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Dr Faye Jackson

Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme
Freshwater Environment Group
Data Analyst / Girnock and Baddoch Traps Manager

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Marine Scotland Science, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, PH16 5LB, UK

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Details of specialism

I work on a range of different projects in the Freshwater Environment Group at Marine Scotland Science’s Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory (MSS-FFL). This includes the Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN), National Electrofishing Programme for Scotland (NEPS) and the Girnock and Baddoch Traps.

I am interested in the interactions between hydrology, climate and ecology. In particular, I am interested in understanding and predicting freshwater habitat characteristics, freshwater ecosystems dynamics and translating such research into applied management tools (e.g. web-based mapping tools, R Shiny Applications, advice leaflets). Some of my current research interests include:

  • modelling the physio-chemical characteristics of rivers (e.g. river temperature, water quality), at large spatial scales, under current and future scenarios (e.g. climate change, land use change)
  • understanding the influence of physio-chemical characteristics (e.g. river temperature, water quality) on fish populations (e.g. abundance, age-size structures)
  • exploring trends in the characteristics of rivers and fish populations
  • design and implementation of monitoring/sampling networks 
  • large-scale spatial data analysis and statistical modelling (using R)
  • development and dissemination of accessible resources and interactive tools to inform policy and management (e.g. web-based mapping tools, R Shiny Applications, advice leaflets)

Main policy links

  • river temperature and riparian tree planting
  • juvenile fish abundance and assessment 
  • climate change

External committees and responsibilities

  • honorary research associate, University of Birmingham 
  • I collaborate with individuals from a wide range of organisations, including government agencies (Nature Scot, SEPA), local fisheries trusts, district salmon fisheries boards and universities

Papers of relevance

Buddendorf WB, Jackson FL, Malcolm IA, Millidine KJ, Geris J, Wilkinson ME and Soulsby C (2019) Integration of juvenile habitat quality and river connectivity models to understand and prioritise the management of barriers for Atlantic salmon populations across spatial scales. Science of the Total Environment 655, 557-566.

Malcolm IA, Millidine KJ, Glover RS, Jackson FL, Millar CP, Fryer RJ (2019) Development of a large-scale juvenile density model to inform the assessment and management of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) populations in Scotland. Ecological indicators 96, 303-316.

Jackson FL, Fryer RJ, Hannah DM, Millar CP and Malcolm IA (2018) A spatio-temporal statistical model of maximum daily river temperatures to inform the management of Scotland's Atlantic salmon rivers under climate change. Science of The Total Environment 612, 1543-1558.

Jackson FL, Hannah DM, Fryer RJ, Millar CP and Malcolm IA (2016) Development of spatial regression models for predicting summer river temperatures from landscape characteristics: implications for land and fisheries management. Hydrological Processes 31, 1225-1238.

Jackson FL, Malcolm IA and Hannah DM (2016) A novel approach for designing large-scale river temperature monitoring networks. Hydrology Research 47, 569-590.

Details of linked research pages

Faye Jackson’s ResearchGate and Google Scholar profiles



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