• Castle Street

    KW14 7JD Thurso

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research at the ERI currently focuses on three primary themes:

Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health

Ecosystems and the species that reside within them are susceptible to stressors. Globally, a myriad and ever increasing range of chemical contaminants are now present in our environment; and, natural stressors (such as rapid climate change) can also pose a major threat to biodiversity.

Carbon Water and Climate

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are home to a range of diverse wild habitats with unique biodiversity attributes, many of which represent the last remnants of pristine environments left within the UK. In their natural state, they play critical roles in the regulation of water and in the local, regional and global regulation of climate, through sequestration and storage of carbon.

Renewable Energy and the Environment

A major issue in the development of all renewable energy industries are environmental uncertainties and concerns varying from “reliability of supply” linked to climate variability and vulnerability of the resource to fears of damage to the environment, fishing and tourism. In parallel with the economic redevelopment of the region, ERI will apply its environmental knowledge to assist in establishing sustainable industries sympathetic to the local environment and communities.

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    Research Output

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Assessing hospital impact on pharmaceutical levels in a rural ‘source-to-sink’ water system

    Niemi, L., Taggart, M., Boyd, K., Zhang, Z., Gaffney, P. P. J., Pfleger, S. & Gibb, S., 1 Oct 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 737, p. 139618

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Global Ecology and Conservation (Journal)

    Roxane Andersen (Peer reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    A blanket to keep us cool: Restoration stories from the Flow Country

    Roxane Andersen (Speaker)

    12 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    Queen and tycoon going with the flow to preserve peatlands

    Roxane Andersen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    University awarded £986,000 grant to expand peatland research

    Roxane Andersen


    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Motion raised in Scottish Parliament

    Stuart Gibb (Participant) & Mark Taggart (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy Impacts

    Student theses

    The response of arthropod assemblages to peatland restoration in formerly afforested blanket bog

    Author: Fernandez, A. P., 29 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Andersen, R. (Supervisor), Boyd, K. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)


    Investigating the foraging ecology of black guillemots Cepphus grylle in relation to tidal stream turbines and marine protected areas

    Author: Johnston, D. T., 5 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Masden, E. (Supervisor), Furness, B. (External person) (Supervisor) & Robbins, A. M. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by UHI)

    Remediation and restoration of ocean exposed cliff-top, in the context of Dounreay (Scotland) nuclear power plant decommissioning

    Author: Braidwood, D., 4 May 2018

    Supervisor: Andersen, R. (Supervisor), Taggart, M. (Supervisor) & Smith, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)