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  • SAMS, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

  • 819 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Research expertise

A microbial biogeochemist interested in how microbial communities cycle carbon, nitrogen and sulphur. I have particular interest in methane production in the upper oceans.

I have published 15 peer reviewed papers and two book chapters.

I am also the Deputy Programme leader for the BSc (Hons) Marine Science degree at SAMS UHI.

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Research Output 1999 2020

  • 819 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 15 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Paper

Investigating the impact of inoculum source on anaerobic digestion of various species of marine macroalgae

Obata, O., Ditchfield, A., Hatton, A. & Akunna, J., 15 Jan 2020, In : Algal Research. 46, 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

anaerobic digestion
marine sediments
Fucus serratus
83 Citations (Scopus)

Anaerobic biodegradation of crude oil under sulphate-reducing conditions leads to only modest enrichment of recognized sulphate-reducing taxa

Sherry, A., Gray, N. D., Ditchfield, A., Aitken, C., Jones, D. M., Roling, W., Hallmann, C., Larter, S., Bowler, B. & Head, I. M., 2013, In : International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. p. 105 113 p., 81.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

crude oil
56 Citations (Scopus)

Evidence that crude oil alkane activation proceeds by different mechanisms under sulphate-reducing and methanogenic conditions

Aitken, C., Jones, D. M., Maguire, M. J., Gray, N. D., Sherry, A., Bowler, B. F. J., Ditchfield, A., Larter, S. R. & Head, I. M., May 2013, In : Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. p. 162 174 p., 109.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

13 Citations (Scopus)

Identification of putative methylotrophic and hydrogenotrophic methanogens within sedimenting material and copepod faecal pellets

Ditchfield, A., Wilson, S., Hart, M., Purdy, K., Green, D. & Hatton, A., 2012, In : Aquatic Microbial Ecology. 67, 2, p. 151-160

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fecal pellet
methane production

Massive dominance of Epsilonproteobacteria in formation waters from heavily biodegraded Canadian oil sands

Hubert, C., Oldenburg, T., Fustic, M., Gray, N., Larter, S., Ditchfield, A., Seshadri, R., Sherry, A., Swainsbury, R., Voordouw, G., Voordouw, J. & Head, I., 2012, (In preparation) In : ENVIRON MICROBIOL. N/A, p. N/A

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


honors and awards

Activities 2007 2014

An Introduction to Phytoplankton and Harmful Algal Blooms course

Arlene Ditchfield (Participant)
25 Feb 201426 Feb 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Built giant copepod which was used in an animation with local school kids (Lochnell primary school)

Arlene Ditchfield (Presenter)
May 2013

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

CGR metagenomics course

Arlene Ditchfield (Participant)
28 Nov 201329 Nov 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Masters Level teaching and Learning workshop

Arlene Ditchfield (Participant)
24 Jul 201325 Jul 2013

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

ASLO 2012 Ocean science meeting

Arlene Ditchfield (Speaker)
2012 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Molecular biology approach to anaerobic digestion of marine biomass: Anaerobic digestion from marine materials. What makes a methanogen happy?

Author: Obata, O. O., 16 May 2016

Supervisor: Hatton, A. (Supervisor), Ditchfield, A. (Supervisor) & Akunna, P. J. (Supervisor)

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



HAB bulletins

Keith Davidson (Participant), Callum Whyte (Participant), Arlene Ditchfield (Participant)

Impact: Economic Impacts