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Marine science: directory of scientists

Published: 23 Nov 2019

Details of scientists working for the Marine Scotland Directorate, with some supporting documents attached.

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Marine science: directory of scientists
Clare Greathead

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Clare Greathead

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3520


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

Research Interests

My current research is mainly concerned with the use of underwater digital images and video to understand the abundance and distribution of benthic species and communities. Further interests include anthropogenic impacts on benthic species and the ecology of benthic species. Previously I have been involved with research into and advice on the environmental impacts of marine aquaculture.


I collaborate with scientists across the UK and Europe, notably those involved in the ICES Benthic Ecology working group (BEWG) and the Scottish Biodiversity Forum. The BEWG is a very group and I have collaborated with them on several papers.


Peer Reviewed

  • Greathead, C., Gonzalez-Irusta, J.M., Clarke, J., Boulcott, P., Blackadder, L., Weetman, A., Wright, P.J., (2015). Environmental requirements for three sea pen species: relevance to distribution and conservation. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72 (2): 576-586.
  • Zettler, M.L., Proffitt, C.E.,  Darr, A., Degraer, S., Devriese, L., Greathead, C., Kotta, J., Magni, P. Martin, G., Reiss, H., Speybroeck, J., Tagliapietra, D., Van Hoey, G., Ysebaert, T., 2013. On the Myths of Indicator Species: Issues and Further Consideration in the Use of Static Concepts for Ecological Applications. PLoS ONE 8(10): e78219.
  • Greathead, C., Gubbins, M. and Tulett, D., 2010. Predictive models to inform spatial planning for Scottish marine fish farms. In: Coastal and Marine Geospatial Technologies (Ed: Green, D.R.), 2010, 241-243.
  • Amundrud, T.L., Greathead, C., Gubbins, M.J. and Davies, I.M., 2009. Nutrient release from coastal aquaculture: the importance of temporal aspects in species-specific production cycles. Aquaculture Research 2009, 40:1563-1566.
  • Greathead, C.F., Donnan, D., Mair, J.M. and Saunders, G., 2007. The distribution of the sea pens Virgularia mirabili, Pennatula phosphorea and Funiculina quadrangularis in Scottish waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association 2007, 87:1095-1103.

Full publications list: 

Greathead, C., Guirey, E. and Rabe, B., 2012. Development of a GIS Based Aquaculture Decision Support Tool (ADST) to Determine the Potential Benthic Impacts Associated with the Expansion of Salmon Farming in Scottish Sea Lochs. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report, 2012, Vol 3  No 6, pp62

Greathead, C., Demain, D., Dobby, H., Allan, L., and Weetman, A., 2011. Quantitative assessment of the distribution and abundance of the burrowing megafauna and large epifaunain the Fladen fishing ground. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report, 2011, Vol2 No 2, 23pp

Greathead, C., 2009. Poster: Indicators for the Environmental Sustainability of Scottish Aquaculture. SARF Sustainable Aquaculture Symposium, 2009.

Gubbins, M.J., Greathead, C., Amundrud, T., Gillibrand, P., Tett, P., Inall, M., Hawkins, A.J.S., Davies, I.M., 2008. Towards determination of the carrying capacity of Scottish sealochs for shellfish aquaculture. ICES Annual Science Conference 2008, CM 2008/H:13, 7pp

Davies, I.M., Greathead, C., Black, E.A., 2008. Risk analysis of the potential interbreeding of wild and escaped farmed cod(Gadus morhua Linnaeus) pp 112-132. In GESAMP 2008. Assessment and communication of environmental risks in coastal aquaculture. Rome, FAO. Reports and Studies GESAMP No. 76: 198 pp.

Greathead, C.F., Donnan, D., Mair, J.M. and Saunders, G., 2007, 2007. Sea Pens – Forests of the sea. JMBA GME, Winter 2007, Issue 6


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