Callum O'Connell

        Callum OConnel with red hard hat working aboard a vessel harvesting seaweed

Seaweed nursery manager

I joined SAMS in April 2019 to support the delivery of the GenialG and GlobalSeaweedStar projects. Since the spring of 2021 I am managing the SAMS seaweed nurvery.


Contact details:
  • Callum.O’
  • +44 (0)1631 559 304

My job at SAMS

My responsibility is to oversee all operations of the Seaweed Nursery based within SAMS Enterprise, with a particular emphasis on seeded-line production for commercial and academic clients.

This requires managing the propagation, health and wellbeing of client-sourced seaweed during all stages of development in order to maximize yield for out-planting, as well as curating and building our growing kelp gametophyte biobank.

In addition, I will support business development activities for seeded line product and provide input to seaweed consultancy, including client engagement and product development.

Prior to this, I worked in a technical capacity on research projects investigating algae:pathogen interactions in the context seaweed husbandry and farming



2019 MPhil Marine Science. Newcastle University

2016 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology. Newcastle University


Training courses

2016 Introduction to Bioinformatics Course. Bioinformatics Support Unit. Newcastle University

2015 Sea Survival Course. South Tyneside College

2011 PADI Advanced Open Water & Nitrox Diver

Development of a pan-european Saccharina latissima seedbank (Poster; presented at the International Phycological Conference,  March 2021)