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.
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