• 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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    Profiles

    Photo of Richard Abell

    Richard Abell

    • SAMS - Research Assistant in Analytical Chemistry

    Person: Academic Support

    20132018
    Photo of Colin Abernethy

    Colin Abernethy

    • SAMS - Support Scientist

    Person: Academic Support

    20192019
    Photo of Thomas Adams
    20072018

    Projects

    GlobalSeaweedSTAR

    Cottier-Cook, E.

    1/08/171/08/21

    Project: Research

    Benthic diagenesis and microbiology of hadal trenches

    Turnewitsch, R.

    1/01/1631/12/20

    Project: Research

    Research Output

    Accumulation of ambient phosphate into the periplasm of marine bacteria is proton motive force dependent

    Kamennaya, N., Geraki, K., Scanlan, D. & Zubkov, M., 26 May 2020, In : Nature Communications. 11, 1, 2642 (2020).

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 2 Downloads (Pure)

    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., 1 Aug 2020, In : Ocean & Coastal Management. 193, 10 p., 105242.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)

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

    Greenhill, L., Kenter, J. O. & Dannevig, H., 15 Jun 2020, In : Ocean & Coastal Management. 191, 12 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

    Dataset

    Prizes

    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

    International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (External organisation)

    Clive Fox (Member)

    2020

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (External organisation)

    Clive Fox (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (External organisation)

    Clive Fox (Member)

    1 Mar 2020 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

    Press / Media

    Underwater robots reveal daily habits of endangered whales

    Denise Risch

    29/07/204/08/20

    6 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Underwater robots reveal daily habits of endangered whales..

    Denise Risch

    31/07/20

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Student theses

    Organic Enrichment of Scottish Salmon Fish Farm Sediments: A Quantitative Analysis of Sulphur Biogeochemistry

    Author: Gosling, J., 14 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Black, K. (Supervisor) & Stahl, H. (Supervisor)

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

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    Sediment Deposition in the Deep Sea: from Seamounts to the Hadal Trenches

    Author: Stehlikova, J., 7 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Turnewitsch, R. (Supervisor), Howe, J. (Supervisor) & Glud, R. (Supervisor)

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

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    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)

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