Lecturer (Ecology & Conservation)
Senior Research Fellow
Pack, A., Craig, A., & Waterman, J. (2017, October). An unexpected journey: Diurnal movement into deeper waters by humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) mother-calf pairs observed off Northwest Maui, Hawai’i. Poster presented at 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
Recent studies of humpback whale habitat use in the Hawaiian breeding grounds have revealed that mother-calf pairs favor shallow waters to avoid harassment from male humpbacks...
Rueckert, S., & Tsaousis, A. D. (2017). Report of the 2017 Protistology-UK Spring Meeting. European Journal of Protistology, 61(Pt.A), 307-310. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejop.2017.10.003
The Protistology-UK 2017 spring meeting was organised as part of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Microbiology Society in Edinburgh between the 3rd to the 6th of April 2017. Th...
Qashqari, M. S., Garcias-Bonet, N., Fusi, M., Booth, J. M., Daffonchio, D., & Duarte, C. M. (in press). High Temperature and Crab Density Reduce Atmospheric Nitrogen Fixation in Red Sea Mangrove Sediments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106487
Mangrove ecosystems are highly productive and provide important ecosystem services. However, in the Red Sea mangroves are under severe nutrient-limiting conditions, reflected ...
Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University)
Quantifying metal bioaccumulation in Nephrops norvegicus larvae exposed to cadmium and pile-driving noise - Understanding the impacts and mechanisms of multiple stressors on marine life is fraught wit...
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
The 'Microlanding' project aims to unravel the nature, topological interactions, dynamics and functions of the bacterial symbionts associated with mangrove crabs' gills in relation to the evolution fr...
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The project is to investigate the quantity and environmental footprint of shell residues produced by the crab meat processing "industry" (i.e. local households) in Mamanguape River Estuary and Brejinh...
Professor of Marine Ecology / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
Associate Professor in Marine Biology/Parasitology
Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Chouaia, B., Goda, N., Mazza, G., Alali, S., Florian, F., Gionechetti, F., …Montagna, M. (2019). Developmental stages and gut microenvironments influence gut microbiota dynamics in the invasive beetle Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Environmental Microbiology, 21(11), 4343-4359. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14797
Popillia japonica Newman (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) is a highly polyphagous invasive beetle originating from Japan. This insect is highly resilient and able to rapidly adapt t...
Fusi, M., & Daffonchio, D. (in press). How seagrasses secure our coastlines. Frontiers for Young Minds,
Paterson, W. D., Russell, D. J., Wu, G., McConnell, B., Currie, J. I., McCafferty, D. J., & Thompson, D. (2019). Post-disturbance haulout behaviour of harbour seals. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 29(S1), 144-156. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3092
1. The impact of anthropogenic activity associated with the construction of a proposed tidal turbine on harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) was investigated using controlled distur...
Giomi, F., Barausse, A., Duarte, C. M., Booth, J., Agusti, S., Saderne, V., …Fusi, M. (in press). Oxygen supersaturation protects coastal marine fauna from ocean warming. Science Advances, 5(9), https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax1814
Ocean warming affects the life history and fitness of marine organisms by, among others, increasing animal metabolism and reducing oxygen availability. In coastal habitats, an...
Terraneo, T. I., Fusi, M., Hume, B. C., Arrigoni, R., Voolstra, C. R., Benzoni, F., …Berumen, M. L. (2019). Environmental latitudinal gradients and host specificity shape Symbiodiniaceae distribution in Red Sea Porites corals. Journal of Biogeography, 46(10), 2323-2335. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13672
To assess the diversity of algal symbionts of the family Symbiodiniaceae associated with the coral genus Porites in the Red Sea, and to test for host-specificity and envir...
Rueckert, S., Betts, E. L., & Tsaousis, A. D. (2019). The symbiotic spectrum: where do the gregarines fit?. Trends in Parasitology, 35(9), 687-694. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pt.2019.06.013
Gregarine apicomplexans are closely related to parasites such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, and Cryptosporidium, which are causing severe health and economic burdens. Colonizing ...
Briers, R. (2019). cde - R package to retrieve data from the Environment Agency Catchment Data Explorer site. Journal of Open Source Software, 4(39), https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.01473
Wale, M. A., Briers, R. A., Hartl, M. G., Bryson, D., & Diele, K. (2019). From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel. Science of the Total Environment, 689, 126-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.380
Responses of marine invertebrates to anthropogenic noise are insufficiently known, impeding our understanding of ecosystemic impacts of noise and the development of mitigation...
Harcourt, W. D., Briers, R. A., & Huxham, M. (2018). The thin(ning) green line? Investigating changes in Kenya's seagrass coverage. Biology Letters, 14(11), https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2018.0227
Knowledge of seagrass distribution is limited to a few well-studied sites and poor where resourcesare scant (e.g. Africa), hence global estimates of seagrass carbon storage ar...
Rueckert, S., Glasinovich, N., Diez, M., Cremonte, F., & Vázquez, N. (2018). Morphology and molecular systematic of marine gregarines (Apicomplexa) from Southwestern Atlantic spionid polychaetes. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 159, 49-60. doi:10.1016/j.jip.2018.10.010
Gregarines are a common group of parasites that infect the intestines of marine invertebrates, and particularly polychaetes. Here, we describe for the first time four gregarin...
Adl, S. M., Bass, D., Lane, C. E., Lukeš, J., Schoch, C. L., Smirnov, A., …Zhang, Q. (in press). Revisions to the Classification, Nomenclature, and Diversity of Eukaryotes. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, doi:10.1111/jeu.12691
This revision of the classification of eukaryotes follows that of Adl et al., 2012 [J. Euk. Microbiol. 59(5)] and retains an emphasis on protists. Changes since have improved ...
Saeedi, H., Kamrani, E., Nordhaus, I., & Diele, K. (2018). Sediment Temperature Impact on Population Structure and Dynamics of the Crab Austruca iranica Pretzmann, 1971 (Crustacea: Ocypodidae) in Subtropical Mangroves of the Persian Gulf. Wetlands, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-018-0998-5
Ocypodid crabs inhabit intertidal sandy/muddy flats of tropical and sub-tropical mangroves. Iran has three species of the genus Austruca. In contrast to A. sindensis and A. la...
Natural Environment Research Council
Mangrove forests are unique intertidal ecosystems connecting the land- and seascape. They provide habitat to terrestrial and marine species, sustain the livelihoods of millions of mostly poor people g...
British Ecological Society
Travel grant to allow PhD student to attend Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography Aquatic Sciences Meeting/conference in Hawaii.
This research will make direct comparisons of δ13C and δ15N isotope values from muscle tissue between populations of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) returning to the North, East and West coasts of Scotl...
Live Atlantic salmon will be experimentally infested with live anisakis simplex. The experiment will run for 35 days, and at certain sampling points, salmon will be euthanised and blood will be taken....
Parasites collected from different fish species (e.g. Barathrites iris) from the New Hebrides trench and the Kermadec trench will be identified on a morphological and molecular level.
Anthropogenic noise has profoundly changed the acoustic environment of aquatic habitats, and is known to negatively affect many taxa...
The Environment Agency Office
King’s Meadow House
King's Meadow Road
22 March 2019
Edinburgh Napier University (Sighthill Campus)
23 January 2019
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
134 Corstorphine Rd,
15 September 2017