BLUE-coast – Morecambe winter field campaign

In February 2019, 5 members of the SERG lab completed three days of fieldwork on West Plain, Morecambe Bay for the NERC BLUE-coast project. This is the fourth of four field campaigns for the project.

Field team – David Paterson, Mel Chocholek, Irvine Davidson, Adam Wyness and Andy Blight

CSM in action, contact cores, CSM of marsh edge and shear vane of marsh edge

Contact core on saltmarsh, Hydrobia trails, contact core sample sites with Corophium holes visible in the last image

Prof. David Paterson braced for the elements.

NEW POSITION – Research Technician

NEW POST – Research Technician to support SERG and the John Templeton Foundation funded project – niche construction and evolutionary diversity in experimental communities

An exciting opportunity is available for a motivated candidate to support the work of the Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG) as part of a major multinational, interdisciplinary research consortium.

We are seeking a versatile and computer literate candidate with good field and laboratory skills relevant to benthic ecology. We expect to attract a motivated worker with the initiative to handle fieldwork and accepting some travel and the unsociable hours (tidal cycles) that are occasionally required. The candidate will be based in the Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG) at the University of St Andrews under the main supervision of Dr Adam Wyness and Prof. David M. Paterson. The main purpose of the role is to support the design and running of experiments using laboratory benthic mesocosms, flume system and fieldwork. Incubation of bacteria, diatoms and handling of benthic infauna will be required but training can be given.

One year position to start as soon as possible. Informal enquiries to: Prof David M. Paterson (

Congratulations Dr Wade

Congratulations to Kate Wade for her successfully defended thesis entitled “The biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and value of restored salt marshes in the Eden Estuary, Scotland”

Well done Kate!

SERG’s Clare Maynard leads MASTS coastal forum

Scotland’s coastal zone is famous for its natural beauty but also provides important conservational value. The coastal zone acts as an important ecosystem in its own right but also as a buffer between highly valued marine and land assets, ranging from award-winning golf courses, prime agricultural land, critical industries, aquaculture and important fisheries. These transitional ecosystems are increasingly vulnerable to pressure from enhanced erosion and flooding as sea levels rise, storm impacts increase and coastal sediment supply wanes.

The adaptation and resilience of the coastline therefore is vitally important to Scotland’s future, and the way forward requires sound knowledge, cooperative research and compromise between organisations, as well as the engagement and involvement of local communities.

The MASTS Coastal Forum brings together a variety of experts in areas such as coastal processes and dynamics, management, policy, social science, biodiversity and ecology and conservation, thus providing the opportunity to interact with key decision makers, speak to experts to help solve often-complex issues and help generate leads for new projects, insights and potential contracts.

Co-Chairs: Clare Maynard (USTAN) & Jim Hansom (GLA)

Steering Group: Sue Dawson (DUN), Tim Stojanovic (USTAN), Ben Taylor (USTAN), Nicholas Williamson (Fife Council); John Black (MoD) & Janet Khan (SEPA)

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