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Nudibranch by Hugh Brown Scottish Marine InstituteThe Ecology Department includes over 27 members of staff and ten research students who cover a broad range of research topics (see research). Within and across each area of research, a range of project activities are undertaken varying in scale from large EU projects like KnowSeas and BioMara, through the NERC Theme Action Plans such as MERP and LoRise and responsive grants, Government Department commissions and commercial contracts, to a range of individual PhD studentships.

The key drivers of our research are the responses of individuals and communities to environmental changes caused by human activities and changing climate.  Our work is cast both in theoretical and applied contexts, attempting to understand ecosystem processes and their sensitivities.

Our work covers all marine ecosystems from the coast to the deep ocean, and areas from west of Scotland sea lochs and NE Atlantic to the Svalbard fjords and continental margin, Mediterranean Sea, to the South Atlantic and Indian Ocean among others.

We study ecosystem processes (Burrows), deep sea systems (Narayanaswamy) ecosystem services provided by the marine environment such as aquaculture (Black, Hughes) and fisheries (Fox), marine renewable energy impacts (Wilson) and how this all fits together in larger social-economic-ecological systems (Kenter).

Dr Sheila Heymans
Head of the Ecology Department


Ecology research topics

Within the Ecology Department at the SAMS we address the following research topics:

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Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA
T: 01631 559000
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