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Michael Ross


  • United Kingdom

  • 139 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Research expertise

I am a phycologist with an interest in optimising cultivation practices and the development of strains to produce biomass for specific applications or products.

To date, I have cultivated algae for a variety of purposes including aquaculture feed, bioenergy, bioremediation of nutrients and heavy metals, CO2 mitigation, and for high-value compounds.

My current research, as part of the ABACUS project, involves the development of micro-algal strains for commercially important high-value products and the implementation of a biorefinery approach.

My first contact with algae, however, was during my MSc project at the University of Stirling. I aimed to improve the broodstock performance of flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) by providing them with different micro-algal diets, specifically looking at the essential fatty acid composition.

I have worked as a support scientist on the BioMara project at SAMS. The overarching goal of BioMara was to demonstrate the feasibility and sustainably of producing algal biofuels.

I worked as an algal technician at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR), at Swansea University. I was mostly involved in micro-algal cultivation on a variety of scales; from the maintenance of master cultures to operating 3,000L photobioreactors.

My Ph.D. thesis, at the University of Edinburgh and SAMS, was entitled 'Wastewater treatment by filamentous macro-algae'. This research investigated the potential of Cladophora parriaudii to remove nutrients and heavy metals from wastewater.

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Research Output

  • 139 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Review article

Microalgal Carotenoids: A Review of Production, Current Markets, Regulations, and Future Direction

Novoveská, L., Ross, M. E., Stanley, M. S., Pradelles, R., Wasiolek, V. & Sassi, J., 13 Nov 2019, In : Marine Drugs. 17, 11, 21 p., 640.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Screening and improvement of marine micro-algae for oil production

    Slocombe, S., Zhang, Q., Ross, M., Stanley, M. & Day, J., May 2016, Micro-Algal Production for Biomass and High-Value Products. Slocombe, S. & Benemann, J. (eds.). Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis / CRC Press (USA), p. 91-112 31 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Unlocking nature's treasure-chest: screening for oleaginous algae

    Slocombe, S. P., Zhang, Q., Ross, M., Anderson, A., Thomas, N. J., Lapresa, A., Rad-Menendez, C., Campbell, C. N., Black, K. D., Stanley, M. S. & Day, J. G., 23 Jul 2015, In : Scientific Reports. 5, p. 1-17 17 p., 9844.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    45 Citations (Scopus)
    19 Downloads (Pure)

    A rapid and general method for measurement of protein in micro-algal biomass

    Slocombe, S. P., Ross, M., Thomas, N., McNeill, S. & Stanley, M. S., 2012, In : Bioresource Technology. 129C, p. 51-57 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 77 Citations (Scopus)

    Powering sea-ice instrumentation via the Seebeck Effect

    Jones, B. L., Jackson, K., Meldrum, D., James, A. & Rose, M., 2011, In : COLD REG SCI TECHNOL. 68, 1-2, p. 60-67 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle