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

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”.

https://blogs.gov.scot/marine-scotland/2017/04/07/sampling-expands-st-abbs/

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1QHM0kejpdBq1xQNTnVLGnIuLQm4&ll=58.00913632232094%2C-4.218417000000045&z=7

http://marine.gov.scot/information/coastal-monitoring-site-st-abbs

 

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.022

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

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.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/people-and-culture/food/the-plate/2016/12/the-future-of-fine-scotch-whisky-may-rest-on-restoration/

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. PlosOnehttp://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0167375

 

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:

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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.

 http://www.masts.ac.uk/annual-science-meeting/

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. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/etc.3608/full

 

Nascimento 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. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800916302609

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160268

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. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21513732.2016.1188330

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.

http://www.masts.ac.uk/research/research-forums/marine-stressors-forum/

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

http://www.estuarinecoastalconference.com/

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”

http://www.estuarinecoastalconference.com/special-session-3f.asp

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)