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Dr Francis Neat

Dr Francis NeatTelephone: +44 (0)131 244 3484

E-mail: f.neat@marlab.ac.uk and francis.neat@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN, AB11 9DB

Research Interests

I am primarily a field research scientist and work in two main areas; deepwater fisheries ecology and the migration patterns and population structure of fish.

I co-ordinate a programme of deep-water research including research vessel surveys. I am interested in deep-water fish diversity and distribution patterns and the effects of fisheries on deep-water fish and habitats such as cold-water coral reefs and sponges.

My fish migration work is based mainly on the use of electronic tagging technologies of wild fish including cod, common skate and blue-fin tuna, and aims to understand spatial and temporal variation in distribution.

My main research output is in the form of peer-reviewed publications (see below) and through working group advisory reports.


I collaborate with scientists across the UK, Europe, Norway, Canada and the USA, notably those in the MASTS and ICES networks. I have worked on several European-funded projects including the FP5 project Codyssey and the European Science Foundation project DEECON. I co-supervise PhD students at Aberdeen, Glasgow, Sheffield and Southampton universities.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am past chair and member of several ICES working groups including WGDEC (deep-water ecology), WGEF (elasmobranch fisheries), WGNEACS (deep-water surveys) that provide international scientific advice. I have been an invited expert at workshops hosted by IUCN and FAO and given advice to the EC and the European Parliament. I am a past council member of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, a member of MASTS graduate school and a member of the MASTS deep-sea forum. I teach module 4 of the SCOTPIL course (surgery for fish) and lecture on the Fish Biology Module for the University of Aberdeen’s MSc course in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology.

Most Recent Publications

  • Neat, F. & Campbell, N. 2011. Demersal fish diversity of the isolated Rockall plateau compared with the adjacent west coast shelf of Scotland. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. Lond. 104, 138-147.
  • Neat, F. & Campbell, N. (2013). Proliferation of elongate fishes in the deep-sea. J. Fish Biol.83, 1576-1591.
  • Neat, F.C. et al (2014) Site fidelity, survival and conservations options for the threatened Flapper skate (Dipturus cf. intermedia). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems (online)
  • Longmore, C. et al. (2014). Oceanic scale connectivity and life cycle reconstruction in a deep-sea fish. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci.(online)
  • Neat, F.C., et al. (2014) Movements of Atlantic Cod around the British isles. J. Applied Ecology. (in press).

Full Publications List

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