I manage the operation and delivery of the regulatory monitoring programme for biotoxin-producing phytoplankton, conducted by SAMS on behalf of Food Standards Scotland. We report the concentration of potentially harmful phytoplankton from around 40 sites every week.
Some phytoplankton can produce toxins that accumulate in bivalve molluscs, which leads to human illness if the shellfish are consumed. Monitoring the development of phytoplankton blooms can therefore act as an early warning system for toxic events.
Since 2005 Phytoplankton Monitoring Programme Manager. SAMS
1992-2005 Support scientist. SAMS
1988 BSc (Hons) Physics. University of Southampton
Paterson, R.F., McNeill, S., Mitchell, E., Adams, T., Swan, S.C., Clarke, D., Miller, P.I., Bresnan, E., Davidson, K., 2017. Environmental control of harmful dinoflagellates and diatoms in a fjordic system. Harmful Algae 69, 1–17. doi:10.1016/j.hal.2017.09.002
Coates L, Swan S, Davidson K, Turner A, Maskrey B and Algoet M (2017). Annual report on the results of the Biotoxin and Phytoplankton Official Control Monitoring Programmes for Scotland – 2016. FSA 199 Cefas contract report C5666-C5667, 52pp
Holtrop G, Swan S, Duff B, Wilding T, Narayanaswamy B, Davidson K (2016). Risk assessment of the Scottish monitoring programme for the marine biotoxins in shellfish harvested from classified production areas: review of the current sampling scheme to develop an improved programme based on evidence of risk. FSS/2015/021. 218pp
Davidson K, Baker C, Higgins C, Higman W, Swan S, Veszelovszki A and Turner AD (2015). Potential threats posed by new or emerging marine biotoxins in UK Waters and examination of detection methodologies used for their control: Cyclic imines. Marine Drugs, 13, 7087–7112; doi:10.3390/md13127057
Swan SC and Davidson K (2015). Alexandrium and risk management within the Scottish phytoplankton monitoring programme. A. Lincoln MacKenzie (Ed). Marine and Freshwater Harmful Algae. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Harmful Algae, Wellington, New Zealand, 27 - 31 Oct 2014. Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand and International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA). pp 266-269
Whyte C, Swan S and Davidson K (2014). Changing wind patterns linked to unusually high Dinophysis blooms around the coast of the Shetland Islands, Scotland. Harmful Algae 39: 365-373
Shutler JD, Davidson K, Miller PI, Swan SC, Grant MG and Bresnan E (2011). An adaptive approach to detect high biomass algal blooms from EO chlorophyll-a data in support of harmful algal bloom monitoring. Remote Sensing Letters. Volume 3 Issue 2, March 2011
Davidson K, Miller P, Wilding TA, Shutler J, Bresnan E, Kennington K and Swan S (2009). A large and prolonged bloom of Karenia mikimotoi in Scottish waters in 2006. Harmful Algae, 8, vol 2, 349-361