DTP Year 1 Projects

Hosted by the University of the Highlands and Islands:

  • Understanding marine microplastic dynamics using macroplastics as a proxy (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Dr B Narayanaswamy. 
  • Foraging ecology of great black-backed gulls and their impact on Atlantic puffin populations (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Dr E Masden. 
  • Ecotoxicological implications of hydrogen peroxide environmental discharge on marine invertebrate organisms. PI: D H Reinhardy. 
  • Genomic analysis of population connectivity in the Scottish marine protected areas network to inform nature conservation (a collaborative studentship with Scottish Natural Heritage). PI: Dr M Coulson.  
  • Assessing dynamic seabed change on the UK continental shelf (a CASE studentship). PI: Dr J Howe. 
  • From landscapes to freshwater invertebrates: understanding the effects of peatland restoration on Atlantic Salmon habitat in the Flow Country (a CASE studentship). PI: Dr R Anderson. 

Hosted by the University of Stirling:

  • Estimating the dispersal capacity of Scottish blue mussel: From hydrographic modelling to genetic population structures (a collaborative studentship with SAIC, ASSG & the Fishmonger’s Company). PI: Dr S Carboni. 

Hosted by the University of St Andrews:

  • The impact of climate change driven multiple stressors on UK intertidal macroalgae. PI: Prof D Paterson. 
  • Inter-specific Interactions: investigating the role of grey seals in the harbour seal decline. PI: Dr D Russell.  
  • Scotland’s Deep-Water Blue Carbon Resources: Sources, Rates and Fates. PI: Prof W Austin. 

 

Projects hosted by the University of Aberdeen:

  • Multi-disciplinary connectivity investigation of Priority Marine Features in Scottish waters using bio-physical modelling and population genomics (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Dr C Jones.
  • The implications of spatial and temporal variation in marine biodiversity of demersal species for community ecology, marine policy and the Scottish fishing industry (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Dr T Marshall.
  • Making the most of monkfish and megrim: survey based assessments and sustainable exploitation (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Prof P Fernandes.
  • Environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring for invasive non-native species to protect marine biodiversity (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Dr A Douglas.
  • Long-term temporal dynamics of an over-sea migrant bird assemblage (a CASE studentship). PI: Dr J Reid.

Hosted by Heriot-Watt University:

  • The coexistence of aquaculture and inshore fisheries in Scotland: An ecotoxicological approach to establish potential contamination pathways in commercially important crustacean species. PI: Dr A Capper.  
  • Optimisation of essential habitat in sustainable fishery management. PI: Dr M Bell. 
  • Underpinning marine spatial planning of Blue Carbon resources; Orkney Islands Catchment Audit case study. PI: Dr J Porter. 
  • Marine oil snow (MOS): understanding its formation and role in the microbial biodegradation of crude oil. PI: Dr T Gutierrez.  

Hosted by the University of Strathclyde:

  • Protecting our seas using computers – Modelling and forecasting the expansion of a highly invasive seaweed. PI: Dr B Chen. 
  • What is the role of discarding in the recovery of a heavily fished marine ecosystem: a case study in the Firth of Clyde? (a collaborative studentship with Marine Scotland Science). PI: Dr R Cook. 
  • Fronds to forests: Individual-based and whole-forest models of kelp (a collaborative studentship with Scottish Natural Heritage). PI: Prof M Heath.