I am interested in understanding the ecological interactions of artificial structures with the marine environment. This includes how aspects of artificial reef design influence the productivity of benthic reef communities, and the extent to which anthropogenic structures alter commercial fishing patterns. At SAMS, I have conducted experiments on the Loch Linnhe Artificial Reef complex.
My work is of an applied nature and I collaborate with a diverse range of industry, policy and other stakeholders to ensure translation of research outcomes in to environmental, societal and economic benefits.
Current research projects
Development of a strategic framework for the comparative assessment of pipeline decommissioning options: optimising environment and fishing interests: Funded by NERC. Feb 2017-18. Co-Investigator
MASTS Oil and Gas Environmental Research Forum – Review of the OSPAR 98/3 decision in relation to marine environmental issues. 2017. Co-ordinator
Improving marine growth estimates using 3D photogrammetry. Co-PI. Funded by NERC. Jan-Jun 2018
Quantifying benthic productivity on artificial structures: maximising the benefit of marine renewable energy devices. Funded by MASTS. 2011-2016
Rouse, S., Kafas, A., Catarino, R. & Hayes, P. (in press) Commercial fisheries use of oil and gas pipelines in the North Sea: impacts of decommissioning plans on fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsx212
Porter, J.S., Spencer Jones, M. E., Kuklinski, P. & Rouse, S. (2015) First records of marine invasive non-native Bryozoa in Norwegian coastal waters from Bergen to Trondheim Bioinvasion Records
Rouse, S., Spencer Jones, M.E. & Porter, J.S. (2014) The distribution and diversity of bryozoans in Scotland. Marine Ecology 1208: 1-18
Miller, R. G., Rouse, S., Allen C. (2016) The use of Gravity Base Structures for Enhanced Habitat Recovery. Report by SAMS Research Services Ltd., UK. 54 pp
Bell, M.C., Grist, E.M., Baston, S., Rouse, S., et al. (2011) Hydrokinetic energy as an ecological factor – how might wave and tidal energy extraction affect the distribution of marine organisms ICES CM 2011/S:16
Rouse, S., Spencer Jones, M.E. &Porter, J.S. (2010) Bryozoan biodiversity in Scotland. In:15th International Conference of the International Bryozoology Association Program and Abstracts, 2nd – 6th August 2010, Christian-Albrechts- Uniserssitat zu Kiel,Germany. GeoUnion Alfred Wegnes-Siftung, Berlin
Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy PhD programme: Lecturer on 'Marine renewables and the environment' module, teaching about artificial reef ecology.
Current research student
Grace Russell: Quantification of epifaunal biomass on man-made structures using 3D photogrammetry. MSc 2016-17. University of St Andrews and SAMS
Elise Depauw: Optimising the decommissioning of concrete mattresses and support structures in the North Sea. PhD 2017-21. University of the Highlands and Islands
Michael Redford: Artificial reef creation using decommissioned mattresses – environmental performance and fisheries enhancement potential in the North Sea. PhD 2017-21. University of the Highlands and Islands
2016-present: PDRA Oil and Gas Decommissioning. SAMS
2011: Rubenstein EOL Fellow. Natural History Museum London
2016 PhD Artificial Reef Ecology. SAMS UHI and University of Aberdeen
2010 MSc Marine Resource Development and Protection. Heriot-Watt University
2009 BSc (Hons) Biology. Imperial College London