Tim Szewczyk


  • Scottish Marine Institute

    PA37 1QA Oban

    United Kingdom

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Research Expertise

I am a quantitative ecologist with an interest in modelling biogeographic patterns of species and communities across space and time. I often use hierarchical Bayesian models and mechanistic simulations, with a particular interest in addressing the role that stochasticity and uncertainty play in our ability to predict community dynamics and responses to anthropogenic influences. My past work has included insects, mammals, and invasive plants, often in montane environments.

At SAMS, my research includes modelling sea lice dispersal dynamics using biophysical models to evaluate the potential impact of off-shore aquaculture sites, incorporating biological dynamics into short-term forecasts of harmful algal bloom risk, and building models of kelp population dynamics to identify promising areas for kelp aquaculture and to evaluate the sustainability of different harvesting regimes in the UK and South America.

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Research Interests

Bayesian modelling; climate change; population ecology; community ecology; biodiversity; simulations

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Colorado

1 Sept 201131 May 2017

Award Date: 12 May 2017

Bachelor of Science, University of Notre Dame

1 Sept 200517 May 2009

Award Date: 17 May 2009

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Lausanne

1 Jun 201931 May 2021

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of New Hampshire

1 Jun 201731 May 2019


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