Michelle Frost

michelle frost

Dr Michelle Frost

Research Assistant

Biography

Growing up in south Florida, I have been in, on or dreaming about the ocean for as long as I can remember. After finishing my undergrad in the US, I moved to Aberdeen where I completed an MRes and PhD in Marine Ecology. My research focused on the geographic distribution, thermal niche and population structure (using novel genomic markers) of the critically endangered flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius) and blue skate (D. flossada), with a focus on spatial planning for conservation measures on the west coast of Scotland. During my PhD, I worked closely with government, NGOs, and local anglers to identify essential skate habitat and population connectivity between resident and transient skates within a Marine Protected Area and the wider western coast of the British Isles.

I am now the Project Co-ordinator for the three-year West of Scotland Herring Hunt (WOSHH) project (11/21- 10/24) that seeks to generate evidence for the identification, conservation, and restoration of herring spawning habitat using historic local ecological knowledge, newly generated (contemporary) ecological data and modelling. During this project, we will conduct habitat/species surveys, together with communities along the west coast of Scotland, organizations, industry and individuals, as well as involving the wider public through participation in ‘herring hunts’ for spotting spawning shoals, eggs and juveniles using citizen science tools.

I am also working to develop a Rapid Assessment Best Practice Protocol for evaluating mangrove restoration/rehabilitation projects in Indonesia. The tool is being co-developed with representatives from various stakeholders across different levels to ensure it will be widely applicable to government, NGOs, and local communities involved in ecological mangrove restoration.

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4 results

Evaluating the suitability of close-kin mark-recapture as a demographic modelling tool for a critically endangered elasmobranch population

Journal Article
Delaval, A., Bendall, V., Hetherington, S. J., Skaug, H. J., Frost, M., Jones, C. S., & Noble, L. R. (in press)
Evaluating the suitability of close-kin mark-recapture as a demographic modelling tool for a critically endangered elasmobranch population. Evolutionary Applications, https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13474
Estimating the demographic parameters of contemporary populations is essential to the success of elasmobranch conservation programmes, and to understanding their recent evolut...

Essential spawning grounds of Scottish herring: current knowledge and future challenges

Journal Article
Frost, M., & Diele, K. (2022)
Essential spawning grounds of Scottish herring: current knowledge and future challenges. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 32, 721-744. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11160-022-09703-0
Scotland once had the largest herring fishery globally, generating local income, identity, and societal change. Following historic stock collapse, in spring 2018/2019 large he...

Population and seascape genomics of a critically endangered benthic elasmobranch, the blue skate Dipturus batis

Journal Article
Delaval, A., Frost, M., Bendall, V., Hetherington, S. J., Stirling, D., Hoarau, G., …Noble, L. R. (2022)
Population and seascape genomics of a critically endangered benthic elasmobranch, the blue skate Dipturus batis. Evolutionary Applications, 15(1), 78-94. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13327
The blue skate (Dipturus batis) has a patchy distribution across the North-East Atlantic Ocean, largely restricted to occidental seas around the British Isles following fisher...

Distribution and thermal niche of the common skate species complex in the north-east Atlantic

Journal Article
Frost, M., Neat, F. C., Stirling, D., Bendall, V., Noble, L. R., & Jones, A. (2020)
Distribution and thermal niche of the common skate species complex in the north-east Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 656, 65-74. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13545
Temperature is one of the most significant variables affecting the geographic distribution and physiology of elasmobranchs. Differing thermal gradients across a species' range...