Scottish Association for Marine Science

  • Scottish Marine Institute

    PA37 1QA Oban

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) has been delivering independent marine science since 1884. Based in Oban, 150 staff are working for healthy and sustainably managed seas and oceans through world-class marine research, education and engagement with society.

We undertake research into all aspects of the marine system and exchange our new understanding with society, policy makers, business and the next generation, so that it can become useful and improve practices.

Science areas: Ocean systems (fundamental science in physical oceanography; biogeochemistry; ecosystem function; Arctic seas); dynamic coasts (research relevant to society to plan and manage the marine environment eg regarding climate change; marine conservation; society and the sea; industrial impacts) and blue economy (applied sciene eg related to aquaculture, marine biotechnology, ocean energy, fisheries)

Ships and robotics: Coastal vessels RV Calanus and RV Seol Mara; Robotics: North Atlantic Glider Base; Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (2); Remotely Operated Vehicle; Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems; Coastal and Acoustic Drifters; UK Lander Centre; Moorings and Ocean Observatories; Polar Technology

National facilities: Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa; Scottish Marine Robotics Facility

Partners: University of the Highlands and Islands; United Nations University; Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland; Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society; Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

SAMS News on twitter; @SAMSoceannews

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algae Agriculture & Biology
sediments Agriculture & Biology
sediment Earth & Environmental Sciences
water Agriculture & Biology
deep sea Earth & Environmental Sciences
fjord Earth & Environmental Sciences
ocean Earth & Environmental Sciences
fish Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Projects 2007 2021


Cottier-Cook, E.


Project: Research

Benthic diagenesis and microbiology of hadal trenches

Turnewitsch, R.


Project: Research

AquaSpace H2020

Billing, S.

Project: Research

Research Output 1984 2020

An analysis of the current status and future of biosecurity frameworks for the Indonesian seaweed industry

Kambey, C. S. B., Campbell, I., Sondak, C. F. A., Nor, A. R. M., Lim, P. E. & Cottier-cook, E. J., 2 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Applied Phycology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Artificial reef design affects benthic secondary productivity and provision of function habitat

Rouse, S., Porter, J. S. & Wilding, T., 8 Feb 2020, In : Ecology and Evolution. 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
artificial reefs
artificial reef
secondary productivity

Assessing governance challenges of local biodiversity and ecosystem services: Barriers identified by the expert community

Shih, W., Mabon, L. & Puppim De Oliveira, J. A., 1 Feb 2020, In : Land Use Policy. 91, 15 p., 104291.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecosystem service
ecosystem services


1. Preis Biologie

Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1992

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

heavy metal

1. Preis Biologie

Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1988

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

plant pigments
honors and awards

1st monthly prize

Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1991

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Activities 1991 2019

Workshop on Subpolar North Atlantic Eastern Boundary

Stuart Cunningham (Participant), Gerard McCarthy (Organiser)
14 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference


Press / Media

Filling careers advice gaps would make university applications fairer

David Green


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

@ SAMS, Science + Autonomy = Answers

Finlo Cottier


2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Student theses

Microplastic pollution in the deep sea ecosystem: a study from the Rockall Trough, North East Atlantic Ocean

Author: Courtene-Jones, W., 4 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Narayanaswamy, B. (Supervisor), Gary, S. (Supervisor) & Quinn, B. (Supervisor)

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


Eukaryotic Parasites of Toxic and Bloom-forming Diatoms: Molecular insights in their diversity and physiology

Author: Garvetto, A., 12 Jul 2019

Supervisor: Gachon, C. (Supervisor)

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


Investigating the distribution, seasonal dynamics and toxicity of Azadinium spinosum in Scottish waters using qPCR

Author: Paterson, R., 5 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Davidson, K. (Supervisor) & Green, D. (Supervisor)

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