Karen MacKechnie

        Karen in white lab coat in the laboratory preparing sterile medium for algal cultures.

CCAP Support Scientist/CCAP-ARIES Lab Manager

I’ve lived in Oban all my life and have had various jobs in different career sectors. I joined SAMS as a member of the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) team in February 2017 after taking a chance on doing something completely different.

I am now extremely lucky to have a job I enjoy, much to the envy of friends and family.

Contact details:
  • karen.mackechnie@sams.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1631 559 381

My role at SAMS

As a Support Scientist, I am a curator of strains including Cyanobacteria, Brown seaweeds, Seaweed pathogens and Protozoa. I support cryopreservation and molecular microbiology activities within the collection as well as a phytoplankton analyst for the toxic phytoplankton monitoring programme at SAMS. As CCAP-ARIES lab Manager I am responsible for the large scale up equipment such as our 4*70L photobioreactors.

I am also involved with the Co-op Foundation funded project 'Green Shoots from Blue Growth - Creating Blue-Green Circularity' - a project that turns waste from the aquauculture and fishing industry into sustainable fertiliser.



Wood EE, Ross ME, Jubeau S, Montalescot V, MacKechnie K, Marchington RE, Davey MP, McNeill S, Hamilton C, Stanley MS (2023) From green to orange: The change in biochemical composition of phototophic-mixotrophic Chromochloris zofingiensis in pilot-scale photobioreactors. Algal Research 75: 103238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2023.103238