't coincide. Passed viva March 2016.
  • Matthew Wale: Edinburgh Napier University. Effects of underwater sound on aquatic invertebrates. Passed viva October 2017.
  • Chad Widmer: St Andrews University & SAMS. Effects of climate variability on benthic life history stages of some commercially significant jellyfish from British waters. Passed viva October 2014. Now working in the US.
  • Robert Wilson: Strathclyde University. Spatial Modelling of Marine Zooplankton Population Dynamics. Passed viva October 2015. Now working as a postdoc at Strathclyde University.
  • Joanna Wilson: Stirling University. Investigation into the genetic origin of Mytilus species spat circulating in Scottish aquaculture.