Research Made in St Abbs

Currently falls under two broad themes, each with several clusters. The ‘Marine Stressors’ research theme is composed of projects dealing with ‘Climate Change’, ‘Anthropogenic Noise/Vibration’, ‘Electromagnetic Fields’ and ‘Microplastics, Chemical and Microbial Pollution’. The ‘Sustainable Management’ research theme consists of projects on ‘Marine Protected Areas’, ‘Habitat Restoration’, ‘Tourism’ and ‘Sustainable Inshore Shellfish Fisheries’.

Read our Research Framework  to obtain more information on our work

Examples of Ongoing “Research Made in St Abbs”

  • Effects of electromagnetic fields on the behaviour and development of commercially important decapods
  • Effects of anthropogenic noise on the physiology, biochemistry, behaviour and functional performance of commercially or ecologically important marine invertebrates, including their larvae (crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms)
  • Effects of temperature on food selectivity and feeding rates of the common sea urchin Echinus esculentus
  • Effects of multiple stressors, noise and temperature, on the behaviour of the   common sea urchin Echinus esculentus
  • Microplastics in sediment and seawater at St Abbs
  • Identification of microbial antibiotic resistance in seabird faeces
  • Deposition of sediment by native oysters
  • Effects of ecotourism on the nesting success of seabirds with implications for protected area mangement
  • Monitoring of edible crab and lobster fisheries at St Abbs

These projects reflect the Marine Station’s intention to focus on research which contributes towards important marine conservation objectives such as the restoration of damaged seas and establishment of sustainable fisheries.