Dr Maeve Kelly

        Head and shoulder photo of Dr Maeve Kelly

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Aquaculture (retired)

Dr Maeve Kelly retired early in 2018.

I research commercially relevant marine invertebrates and macroalgae, and their integration into aquaculture systems. This includes the production of macroalgae for biofuel.

I have co-ordinated / authored /participated in over 40 research grants, I have 76 peer-reviewed papers and teach Aquaculture to 3rd year UHI Marine Science students and international ACES Erasmus Mundus MSc students.

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Current research projects

Seagas: Using seaweed for the generation of sustainable energy: we farm seaweed and explore bulk harvest storage methods such as ensiling. Funded by BBSRC. 2015-18


Selected past research projects

TRACE: Enforcement and business risk-management practices associated with domoic acid in whole king scallops. Funded by FSAS. 2014

ResUrch: Research & technological development to improve economic profitability and environmental Sustainability of sea Urchin farming. Funded by EU FP7. 2014-16

Seaweed AD: Seaweed use in anaerobic digestion. Funded by Scottish Biofuels Program. 2013

BioMara. Funded by EU Interreg IVA. 2009-12

Selected publications - for full list please see Google Scholar

van der Molen, J., Ruardij, P., Mooney, K., Kerrison, P., O'Connor, N. E., Gorman, E., Timmermans, K., Wright, S., Kelly, M., Hughes, A. D., and Capuzzo, E. (2018) Modelling potential production of macroalgae farms in UK and Dutch coastal waters, Biogeosciences 15, 1123-1147, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-15-1123-2018

Kerrison PD, Stanley MS, Kelly M, MacLeod A, Black KD and Hughes AD (2016). Optimising the settlement and hatchery culture of Saccharina latissima (Phaeophyta) by manipulation of growth medium and substrate surface condition. Journal of Applied Phycology 28(2): 1181-1191

Schiener, P., Atack, T., Wareing, R., Kelly, M. & Hughes, A. 2015. The by-products from marine biofuels as a feed source for the aquaculture industry: a novel example of the biorefinery approach. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, 1-7.

Kelly M, Carboni S, Cook E, Hughes A. 2015. Sea urchin aquaculture in Scotland, Chapter 9 in: Brown N and Eddy S (Eds). Echinoderm Aquaculture, Wiley-Blackwell, 384 pp. ISBN: 978-0-470-96038-7

Charalambos Panagos, Derek S. Thomson, Claire Moss, Adam D. Hughes, Maeve S. Kelly, Yan Liu, Wengang Chai, Radhakrishnan Venkatasamy, Domenico Spina, Clive P. Page, John Hogwood, Barbara Mulloy, Charlie D. Bavington, Dušan Uhrín. 2014. Fucosylated chondroitin sulfates from the body wall of the sea cucumber Holothuria forskali. Structure, selectin binding and possible implications for the development of anti-inflammatory drugs. Journal of Biological Chemistry

Powell C., Hughes, AD., Kelly MS., Connorb S., McDougall. 2014. Extraction and identification of antioxidant polyhydroxynaphthoquinone pigments from the sea urchin, Psammechinus miliaris. LWT - Food Science and Technology Vol 59, 455-460.

Kelly, M.S., Hughes A.D. and Cook, E. J. 2013 The ecology of Psammechinus miliaris. In The Biology and Ecology of Edible Echinoid Species 3rd Edition (J. Lawrence, Editor) Elsevier Science, Amsterdam.

Kelly, M.S., Symonds R.S. Carotenoids in Sea Urchins. 2013 In The Biology and Ecology of Edible Echinoid Species 3rd Edition (J. Lawrence, Editor) Elsevier Science, Amsterdam

Hughes, A., Black, K., Campbell, I., Heymans; Orr, K., Stanley, M., Kelly, M., 2013. Comments on 'Prospects for the use of macroalgae for fuel in Ireland and the UK: An overview of marine management issues. Letter to Editor. Marine Policy 38: 554-556. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.08.001

Hughes, Adam; Black, Kenneth; Campbell, Iona; Davidson, Keith; Kelly, Maeve; Stanley, Michele. 2012. Does Seaweed offer a solution for bioenergy with biological carbon capture and storage? 2012 GREENHOUSE GASES-SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Volume: 2Issue: 6Pages: 402-407 DOI: 1002/ghg.1319

Hughes A., Kelly M., Black K., Stanley M. Biogas from Macroalgae: Is it time to revisit the idea? 2012. BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR BIOFUELS Volume: 5 Article Number: 86 DOI: 1186/1754-6834-5-86

Hughes A D, Brunner Lars, Cook E J, Kelly M S, Wilson B. 2012. Echinoderms Display Morphological and Behavioural Phenotypic Plasticity in Response to their Trophic Environment. PLoS ONE: Research Article 1371/journal.pone.0041243

Sanderson, J.C., Dring M.J., Davidison, K.,and Kelly, M.S. 2012. Culture, yield and bioremediation potential of Palmaria palmata and Saccharina latissima adjacent to fish farms cages in north west Scotland. Aquaculture 354: 128-135

Carboni S., Hughes AD, Vignier, J, Kelly MS and Migaud H.  Evaluation of flow through culture technique for sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus) larvae commercial production. Aquaculture Research short communications 43: 11

Hughes Adam D.; Cook Elizabeth J.; Orr Heather; Kelly, M.S. And Black, K.D. 2011. The transformation of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in benthic food webs: the role of sea urchins. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 409: 1-2: 229-234.

Suckling C. C.; Symonds R. C.; Kelly M. S., Young, A.J. 2011. The effect of artificial diets on gonad colour and biomass in the edible sea urchin Psammechinus miliaris Aquaculture 318 : 3-4, pp 335-342  

Croci Diego O.; Cumashi Albana; Ushakova Natalia A.; et al. 2011. Fucans, but Not Fucomannoglucuronans, Determine the Biological Activities of Sulfated Polysaccharides from Laminaria saccharina Brown Seaweed PLOS ONE 6: 2  Article Number: e17283   

Kelly, M.S. and Chamberlain J. 2010. Recent advances in sea urchin aquaculture and enhancement in Scotland and Ireland. Bull. Aquacul. Assoc. Canada 108-1. pp 23-29.

Bilan, M.A., Grachev, A.A., Shashkov, A.S.,  Kelly, M.S. and Sanderson, J.C. 2010. Further studies on the composition and structure of a fucoidan preparation from the brown alga Saccharina latissima Carbohydrate Research doi:10.1016/j.carres.2010.07.009

Liu, H. Zhu. J. X. and Kelly M. S. 2010. Recent advances in sea urchin aquaculture and enhancement in China. Bull. Aquacul. Assoc. Canada 108-1. pp 30-37.


Aquaculture, Environment and Society MSc - Module leader 'Introductory module' (18 lectures, 3 practicals, 1 site visit)

Marine Science BSc - Module leader and lecturer 'Aquaculture' (year 3)

Marine Science BSc - Lecturer 'Marine resources' (year 2)


Alumni research students

Andrew Rodger (2010): Sea-based Integrated Multitrophic Aquaculture: an investigation of a fish, bivalve, macroalgae co-culture system. University of Aberdeen

Craig Sanderson. 2006. Reducing the impact of fish farming through the cultivation of seaweed. SAMS-UHI PhD.

Adam Hughes, 2006. The trophic ecology of Psammechimis miliaris in Scottish sea lochs. SAMS-UHI (NERC funded) PhD

Maria del Mar Otero Villanueva.  2003. Diets, energetics and ecology of the sea urchin Psammechinus miliaris. UHI Millennium Institute

Elizabeth Cook. 1999. Psammechinus miliaris -Factors affecting its somatic growth and gonadal growth and development. Napier University, Edinburgh


Employment history

1990-present: SAMS

1989-90: Research Associate. Queen's University of Belfast



1989 PhD Agricultural Entomology. Queen's University of Belfast

1985 BSc (Hons) Zoology. Queen's University of Belfast