Richard L. Shelmerdine


  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 157 Citations
  • 6 h-Index

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Research expertise

Since completing my Ph.D on Marine Intertidal Ecology in 2006, I have gained additional experience in marine surveying, geoacoustics, habitat/biotope mapping, invasive non-native species, and fisheries. Much of my research to date has strong links with local industry as well as nature conservation bodies. I have extensive working experience with multibeam surveying, sub-bottom profiling, underwater video surveys using both fixed camera systems and ROVs, and sediment sampling and have an in-depth working knowledge of several specific software packages including GIS, SonarWiz, SieSee, and Primer. I have an IOSH Managing Safely qualification and am a qualified JNCC Marine Mammal Observer.  I also manage, analyse, and map both AIS and VMS data with particular reference to vessel density and routing information.

Research interests and skills: Spatial and temporal variation of marine species, habitats, and vessel activity; GIS and mapping; Fisheries interactions with the environment; Marine ecology; Environmental monitoring; Species identification; Marine survey techniques and planning; Data analysis and processing.

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Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy

Award Date: 1 Jan 2006

Master of Research, The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor of Science, The University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

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NPP WATER: Warning of Algal Toxin Events to Support Aquaculture in the Northern Periphery Programme Coastal Zone Region

Raine, R., Shelmerdine, R. L., Stone, D., Davidson, K., Gard, E., Naustvoll, L., Henderson, R. & Gubbins, M.


Project: Research

Research Output

Mapping features to the southeast of the Papa Stour SAC.

Shelmerdine, R. L. & Mouat, B., Oct 2018, NAFC Marine Centre. 45 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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    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

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    Scotland's fishing industry - guidance for decision makers and developers

    Batts, L., Shucksmith, R., Shelmerdine, R. L., Macdonald, P. & Mouat, B., 1 Oct 2017, Fisheries Innovation Scotland. 21 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

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    Vessels, habitats, and aliens

    Richard L. Shelmerdine (Speaker)

    9 Jul 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Ascophyllum nodosum ecad mackaii 2017 survey

    Richard L. Shelmerdine (Participant), & Rachel Shucksmith (Participant)

    20 Jun 2017

    Activity: Other

    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

    LNCS Working Group meeting

    Richard L. Shelmerdine (Participant), , Abigail Cowing (Participant), , Austin Taylor (Chair), , Paul Harvey (Participant), , Martin Schofield (Participant), , Sue White (Participant), & Graham Fraser (Participant)

    27 Jul 2017

    Activity: OtherTypes of Business and Community - Work on advisory panel to industry or government or non-government organisation

    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



    Large-scale forcing of coastal communities

    Author: Shelmerdine, R. L., 17 Apr 2007

    Supervisor: Burrows, M. (Supervisor) & Hughes, D. (Supervisor)

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



    Fisheries closed areas for scallop dredging

    Richard L. Shelmerdine (Participant) & Beth Mouat (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy Impacts, Other Impacts

    Summary of vessel tracking technology options for inshore fisheries management

    Richard L. Shelmerdine (Participant)

    Impact: Public policy Impacts, Economic Impacts, Other Impacts