You are here: Home Campbell, Iona

Iona Campbell


Iona Campbell

Research student


With previous research experience in shellfish aquaculture as a tool for coastal restoration, it has become a focus of mine to promote sustainable aquaculture methods globally and domestically.

My research interests are:

  • Sustainable Aquaculture
  • Harmful Algal Blooms and the Shellfish Industry
  • Seaweed as a viable source for renewable biofuel


At SAMS I am a member of the



  • Poster Presentation, International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (2011) Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling. ‘Optimal stocking density of bay scallops, Argopecten irradians, in spat bags’


Education / career


Interactions between macroalgae aquaculture for biofuels and phytoplankton

With the global drive to find a renewable liquid fuel, attention has turned to algae culture as a feasible approach for biofuel. The benefits of seaweeds as a source outweigh that of land crops; there is no need for large land plots which may be unavailable, yields exceed that of land crops, and with a less complex structure the energy extraction process is easier. It is therefore important we understand the ecological impacts that such large-scale seaweed farms may have on economically important coastal waters, before extensive production goes ahead.

More specifically the project will try to understand how Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) released by seaweeds may potentially cause Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), which risk human health through shellfish poisoning.

Project Objectives

  1. Understand the flow of DOM from seaweed to phytoplankton communities
  2. Investigate how this may influence Harmful Algal Species
  3. Gain a wider perspective on how this may damage coastal ecosystems, and the shellfish aquaculture industry




Project funder



University of the Highlands and Islands




  • Hughes, A. D., Black, K. D., Campbell, I., Davidson, K., Kelly, M. S., Stanley, M. S., & Association, S. (2012). Does seaweed offer a solution for bioenergy with biological carbon capture and storage? Greenhouse Gases Science and Technology, 2, 1–6.
  • Hughes, A. D., Black, K. D., Campbell, I., Heymans, J. J., Orr, K. K., Stanley, M. S., & Kelly, M. S. (2012). Comments on “Prospects for the use of macroalgae for fuel in Ireland and UK: An overview of marine management issues”. Marine Policy, 38, 554–556.


Conference Proceedings

  • Oral Presentation, World Aquaculture Society Conference (AQUA 2012) Iona Campbell, Adam Hughes, Michele Stanley, Keith Davidson ‘Quantification of dissolved organic carbon exudation by large-scale kelp culture’
  • Poster Presentation, International Conference on Shellfish Restoration (ICSR 2011) Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling. Iona Campbell, David Bailey, Kim Tetrault ‘Optimal stocking density of bay scallops, Argopecten irradians, in spat bags’

Other info

Other info
  • SCUBA PADI- Advanced Open Water
  • Royal Yacht Association -Powerboat Level 2 Certified
  • British Divers Marine Life Rescue -Marine Mammal Medic


my contact details

Iona Campbell SAMS

Iona Campbell
T: +44 (0) 1631 559 278
F: +44 (0) 1631 559 001
Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA, UK

Contact us
Scottish Marine Institute
Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA
T: 01631 559000
F: 01631 559001