University of Aberdeen
Current Position Research and KE Fellow
Telephone +44 (0) 1224 272 553
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Earth Systems, Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical, Modelling


Key Research Interests

  • How spatial and temporal variability in oceanographic processes influence spatial and temporal variability in biological processes, particularly in shelf seas.
  • For example, how turbulence and mixing in shelf seas affects levels of primary production.
  • How human marine developments and activities impact on these physical and biological processes, and how this should be accounted for in marine management.
  • Stakeholder and communities’ understanding of the range of ecosystem services that can be supplied by local marine areas, and how these can be integrated into marine policy.
  • Heavily involved in knowledge exchange, particularly with marine management bodies, in particular the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Marine Scotland.

Recent Key Papers

  • Tweddle, J.F., M. Gubbins & B.E. Scott. (2018). Should Phytoplankton be a key consideration for marine management? Marine Policy, 97:1-9
  • Dickey-Collas, M., A. McQuatters-Gollop, E. Bresnan, A.C. Kraberg, J.P. Manderson, R.D.M. Nash, S.A. Otto, A.F. Sell, J.F. Tweddle & V.M. Trenkel 2017, ‘Pelagic habitat: exploring the concept of good environmental status’ ICES Journal of Marine Science, vol. 74, no. 7, pp. 1846-1854.
  • Scott, BE, Irvine, KN, Gubbins, M, Kafas, A, Kenter, J, MacDonald, A, O’Hara Murray, R, Potts, T, Slater, A-M, Tweddle, JF, Wright, K & Davies, IM 2016, The Cooperative Participatory Evaluation of Renewable Technologies on Ecosystem Services (CORPORATES). Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science, no. 1, vol. 7, Marine Scotland Science, Aberdeen, UK. [Online] DOI:

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Automated classification of ocean colour remote sensing for environmental monitoring and legislative compliance applications.
  • Modelling primary production in Scottish waters and the impact of large scale marine renewables and climate change