Rachel Shucksmith


  • United Kingdom

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  • 136 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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Research expertise

My main research interests are marine spatial planning as a tool to manage the marine environment, and incorporating spatial data into management decisions. This has included the development of the Shetland Islands' Marine Spatial Plan, one of the most advanced spatial plans in Europe. The plan development has incorporated research into cummulative pressure mapping, seascape character assessment, predictive mapping and biosecurity planning.

Shetland Marine Spatial Plan Webpage

ResearchGate page

LinkedIn Page

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, The Open University

Bachelor of Science, University College of North Wales

External positions

Marine Spatial Planning Steering Group

1 May 2015 → …

Working Group Member

1 Jan 2013 → …


  • GA Mathematical geography. Cartography
  • mapping
  • marine spatial planning
  • data

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Projects 2006 2014

Seascape character assessment

Shucksmith, R.

30/08/14 → …

Project: Research

Non-native species and biosecruity

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1/10/12 → …

Project: Research

Research Output 2010 2017

Coastal Lagoons Workshop Report

Cowing, A. & Shucksmith, R., 31 Jul 2017, Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS). 12 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
coastal lagoon
Open Access
fishery management
protected area

Head of Lera Voe. LNCS extended site statement.

Shelmerdine, R. L., Cowing, A. & Shucksmith, R., 2017, NAFC Marine Centre. 8 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
Ascophyllum nodosum
24 Citations (Scopus)
11 Downloads (Pure)

Identifying culturally significant areas for marine spatial planning

Gee, K., Kannen, A., Adlam, R., Brooks, C., Chapman, M., Cormier, R., Fischer, C., Fletcher, S., Gubbins, M., Shucksmith, R. & Shellock, R., Feb 2017, In : Ocean & Coastal Management. 136, p. 139-147 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2013 2017

Coastal lagoons workshop

Richard L. Shelmerdine (Participant), Rachel Shucksmith (Participant), Abigail Cowing (Organiser), Eilidh Johnston (Participant), Juan Brown (Participant), Kirsty North (Participant), Austin Taylor (Participant), Ryan Leask (Participant), Martin Schofield (Participant), Stewart Angus (Keynote/plenary speaker)
19 Jul 2017

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

Ascophyllum nodosum ecad mackaii 2017 survey

Richard L. Shelmerdine (Participant), Rachel Shucksmith (Participant)
20 Jun 2017

Activity: Other

Integrating Ecosystem Services into emergent Marine Spatial Plans

Rachel Shucksmith (Participant)
16 Feb 2016

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

Scottish Coastal Forum 20th Anniversary Conference 2016

Rachel Shucksmith (Invited speaker)
10 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Managing Shetland's Seas: the role of marine science

Beth Mouat (Speaker), Rachel Shucksmith (Presenter), Richard L. Shelmerdine (Presenter)
11 Feb 2016

Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar


Press / Media

Dirty dozen: alien species on unwanted list

Rachel Shucksmith


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Centre introduces alien-spotting guide

Rachel Shucksmith


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research


Shetland Islands' Marine Spatial Plan

Rachel Shucksmith (Participant), Charlotte Slater (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts, Cultural Impacts, Economic Impacts, Other Impacts, Quality of life Impacts, Social Impacts, REF case study development