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Current Research Interests


I examine the impact of climate change and pollutants on marine organisms and ecosystems, with particular focus on tropical and cold-water coral reefs. I explore how Past events have impacted upon marine ecosystems and organisms, examine how organisms have adapted to survive in a wide variety of Present day systems, and use aquaria epxeriments to predict how Future projected changes and pollution will impact organism fitness.    


I studied Marine and Environmental Biology at the University of St. Andrews before taking a PhD at the University of Essex examing acclimation and adaptations of corals across environmental gradients. In 2009, I went to the University of Delaware (USA) to research harmful algal bloom photophysiology in a variety of environments, and mechanisms underlying tropical coral bleaching. Following that, I moved to Heriot-Watt University to conduct the first long-term experiments on cold-water corals in a changing ocean. My NERC Fellowship examined the impact of climate change in tropical and cold-water corals, and my fieldwork throughout my career has included expeditions from the UK and Norway for cold-water corals, to tropical desitnations such as Indonesia and the Maldives.

I was lead editor of a United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity report on ocean acidification, and am on the steering group for the MASTS Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems theme.

Research outputs

  1. Reefs of the deep

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  2. Cold-water corals in aquaria: advances and challenges. A focus on the Mediterranean

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

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Research activities & awards

  1. Public Talk at Scottish Seabird Centre

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. Will we lose Scottish Reefs and how will we know?

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

  3. Will we lose the Scottish reefs of the deep? How will we know?

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesOral presentation

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