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  • United Kingdom

  • 653 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
19992020

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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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Research Output

  • 653 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
  • 33 Article
  • 7 Other contribution
  • 1 Chapter

A global assessment of the vulnerability of shellfish aquaculture to climate change and ocean acidification

Stewart‐sinclair, P. J., Last, K. S., Payne, B. L. & Wilding, T., 12 Mar 2020, In : Ecology and Evolution. 17 p.

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    Artificial light during the polar night disrupts Arctic fish and zooplankton behaviour down to 200 m depth

    Berge, J., Geoffroy, M., Daase, M., Cottier, F., Priou, P., Cohen, J. H., Johnsen, G., Mckee, D., Kostakis, I., Renaud, P. E., Vogedes, D., Anderson, P., Last, K. S. & Gauthier, S., 5 Mar 2020, In : Communications Biology. 3, 1, 8 p., 102 (2020).

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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
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    Prizes

    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)

  • Commendation poster prize

    Kim Last (Recipient), 2006

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  • Activities

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

    Kim Last (Contributor)
    2011

    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

    Kim Last (Participant)
    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

    Hosting 2 bursary pupils from HIgh schools in LOmand and Edinburgh

    Kim Last (Participant)
    2008 → …

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

    Thesis

    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)

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