Marine Scotland Science: directory

Details of specialists working for Marine Scotland Science.

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Dr Dafne Eerkes-Medrano 

Planning and Environmental Advice Programme
Ecology and Conservation Group
Marine Biodiversity Science Advisor


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

Details of specialism

As a member of the Ecology and Conservation Group at Marine Scotland Science my primary research focuses on food-webs and the links between pelagic components of north east Scotland food-webs in a context of environmental change. I also work on biodiversity of Scottish marine species and have been involved in research understanding deep sea communities in the deep waters off Scotland. My research has applications in climate change and ecosystem monitoring. I strive to contribute to the Scottish Government’s scientific understanding of marine ecosystems towards appropriate and adaptive management of these systems. 

My particular focuses currently include:

  • trophic interactions in pelagic ecosystems
  • the role of biodiversity in the performance of ecosystem components
  • community ecology
  • all of the above in context of the environment and possible environmental change

Main policy links

  • biodiversity
  • foodwebs 

External committees and responsibilities

Papers of relevance

Eerkes-Medrano D, Drewery J, Burns F, Cárdenas P, Taite M, McKay D, Stirling D and Neat F (2019) A community assessment of the demersal fish and benthic invertebrates of the Rosemary Bank Seamount marine protected area (NE Atlantic).  Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 156, 103180.

Eerkes-Medrano D, Fryer RJ, Cook KB and Wright PJ (2017) Are simple environmental indicators of food web dynamics reliable: Exploring the kittiwake-temperature relationship. Ecological Indicators 75, 36-47.  

McIntyre FD, Drewery J, Eerkes-Medrano D and Neat FC (2016) Distribution and diversity of deep-sea sponge grounds on the Rosemary Bank Seamount, NE Atlantic. Marine Biology 163(6), 143.




Marine Scotland Science
Scottish Government
Marine Laboratory
PO Box 101
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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