Ecology and recovery potential of flame shells (Limaria hians) following disturbance
Flame shells form expansive reefs along the seabed that attracts a diverse range of species. These reefs or nests, are created by binding together stones, pebbles, shells and other detritus together with thin threads, completely covering over the flame shells. The largest known reefs are formed on the West coast of Scotland, with one estimated to contain over one hundred million individuals. However, these nests are fragile and vulnerable to physical disturbances such as fishing activities.
We hope to be able to inform on the ecological resilience of this species and habitat to various disturbances. We will investigate the potential disturbances of subsea power cabling how these habitats recover after such disturbances using a variety of technologies such as AUV remote sensing. We also hope to improve on our current understanding of the potential distribution and viable habitats of flame shells on the West coast of Scotland.
Dr Clive Fox, SAMS
Dr John How, SAMS
Dr Annika Clements , Seafish
Bryden Centre and EU INTERREG VA (managed by SEUPB)
University of the Highlands and Islands
Professional training courses
Ecological Niche Modelling – PRStatisics
BSAC - Dive Leader & Open Water Instructor
International Association for Nitrox and Technical Divers – Scientific Diver (MNCR phase 2)
BSAC Diving Instructor
Madagascar - Various marine and terrestrial based conservation projects including marine biodiversity assessments, MNCR phase 2 classification, lemur behaviour and distribution analysis.
Ecological Consultant – Bat roost surveys, small mammal surveying and environmental impact assessments.
Offshore environmental auditing inspections on numerous drilling platforms and mobile vessels
Public engagement experience
I regularly feature on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal to discuss various topical environmental and wildlife related issues. This work is primarily conducted through Gaelic.
Seasonal - Field Researcher, Seafish
2016 – 2017 - Principal Investigator for Marine Research, Society for Environmental Exploration
2015 – 2016 - Ecological Consultant, Astell Associates
2014 – 2015 - Environmental Advisor, Shell UK Exploration & Production
2016 - MSc Ecology and environmental sustainability, University of Aberdeen
2017- BSc (Hons) Zoology, University of Aberdeen
2012 - International exchange scholarship, Environmental Science, University of New Mexico