Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

Our Students

Current studentships

MASTS Studentships

  • Leigh Hickmott, University of St Andrews: Behavioural adaptations and social dynamics of beaked whales.
  • James Dunning, University of Aberdeen: Making use of new broadband acoustic technology: size discrimination and high resolution fish counting in support of fisheries management. 
  • Danielle Whitlock, Edinburgh Napier University: Understanding the drivers of, and threats to, carbon sequestration in Scottish seagrass
  • Corallie Hunt, University of St Andrews : Sedimentary Blue Carbon: A national inventory in Scottish territorial waters. Find out more.
  • Pauline Goulet, University of St Andrews: NEXUSS studentship
  • Texa Sim, SAMS: Changes in Marine Mammal habitat use relative to fish-farm scarer-noise off western Scotland.
  • Allan Audsley, University of Stirling: Scotland’s Pockmarks: understanding the link between gas-escape features and buried carbon in fjordic systems. Find out more.
  • Ana Couto, University of Aberdeen: Determining the ecology & physics of tidal-stream habitats
  • Craig Stenton, Napier & HW Universities: Effects of combined aquatic noise and chemical pollution on early stage marine invertebrates in different temperature contexts. Find out more.
  • Julia Wouters, Aberdeen University: Developing an evidence base and methodology for the assessment of fish and shellfish stocks using Remote Electronic Monitoring data. Find out more.
  • Scarlett Fehrino: University of St Andrews: Sustainable production of marine cyanobacterial products (sustainable C Products): discovery, scale-up and maintenance. IBioIC studentship.
  • Madjid Hadjal: University of Strathclyde: Automated classification of ocean colour remote sensing for environmental monitoring and legislative compliance applications. Datalab studentship.
  • Marios Katsakioris: Heriot-Watt University. Data driven techniques for interaction with autonomous vehicles. Datalab studentship.
  • Silvia Malagoli: University of Strathclyde : Developing a length-based stock assessment methodology for Firth of Clyde finfish and scallops.
  • Edward Lavender, University of St Andrews: Habitat use of the critically endangered flapper skate in relation to a MPA. A state of the art modelling approach.
  • Andrew Smith, University of Aberdeen: Mapping, monitoring and modelling coastal habitats with UAVs.
SAIC Studentships
  • John Phelan, SAMS: Dynamic spatial modelling and forecasting of sea lice abundances 
  • Chelsea Broughton, University of Stirling: Spat mortality in Farmed Scottish Blue Mussels  
  • Noemi Lorenzo, University of Aberdeen: Photoperiod and immune function, how critical life cycle events in salmon impact on disease response and post smolt performance
  • Toni Dwyer, University of Glasgow: Environmental DNA for low-cost monitoring of disease in Salmonid aquaculture 
Climate X Change Studentships
  • 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
Associate Student Members
  • Rebecca Grieve, Heriot-Watt University: The impact of hydrodynamic change associated with marine renewable installation on species of conservation importance.
  • Nicola Largey, UHI: Investigating bird flight characteristics and habitat use to understand mechanisms for ornithological impacts of wind farms.
  • Edward Bolger, Edinburgh Napier University: The effects of underwater sound on the early life-stages of marine invertebrates.
  • Clare MacDowall, UHI: The effects of wave-current interaction on marine energy generation under high wave conditions.
  • Hannah Lee, Heriot Watt University & ENU: Blue carbon and shellfish. Hannah’s research gate.
  • James Rimmer, University of St Andrews: The cumulative effects of multiple stressors on estuarine systems. James’ Research Gate page
  • Cornelia Simon-Nutbrown, Heriot-Watt University: Recommendations For Improving Maerl Bed Protection, Informed By A Combined Genetic, Physiology And Modelling Approach. 
  • Naomi Kennon, Heriot Watt University. Started Oct 2020. Biodiversity and restored fisheries habitat.
  • Hannah Wyles, University of St Andrews. Started Oct 2020. The ecology of Weddell seals in relation to the seasonal ocean dynamics of the Amundsen Sea Embayment, Antarctica.  
  • Kevin McKinley, ENU. Started Oct 2020. Developing gregarine apicomplexans as aquatic symbiosis model systems
  • Jacopo Agagliate: Strathclyde University. Developing in situ flow cytometry for optical characterisation of suspended particles in marine ecosystems. Passed viva Sept 2017.
  • Andisheh Bakhshi: Strathclyde University. Size-Structured Models and Fisheries Assessment Methods. Now a teaching fellow in School of Engineering and Computing at UWoS.
  • Cecilia Biancacci: SAMS. Establishment of red seaweed mari-culture. IBioIC studentship. Passed viva Dec 2019.Now a PDRA at Deakin University, Australia.
  • 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.
  • Luis Jose Perez Calderon: Aberdeen University. Hydrocarbon transport in marine sediments and the role of chemical dispersant on oil-sediment interactions. A past associate student. Passed viva 2018. Working as a consultant at Genesis Oil & Gas.
  • Adam Chivers: SAMS. The biodiversity and ecology of the Senghor seamount. Passed viva January 2015.
  • Fiona Cunningham: St Andrews University. Climate change impacts and adaptation in island communities. Passed viva November 2017 and working as Lab Manager for a geoscience company called Heath & Hardie Geosciences Ltd.
  • Simon Dailey: St Andrews University. Transcriptomics and gene expression during amphioxus regeneration. Passed viva March 2017. Was a post-doc at St Andrews, not senior scientist at GeneFirst.
  • 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. Worked at Marine Scotland before moving to Genesis Oil & Gas Consultants as a Senior Environmental Consultant. Now back at Marine Scotland.
  • Charlotte Francoz: University.of Glasgow: Assessing saltmarsh resilience in a changing climate. 
  • Emily Gal: St Andrews University. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of submerged island landscapes and communities. Submitted thesis June 2019.
  • Soizic Garnier, University of Strathclyde: Optimal-detail circulation models for fjords and sea lochs. Oct 2020 – secured job with Marine Scotland Science working as a sealice modeller.

 

  • Joly Ghanawi: Stirling University. Direct and indirect ecological interactions between coastal aquaculture activities and marine fish communities in Scotland. Passed viva in April 2018. Worked as a fish technician with the Becker group at the University of Edinburgh, and is currently a volunteer for CAMARADES, Center for Clinical Brain Sciences at the University of Edinburgh  
  • Joanna Gosling: SAMS. Biogeochemistry of highly reducing sediments. Passed viva May 2018 and now working as the ARCH-UK Coordinator based at Stirling University.
  • 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.
  • Daniel Johnston: ERI, UHI: Ecology of black guillemots in relation to marine protected areas and marine renewable energy developments. Submitted Thesis end March 2019.
  • 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. Worked at Marine Scotland before moving to a permenant position with an environmental consultancy.
  • Joshua Lawrence, Aberdeen University. Studies of cetaceans and their prey; combining passive and active acoustics. Now an acoustic engineer at EMEC Ltd.
  • 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. Was working as a NERC Research Fellow at UHI, but now moved to University of Edinburgh.
  • Mairi MacArthur, Glasgow University: Geodiversity and marine biodiversity interactions: enhancing ecosystem service provision on rocky and engineered coasts. Find out more and even more here! Passed viva June 2019. Now a healthy streets officer for Sustrans in London.
  • Alan MacDonald: Strathclyde University. Modelling the availability of small pelagic fish to birds and marine mammal predators off the east coast of Scotland. Passed viva July 2017. Now working as a Research Assistant at Strathclyde University.
  • 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.
  • Francesca Mancini: Aberdeen University. Managing the wildlife tourism commons. Now working at CEH as a Reearch Assocaite Ecological Modeller.
  • Matteo Marasco: ERI, UHI. Structure and coherance of flow througha tidally energetic channel measured by HF Radar. Submitted April 2020.
  • 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 MEOPAR Canada.
  • Hoa Nguyen Thi Thai: University of Strathclyde: Biogeochemical modeling of fjords and sea lochs. Pased viva November 2020.
  • Agnes Olin, Strathclyde. Past and future links from climate to kittiwakes via zooplankton and forage fish: a mechanistic model synthesisFind out more. Passed viva August 2020. Next step is to work as a postdoc in Stockholm working on the spread of sticklebacks in the Baltic Sea.
  • Joe Onoufriou, University of St Andrews: Effects of tidal turbines on the movements of marine predators in tidally energetic areas. Passed viva January 2020. Now working as a post-doc at SAMS.
  • 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. Submitted thesis Oct 2020. Passed viva 19/3/21.
  • Kaitlin Palmer: St Andrews University & MSS. Marine mammal habitat use along the east coast of Scotland using passive acoustic monitoring. Now working as a post-doc at San Diego University.
  • William Paterson: St Andrews University. The energetic cost of human disturbance to UK seals.
  • 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.
  • Ana Rodriguez, joint student between Heriot Watt & St Andrews: Shellfish restoration: Marine protected areas and built structures. Find out more. Passed viva 22/10/19. Will be with the Eurpean Commission as an intern in the Nature Protection unit of DG Environment from March 2020 for 5 months.
  • 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. Now employed as a Fisheries Acousticican at CSIRO in Hobart Tasmania. 
  • Hazel Smith: University of Strathclyde: Norway lobster and Hematodinium sp. in the Clyde: modelling the population dynamics of a commercially important parasite-host system. Find out more. Submitted thesis Jan 2021. Passed viva March 2021.
  • Jenny Stergeon: University of Aberdeen: Spatial demography in a marine top predator: linking spatial distribution with survival and population recruitment in juvenile European Shags.
  • James Thorburn: Aberdeen University. Movements, areas of importance and sustainability of Scottish Elasmobranchs. Viva passed December 2015. Worked with Heriot Watt University before taking a post with Marine Scotland, and now a PDRA at St Andrews University.
  • Thitiya Summathed: Aberdeen University. The effects of clinical nutrition on fish immune status and resistance to viral infection.
  • Alice Tagliati: Heriot Watt University. Ecotoxicology of sunscreen on tropical corals in a changing ocean. Passed viva Oct 2019. Now an environmental fate modeller and risk assessor at Enviresearch.
  • Ben Taylor: St Andrews University. Restoration of saltmarsh areas subsidised by a clue carbon market. Find out more. Viva passed May 2019. Working with MMO, then moved to IFCA.
  • Matthew Toberman: SAMS. Thin Surface Layers – New perspectives on ocean mixing and colour.
  • Kristina Ulrich: Stirling University. Evolution of Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis Virus (IPNV). Passed viva May 2018. Now junior consultant at Arcondis Group.
  • 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. Now a NERC-funded PDRA working on the potential for autonomous systems in long-term environmental monitoring pre- and post-decommissioning.
  • Kate Wade: St Andrews University. Intertidal ecosystem health and resilience through managed salt-marsh regeneration. Viva scheduled for March 2018. Now working for JNCC.
  • Matthew Wale: Edinburgh Napier University. Effects of underwater sound on aquatic invertebrates. Passed viva October 2017. Now working as PDRA at ENU.
  • Kamila Walicka: SAMS. Impacts of basin scale forcing on the circulation of the Faroe Shetland Channel. CXC studentship. Passed viva November 2018.
  • 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.
  • Laura Williamson: Aberdeen University. Spatio-temporal variation in harbour porpoise distribution and activity.Passed viva 2018. Working as a research analyst at Ocean Science Consulting Ltd.
  • 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.
  • 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. Passed viva March 2020.
  • Koji Yamamoto: University of Stirling: Targeting surveillance in Scottish aquaculture using reported mortality and transmission network structure to minimise impacts of infectious diseases.
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