New publication from St Abbs Marine Station Staff

Scott KHarsanyi PEaston BAAPiper AJRRochas CMV, Lyndon AR (2021) Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) from Submarine Power Cables Can Trigger Strength-Dependent Behavioural and Physiological Responses in Edible Crab, Cancer pagurus (L.). Journal of Marine Science and Engineering. 9(7):776.

See full article here

New publication from St Abbs Marine Station Staff

Chapman ECN, Rodriguez-Perez A, Hugh-Jones T, Bromley C, James MA, Diele K, and Sanderson WG (2021) Optimising recruitment in habitat creation for the native European oyster (Ostrea edulis): Implications of temporal and spatial variability in larval abundance. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 170: 112579.

See full article here

“From Campus to Coast”

Edinburgh Alumni have written a great article about our collaboration with the University of Edinburgh. You can read it here.

New publication from St Abbs Marine Station Staff

Scott K, Piper AJR, Chapman ECN, and Rochas CMV (2020) Review of the effects of underwater sound, vibration and electromagnetic fields on crustaceans. Seafish Report.

See full report here

The St Abbs Marine Station has signed a partnership with the University of Edinburgh to ensure more sustainable use of the seas and marine ecosystems.

The five-year collaboration involves researchers from the Schools of Geosciences and Biological Sciences, the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Initial priorities for the new collaboration include:

– developing standards for work on the impacts electro-magnetic fields on marine species

– understanding the implications of a warmer, more acidic ocean with less of the oxygen vital to life

– taking new approaches in aquaculture including developing the concepts of restoration aquaculture so human use and marine ecosystem restoration develop in parallel

– increase opportunities for interdisciplinary marine research, teaching, and innovation

Professor Murray Roberts, Director of Research and Chair of the Joint Working Group between the University and St Abbs Marine Station said:

As we stand poised at the start of the United Nations decade of ocean science for sustainable development, we have compelling evidence that the oceans are changing faster than at any time in geological history. We have to develop practical plans to manage how we use the seas and restore marine ecosystems that have been degraded by destructive fishing practices or polluted by oil spills, sewage or plastic waste. The St Abbs Marine Station’s setting in the UK’s oldest marine reserve gives us a unique opportunity to tackle these and other problems. I can’t wait to get started!

Stephen Nesbitt, Chair of Trustees, St Abbs Marine Station said:

“ The major challenges facing the marine environment have never been greater. This new collaboration with the University of Edinburgh will create a platform of scientific excellence through world class research, giving us the knowledge to address the future of our seas and oceans. We are delighted to begin our work together.”

See full article here

Marine Research Education 2020 conference

Session recordings are now available for the:

Pannel session on the World Association of Marine Stations and World Congress of Marine Stations, which includes a short presentation (@ 01:09:30) by Dr Kevin Scott (St Abbs Marine Stations manager) and Prof. Murray Roberts (University of Edinburgh) about the St Abbs Marine Station and our new partnership with the University of Edinburgh.

Special session on biological fouling – cross-cutting research opportunities, which includes a presentation (@ 00:51:05) by Petra Harsanyi (St Abbs Marine Station supervisor) about her research on the effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) on microbial surface colonization and biofilm development.

St Abbs Marine Station has signed a partnership with the University of Edinburgh to ensure more sustainable use of the seas and marine ecosystems. It aims to help address scientific and societal challenges and enhance interdisciplinary research, teaching, and innovation.

View full article here

MASTS 10th Annual Science Meeting 2020

This year the annual Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) conference will be online, and three of our staff will be presenting e-posters.

  • Blair Easton – Population dynamics, catch composition and CPUE of the edible crab, Cancer pagurus, and European lobster, Homarus gammarus, in a Voluntary Marine Reserve.  (Monday 5 October)
  • Erica Chapman – Temporal and spatial variability in native European oyster larvae: are key patterns transferable for restoration projects? (Tuesday 6 October)
  • Petra Harsanyi   – The effects of Electromagnetic Fields on microbial surface colonization and biofilm development  (Thursday 8 October)

You can register for the conference here:

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland Small Grants

Erica Chapman, St Abbs Marine Station researcher, has received a small grant from the MASTS coastal forum to look at the possible effects of electromagnetic fields from renewable energy subsea power cables on the post disturbance recovery of coastal invertebrates.

MASTS Annual Science Meeting – October 2019

Staff and researchers had another successful conference this year at Marine Alliance Science Technology Scotland (MASTS) Annual Science Metting. One of our researchers, Erica Chapman, presented a poster ‘Temporal and spatial variability of native European oyster (Ostrea edulis) larvae in Loch Ryan, Scotland‘, associate PhD student, Hannah Lee (Heriot-Watt) presented her talk titled ‘Towards an understanding of the role of blue mussel beds in carbon cycling‘, and associate PhD student, Edward Bolger (Napier) presented his talk titled ‘The effects of ship noise playbacks on the survival and settlement behaviour of European oysters (Ostrea edulis) larvae‘. Dr Mark Hartl and one of our co-directors of research, Prof Karen Diele, had a great turnout of around 80 people to their special session on multiple stressors. Staff and associate PhD students also attended the ‘Addressing the ecological implications of offshore renewable energy developments across receptor groups – shaping future marine energy research’ workshop.

New publication from St Abbs Marine Staff

Wale MA, Briers R, Hartl M, Bryson D, Diele K (2019). From DNA to ecological performance: effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel. Science of the Total Environment 689: 126-132.  

See full article here


St Abbs Marine Station is currently accepting applications for volunteers to work in our research aquarium and laboratory for our busy spring and summer periods. We are seeking individuals who are interested in gaining or adding to existing practical experience of working in a marine research facility. Primary duties will be animal husbandry and general aquarium maintenance and upkeep. There will also be opportunities to assist with research projects, invertebrate larval rearing, fieldwork, sample collection and analysis, and public outreach activities. Training will be provided as necessary.


Essential skills and qualifications

Volunteers will ideally be obtaining or recently qualified in a relevant science degree e.g. Marine Biology, though exceptions may be made for people with suitable experience. Volunteers should also have a strong interest in marine life, the environment and conservation, and be enthusiastic, responsible and reliable. Applicants must be aged 18 or over.



We are looking for medium term volunteers available for 1-3 months, longer placements will also be accepted. Hours of work are negotiable, but we would ideally like someone who can commit to a minimum of 3 days per week. Hours will be between 9 am-5 pm; however, there may be times when work outside of these hours is required. This can include weekend work where suitable.


Travel and Accommodation

Due to the remote location of the facility, access to own personal transport is desirable, but not essential. Daily travel expenses, from a reasonable distance will be covered. We offer self-catering accommodation near the station, subject to availability.


How to apply

Please send your CV (2 page maximum) and a short covering letter describing why you are interested in this position, and how it will help you meet your long-term goals to Please include information about your availability and access to personal transport.

Doctoral research project awarded:  ‘Optimization of essential habitat in sustainable fishery management

Dr Mike  Bell (Heriot-Watt) and  St Abbs Marine Station’s Co-Directors’ of Research  Dr Karen Diele (Edinburgh Napier) and Dr Bill Sanderson (Heriot-Watt) will co-supervise a PhD student from the first cohort of the new NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership SUPER.  The prospective student will collect data at Orkney, Dornoch Firth and St Abbs and examine the three-way relationship between habitat, fishing activities and management to help optimise the value and sustainability of ecosystem services provided through fishery productivity. Kevin Scott from the Marine Station will serve as additional advisor to the project.

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland Small Grants

Petra Harsanyi, St Abbs Marine Station supervisor (Identification and ecological role of epibiotic bacteria on developing marine invertebrate eggs) and Craig Stenton, Edinburgh Napier University PhD student (Understanding the mechanistic interaction between noise and heavy metal co-exposure in Nephrops norvegicus larvae) have both received small grants from MASTS.

Further collaboration with South Korea’s windfarm industry

In April, Tony Minsuek Kim and some colleagues from the Korea Electricity and Power Company Research Institute will be visiting the St Abbs Marine Station to talk about potential collaborative work on investigating the effects of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) on subsea cables in South Korean windfarms.

St Abbs research presented at the KAUST Red Sea Research Center Conference ‘Securing a future for Red Sea Ecosystems‘ 

Karen Diele gave an invited talk on ‘Effects of Geophysical Cycles, Odours and Sound on Larval Settlement in Mangroves and Beyond: Implications for Restoration Ecology’. The conference was followed by a workshop bringing together experts from academia, industry and government to discuss the current state of research and to develop feasable strategies to improve migitation and restoration methods in the Red Sea for a White Paper for decision-makers implementing Saudi’s Vision 2030 program.

BBC One Blue Planet UK visited St Abbs Marine Station 

A film team from the Natural History Unit of the BBC, with presenter Gillian Burke, spent 2 days at the Marine Station end of March, filming some of our currently ongoing research on the effects of electromagnetic fields, sound/vibration and hyperoxia on marine invertebrates, also featuring some preliminary trials assessing ‘personality’ in brown crabs.

Collaboration with Professor Kyung-Il Park in South Korea

In February 2019, the St Abbs Marine Station hosted Professor Kyung-Il Park from Kunsan University in South Korea to discuss our Electromagnetic Field (EMF) research and how our facilities have been specifically designed for this type of work. Our station manager, Kevin Scott, was also invited to give a talk on these topics at an international workshop at Kunsan University’s offshore renewable research institute. Kevin Scott is now on the advisory committee for renewable energy in South Korea and has been working closely with Professor Park collaborating on bivalve EMF research.

New publication out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Rodriguez-Perez A, James M, Donnan DW, Henry TB, Moeller LF, Sanderson WG (2019) Conservation and restoration of a keystone species: Understanding the settlement preference of the European Oyster(Ostrea edulis). Marine Pollution Bulletin 131: 580-588.

View full article here

£ 5mil grant success for the ‘Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research (SUPER)’

St Abbs Marine Station is a Collaborating Partner of the new Doctoral Training Partnership ‘SUPER’, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  The funding will support between 60 and 90 new PhD students over the next five years. SUPER is a St Andrews-led consortium bringing together the research strengths of Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt, the Highlands & Islands, Stirling, Strathclyde and the West of Scotland Universities.  The overarching theme of the SUPER DTP is ‘Catchment to Coast’.


Research of St Abbs Marine Station presented at the MASTS Annual Science Meeting – October 2018

PhD research of Kevin Scott (Effects of EMF), Anna Rodriguez (Oyster Larvae settlement) , Ed Bolger (Effects of nosise on Nephrops larvae), Craig Stenton (Multistressor research), Hannah Lee (Blue carbon and shellfish)  as well as work of the Co-Directors of Research Dr Karen Diele (Seabird ecology) and Dr Bill Sanderson (DEEP project) all presented at this year’s Annual Science Meeting in Glasgow.

Research of St Abbs Marine Station presented at the European Marine Biology Symposium in Belgium, September 2018

Exciting presentations of PhD research of Ed Bolger (Effects of noise on invertebrate larvae), Anna Rodriguez (Oyster larval settlement) and Hannah Lee (Shellfish and Blue Carbon) at this year’s EMBS in Ostende!


Open Day at the St Abbs Marine Station – 18/08/2018

You are cordially invited to visit St Abbs Marine Station and learn about our “Research Made in St Abbs”.

The event will take place on Saturday the 18th of August 2018. On that day we will offer several 40min guided tours (10.30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm). The availability is limited – so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets can be pre-booked at the St Abbs Visitor Centre (not the Marine Station),  in person, via phone 01890 771672 or email

We look forward to showing you our research. You will find out about the effects of electromagnetic fields and underwater sounds on shellfish and learn about what oyster larvae do.

New publication out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Scott K, Harsanyi P, Lyndon AR (2018). Baseline measurements of physiological and behavioural stress markers in the commercially important decapod Cancer pagurus (L.). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 507, pp 1-7.

See full article here

Two of our staff, Kevin Scott and Petra Harsanyi, attended the International Meeting on Marine Research (IMMR) in Peniche, Portugal (5-6 July 2018). They presented their poster, titled ‘Understanding the effects of electromagnetic field emissions from Marine Renewable Energy Devices (MREDs) on the commercially important Edible crab Cancer pagurus (L.)’, on Friday 6 July 2018.

Upcoming Science Music Theatre Event at St Abbs

Monday 18th June 6.30 pm

Upcoming:  St Abbs Marine Station’s Third Public Lecture

New publication out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Scott K, Harsanyi P, Lyndon AR (2018) Understanding the effects of electromagnetic field emissions from Marine Renewable Energy Devices (MREDs) on the commercially important edible crab, Cancer pagurus (L.). Marine Pollution Bulletin 131. 580-588.

St Abbs Marine Station staff, Kevin Scott and Dr Bill Sanderson, presented at the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society annual conference, which was held in Edinburgh on 17-18 March 2018.

Scottish Fishermen’s Trust Grant Award

The St Abbs Marine Station is happy to announce that it has received a grant from the Scottish Fishermen’s Trust to investigate the potential effects of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), emitted from Marine Renewable Energy Device (MRED) sub-sea power cables, on the commercially important European lobster (Homarus gammarus) and the future effects it may have on the population and recruitment.

New publications out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Saeedi H, Kamrani E, Nordhaus I, Diele K (2018) Sediment temperature impact on the population structure and dynamics of the crab Austruca iranica in subtropical mangroves of the Persian Gulf. Wetlands.

Lee SY, Jones EBG, Diele K, Castellanos-Galindo GA, Nordhaus I (2017) Biodiversity. In: Mangrove Ecosystems: A Global Biogeographic Perspective; Structure, Function, and Service (Eds: Rivera-Monroy VH,  Lee SY, Kristensen E, Twilley RR). Springer, pp 55-86.

Upcoming:  St Abbs Marine Station’s Second Public Lecture

New PhD studentship available:

We are seeking applicants for an exciting multidisciplinary 3.5 yrs  PhD Studentship on “The blue carbon of shellfish beds: storage, water quality, management and societal benefits”

Read more here
Application deadline: Wednesday  20th December 2017

New publications out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Potouroglou M, Bull JC, Krauss KW, Kennedy HA, Fusi M, Daffonchio D, Mangora MM, Githaiga MN, Diele K, Huxham M (2017) Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation. Scientific Reports.

Brash AM, Cook RL, Mackenzie CL, Sanderson WG (2017)The demographics and morphometries of biogenic reefs: important considerations in conservation management.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.

We are seeking applicants for an exciting multidisciplinary 3.5 yrs  PhD Studentship to investigate the<

“Effects of Combined Aquatic Noise and Chemical Pollution on Early Stage Marine Invertebrates in Different Temperature Contexts”<

Read more:  New PhD studentship

Application deadline: Sunday 10th September 2017

St Abbs Science Day, Ebba Centre 26th August 2017, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm

Come and discover our amazing local geology, the underwater world around our coastline, the flora & fauna of St Abbs Head and much more. Berwickshire Coast Geology Project, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, Edinburgh Geological Society, Edinburgh Napier University, Marine Conservation Society, St Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve and St Abbs Marine Station, will all be here with information and activities for everyone!

See Poster – St Abbs Science Day 2017 and Science Day Poster Geology Walk for further detail

New publication out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Pestana D, Puelmanns N, Nordhaus K,  Diele K , Zimmer M (2017) The influence of crab burrows on sediment salinity in a Rhizophora-dominated  mangrove forest in North Brazil during the dry season. Hydrobiologia

Presentation of  “Research Made in St Abbs” on the Crustacean Society Mid-Year Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 19-22 June 2017

Marine Station staff Kevin Scott and Petra Harsanyi are giving an oral presentation in Barcelona on their new research outcomes on the effects of electromagnetic field emissions on marine fauna, in collaboration with Alastair Lyndan (Heriot-Watt University):

Scott  K, Harsanyi P, Lyndon A (2017): Understanding the effects of electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions from Marine Renewable Energy Devices (MRED’s) on the commercially important Edible crab, Cancer pagurus (L.).

Upcoming:  St Abbs Marine Station’s First Public Lecture


St Abbs now an official member of the Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCOB) network

Dr Bee Berx and Dr David Lee from Marine Scotland visited the Marine Station  to help set St Abbs up as an official member of the SCOB. Marine Station staff is taking weekly samples for analyses of nutrients (Nitrate, Ammonia, Phosphate, Silicate) and salinity which are sent to and processed by  Marine Scotland.  Water temperature is logged every 30 minutes.  Across Scotland, there are 12 SCOB sites, with St Abbs being one of the four sites on the East Coast. “These data will be openly available and provide an important background  for a range of scientific projects that we will conduct here at St Abbs”, says Dr Karen Diele, Co-Director of Research of the Marine Station. “Longterm-datasets are incredibly important in our changing world, and we are glad that St Abbs is part of this Scottish network, which is  supported by the Scottish Government”.


Left to right: Kevin Scott & Dr Karen Diele (St Abbs Marine Station), Dr Bee Berx &  Dr David Lee (Marine Scotland)

New PhD research project on the Responses of Early Marine Invertebrate Life Stages to Aquatic Noise

Edward Bolger has recently started his PhD project on the responses of early marine invertebrate life stages to noise supervised by Dr Karen Diele and Dr Rob Briers from Edinburgh Napier University. Ed has just completed a MSc in Marine Environmental Protection at Bangor University. His MSc thesis focussed on the population abundance (and monetary value) of the fished common whelk on the Isle of Man, a project in cooperation with the Department of Food and Agriculture (DEFA). Ed says “I am interested in the effects of human activities on the living marine environment, particularly in the ways that humans may impact upon species through fisheries induced mortality or the release of pollutants. I am therefore excited to start researching the effects of noise on marine life, an understudied aspect, particularly in regard to marine invertebrates and their early life stages. I am very much looking forward to run my experiments in the AquaLab at Napier and at the fantastic St Abbs Marine Station”.

New report from Fisheries Innovation Scotland:

‘Scoping the background information for an ecosystem approach to fisheries in Scottish waters: Review of predator-prey interaction with fisheries, and balanced harvesting. Project report Fisheries Innovation Scotland (contract FIS013)’

Heath MR,  Law R,  Searle K,  Cook,  Speirs D; Daunt F, Wanless S, Hyder K,  Pinnegar JK, Thorpe R,  Diele K,  Wright P,  Thorburn J, Arthur R,  Macdonald P, Mout B, Fox C, Heymans J, Coull K, Evans P, Fernandes P, Hammond P,  Smout S, Kolding J,  Reid D.

Fisheries Innovation Scotland, 2017. 60 p.

New publication out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Simith DJB, Abrunhosa AA, Diele K (2017) Metamorphosis of the edible mangrove crab Ucides cordatus (Ucididae) in response to benthic marine biofilms.

Native oyster restoration research led by St Abbs Marine Station Staff Dr. William (Bill) Sanderson featured in the National Geographi

The aim of the project in collaboration with Glenmorangie is to restore native oyster reefs in the Dornoch Firth. Supporting experimental oyster research will be conducted  at the Marine Station.

New publications out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Puelmanns N, Mehlig U, Nordhaus K, Saint-Paul U, Diele K (2016) Mangrove crab removal Ucides cordatus does not affect sediment parameters and stipule production in a one year experiment in Northern Brazil. PlosOne

Kent FEA, Last KS, Harries DB, Sanderson WG (2017) In situ biodeposition measurements on a Modiolus modiolus (horse mussel) reef provide insights into ecosystem services. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 184:151-157.

Success for our PhD students at the MASTS Annual Science Meeting in Glasgow, 19-21 October 2016

At this year’s Annual Science Meeting of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, Ana and Matt  received prizes for best electronic student posters:

Wale, Matthew A., Diele, Karen, Swift, René, Johnson, M. New Accessible Devices for Aquatic Particle Motion Measurements in Bioacoustic Studies  – First Price

Rodriguez-Perez, Ana, James, Mark A. & Sanderson, William G. Investigating the larval behaviour of Ostrea edulis   – Second Price

We are seeking applicants for a full time 3.5 yrs fully funded PhD Studentship to investigate the

“Responses of Aquatic Invertebrates to Underwater Sound Across Different Life History Stages”

Read more: aquatic_noise_phd_advert_diele_napier
Application deadline: Sunday 13th November 2016

Presentation of  “Research Made in St Abbs”  on the Annual Science Meeting of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), in Glasgow,  19-21 October 2016

Our PhD students Ana, Thodoros and Matthew presented some of their research outcomes as Posters or Oral presentations at the forthcoming MASTS Annual Science Meeting in Glasgow.

Kampouris Thodoros E., Sanderson, William G.  & James, Mark A. Habitat selection of the spiny lobster Palinurus elephas (Fabricius,1787): preliminary results.

Rodriguez-Perez, Ana, James, Mark A. & Sanderson, William G. Investigating the larval behaviour of Ostrea edulis

Wale, Matthew A., Diele, Karen, Swift, René, Johnson, M. New Accessible Devices for Aquatic Particle Motion Measurements in Bioacoustic Studies

Wale, Matthew A., Briers, Rob, Bryson, David, Hartl, Mark, Diele, Karen. Effects of Anthropogenic Noise Playbacks on the Blue Mussel Mytilus edulis.

The Puffin: Past, Present and Future. Dr Brian Nelson Memorial Lecture, 6th October 2016, Edinburgh Napier University

As a tribute to the late Dr Bryan Nelson, the Scottish Seabird Centre and RSPB Scotland hosted a memorial lecture within Edinburgh Napier’s Craiglockhart Campus. The late Dr Bryan Nelson spent his life working to better understand and conserve seabirds. He and his wife, June, famously spent three years in the 1960s living in a small hut on the Bass Rock where his pioneering research work helped to unravel the fascinating life history of Britain’s largest seabird, the Northern Gannet.

The memorial lecture was given by the well-known seabird biologist Mike Harris on the subject of ‘The Puffin: Past, Present and Future’.

Open Day at St Abbs Marine Station for the Local Community – Sunday 25th September 2016

The Local Community of St Abbs was cordially invited to visit St Abbs Marine Station and learn about our “Research Made in St Abbs”. More than 60 people took a guided tour with us –  it was nice to see their interest and appreciation of our research. Thank you everybody for coming along – we look forward to updating you upon forthcoming research outcomes.

Two new publications out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Catarino AI, Thompson R, Sanderson W, Henry TB (2016, online first)  Development and optimisation of a standard method for extraction of microplastics in mussels by enzyme digestion of soft tissues. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

ascimento DM, Alves AGC, Alves RRN, Barboza RRC, Schmidt AJ,  Diele K, Mourao JS (2017) Commercial relationships between intermediaries and harvesters of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus in the Mamanguape River estuary, Brazil, and their socio-ecological implications. Ecological Economics 131: 44-51.

Prof Hideaki Nakata from Nagasaki University, Japan, visited St Abbs Marine Station, 26th September 2016

St Abbs Marine Station hosted a visit from Prof. Hideaki Nakata, the Director of the newly established Organisation for Marine Science and Technology at Nagasaki University, Japan. The OMST will research the development of offshore wind and tidal current energy at a pilot study site near Nagasaki and fuse marine and fisheries science with engineering. St Abbs Marine Station staff were able to share their research interests on sound and electromagnetic field impacts and the restoration of shellfish habitats. Professor Nakata’s research interests in offshore energy development builds on his work on the importance of the coastal environment as spawning and nursery grounds for fisheries and the physical-biological interactions of oceanic fronts and recruitment. The restoration and enhancement of ecological quality and the assessment of impacts from built structures was an area of shared interest.

“St Abbs Science Day” – 10th August 2016

The Science Day in the Old School Building that took place on the 10th of August was a great success. The event, organized by the St Abbs Community, was attended by more than 290 visitors, including many young curious to-be scientists. The visitors could learn about the unique terrestrial and marine environment at St Abbs.  Staff of the Marine Station displayed a touch-tank with marine organisms and were happy to answer any questions regarding the fantastic marine life at St Abbs and informed about the exciting research conducted at the Marine Station. Students and staff of Edinburgh Napier University presented ongoing studies on the nesting success of Kittiwakes at St Abbs Head, on the effects of underwater noise on marine life and on the motivation and experience of visitors at St Abbs. Further interesting information on the terrestrial and marine wildlife at St Abbs was  provided by the National Trust for Scotland, the St Abbs and Eyemouth Marine Voluntary Reserve, the Marine Conservation Society and by Butterfly Conservation – Scotland.

New publication out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Meyer FM, Schubert N, Diele K, Teichberg M, Wild C, Enriquez S (2016) Effect of inorganic and organic carbon enrichments (DIC and DOC) on the photosynthesis and calcification rates of two calcifying green algae from a Caribbean reef lagoon. PlosOne,

Presentation of our research on international congresses

July was a busy month for presenting our work to colleagues from around the world. Staff member Dr  Karen Diele and PhD student Matthew Wale attended the 4rth International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life in Dublin, 10-16th July 2016. Matt gave a talk and presented a poster summarizing the exciting outcomes of our experiments run at the Marine Station on the effects of anthropogenic noise playbacks on the blue mussel Mytilus edulis, in collaboration with Dr Mark Hartl from Heriot-Watt University. Karen and Matt, with colleagues from KAUST, also presented a poster on the preliminary results of their joint experiment on the effects of anthropogenic noise playbacks on the gill microbiome of the blue mussel.

Karen further attended the 4rth international Mangrove and Macrobenthos Meeting (MMM4) in St. Augustine, Florida, 18-22 July 2016, where she gave an oral presentation entitled “From Science to Policy: Understanding the reproductive rhythmicity of Brazilian mangrove crabs to improve their conservation and fisheries management”.

Two new publications out from St Abbs Marine Station staff

Nascimento DM, Alves AGC, Alves RRN, Barboza RRC, Diele K, Mourao JS (2016) An examination of the techniques used to capture mangrove crabs, Ucides cordatus, in the Mamanguape River estuary, northeastern Brazil, with implications for management. Ocean & Coastal Management 130: 50-57.

Kent FEA, Gray MJ, Last KS, Sanderson WG (2016) Horse mussel reef ecosystem services: evidence for a whelk nursery habitat supporting a shellfishery. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management.

New Research Aquarium Technician at St Abbs Marine Station

We warmly welcome Adam Houghton to our team at St Abbs Marine Station. Adam will maintain the health and welfare of all animals in the aquarium, maintain critical equipment for the supply and distribution of seawater and organize data records that support the running of the facility. He  will also  participate in research activities.  Adam has obtained an undergraduate masters degree at Bangor University in 2014. His former research was centred around the effects of climate change on UK intertidal species. He has then worked in the ornamental aquatics industry in the Midlands. Adam says: “I missed living by the coast and  research and am very excited to be working  at this unique facility. I look forward to bringing  my knowledge and passion for UK marine species to the team”.

New publication of St Abbs Marine Station staff

Meyer FW, Vogel N, Diele K, Kunzmann A, Wild C (2016) Effects of high dissolved inorganic and organic carbon availability on the physiology of the hard coral Acropora millepora from the Great Barrier Reef. PlosOne, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0149598

Publication out on research performed at the Marine Station

Johnson L, Coates CJ, Albalat A, Todd K, Neil D (2016) Temperature-dependent morbidity of ‘nicked’ edible crab, Cancer pagurus. Fisheries Research 175, 127-131.

MASTS – Marine Stressors Forum Workshop  at Heriot-Watt University – 4rth February 2016

The Marine Stressors Forum Steering Committee was holding a workshop in order to engage with the wider community of MASTS, The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland. The workshop was attended by  MASTS members, including  staff from the Marine Station,  who are undertaking some form of marine environmental stress-related research (ecotoxicology, noise, endocrine disruption, chemical pollutants, climate change, physical changes etc…) or are involved in related policy matters. One aim of the Stressor Forum is to facilitate joint projects and bids for funding.

New publication of St Abbs Marine Station staff

Frost M, Bayliss-Brown G, Buckley P, Cox M, Dye SR, Sanderson WG, Stoker B, Harvey NW (2016) A review of climate change and the implementation of marine biodiversity legislation in the United Kingdom. Aquatic Conservation Marine Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.2628

Upcoming ECSA 56 congress on “Coastal systems in transition: From a ‘natural’ to an ‘anthropogenically-modified’ state”

Bremen, Germany, 4-7th September 2016

ECSA 56 brings together a global multi-disciplinary community of researchers and professionals to discuss and address issues of outstanding scientific importance in the science and management of estuaries and coastal seas in our rapidly changing world.

St Abbs Marine Station staff convenes  the following special session: “Effects of anthropogenic stressors and environmental change on the performance of early life history stages of marine invertebrates”

Spread the news and submit an abstract for a poster or an oral presentation

Deadline for Abstract submission: 18th March 2016

Research collaboration between St Abbs Marine Station and University partners now launched

The tripartite research collaboration agreement was signed on October 23rd, 2015, by Prof. Richard Williams, Principal Heriot-Watt University (top L), Stephen Nesbitt, Chair of the Board of Trustees, St Abbs Marine Station (top C), and Prof. Andrea Nolan, Principal Edinburgh Napier University (top R).

The  launch was celebrated with colleagues from the two Universities, Marine Station staff and representatives from the local community at St Abbs, Scottish Parlament – Berwickshire, the National Trust for Scotland,  Scottish Natural Heritage,  St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) and Industry.

Featured in ITV, ETV, The Berwickshire News, Herald Scotland, The National.

Kevin Scott, Marine Station Manager (L)
Dr Bill Sanderson, Co-Director of Research, Heriot-Watt University (C)
Dr Karen Diele, Co-Director of Research, Edinburgh Napier University (R)