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

    United Kingdom

  • United Kingdom

  • 625 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research expertise

I am interested in the effects of human activities on marine organisms at behavioural and physiological levels.

As humans change the face of our planet so animals have to adapt or go extinct – I hope even in a small way to help avoid the latter.

Underlying my work is a fascination of clock biology or chronobiology i.e. how animals tell the time. This has led me from studying the chronobiology of worms in muddy estuaries to zooplankton across the entire Arctic Ocean – I have surprisingly found that both demonstrate an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time.  

I see myself as a 'practical' scientist and enjoy answering difficult questions by developing new technologies, often in very hostile places, in order to better link the biology with the physics of the natural environment.

Consultancy and industry experience

I have led a number of commercial projects over the last ten years with a value totaling >£600K. Initial work focused on assessing the consequences of anthropogenic sediments from aggregate dredging on benthic macroinvertebrates (funded by the MALSF programme). As part of this a novel mesocosm was built, the Vortex Resuspension Tank (VORTs), with the capacity to simulate sediment plumes. Using this system two further projects (SabSPIN / SabALV) were commissioned, this time assessing the impacts of seawater chlorination on sensitive and protected biogenic reef habitats. Following this, four further projects (TROMyt1-4) were commissioned by CEFAS/EDF Energy all aimed at determining the impact of chlorination/sediment on the fouling blue mussel. Collectively these projects have provided highly relevant and scientifically robust data to the marine aggregate industry (where the UK is the largest producer in the world) and a multi-billion pound new UK nuclear power station development. The VORT mesocosms were also used as part of a large multi-partner study (MaREE) to assess the impacts of sediment from the marine renewable industry.

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Arctic region Agriculture & Biology
Polychaeta Agriculture & Biology
Calanus finmarchicus Agriculture & Biology
Zooplankton Medicine & Life Sciences
Burial Medicine & Life Sciences
polychaete Earth & Environmental Sciences
horse Earth & Environmental Sciences
zooplankton Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1999 2019

  • 625 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 31 Article
  • 7 Other contribution
  • 1 Chapter

Loss of buoyancy control in the copepod Calanus finmarchicus

Cohen, J. H., Last, K. S., Waldie, J. & Pond, D. W., 14 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Plankton Research. 41, 5, p. 787-790 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Calanus finmarchicus
6 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Calanus finmarchicus seasonal cycle and diapause in relation to gene expression, physiology, and endogenous clocks

Häfker, N. S., Teschke, M., Last, K. S., Pond, D. W., Hüppe, L. & Meyer, B., 5 Nov 2018, In : Limnology and Oceanography. 63, 6, p. 2815-2838 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Calanus finmarchicus
gene expression
1 Citation (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)

Increased occurrence of the jellyfish Periphylla periphylla in the European high Arctic

Geoffroy, M., Berge, J., Majaneva, S., Johnsen, G., Langbehn, T. J., Cottier, F., Mogstad, A. A., Zolich, A. & Last, K., 1 Dec 2018, In : Polar Biology. 41, 12, p. 2615-2619 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Arctic region
Oceans and Seas
117 Downloads (Pure)

Individual identification of flapper skate (Dipturus intermedius) using a baited camera lander

Benjamins, S., Fox, C., Last, K. & McCarty, C., 28 Sep 2018, In : Endangered Species Research. 37, p. 37-44 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
conservation areas
protected area
87 Downloads (Pure)

Pan-Arctic diel vertical migration during the polar night

Hobbs, L., Cottier, F., Last, K. & Berge, J., 26 Oct 2018, In : Marine Ecology-Progress Series. 605, p. 61-72 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
vertical migration
Arctic region
sea ice


Best Student Presentation

Kim Last (Recipient), 1999

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)


Best Student Speaker

Kim Last (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Alitta virens

Commendation poster prize

Kim Last (Recipient), 2006

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

engineering science

Activities 1998 2011

Synchronized swimming in the sea? It¿s not all moonshine.

Kim Last (Contributor)

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation

P3-5 Workshop - The Sea - making Scotland Greener

Kim Last (Participant)
2010 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

SAC Student Visit

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2010 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Little Learners Nursery - visit to SAMS Aquarium

Kim Last (Participant)
2009 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

Unknown workshop

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2008 → …

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


Winter vertical migration of Arctic zooplankton

Author: Hobbs, L., 7 Jul 2016

Supervisor: Cottier, F. (Supervisor), Last, K. (Supervisor) & Berge, J. (Supervisor)

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