Nicole Allison

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PhD student

I am a marine biologist and conservationist, with particular interest in the effects of human activity on marine organisms and the environment. I have previous experience in sea turtle conservation, where I became focussed on plastic pollution after witnessing the vast abundance of plastics on the shore. In my PhD, I aim to better understand the dynamics of floating marine plastics throughout the marine environment. 

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Understanding marine microplastic dynamics using macroplastics as a proxy

My PhD project will aim to use a hypothesis-driven model, which predicts the movement of floating marine plastic, to identify areas with high macroplastic deposition, and determine whether this is correlated with high levels of microplastics.


Prof Bhavani Narayanaswamy, SAMS

Dr Andrew Dale, SAMS

Dr Bill Turrell, Marine Scotland Science

Dr Mark Hartl, Heriot Watt


The Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research, Doctoral Training Partnership (SUPER DTP)



University of the Highlands and Islands



Allison NL, Dale AC, Turrell WR, Narayanaswamy BE (2023) Modelled and observed plastic pollution on remote Scottish beaches: The importance of local marine sources. Marine Pollution Bulletin 194: 115341.  

Allison NL, Dale A, Turrell WR, Aleynik D and Narayanaswamy BE (2022) Simulating the distribution of beached litter on the northwest coast of Scotland. Front. Environ. Sci. 10:940892. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.940892

Professional training courses

GIS for Ecologists, Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), 2016

PADI Open Water Certification, Scuba Diving Scotland (SDS), 2017





February 2018 – August 2019 - Marine Turtle Monitoring Project Coordinator, Canadian Organisation for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC), Caño Palma Biological Station, Costa Rica

March 2017 – June 2017 - Marine Turtle Project Intern – as part of MSc thesis, COTERC, Caño Palma Biological Station, Costa Rica

February 2016 – August 2016 - Head Research Assistant, Latin American Sea Turtles (LAST), Pacuare Reserve, Costa Rica

June 2015 – September 2015 - Turtle Trax S.A, Costa Rica

Higher Education

2018 - MSc Quantitative Methods in Biodiversity, Conservation and Epidemiology, University of Glasgow

2017- BSc (Hons) Marine Biology, University of Stirling