MASTS 2021 Webinar Series

MASTS is pleased to announce the re-launching of it’s webinar series for 2021. Last spring and summer, MASTS ran a series of weekly and publicly available webinars that were all very well received. Audiences joined from both within and outside the UK to listen to different speakers each week, and many would catch-up on our YouTube Channel.

MASTS wishes to continue promoting open and accessible marine science discourse and we are pleased to provide with our next round of speakers.

Starting February, every Wednesday at 13:00 GMT we will have a live webinar and Q&A with our speaker, check out who’s featuring below 
Sign up here for February and March talks!
Sign up here for April and May talks!


10th Feb

Zoe Hutchison

Uni. Of St Andrews

Subsea power cable electromagnetic fields and effects on marine species (watch here)

17th Feb

Mark Dickey Collas


ICES: ensuring appropriate knowledge for decision making (watch here)

24th Feb

Brian Quinn

Uni. of the West of Scotland

Developing rapid diagnostics to assess fish health for aquaculture

Diagnostics play an important role in aquatic animal health management and disease control. Despite advances in identifying pathogens, the aquaculture sector currently has limited tools for assessing fish health and is heavily reliant on histopathology; a lethal, labour intensive technique that that does not facilitate rapid fish health assessment. Therefore, our objective is to develop the use of clinical chemistry as rapid diagnostic technique to be integrated into aquaculture healthcare programmes for fish health and welfare assessment.

This presentation shall chart the course of how these medical techniques were originally used in ecotoxicology to measure the impact of pollutants on animals in the environment and were subsequently amended to assess fish health in aquaculture. The work presented shall outline the pro-active healthcare model being developed by the Aquaculture Health Laboratory in UWS, primarily based on rapid high-throughput clinical chemistry analysis, supported by the development of automated haematology methods. A case study shall be presented where blood biochemistry was used to investigate the clinical significance of complex gill disease (CGD) in aquaculture reared Atlantic salmon to determine relevant blood biomarkers for early diagnostics.

3rd March

Tom Eaves

Uni. Of Dundee

Understanding and categorising ocean mixing

Understanding ocean mixing is a key challenge in modern climate science. Mixing refers to the transport of heat from the relatively warm ocean surface (heated by the sun) down into the colder interior, or of salt from the relatively salty interior upwards towards the fresher surface (freshened by river discharge, for example). The intensity of this mixing is a key parameter in the overall energy budget of our climate system, and although we have estimates for how much mixing occurs, the details of the process remain somewhat of a mystery. A particular challenge of understanding ocean mixing is the fact that much of the ocean interior is layered through its depth; regions of fairly uniform temperature and salt content are separated by thin interfaces, and they are often not completely captured in climate simulations. When these layers interact with ocean currents, mixing occurs across the layers and heat and salt is exchanged between them. There are three different ways in which this can happen, and each of the three mechanisms has a different amount of mixing associated with it. At present, we do not have a good idea of how much of the total ocean mixing is due to each of these three potential mixing routes, and without this information our understanding of our climate’s energy budget is incomplete. I will present some recent findings detailing exactly what happens in each of these three types of mixing, and show how we are beginning to categorise real ocean data observations in order to learn how much ocean mixing is due to each potential mixing mechanism.

10th March

Bryan Wilson

Uni. Of Oxford

The Chagos Archipelago: A Tantalising Glimpse into the Coral Reefs of Yore

17th March

Lydia McGill

Uni. Of Highlands
and Islands

Infaunal analyses and population connectivity of flame shell beds for monitoring and management of marine protected areas in Scotland

24th March

Douglas Speirs

Uni. Of Strathclyde

Modelling zooplankton and fish in space and time, and under climate change

31st March

Daniel Smale

Marine Biological Association

Climate-driven shifts in kelp forest structure: implications for productivity, biodiversity and resilience


For April and May we continue our webinars every Wednesday at 13:00 GMT we will have a live webinar and Q&A with our speaker, check out who’s featuring below and sign up here! (different link to the one above) 

7th April

Tamara Galloway

Uni. of Exeter

Assessing the impacts of plastics

This talk will provide an overview of work at University of Exeter in determining the impacts of plastics. It will include a summary of the ecotoxicology of microplastics, their entry into the marine food web and the biological impacts this can lead to. The future of plastics is also considered, including how the Circular Economy can provide a more sustainable vision of the future, where new materials and business models are developed and plastics never become waste.

14th April

Heather Stewart

British Geological Survey

Exploring the Underworld: The geomorphology and sediments of subduction trenches 

21st April

Daniel Goldberg

Uni. Of Edinburgh

Interactions between ocean and ice shelves in west Antarctica, and implications for ice-sheet stability and coastal productivity

28th April

Richard Lilley

Project Seagrass

Seagrass Restoration in Scotland: Challenges and Opportunities?

5th May

Kristina Barclay

Ocean Acidification Community of Practice, Canada

Canada’s Ocean Acidification Community of Practice

12th May

Marilena Oltmanns

National Oceanography Centre

How does the Arctic affect our weather? Fresh perspectives on a long-standing question

19th May

Huw Griffiths

Pride in Polar Research, British Antarctic Survey

Minority Representation in Polar Research: Pride in Polar Research

26th May

Daniela Diz

Heriot Watt Uni. 

The Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and its Implications to International Ocean Governance


Watch this space!

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