Congratulations to Ben Taylor for his successfully defended thesis entitled “Saltmarsh restoration and blue carbon dynamics in a Scottish estuary”
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.
Welcome to new staff member Dr Mel Chocholek. Mel joins us as a Research Technician supporting the work within SERG, in particular the John Templeton Foundation and NERC BLUEcoast funded projects.
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 (email@example.com)
In June 2018, 4 members of the SERG lab completed four days of fieldwork on West Plain, Morecambe Bay for the NERC BLUE-coast project. This is the third of four field campaigns for the project.
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)
If you would like to find an expert on coastal issues, check out the coastal expertise database, or to be included in this database, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In November 2017, 5 members of the SERG lab completed four days of fieldwork in the Dengie National Nature Reserve, Essex for the NERC BLUE-coast project.
Armed with wellies, nets and buckets, Dr Andrew Blight took a small group of children (and their parents) onto the rocky shore of Crail for the annual Crail Festival Rock Pool Guddle. The weather was fantastic and the children were captivated by anemones, crabs, periwinkles, prawns and even the odd fish.
In June 2017, 5 members of the SERG lab, including Prof. Paterson, completed three days of fieldwork in the Dengie National Nature Reserve, Essex for the NERC BLUE-coast project.
CSM, Contact Cores and field spectroscopy in action on the Dengie peninsular.