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Dr Kim S Last

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Principal Investigator in Marine Chronobiology

I am interested in the effects of human activities on marine organisms at the physiological and behavioural level particularly with a focus on sediments. Underlying my work is a fascination of clock biology i.e. how animals tell the time. Over the last 15 years I have worked on various worms, crustaceans and fish. I am a 'practical' scientist and enjoy answering difficult scientific questions by developing new technologies.

At the SAMS I am a member of the ...

I am a regular user of the Alan Ansell Research Aquarium and our research vessels.

 

Career / education

Research

Research projects

Current research projects

  1. Sediment impacts on benthic macroinvertebrates: Many anthropogenic impacts i.e. aggregate extraction create sediment re-suspension and / sediment burial and smothering of habitats. These impacts can be particularly damaging when they negatively affect commercial species (livelihoods) and / or biogenic reef forming species considered hotspots of biodiversity. Our research is determining the behavioural (escape, avoidance etc) and physiological (stress, growth etc) responses of a selection of organisms to these impacts. More...
  2. Ocean acidification and climate change (temperature) affects on cold water corals Lophelia pertusa: There is clear evidence that the Worlds oceans are acidifying through absorption of man-made carbon dioxide and increasing in temperature as a consequence of the greenhouse effect. We are looking at the effects of these two factors on the behaviour and physiology of cold-water coral which maybe especially sensitive to such disturbances because of their geographical distribution. More...
  3. Whale-fall biology: Almost nothing is known about the fate of marine vertebrate remains in the sea particularly their decomposition, burial, fragmentation, dissolution, abrasion, and infestation by other organisms. We are interested in finding out the fate of whale bone remains in shallow water habitats (<50m) with important implications for whale evolution, the ecosystem function role of bone-degrading organisms and patterns of dispersal in the ocean.
  4. Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) in high latitude zooplankton: Zooplankton undergo complex daily vertical migrations in one of the largest (by biomass) migrations on the planet. We are focusing our attentions on DVM in high Arctic latitudes to understand the intensity and change in DVM in relation to ice retreat (from climate change) and other physical characteristics.
  5. Chronobiology of the polychaete ragworm Nereis virens: Examining the behavioural and molecular architecture of the biological clock of this polychaete we hope to elucidate how intertidal organisms are able to tell the time of not only the day, but also the tide, the moon phase and the year.  

 

Grant capture 2008-2013

  1. Lead PI in developing/delivering two CPD courses as part of FP7 Marie Curie, shellfish aquaculture and science communication, 2015, value: £7.5k
  2. Co-PI Ground trothing rare earth elements in cold water corals – a pilot data acquisition. The Carnegie Trust, 2015, value: £7.5k
  3. Lead PI Calanus Clocks. SAMS internal science fund and funding from AWI, 2014, value £34k
  4. Lead PI Effects of Aqueous Chlorine on Mytilus edulis (CEFAS), 2015, value: ~£118k.
  5. Co-PI Arctic marine ecosystems - Applied technology, Biological interactions and Consequences in an era of abrupt climate change (NRC), 2015, value: ~£284k.
  6. Lead PI Effects of Aqueous Chlorine on Mytilus edulis (CEFAS), 2014, value: ~£105k.
  7. Lead PI Effects of Aqueous Chlorine on Mytilus edulis (CEFAS), 2013, value: ~£43k.
  8. Lead PI Environmental assessment of phosphate dredging, 2013, value: ~£15k.
  9. Co-PI NERC marine robotics, funding for a remotely operated vehicle, 2013, value: ~£113k
  10. SAMS lead PI in FP7 EU CACHE project (BAS led), co-PI T. Wilding (4 years) 1 PhD, 1 postdoc, hosting 10 PhD students, 5 day master class in shellfish aquaculture, 2013, value: ~£316k
  11. Lead PI OEC Observatory, 2013, value: ~£50k
  12. SAMS lead PI in FP7 TIDES project (5 years), 1 post-doc, 2013, value: ~£490k
  13. ASSEMBLE co-application “Oyster clocks”, 2013, value: unknown (2 visitors 1 month)
  14. Lead PI Mine tailing leachate analysis (part of MRes project), SAMS internal science fund, 2013, value: £2k
  15. Co-PI (PI Finlo Cottier) CIRCA project, (NFC) 1 PhD, 2012, value: ~£270k
  16. Effects of Aqueous Chlorine and Temperature on Sabellaria alveolata (CEFAS), 1 postdoc, 2011, value: ~£90k.
  17. Effect of Aqueous Chlorine on Sabellaria spinulosa (CEFAS), 1 postdoc, 2011, value: ~£45k
  18. Effects of Shrimp Trawling on Sabellaria spinulosa reef (Natural England), 1 postdoc, 2011, value: ~£80k.
  19. Co-PI (PI Finlo Cottier) Panarchive (NERC small grant), 2010, value: £78k
  20. Co-PI in MaREE sediment project, sediment impacts from marine renewables on commercial and biogenic reef builders (MaREE), 1 PhD, 2010, value: ~£100k
  21. Cold water corals and acidification funded through the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA), 1 PhD, 2009, value £80k
  22. Facilitating the delivery of marine specimens of genomic importance funded by the Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories (ASSEMBLE), 2007, value £154k
  23. Impacts of benthic marco invertebrates to sediment funded by the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF), 1 postdoc, 2007, value: £130k
  24. Guest Lecturing (Newcastle University), 2009 /10, value: £1k
  25. Fouling study (Ecomarine, Sweden), 2008, value ~£1.5k
Total value: £2.59 million to SAMS of which £1.86 million as PI

Publications

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  1. Orejas, C., Gori, A., Rad-Menéndez, C., Last, K. S., Davies, A. J., Beveridge, C. M., Sadd, D., Kiriakoulakis, K., Witte, U., Roberts, J. M. 2016. The effect of flow speed and food size on the capture efficiency and feeding behaviour of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. JEMBE 481, 34-40.
  2. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J., Beveridge, C. M., V. J., Wilding, T., Roberts, D. A.  2016. Lethal and sub-lethal responses of the biogenic reef forming polychaete Sabellaria alveolata to aqueous chlorine and temperature. Marine Environmental Research. 117: 44–53.
  3. Hutchison, Z. L., Hendrick, V. J., Burrows, M. T., Wilson, B., Last, K. S. 2016. Buried Alive: The behavioural response of two mussels, Modiolus modiolus and Mytilus edulis to sudden burial by sediment. PLoS ONE.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151471
  4. Hendrick, V.J., Hutchison, Z., Last, K. S. 2016. Sediment burial intolerance of marine macroinvertebrates. PLoS ONE. 11, e0149114.
  5. Cottrell, R. S., Hutchison, Z. L., Black, K., Last, K. S. 2016. The influence of organic material and temperature on the burial tolerance of the blue mussel, Mytilus edulis: considerations for the management of marine aggregate dredging. PLoS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0147534
  6. Last, K. S., Hobbs, L., Berg, J., Brierley, A. S., Cottier, F. 2016. Moonlight drives ocean-basin scale mass vertical migration of zooplankton during the Arctic winter. Current Biology. 26: 1-8.
  7. Berge, J., Daase, M., Renaud, P., Ambrose, W., Darnis, G., Last, K.S., Leu, E., Cohen, J., Johnsen, G., Moline, M.A., Cottier, F., Varpe, Ø., Shunatova, N., Balazy, P., Morata, N., Massabuau, J.-C., Falk-Petersen, S., Kosobokova, K., Clara J.M. Hoppe, Weslawski, J.M., Kuklinski, P., Legeżyńska, J., Nikishina, D., Cusa, M., Kedra, M., Wlodarska, M., Vogedes, D., Camus, L., Tran, D., Michaud, E., Gabrielsen, T.M., Granovitch, A., Gonchar, A., Krapp, R., Callesen, T.A., 2015 Unexpected levels of biological activity during the polar night offers new perspectives on a warming Arctic. Current Biology 25, 1-7.
  8. Berge, J., Renaud, P.E., Darnis, G., Cottier, F., Last, K.S., Gabrielsen, T.M., Johnsen, G., Seuthe, L., Weslawski, J.M., Leu, E., 2015 In the dark: a review of ecosystem processes during the Arctic polar night. Progress in Oceanography. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2015.08.005
  9. Cohen, J.H., Berge, J., Moline, M.A., Sørensen, A.J., Last, K.S., Falk-Petersen, S., Renaud, P.E., Leu, E.S., Grenvald, J., Cottier, F. 2015 Is ambient light during the high Arctic Polar Night sufficient to act as a visual cue for zooplankton? PLoS ONE 10 (6), e0126247.
  10. Browne, N. K., Precht, E., Last, K. S., Todd, P. A. 2014. The photo-physiological costs associated with acute sediment stress events in three near-shore turbid water corals. MEPS, 502: 129-143
  11. Lai, S., Gillis, L. G., Mueller, C., Bouma, T. J., Guest, J. R., Last, K. S., Ziegler, A. D., Todd, P. A. 2013 First experimental evidence of corals feeding on seagrass matter. Coral Reefs, 32: 1061-1064
  12. Miller, R.G., Hutchison, Z.L., Macleod, A.K., Burrows, M.T., Cook, E.J., Last, K.S. and Wilson, B. 2013 Marine renewable energy development: assessing the Benthic Footprint at multiple scales. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11: 433-440
  13. Schaum, E. C., Batty, R., Last, K. S. 2013 Smelling danger - Alarm cue responses in the polychaete Nereis (Hediste) diversicolor (Müller, 1776) to potential fish predation. PLoS ONE, 8(10): e77431
  14. Glover, A. G., Higgs, N. D., Bagley, P. M., Carlsson, R., Davies, A. J., Kemp, K. M., Last, K. S., Norling, K., Rosenberg, R., Wallin KA., Kallstrom, B., Dahlgren, T. G. 2010 A live video observatory reveals tempral processes at the shelf-depth whale-fall. Cah. Biol. Mar. 51: 375-381
  15. Last, K. S., Bailhache, T., Kramer, C., Kyriacou, C. P., Rosato, E., Olive, P. J. W. 2009. Tidal, daily, and lunar-day activity cycles in the marine polychaete Nereis virens.  Chronobiology International, 26: 2, 167-183.
  16. Davies, A. J., Last, K. S., Attard, K., Hendrick, V. J. 2009. Maintaining turbidity and current flow in laboratory aquarium studies, a case study using Sabellaria spinulosa. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 370: 35-40.
  17. Berge, J., Cottier, F, Last, K. S., Varpe, Ø, Leu, E., Søreide, J., Eiane, K., Falk-Petersen, S., Willis, W., Nygård, H., Vogedes, D., Griffiths, C., Johnsen, G., Lorentzen, D., Brierley, A., S. 2009. Diel vertical migration of Arctic zooplankton during the polar night. Biology Letters, 5: 1, 69-72.
  18. Herberg, L. M., Bentley, M. G., Clare, A. S. Last, K. S. 2006. Mating behaviour and chemical communication in the invasive chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 329, 1-10.
  19. Norman Morrison, A. Joseph Wood, David Hancock, Sonia Shah, Luke Hakes, Tanya Gray, Bela Tiwari, Peter Kille, Andrew Cossins, Matthew Hegarty, Michael J. Allen, William H. Wilson, Peter Olive, Kim Last, Cas Kramer, Thierry Bailhache, Jonathan Reeves, Denise Pallett, Justin Warne, Karim Nashar, Helen Parkinson, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Robert Stevens, Jason Snape, Andy Brass, and Dawn Field. Annotation Of Environmental OMICS Data: Application to the transcriptomics domain 2006. OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology. 10 (2) 2006.
  20. Olive, P. J. W., Kyriacou, C. P., Last, K. S., Kramer, C., Bailhache, T., Rosato, E. 2005. Dancing to the rhythms of geological time: the biorhythm capabilities of Polychaeta in a geological context. International Journal of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, 48 (1-3) 197-206.
  21. Tauber, E., Last, K. S., Olive, P. J. W., Kyriacou, C. P. 2004. Clock gene evolution and functional divergence. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 19 (5), 445-458.
  22. Last, K. S., Olive, P. J. W. 2004. Interaction between photoperiod and an endogenous seasonal factor in influencing the diel locomotor activity of the benthic polychaete Nereis virens Sars. Biological Bulletin, 206, 103-112.
  23. Last, K. S. 2003. An actograph and its use in the study of foraging behaviour in the benthic polychaete, Nereis virens Sars. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 287, 237-248.
  24. Bentley, M. G., Olive, P.J.W., Last, K. S. 2001. Sexual satellites, moonlight and the nuptial dances of worms: The influence of the Moon on the reproduction of marine animals. Earth Moon and Planets 85-6: 67-84.
  25. Last, K., Olive, P. J. W., Edwards, A. J. 2000. Photoperiodic control of growth and regeneration in immature juvenile Nereis (Neanthes) virens. Bulletin of Marine Science 2000, 67 (1), 667.
  26. Last, K., Olive, P. J. W., Edwards, A. J. 1999. An actographic study of diel activity in the semelparous polychaete Nereis (Neanthes) virens Sars in relation to the annual cycle of growth. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 35: 141-145.
  27. Last, K. S., Olive, P. J. W. 1999. Photoperiodic control of growth and segment proliferation by Nereis (Neanthes) virens in relation to state of maturity and season. Marine Biology, 134, 191-200.

 

Other Publications / Book Chapters / Reports

  1. Last, K. S., Beveridge, C. M. & Wilding, T. A. 2016. TROMyt3 A – Chlorine demand trial. A report by SRSL for Cefas, pp.19
  2. Last, K. S., Beveridge, C. M. & Wilding, T. A. 2016. TROMyt3 B - Tolerance of Mytilus edulis to suspended sediment. A report by SRSL for Cefas, pp.25
  3. Last, K. S., Beveridge, C. M. & Wilding, T. A. 2016. TROMyt3 C – Bromoform trial. A report by SRSL for Cefas, pp.22
  4. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J. 2014. Snowy and Penny’s Arctic Adventure. Published by Sole Design.
  5. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J. 2014 In "Annual, Lunar and Tidal Clocks", chapter "The clock-work-worms: diversity and function of clock expression in marine polychaete worms." Springer.
  6. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J. 2014 "Predicted sensitivity of benthic organisms within the Don Diego Phosphate Marine Dredge Concession Area". Report prepared on behalf of SRSL for Odyssey Marine Exploration.
  7. Last, K. S., Beveridge, C. M., Wilding, T. 2014. "Pilot study on the tolerance of Mytilus edulis to aqueous chlorine and suspended sediments." Commercial report for CEFAS BEEMS 2013, WP8. SRSL report No 01018_P06870001. 25pp
  8. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J, Beveridge, C. M. 2012 Tolerance of Sabellaria alveolata to Aqueous Chlorine. Final Report for the BEEMS programme, Work Package 6.
  9. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J., Sotheran, I, Foster-Smith, B., Foster-Smith, D., Hutchison, Z. 2012 Assessing the impact of shrimp fishing on Sabellaria spinulosa reef and associated biodiversity in the Wash and North Norfolk SAC, Inner Dowsing Race Bank North Ridge SAC and surrounding areas. Report for Natural England. 49pp.
  10. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V.J., Beveridge, C.M., Davies A.J. 2011 Measuring the effects of suspended particulate matter and burial on the behaviour, growth and survival of key species found in areas associated with aggregate dredging. Report by SAMS for the marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (mALSF). Project 08/P76. 70 pp.
  11. Last, K. S., Hendrick, V. J., Beveridge, C. M. 2011 Tolerance of Sabellaria spinulosa to Aqueous Chlorine. Final Report for the BEEMS programme, Work Package 6.
  12. Last, K. S. 2011. Synchronized swimming in the sea? It's not all moonshine. Book review "Chronobiology of Marine Organisms" by Ernest Naylor (2010) Cambridge University Press, 242pp.
  13. Last, K. S., Rosato, E. 2005. "Clock Watching". Planet Earth, (Winter 2005), 18-19.
  14. Olive, P. J. W., Lewis, C., Beardall, V., Last, K., Bentley, M. G. 2001. "Fitness consequences of seasonal reproduction: experiments on the polychaete Nereis virens Sars".  In Environment and animal development: genes, life histories and plasticity. (Eds., Atkinson, D., and Thorndyke, M.). BIOS Scientific Publishers Ltd, Oxford, pp 358.
  15. Last, K.S., 1999. "Worm Clocks". NERC News, 11-13.

 

Scientific presentations

  • ArcticABC workshop + Polar night cruise
  • Arctic Change, Ottawa, Canada (2014). "Werewolves in the dark – moonlight structures Arctic zooplankton communities in space and time during the polar night."
  • 13th Congress of the EBRS, Munich, Germany (2013). "Vertical migrations in Arctic zooplankton or is it all moonshine?"
  • Invited speaker, University of Bordeaux, Arcachon Marine Station, France (2012). "Biological clock lability in the sea: from clock-work-worms to clock-work-krill."
  • Invited speaker, Marine Observatories Workshop, Kristineberg, Sweden (2012). "SAMS Ocean Explorer Centre Observatory."
  • Invited speaker, CIRCA meeting, UNIS, Svalbard, Norway (2012). "Synchronised Swimming during the Polar night: Is it all Moonshine?"
  • 12th Congress of the EBRS, Oxford (2011). "Biological clock lability in the marine domain: from temperate shores to the Arctic Ocean."
  • 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium, Plymouth (2011). "The effects of suspended particulate matter and burial on the behaviour and survival of Sabellaria spinulosa and Mytilus edulis"
  • 14th Biannual Challenger Conference, Southampton (2010). "The effects of suspended particulate matter and burial on the behaviour, growth and survival of benthic invertebrates".
  • European Marine Biology Symposium, Heriot-Watt University, UK (2010). "Measuring the effects of suspended particulate matter and burial on the behaviour, growth and survival of key species found in areas associated with aggregate dredging".
  • MAST/MREDS Workshop ICIT, Stromness, Orkney, UK (2010). "Sensitivity of biogenic reef forming organisms and commercially important benthic invertebrates in an era of marine renewable development."
  • Invited speaker, ERI, Thurso, UK (2008). "From genes to the stars: the story of the clock-work-worm Nereis virens".
  • Invited speaker, Scottish Marine Group, Stirling, UK (2007). "Dances with worms – an evolutionary time-step".
  • Invited speaker, University of Singapore (2006). "Dances with Worms: Biological clocks in the marine domain - behavioural, genetic and evolutionary perspectives".
  • Invited speaker SAMS, Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, UK (2006). "Wild worms do, dance to the moon and the sun".
  • Invited speaker for the Porcupine Society, London, UK (2005).
  • 8th International Polychaete Conference, Madrid, Spain (2004). "The Clockwork Worms".
  • NERC Environmental Genomics awardee meetings Manchester, (2004) "Transcriptomic and functional analysis of circadian and circatidal rhythmicity in the annelid polychaete Nereis virens (Sars)".
  • Invited speaker for the International Congress of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Newcastle, UK (2004) and at the ICIRD in Amsterdam, Holland (1998) "An actographic study of diel rhythmicity in the semelparous polychaete Nereis virens Sars in relation to the annual cycle of growth".
  • Invited speaker for the RNA club, Newcastle, UK (2003).
  • Clock Club, Leicester, UK (2003).
  • Invited speaker for the Vollum Institute, Portland Oregon, USA (2002), "Science from the deep-sea".
  • Invited speaker for the Platynereis Workshop EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany (2002), "The Clockwork Worm".
  • Awarded best student speaker at the 6th International Polychaete Conference in Curitiba, Brazil (1998), "Photoperiodic control of growth and segment proliferation by Nereis (Neanthes) virens in relation to real time and state of maturity".
  • Awarded best student speaker at the Annual Postgraduate Conference, Newcastle, UK (1999) "Sex, Worms and Video Tape", also presented in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002.
  • Invited speaker for the John Holmes Lectures for Children in Newcastle, UK (1999).
  • Invited speaker for the British Association’s "Stand up Science Show" in Cardiff, UK (1998).


Poster presentations

  • MALSF WIP Meeting, HMS Belfast, London, (2009). Measuring the effects of suspended matter and smothering on the behaviour, growth and survival of key species found in areas associated with aggregate dredging.
  • 4th International Symposium on Chemosynthetic-based Ecosystems, Japan (2009). Glover AG, Carlsson R, Davies AJ, Higgs, Kallstrom B, Kemp K, Last KS, Rosenberg R, Wallin KA, Bagley PM, Dahlgren TG.
  • SET House of Commons, UK (2006). "The genetic basis of a complex tidal and daily clock in the marine polychaete worm Nereis virens." Last KS, Kramer C, Bailhache T , Rosato E, Kyriacou CP and Olive PJW.
  • Clock Club, Glasgow, UK (2005). Kramer C, Last KS, Bailhache T, Rosato E, Kyriacou CP and Olive PJW.
  • NERC Environmental Genomics awardee meetings Bristol, (2003), Manchester, (2004) and Exeter, (2005) "Transcriptomic and functional analysis of circadian and circatidal rhythmicity in the annelid polychaete Nereis virens (Sars)" Bailhache T, Kramer C, Last KS, Rosato E, Kyriacou CP and Olive PJW.
  • International Congress of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Newcastle, UK (2004) "Molecular basis of biorhythmicity and environmental signal transduction in the annelid polychaete Nereis virens (Sars)" Kramer C, Bailhache T, Last KS, Edwards P, Zhang L, Rosato E, Kyriacou CP and Olive PJW.
  • Society of Research on Biological Rhythms, Whistler, Canada (2004) "Molecular basis of biorhythmicity and environmental signal transduction in the annelid polychaete Nereis virens (Sars)" Kramer C, Bailhache T, Last KS, Edwards P, Zhang L, Rosato E, Kyriacou CP and Olive PJW.
  • Gordon Research Conference on Chronobiology, Il Ciocco, Italy (2003) "Transcriptomic and functional analysis of circadian and circatidal rhythmicity in marine organisms". Bailhache T, Edwards P, Kramer C, Last KS, Zhang L, Hastings MH, Olive PJW, Rosato E, Webster S and Kyriacou CP.
  • Complex Clocks Conference, Edinburgh, UK, (2000) "Complex clocks structure the life of the semelparous polychaete Nereis virens" Last KS, Olive PJW.
  • Gordon Research Conference, Il Ciocco, Italy (1999) "Daily, seasonal and annual clocks structure the life of the semelparous polychaete Nereis virens" Last KS, Olive PJW.

External

External activities / measures of esteem

Invited lectures

  • Invited speaker, ERI, Thurso, UK (2008). 'From genes to the stars: the story of the clock-work-worm Nereis virens'
  • Invited speaker, Scottish Marine Group, Stirling, UK (2007). 'Dances with worms – an evolutionary time-step'
  • Invited speaker, University of Singapore (2006). 'Dances with Worms: Biological clocks in the marine domain - behavioural, genetic and evolutionary perspectives'
  • Invited speaker SAMS (2006). 'Wild worms do, dance to the moon and the sun'
  • Invited speaker for the Porcupine Society, London, UK (2005)
  • Invited speaker for the International Congress of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, Newcastle, UK (2004) and at the ICIRD in Amsterdam, Holland (1998) 'An actographic study of diel rhythmicity in the semelparous polychaete Nereis virens Sars in relation to the annual cycle of growth'
  • Invited speaker for the RNA club, Newcastle, UK (2003)
  • Invited speaker for the Vollum Institute, Portland Oregon, USA (2002), 'Science from the deep sea'
  • Invited speaker for the Platynereis Workshop EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany (2002), 'The Clockwork Worm'
  • Invited speaker for the John Holmes Lectures for Children in Newcastle, UK (1999)
  • Invited speaker for the British Association’s 'Stand up Science Show' in Cardiff, UK (1998)

 

Media coverage

  • BBC Wales filming for “Living Museums” series presented by Mark Cowardine, May 2009. Filming carried out at Kristineberg Marine Lab, Sweden. Topic: Whale fall observatory
  • Oban FM presented by Allan MacDougall, April 2009. Interview topic: biological clocks in marine worms
  • BBC Coast Series 5 presented by Kate Rew, September 2008. Filming carried out on the R/V Calanus in the Tiree Passage. Topic: Whale fall fauna off the Scottish Coast
  • Forargyll online interview, March 2009. Interview topic: biological clocks in the marine environment
  • Sky News, 1998. Polychaete aquaculture

 

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Challenger Society 2010-present
  • Member of the Marine Conservation Society 1999-present
  • Member of the Scottish Wildlife Trust 1997-present
  • Member of the Institute of Biology 1994-present

 

Teaching

Students/teaching

BSc (Hons) Marine Science

  • Module leader: Behaviour and Biological Clocks (year 4) 2011-present (19 lectures)
  • Lecturer: Deep-sea Ecosystems (year 4 - 2 lectures)
  • Lecturer: Marine Zoology (year 3 - 4 lectures)
  • Lecturer: Marine Biology (year 2 - 1 lecture)
  • Lecturer: Presentation skills (year 1 - 1 lecture)

 

MSc teaching 'Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems'

  • Module leader: Impacts on Marine Ecosystems, 2011-2014
  • Lecturer: Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (4 lectures)

 

Marie Curie ITN masterclass

  • Shellfish aquaculture, 3 days, 2015

 

Current PhD students

  • Kati Michalek
  • Laura Hobbs

 

Past PhD students (alumni)

  • Beatriz de Francisco Mora: Cold-water coral and ocean acidification (EU FP7). 2009-2013
  • Zoe Hutchison: Sediment impacts of marine renewable devices on benthic invertebrates (MaREE). 2010-2015

 

Masters students' research project supervision

  • Eight completions as Director of Studies (Schaum, Condie, Lowe, Cottrell, Mackay, Ramdial, Hill, Warrender)

 

School projects

  • Ruairidh Nelson "Biological cycles of activity in the polychaete Nereis diversicolor" (Nuffield Foundation) 2009
  • Josephine Holbrook "Chemical alarm signals in polychaetes" (Nuffield Foundation) 2008

 

External teaching responsibilities

  • Guest lecturer (1 week/yr) "Molecular techniques in marine biology" University of Newcastle. 2006-2009

Other

 
My contact details

Dr Kim Last - SAMS marine ecologist

Dr Kim Sven Last
E: kim.last@sams.ac.uk
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