• 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: SAMS science focuses on three major and urgent challenges which humankind and our natural world must face

  • to discover the physical, chemical, geological and biological processes that drive the marine system so that we have the knowledge needed...
  • to describe and quantify how our coastal environment, where more than half the human population resides, responds to ever-increasing man-made pressures such as climate change, habitat destruction, pollution and resource overexploitation and to work with society on developing and testing mitigation and adaptation measures and finally
  • to develop a sustainable blue economy so that we can use the marine environment for the benefit of people without degrading its health and productivity.

To address these major challenges SAMS science is multi-disciplinary, drawing on the expertise from physicists, mathematicians, biologists, geologists, chemists, social scientists, computer scientists, technologists, engineers and communicators.

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

SAMS current science projects

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    Photo of Richard Abell

    Richard Abell

    • SAMS - Research Assistant in Analytical Chemistry

    Person: Academic Support

    Photo of Colin Abernethy

    Colin Abernethy

    • SAMS - Support Scientist

    Person: Academic Support

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    Cottier-Cook, E.


    Project: Research

    Benthic diagenesis and microbiology of hadal trenches

    Turnewitsch, R.


    Project: Research

    MERIKA: Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator

    Vögler, A., Kenter, J. O. & Billing, S.

    Project: Research

    Research Output

    A critical social perspective on deep sea mining: Lessons from the emergent industry in Japan

    Carver, R., Childs, J., Steinberg, P., Mabon, L., Matsuda, H., Squire, R., Mclellan, B. & Esteban, M., 18 May 2020, In : Ocean & Coastal Management. 193, 10 p., 105242.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    Adaptation to climate change–related ocean acidification: An adaptive governance approach

    Greenhill, L., Kenter, J. O. & Dannevig, H., 2 Apr 2020, In : Ocean & Coastal Management. 191, 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Advances and challenges in modelling the impacts of invasive alien species on aquatic ecosystems

    Corrales, X., Katsanevakis, S., Coll, M., Heymans, J. J., Piroddi, C., Ofir, E. & Gal, G., 1 Mar 2020, In : Biological Invasions. 22, 3, p. 907-934 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Datasets

    UK Invasive Species Database

    Minchin, D. (Creator), Cottier-Cook, E. (Creator) & Bishop, J. D. (Creator), DAISIE - EU Programme, 2009



    1. Preis Biologie

    Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1992

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 1. Preis Biologie

    Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1988

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • 1st monthly prize

    Frithjof Küpper (Recipient), 1991

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities


    Clare Louise Johnson (Peer reviewer)


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

    Ocean Engineering (Journal)

    Steven Benjamins (Peer reviewer)

    20 May 2020

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

    ICES Working Group on Electrofishing (Event)

    Clive Fox (Member)

    1 Mar 2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Press / Media

    Green Snow in Antarctica Points to Changing Climate

    Matthew P Davey


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Microplastics expert is awarded professorship

    Bhavani Narayanaswamy


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Student theses

    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)


    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)


    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)