Seaweed farming in Europe: Appraisal and quantification of ecosystem services
Seaweed cultivation enhances key ecosystem services including climate mitigation, nutrient remediation and habitat provision. There has been growing interest in further developing and upscaling seaweed cultivation in Europe, however in order to achieve this multiple criteria for environmental sustainability must be met. Further understanding of this will allow for alignment with policy and commercial ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services’ (PES) initiatives which can directly valorize ecosystem services and contribute to the economic sustainability of seaweed production.
This PhD project will use an ecosystem service approach to investigate the climate and biodiversity risk reduction potential of seaweed aquaculture. This will be done by developing analytical techniques to quantify the ecosystem services and magnitude of risk reductions, where possible, across a range of operational farms. This information will help advise mechanisms for valorization and farming operations to maximize benefits, and feed into the policy dialogue across Europe as the industry develops.
Start date: February 2023
Dr Adam Hughes, SAMS
Dr Alasdair O’Dell, SAMS
Prof Michael Burrows, SAMS
University of the Highlands and Islands
2017: The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) juvenile fish surveys on the River Thames, London, UK
2015: University of Toronto Physical-Biological Coupling in Lake Ecosystems, Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada
2020 – 2023 - Seafood Sustainability Officer - The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-UK)
2019 – 2020 - Technical Officer – Reporting, Water Security - CDP
2018 - Capilano River Hatchery Seasonal Worker - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
2016 - Assistant to the Secretary-General/Treasurer and Competition Coordinator - International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST)
2017 - MSc Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London
2016 - HBSc Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (Major), Statistics (Minor), and Environmental Studies (Minor), University of Toronto