My background is in biological sciences – I have recently graduated with an MSc in Ecology and Conservation from the University of Aberdeen, where I focused my research project on modelling the reintroduction of moor frogs (Rana arvalis) to Scotland, where I used dynamic individual movement-based modelling techniques. I also have an MSci in Forensic Sciences from the University of the West of England.
The blue mussel Mytilus edulis as an indicator species for modelling marine connectivity in Scotland
- Address the resilience of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) at large spatial scales.
- Develop models which are capable of representing species population dynamics within locales and dispersal between locales.
- Models will capture the mechanisms of Connectivity between networks made up of rivers and coastal systems, provided by natural mechanisms such as larval migration and human intervention.
- Choose appropriate modelling frameworks for modelling the blue mussel population at national scale.
- Construct and parameterise models to describe and predict blue mussel population connectivity.
- Identify features of the national-scale population and connectivity patterns of highest conservation interest in terms of linking populations and regulating gene flow
- Identify the likely impacts of global change.
- Assess how blue mussel connectivity is affected by projected global climate change in temperature variable habitats in Scotland as well as changing salinity and acidity levels.
- Investigate effects of predation rate, disease, and competition on blue mussel connectivity.
- Assess the use of the blue mussel as an indicator species for human intervention effects on the marine ecosystem
- Application of connectivity model framework on other species of interest.