Elizabeth Cottier-Cook


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

    United Kingdom

  • PA37 1QA

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile

Research expertise

Elizabeth Cook is Head of the United Nations University (UNU) and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) Associate Institute, Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology, specialising in Marine Invasive Species at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Programme Leader for the Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES) and Lead Scientist on a new RCUK Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) - Global SeaweedSTAR (GS*).  The latest £6M programme will assist researchers in developing countries, including Indonesia, Philippines and Tanzania to safeguard the future of their seaweed industries, which support the livelihoods of millions of families.

She has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers, including a book and 5 book chapters on a variety of topics ranging from sea urchin nutrition to environmental impacts of aquaculture to marine invasive species.

She has previously managed 2 EU projects concerning the impacts of aquaculture and the development of new species for aquaculture, led 2 UK-wide projects on marine invasive species and been involved in an EU COST programme "European Information System for Alien Species" and a NERC International Overseas Fund Global Seaweed Programme.  She is also currently working as a Co-I with a Marie Curie Training Network (ALFF). She is also a member of the Scottish Government Working Group on Non Native Species, which produced the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Act 2011; Scottish Government Working Group on Marine Non Native Species; MASTS Graduate School Committee; UHI Research Practitioners Group. She is a handling editor for the journals 'Aquatic Invasions' and 'BioInvasion Records'.

She has recently also led the development of biosecurity guidance for marine invasive non-native species, which in now being used by environment agencies across the UK and has worked in collaboration with colleagues in China, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, USA and numerous countries in the Mediterranean.

Services expertise

Dr Cook provides policy advice on marine invasive alien species and biosecurity to international and national organisations including:

  • FAO
  • United Nations University
  • ICES/IOC/IMO Working Group on Ballast and Other Ship Vectors (WGBOSV)
  • GB Non-native Species Secretariat
  • Scottish Government Working Group on non-native species
  • Scottish Government Working Group on marine non-native species
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Natural England
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Department of the Environment, Isle of Man
  • Environment Agency (England)
  • Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Assessment Group

Dr Cook is also a handling editor for the Journals 'Aquatic Invasions' and 'BioInvasions Records'.

Teaching expertise

Dr Cook is the Programme Leader for the Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society (ACES) (www.emm-aces.org) (#AquaStudents), she is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on a number of courses on the UHI Marine Science Degree, including Marine Biology (Module Leader), Marine Zoology and Marine Conservation.

Dr Cook has supervised 9 Ph.D. and 8 M.Sc./ undergraduate students.  She currently is supervising 3 PhD students:

Rebecca Giesler (NERC DTP3) – (2014 -2018) – Biosecurity and Blue Build. Director of Studies.

Claire Canning (IDCORE) – (2014 – 2017) – Corrosion and Biofouling on offshore renewables. Director of Studies

Ian Campbell(SAMS, UHI Thurso, St Andrews and STATOIL) – (2016-2019). Non-native species and biosecurity of floating wind turbines. Director of Studies.

Dr Cook has also been the external examiner for 5 PhD vivas (University of Nantes, University of Cork, University of Trondheim, Rhodes University, South Africa and University of Wageningen, The Netherlands)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science

1 Sep 19961 Oct 1999

Master in Science

1 Sep 199431 Jul 1995

Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

1 Sep 199129 Jul 1994

External positions

Committee Member

1 Jul 2015 → …

Committee Member, AquaNIS: online information system on aquatic non-indigenous species

1 Mar 2013 → …

Committee Member

1 May 2011 → …

Handling Editor

1 May 2011 → …


1 Feb 2011 → …

Committee Member

1 Jul 2006 → …


  • Q Science (General)
  • marine biology, marine ecology, environmental impacts, marine renewables, Atlantic salmon, seabirds, biofilms
  • Biofouling
  • seaweed aquaculture
  • Biosecurity

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Projects 2014 2021


Cottier-Cook, E.


Project: Research

Pacific Oyster Survey

Cottier-Cook, E.


Project: Research


Research Output 1998 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
1 Citation (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

A review of reported seaweed diseases and pests in aquaculture in Asia

Ward, G., Faisan, J., Cottier-Cook, E., Gachon, C., Hurtado, A., Lim, P-E., Matoju, I., Msuya, F., Bass, D. & Brodie, J., 9 Oct 2019, In : Journal of the World Aquaculture Society. 14 p., 12649.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Biosecurity policy and legislation for the global seaweed aquaculture industry

Campbell, I., Kambey, C. S. B., Mateo, J. P., Rusekwa, S. B., Hurtado, A., Msuya, F., Stentiford, G. D. & Cottier-Cook, E., 26 Dec 2019, In : Journal of Applied Phycology. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
seaweed culture
aquaculture industry
laws and regulations


Cottier-Cook, E. J., Gachon, C. M. M., Bass, D., Stentiford, G., Brodie, J., Shaxson, L., Msuya, F. E., Hurtado, A. Q., Gerung, G. & Nagabhatla, N., Aug 2017, In : Phycologia. 56, 4(Supplement), p. 35-36 71.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

43 Downloads (Pure)

MCCIP Science Review 2017: Non-Native Species

Cottier-Cook, E., Beveridge, C., Bishop, J. DD., Brodie, J., Clark, P. F., Epstein, G., Jenkins, S. R., Johns, D. G., Loxton, J., Macleod, A., Maggs, C., Minchin, D., Mineur, F., Sewell, J. & Wood, C., 26 Jul 2017, Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership: Science Review. p. 47-61 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Open Access


UK Invasive Species Database

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


Press / Media

Aliens – Marine Invasive Species

Elizabeth Cottier-Cook


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Second Suez Canal raises environmental concerns

Elizabeth Cottier-Cook


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

A second Suez crisis?

Elizabeth Cottier-Cook


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Marine aliens confronted

Elizabeth Cottier-Cook


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


The role of Marine Renewable Energy structures and biofouling communities in promoting self-sustaining populations of Non-Native Species

Author: Macleod, A., 11 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Cottier-Cook, E. (Supervisor), Stanley, M. (Supervisor) & Day, J. (Supervisor)

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


Distribution and dispersal of the non-native caprellid amphipod, Caprella mutica Schurin 1935

Author: Ashton, G. V., 28 Feb 2007

Supervisor: Cottier-Cook, E. (Supervisor), Willis, K. J. (Supervisor) & Burrows, M. (Supervisor)

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