Linda Gilpin

Linda Gilpin

Dr Linda Gilpin

Lecturer

Biography

Having gained a BSc Hons Biology, a PhD and five years postdoctoral research experience from Queen's University, Belfast, I moved to Edinburgh Napier University in 1998. As a Lecturer in Aquatic Biology I am involved in teaching from 1st year to MSc level with a focus on practical laboratory and field skills. In 2004 I became leader of MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management programme, however in 2011 this programme was withdrawn and I took over leadership of the continuing MSc programmes: MSc Wildlife Biology and Conservation and MSc Ecotourism. I have co-supervised six PhD students and examined eight.

Research Interests
I have over 25years of research experience in aspects of primary productivity, nutrient dynamics and eutrophication. Biological oceanographic cruises in the Atlantic, Indian and Southern Oceans led to the study of foodweb interactions within the pelagic microplankton using an experimental mesocosm approach in order to gain insights into the potential effects of human activity on nearshore waters. Primary production in the intertidal region by microphytobenthos, seagrasses and mangals is a current area of interest.

Teaching and Learning
I teach across all years and am leader for a variety of modules including Scientific Enquiry, Population and Community Ecology, Marine Biology, Advance in Aquatic Sciences, Scientific Methods and Research Project.
I became a Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in 2002 and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2007. In 2012 I was an external subject expert on the re-approval panel assessing the BSc (Hons) Marine Science degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Carbon storage in the seagrass meadows of Gazi Bay, Kenya

Journal Article
Githaiga, M. N., Kairo, J. G., Njoroge Githaiga, M., Gitundu, K., Gilpin, L., & Huxham, M. (2017)
Carbon storage in the seagrass meadows of Gazi Bay, Kenya. PLOS ONE, 12(5), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177001
Vegetated marine habitats are globally important carbon sinks, making a significant contribution towards mitigating climate change, and they provide a wide range of other ecos...

Tracking changes to a microplankton community in a North Atlantic sea loch using the microplankton index PI(mp).

Journal Article
Whyte, C., Davidson, K., Gilpin, L., Mitchell, E., Moschonas, G., McNeill, S., & Tett, P. (2016)
Tracking changes to a microplankton community in a North Atlantic sea loch using the microplankton index PI(mp). ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74(4), (311-325). ISSN 1054-3139
Microplankton plays a vital part in marine ecosystems and its importance has been recognised by the inclusion of microplankton community composition in regulatory frameworks s...

Biomass and productivity of seagrasses in Africa

Journal Article
Githaiga, M. N., Gilpin, L., Kairo, J. G., & Huxham, M. (2016)
Biomass and productivity of seagrasses in Africa. Botanica Marina, 59(2-3), 173-186. https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2015-0075
There is growing interest in carbon stocks and flows in seagrass ecosystems, but recent global reviews suggest a paucity of studies from Africa. This paper reviews work on sea...

Framework for understanding marine ecosystem health

Journal Article
Tett, P., Gowen, R., Painting, S., Elliott, M., Forster, R., Mills, D., …Wilkinson, M. (2013)
Framework for understanding marine ecosystem health. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 494, 1-27. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10539
Although the terms ‘health’ and ‘healthy’ are often applied to marine ecosystems and communicate information about holistic condition (e.g. as required by the Ecosystem Approa...

Phytoplankton and bacterial distribution and productivity on and around Jones Bank in the Celtic Sea

Journal Article
Davidson, K., Gilpin, L. C., Pete, R., Brennan, D., McNeill, S., Moschonas, G., & Sharples, J. (2013)
Phytoplankton and bacterial distribution and productivity on and around Jones Bank in the Celtic Sea. Progress in Oceanography, 117, 48-63. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2013.04.001
The abundance and productivity of phytoplankton and bacterioplankton in the region of Jones Bank (Cel-tic Sea) were assessed in relation to potential physical and chemical dri...

A Lagrangian biogeochemical study of an eddy in the Northeast Atlantic

Journal Article
Jickells, T. D., Liss, P. S., Broadgate, W., Turner, S., Kettle, A. J., Read, J., …DeGrandpre, M. (2008)
A Lagrangian biogeochemical study of an eddy in the Northeast Atlantic. Progress in Oceanography, 76(3), 366-398. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2008.01.006
We report the results of an experiment in the Northeast Atlantic in which sulphur hexafluoride (SF 6) was released within an eddy and the behaviour of trace gases, nutrients a...

The influence of the balance of inorganic and organic nitrogen on the trophic dynamics of microbial food webs.

Journal Article
Davidson, K., Gilpin, L., Hart, M. C., Fouilland, E., Mitchell, E., Calleja, I. A., …Leakey, R. J. G. (2007)
The influence of the balance of inorganic and organic nitrogen on the trophic dynamics of microbial food webs. Limnology and Oceanography. 52, 2147-2163. ISSN 0024-3590
A nutrient-manipulation mesocosm study was conducted in Norwegian coastal waters to determine the effect on a nitrogen-limited microbial food web of changes in the relative co...

Defining and detecting undesirable disturbance in the context of eutrophication.

Journal Article
Tett, P., Gowen, R. J., Mills, D., Fernandes, T., Gilpin, L., Huxham, M., …Malcolm, S. J. (2007)
Defining and detecting undesirable disturbance in the context of eutrophication. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 55, (282-297). doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2006.08.028. ISSN 0025-326X
An understanding of undesirable disturbance to the balance of organisms is needed to diagnose marine eutrophication as defined by EU Directives and OSPAR. This review summariz...

Microalgae, macrofauna and sedimentary stability: an experimental test of a reciprocal relationship.

Journal Article
Huxham, M., Gilpin, L., Mocogni, M., & Harper, S. (2006)
Microalgae, macrofauna and sedimentary stability: an experimental test of a reciprocal relationship. Marine ecology progress series, 310, (55-63). doi:10.3354/meps310055. ISSN 1616-1599
A manipulative field experiment was conducted at Blackness in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, to study the effects of differences in microphytobenthos abundance on sediment stab...

A dynamic CSTT model for the effects of added nutrients in Loch Creran, a shallow fjord

Journal Article
Laurent, C., Tett, P., Fernandes, T., Gilpin, L., & Jones, K. (2006)
A dynamic CSTT model for the effects of added nutrients in Loch Creran, a shallow fjord. Journal of Marine Systems, 61(3-4), 149-164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2005.05.007
Despite a tendency for the complexity of physical–biological models to increase, simple coupled models remain useful for some applications and can provide insights into crucia...

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