Christine Campbell

        Christine Campbell sitting on a microscope in her white lab coat in the laboratory

SAMS Honorary Fellow

Until April 2021 I managed the core delivery of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP).

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As Technical Resources Manager I now address the needs of SAMS’ 25 support scientists working with the scientific PIs, the Enterprise Delivery Team and senior management, to ensure the team contribute appropriately to the outputs of the organisation and to see to their career development needs. This is challenging, however, it is fascinating to learn more about the wide spectrum of science covered by SAMS staff, from investigating marine bacteria and phytoplankton to the highly sophisticated instruments which monitor the physical characters of the oceans.

I continue in my role as manager of the core CCAP function which maintains and supplies cultures to our worldwide customer base. The Culture Collection accesses, maintains and supplies strains of marine and freshwater microalgae, cyanobacteria, protozoans, seaweeds and algal pathogens and it is served by a team of 6 dedicated support scientists. The Collection is funded via National Capability funding from NERC as well as income from sales of cultures and related services.

I have skills in algal and protozoan culture maintenance and related activities. From various training courses, years of working with algal cultures and as a toxic phytoplankton analyst for the SAMS monitoring team I have developed algal taxonomy skills.

For many years I have been an active Prospect Union representative, attending local, branch and national meetings and have benefited from attendance at many union training courses. I am the local Prospect rep and alsoo the Convenor of the Scottish Research Establishments Branch.

Current research projects

CCAP National Capability: The Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa holds around 2,600 strains of microalgae, cyanobacteria, protozoa, microbial pathogens and seaweeds.

Toxic algae: I am a member of the team identifying potentially toxic algae from water samples collected at shellfish farms around the Scottish coast.


Marine Science BSc: Lead and participate in practical classes for the year 3 modules in 'Microbial Ecology' and 'Aquaculture'

Aquaculture, Environment and Society MSc: practical classes  

Fieldwork experience

Collecting field samples for algal isolation from boat and shore.

McLeod AR, Brand T, C­­­­ampbell CN, Davidson K, Hatton AD (2021) Ultraviolet radiation drives emission of climate-relevant gases from marine phytoplankton. JGR Biogeosciences 126 (9): e2021JG006345

SP Slocombe, QY Zhang, M Ross, A Anderson, NJ Thomas, Á Lapresa, C Rad-Menéndez, CN Campbell, KD Black, MS Stanley, JG Day (2015) Unlocking nature’s treasure-chest: screening for oleaginous algae. Scientific reports 5, 9844

CN Campbell, R Saxon, JG Day. (2015) WWW. CCAP. AC. UK not just an online shopping catalogue, a comprehensive knowlegdbase resource for protistan biocersity. European Journal of Phycology 50, 132-133

S Gäbler-Schwarz, C Rad-Menéndez, UEM Achilles-Day, CN Campbell, JG Day (2013) Cryopreservation of Phaeocystis antarctica. CryoLetters 34 (6), 561-570

CMM Gachon, S Heesch, FC Küpper, UEM Achilles-Day, D Brennan, CN Campbell, A Clarke, RG Dorrell, J Field, S Gontarek, C Rad Menendez, RJ Saxon, A Veszelovszki, MD Guiry, K Gharbi, M Blaxter, JG Day (2013) The CCAP KnowledgeBase: linking protistan and cyanobacterial biological resources with taxonomic and molecular data. Systematics and biodiversity 11 (4), 407-413 

M Lorenz, C Campbell, T Friedl, JG Day (2011) A European Perspective on Algal Resources: Biodiversity, Biotechnology and Beyond.  European Journal of Phycology 46, 95-96

CMM Gachon, JG Day, CN Campbell, T Pröschold, RJ Saxon, FC Küpper (2007) The Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP): a biological resource for protistan genomics. Gene 406 (1), 51-57

Rampen SW, Schouten S, Abbas B, Panoto FE, Muyzer G, Campbell CN, Fehling J, & Damsté JSS (2007) On the origin of 24-norcholestanes and their use as age-diagnotstic biomarkers. Geology 35 (5) 419-422

Hoppenrath M, Bolch CJS, Yoshimatsu S, Saldarriaga J, Schweikert M, Campbell CN, Toriumi S, Dodge J, Elbrachter M and Taylor F. (2005) Nomenclatural note on a Thecadinium species (Dinophyceae, Gonyaulacales), which was described as new independently three times within two months.   J. Phycol 41(6):  1284-1286

Love GD, Bowden SA,  Jahnke LL, Snape CE, Campbell CN, Day JG and Summons RE (2005) A catalytic hydropyrolysis method for the rapid screening of microbial cultures for lipid biomarkers  Organic Geochemistry 36, 63-82

Bolch CJS & Campbell CN (2004) Morphology and phylogenetic affinities of Thecadinium foveolatum sp. nov. (Dinophyceae: Thecadiniaceae), a new marine benthic dinoflagellate from the West of Scotland. Eur J Phycol 39 (4) 351-362

Day JG, Lukavský J, Friedl T, Brand JJ, Campbell CN, Lorenz M & Elster J (2004) Pringsheim's living legacy: CAUP, CCALA, CCAP, SAG & UTEX. Nova Hedwigia 79, 27-37.

Rieley G, Teece MA, Peakman TM, Raven AM, Greene KJ, Clarke TP, Murray M, Leftley J, Campbell C, Harris RP, Parkes RJ, Maxwell JR.  (1998)  Long-chain alkenes of the haptophytes Isochrysis galbana and Emiliania huxleyiLipids, 33(6), 617-625.

Employment history

2019-21 National Capability Manager of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, SAMS

2016-19 Technical Resources Manager. SAMS

Since 1986 CCAP Support Scientist. SAMS

1979-86 Research Immunocytochemist. Department of Pahology. Glasgow Royal Infirmary



1979 BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Bacteriology). University of Edinburgh


Professional memberships

British Phycological Society member

Prospect Union member



2020 Member of the British Empire (MBE)  for Services to Marine Science