Marine Stressors Forum

The Marine Stressors Forum aims to provide an integrated platform to promote the enhanced understanding of environmental stress, both natural and anthropogenic, on marine organisms.

Environmental stress is any physical, chemical or biological factor that requires an energy consumptive compensation response by affected organisms, thus placing constraints on the productivity and development of ecosystems. The wide range of possible stressors, including noise, electrical fields, oil and oilfield chemicals, nanomaterials and plastic microparticles and litter, means that to understand and mitigate the impact of stress a multidisciplinary approach is required.

The main objective is to create a multidisciplinary network across the MASTS community in order to prepare MASTS as partner for consortium bids (e.g. H2020) and to provide the Scottish Government with a contact point for up to date advice on the impact of human activity in Scottish waters, the performance of existing and regulatory frameworks, as well as to inform relevant policy.

An important role of the Forum will be to monitor developments in ecotoxicological biomarkers for contaminant exposure, including the effects of climate change on the behaviour and fate of contaminants, the susceptibility of organisms, and on biomarker endpoint validation, as well as policy provisions.

An immediate task that the Marine Stressors Forum will take up is to determine the skills and expertise levels available across the MASTS community and link them to the MASTS Resource Map.

This forum will be led by Dr Mark Hartl. Dr Hartl is an Associate Professor of Marine Biology and a Marine Ecotoxicologist.

The Forum held its first community meeting on 4 Feb 2016. To view the presentations etc from this meeting, please click here.

Need an expert in an area related to marine stressors? View the Marine Stressors Forum expertise database here. If you would like to be added to this database please contact masts@st-andrews.ac.uk

Forum Convenor: Dr Mark Hartl

Deputy Forum Convenor:TBC

Steering Group: Karen Diele (Edinburgh Napier University) interests in climate change and multiple stressors; Daniel Merckel (SEPA) Environmental Chemistry; Craig Robinson (MSS) Environmental Toxicology; Caroline Carter (SNH); Marine Renewables Policy; Peter Tyack (St Andrews) Noise; John Craft (Glasgow Caledonian) Endocrine Disruption; Kirsty Crocket (SAMS) Marine Chemist; Calum Duncan (Marine Conservation Society) Litter