Dr Alan MacDonald

Scientific informatics analyst

I provide data, development, and informatics support for a range of scientific projects. My background is in the creation of mathematical and computer models to understand changes in growth of various marine species.

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Past Projects

Diverseafood: Investigating the potential of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) to improve fatty acdi budgets. I am building a mass based model of the IMTA system, parameterised for fatty acids, to understand the flow of energy and nutrient. Funded by BBSRC 2019-21

RiseUp: Resilience of the UK seafood system to the COVID-19 disruption. Funded by ESRC. 2020-22


MacDonald A, Heath MR, Edwards M, Furness RW, Pinnegar JK, Wanless S, Speirs DC, Greenstreet SPR (2015) Climate driven trophic cascades affecting seabirds around the British Isles. Oceanography and Marine Biology - An Annual Review. 53, 55-79

MacDonald A, Speirs DC, Greenstreet SPR, Heath MR (2018) Exploring the influence of food and temperature on North Sea sandeels using a new dynamic energy budget model. Frontiers in Marine Science, 5:339

MacDonald A, Speirs DC, Greenstreet SPR, Boulcott P, Heath MR (2019) Trends in sandeel growth and abundance off the east coast of Scotland. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:201

MacDonald A, Heath MR, Greenstreet SPR, Speirs DC (2019) Timing of sandeel spawning and hatching off the east coast of Scotland. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:70

Employment history

Since 2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Aquaculture Modelling, SAMS

2017-19 Research Assistant working on 1) modelling sandeel dynamics and 2) estimating bycatch of birds and marine mammals in UK waters. University of Strathclyde



2017 PhD Modelling the impact of environmental change on the physiology and ecology of sandeels. University of Strathclyde

2011 MSc Applied Mathematics with Biological and Ecological Modelling. Heriot-Watt University

2010 BSc Mathematics. University of Strathclyde