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Nudibranch by Hugh Brown Scottish Marine InstituteThe Ecology Department includes over 25 members of staff and nine 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 Core Programme Ocean 2025 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.

Much of our work is focussed on the 'Northern Seas' from the west of Scotland sea lochs and NE Atlantic, to the Svalbard fjords and continental margin, areas thought to be particularly sensitive to changing climate and/or alterations of global circulation processes.  However, we are also at work at several other locations around the globe, for example the Antarctic, the Mediterranean and the Arabian Sea, giving us the ability to see the bigger picture of a dynamic global ecosystem responding to dynamic environmental and anthropogenic forcing.

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
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