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Dr Bee Berx

Bee BerxTelephone: +44 (0)1224 295358

E-mail:  b.berx@marlab.ac.uk or barbara.berx@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, Scotland, UK

Research Interests

Currently, the main focus of my research is the analysis and presentation of volume, heat and salt transport of Atlantic Water through the Faroe Shetland Channel, by combining observations of current speed (ADCP) and water properties (CTD). This research is currently part-funded by the NACLIM research project.  I am also currently the co-chair of the ICES Working Group on Operational Oceanographic products for Fisheries and Environment (WGOOFE), aiming to help fisheries and environmental scientists access oceanographic data products. Most recently, my research has also started to explore coastal and shallow sea dynamics, by investigating the variability of water column stratification and its drivers at the coastal monitoring site in Stonehaven Bay.


I collaborate with scientists across the UK and Europe, in particular those involved in the following projects and working groups:

  • NACLIM (http://www.naclim.eu): an EU FP7-programme focused on improving our understanding of the influence of ocean circulation in the North Atlantic on the weather and climate of Europe.  The project provides a formal base for continued collaboration with colleagues in Faroe Islands, Norway and around Scotland, to observe circulation in the Faroe Shetland Channel.
  • FASTNEt (http://www.sams.ac.uk/fastnet): a UK-funded project studying the exchange between the open ocean and the UK shelf seas.
  • WGOOFE (http://groupsites.ices.dk/sites/wgoofe/Pages/default.aspx): an ICES working group focused on linking providers of oceanographic data products with users in the ICES community.
  • MASTS (http://www.masts.ac.uk): a pooling initiative bringing together marine researchers from around Scotland, I am deputy leader for the Dynamics & Properties of Marine Systems Theme, and have a number of collaborations funded through the initiative.
  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen.
  • Co-supervision of students with academic partners, in particular, with the University of East Anglia (PhD), the University of St Andrews (undergraduate students) and the University of Highlands and Islands (PhD).

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am currently one of the chairs of the ICES Working Group on Operational Oceanographic products for Fisheries and Environment (WGOOFE).  I am also the Deputy Leader of the steering group of the Dynamics and Properties of Marine Systems Theme within MASTS.  From 2009 to 2011, I was the Honorary Secretary of the Challenger Society for Marine Science, and I have continued as a Council Member of the society until present.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • McKenna, C., Berx, B. & Austin, W.E.N. (2016) The decomposition of the Faroe-Shetland Channel water masses using Parametric Optimum Multi-Parameter analysis.  Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 107: 9-21.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2015.10.013

  • Berx, B., Dunn, J., Geldart, M., Hughes, S., Lee, D. (2014) The MSS Davis CODE Drifter. Marine Scotland Science Report 14/06, pp.19.

  • Neat, F. C., Bendall, V., Berx, B., Wright, P. J., ´O Cuaig, M., Townhill, B., Schön, P.-J., Lee, J., Righton, D. (2014) Movement of Atlantic cod around the British Isles: implications for finer scale stock management. Journal of Applied Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12343

  • Turrell, W. R., O'Hara Murray, R., Berx, B., & Gallego, A. (2014). The Science of Deepwater Oil Spills - Results from the 2013 Marine Scotland Science Workshop Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science (Vol. 5).

  •  Smith, A. F., Fryer, R. J., Webster, L., Berx, B., Taylor, A., Walsham, P., & Turrell, W. R. (2014). Setting background nutrient levels for coastal waters with oceanic influences. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 145(0), 69-79. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2014.04.006

  • Berx, B., Hansen, B., Østerhus, S., Larsen, K. M., Sherwin, T., & Jochumsen, K. (2013). Combining in situ measurements and altimetry to estimate volume, heat and salt transport variability through the Faroe-Shetland Channel. Ocean Sci., 9(4), 639-654. doi: 10.5194/os-9-639-2013

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