Dr Nabeil Salama
Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3205
Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN AB11 9DB
I am interested in developing simulation and analytical models for describing and investigating fish population dynamics.
I lead a multidisciplinary team of fishery scientists who contribute towards the collection of data for stock assessments by: undertaking on board vessel observations, conducting market surveys, participating in research cruises, reading otoliths for determining fish age and managing and analysing data.
My recent research has involved using models to investigate the transport of pathogens (viruses and bacteria) and parasites (sea lice) between fish farms to provide information on the possible structure of production unit areas for improved disease management, advise on intervention procedures, and develop new methodological approaches. I also have an interest in using datasets to parameterise and validate models.
I co-ordinate the activities of the Marine Scotland Science outreach team, which includes work experience placements, careers events, school and university visits and open days.
I currently work alongside researchers from 31 institutions in 12 countries as part of an EU horizon 2020-funded project aimed at reducing discards in the fishing industry. I have recently collaborated with the Universities of Liverpool, Stirling and Muenster and Cefas as part of a BBSRC/NERC-funded project investigating disease transmission within aquaculture production systems across Scotland, England and Wales. I am an honorary lecturer at the University of Aberdeen where I have co-ordinated a short Masters student lecture series on aquatic animal health and where I also supervise Masters and a PhD student. I was also a member of the scientific committee for a PhD student working at Havforskningsinstituttet and registered at the University of Bergen.
External Committees and Responsibilities
I currently participate in ICES working groups. I am an invited reviewer for several international scientific journals and research funding bodies including the Forskningsråd. I am a member of the British Ecological Society’s Review College. I have also participated in the Canadian Government's Science Advisory Secretariat peer review process.
Most Recent Publications
Jones AE, Munro LA, Green DM, Morgan KL, Murray AG, Norman R, Ryder D, Salama NKG, Taylor NGH, Thrush MA, Wallace IS, Sharkey KJ (2019) The Contact Structure of Great Britain’s Salmon and Trout Aquaculture Industry. Epidemics 28: 100342.
Susdorf R, Salama NKG, Todd CD, Hillman RJ, Elsmere P, Lusseau D (2018) Context-dependent reduction in somatic condition of wild Atlantic salmon infested with sea lice. Marine Ecological Progress Series. 606: 91-104.
Salama NKG, Dale A, Ivanov VV, Cook PF, Pert CC, Collins CM, Rabe B (2018). Using biological–physical modelling for informing sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe, Scotland. Journal of Fish Diseases. 41: 901 – 919.
Susdorf R, Salama NKG, Lusseau D. (2018) Influence of body condition on the population dynamics of Atlantic salmon with consideration of the potential impact of sea lice. Journal of Fish Diseases. 41: 941 – 951.
Harte AJ, Bowman AS, Salama NKG, Pert CC (2017) Factors influencing the long-term dynamics of larval sea lice density at East and West coast locations in Scotland. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 123: 181 – 192.
Full publications list
Jones AE, Munro LA, Green DM, Morgan KL, Murray AG, Norman R, Ryder D, Salama NKG, Taylor NGH, Thrush MA, Wallace IS, Sharkey KJ (2019) The Contact Structure of Great Britain’s Salmon and Trout Aquaculture Industry. Epidemics 28: 100342
Susdorf R, Salama NKG, Todd CD, Hillman RJ, Elsmere P, Lusseau D (2018) Context- dependent reduction in somatic condition of wild Atlantic salmon infested with sea lice. Marine Ecological Progress Series. 606: 91-104
Salama NKG, Dale A, Ivanov VV, Cook PF, Pert CC, Collins CM, Rabe B (2018). Using biological–physical modelling for informing sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe, Scotland. Journal of Fish Diseases. 41: 901 – 919
Susdorf R, Salama NKG, Lusseau D. (2018) Influence of body condition on the population dynamics of Atlantic salmon with consideration of the potential impact of sea lice. Journal of Fish Diseases. 41: 941 – 951
Murray AG, Salama NKG (2017) Modelling disease in aquatic systems that are spread by processes operating at different temporal and spatial scales: examples from salmon aquaculture CAB Reviews 12(32): 1 – 11
Harte AJ, Bowman AS, Salama NKG, Pert CC (2017) Factors influencing the long-term dynamics of larval sea lice density at East and West coast locations in Scotland. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 123: 181 – 192
Wallace IS, Munro LA, Murray AG, Christie AJ, Salama NKG (2016) A descriptive analysis of Scottish farmed Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., movements identifies a potential disease transmission risks from freshwater movements. Journal of Fish Diseases 39: 1021 – 1025
Murray AG, Salama NKG (2016) A simple model of the role of area management in the control of sea lice. Ecological Modelling 337:39 – 47
Salama NKG, Murray AG, Christie AJ, Wallace IS (2016) Using fish mortality data to assess reporting thresholds as a tool for detection of potential disease concerns in the Scottish farmed salmon industry. Aquaculture 450: 283 – 288
Salama NKG, Murray AG, Rabe B (2016) Simulated environmental transport distances of Lepeophtheirus salmonis in Loch Linnhe, Scotland for informing aquaculture area management structures. Journal of Fish Diseases 39: 419 – 428
Jeger MJ, Salama NKG, Shaw MW, van den Berg F, van den Bosch F. (2014) Effects of plant pathogens on population dynamics and community composition in grassland ecosystems: two case studies. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 138: 513 – 527
Salama NKG, Collins CM, Fraser JG, Dunn J, Pert CC, Murray AG, Rabe B. (2013) Development and assessment of a biophysical dispersal model for sea lice. Journal of Fish Diseases 36:323 – 337
Salama NKG, Murray AG. (2013) A comparison of modelling approaches to assess the transmission of pathogens between Scottish fish farms: The role of hydrodynamics and site biomass. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 108: 285 – 293
Salama NKG, Rabe B. (2013) Developing models for investigating the environmental transmission of disease-causing agents within open-cage salmon aquaculture. Aquaculture Environment Interactions.4: 91 – 115
Salama NKG, Van den Bosch F, Edwards GR, Heard MS, Jeger MJ. (2012) Population dynamics of a non-cultivated biennial plant Tragopogon pratensis infected by the autoecious demicyclic rust fungus Puccinia hysterium. Fungal Ecology 5: 530 – 542
Salama NKG, Murray AG. (2011). Farm size as a factor in hydrodynamic transmission of pathogens in aquaculture fish production. Aquaculture Environnent Interactions 2: 61 – 74
Pautasso M, Dehnen-Schmutz K, Holdenrieder O, Pietravalle S, Salama N, Jeger MJ, Lange E, Hehl-Lange S. (2010) Plant health and global change - some implications for landscape management. Biological Reviews 85:729 – 755
Salama NKG, Edwards GR, Heard MS, Jeger MJ. (2010) The suppression of reproduction of Tragopogon pratensis infected by the rust fungus Puccinia hysterium. Fungal Ecology 3:406 – 408
Xu XM, Salama N, Jeffries P, Jeger MJ. (2010) Numerical Studies of Biocontrol Efficacies of Foliar Plant Pathogens in Relation to the Characteristics of a Biocontrol Agent. Phytopathology 100: 814 – 821
Salama NKG, Knowler JT, Adams CE. (2007) Increasing abundance and diversity in the moth assemblage of east Loch Lomondside, Scotland over a 35 year period. Journal of Insect Conservation 11: 151 – 156
Salama NKG, Jeger MJ. (2014). Chapter 23: Pathogen induced mortality and its role in natural plant-rust systems. In: Exercises in Plant Disease Epidemiology 2nd edition (eds Jeger MJ, Stevenson KL). APS Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA ISBN 978-089054-440-2
Berx, B., Gallego, A., Heath, M. and The MASTS Community (2015) Loch Linnhe and Firth of Lorn - MASTS Case Study Workshop Report. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report 6 (1), pp.34 ISBN 978178544067
Ministerial Group for Sustainable Aquaculture (2014) Aquaculture Research and Research Strategy. Scottish Government, Edinburgh ISBN 9781784126636
Hall LM, Smith RJ, Munro ES, Matejusova I, Allan CET, Murray AG, Duguid SJ, Salama NKG, McBeath AJA, Wallace IS, Bain N, Marcos-Lopez M, Raynard RS (2013) Epidemiology and Control of an Outbreak of Viral Haemorrhagic Septicaemia in Wrasse Around Shetland Commencing 2012, Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Report 4 (3). pp 49 ISBN 9781782569558
Pert CC. Rabe B, Dunn J, Salama NKG, Collins CM (2017) Developing a method to investigate infestation pressure from sea lice on migratory salmonids utilising towed & static sentinel cages Oceans 2017, Aberdeen, UK 1-8. 10.1109/OCEANSE.2017.8084850
Rabe B, Hindson J, Gallego A, Salama N, Wolf J (2017) Physical oceanography work in support of aquaculture and an application of bio-physical modelling to investigate connectivity between farm management areas in Scotland. Oceans 2017, Aberdeen, UK, 2017, pp. 1-5. 10.1109/OCEANSE.2017.8084764
Salama NKG, Murray AG (2012) Fish farm size and surrounding water current speed dictate the separation required to avoid transmission of disease agents between production sites. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting 28 – 30 Mar, Glasgow, UK.
Salama NKG, Murray AG, Rabe B (2011) Modelling dispersal of salmon lice in a large fjordic system: Loch Linnhe, Scotland. 19th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. 12 – 16 Dec, Perth Australia
Salama NKG, Jeger MJ (2009) Are population dynamics of Tragopogon Pratensis regulated by the rust pathogen Puccinia hystreium? 10th International Epidemiology Workshop, 7 – 12 Jun Geneva, New York, USA
Salama N, Knowler J. Adams CE, (2005) Long term changes in the moth assemblages of east Loch Lomondside: 1968-2003. Glasgow Naturalist 24:13.
Salama N, Gubbins M, Matejusova I, James M (2014) Fish farming: just add water and a drop of science: Aquaculture & Society Science Scotland 15: 38 – 43
Nabeil Salama, Berit Rabe, Sandy Murray, Campbell Pert, Michael Penston, Stuart Middlemas, Catherine Collins, (2011) A multidisciplinary approach to the development of sea lice dispersal models in Scotland. The Atlantic Salmon trust Journal 2011. 42 – 43.
Salama NKG (2017) Using models to inform spatial aquatic animal health management to support production.10 – 12 Oct Guidelines for the determination of carrying capacity in fjords and canals, Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Salama NKG (2016) Risks associated with movements of organisms. 4 May EMBRIC workshop: Shipment and Traceability of Living Organisms: the need for a common strategy to facilitate the use of marine biological resources Olhão, Portugal,
Salama NKG (2014) Modelling parasite movement in aquaculture. 30 Nov Organisms and Environment Division University of Cardiff., UK
Salama NKG (2014) Investigating the hydrodynamic transport of sea lice in Scotland’s largest fjordic system. Multifaceted approaches against salmon louse workshop, 29 – 30 Apr Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Salama NKG , Adams T. (2013) Sea lice dispersal modelling in Scotland’s largest fjordic systems. 4th Sea lice multination workshop, 11 – 12 Nov 2013. Trondheim, Norway.
Salama NKG (2008) Principles of Epidemiological modeling. 13 Feb Bournemouth University UK.
Salama NKG, Fraser U, McLay HA (2017) The developing wrasse fishery of Scotland, MASTS ASM, Glasgow, UK, 4 – 6 October 2017
Susdorf R, Salama N, Lusseau D, de Eyto E (2017) Sea Lice effect on wild Atlantic salmon fecundity. British Society for Parasitology 55th Annual Spring Meeting, 2 – 5 April, Dundee, UK,
Murray AG, Munro LA, Salama NKG, Jonkers ART, Sharkey KJ, Taylor N, Thrush M, Green D, Norman R, Morgan KL (2017). Quantifying epidemiological risk in Great Britain's salmonid aquaculture industry. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (SVEPM) Annual Conference, 29-31 March 2017, Inverness, UK,
Murray AG, Green D, Jonkers ART, Morgan KL, Munro LA, Norman R, Salama NKG,
Sharkey KJ, Taylor N, Thrush M (2016) The contact structure of the Great British aquaculture Industry Aquaculture Europe 2016, 21 – 23 September 2016 Edinburgh UK.
Susdorf R, Salama N, Murray A, Lusseau D (2016) Sea Lice Effect on Body Condition of Wild Atlantic Salmon. Sea lice 2016, 26 – 28 September 2016 Wesport, Ireland.
Rabe , Gallego A, Wolf J, Salama N (2016) Interpretation of connectivity patterns amongst farm management areas in Scotland Sea lice 2016, 26 – 28 September 2016 Wesport, Ireland.
Salama NKG (2016) Using Dispersal Modelling Connectivity Outputs to Produce a Metapopulation Model of Salmon Lice on Farms in Loch Linnhe. Sea lice 2016, 26 – 28 September 2016 Wesport, Ireland.
Salama NKG, Rabe B, Gallego A, Murray AG. (2016) Developing environmental connectivity networks for parasites and pathogens of marine finfish aquaculture in Scotland. AquaEpi I conference, 20-22, September. Oslo, Norway
Purvis N, Salama N, Soares S (2016) A conceptual model for classifying emerging disease in Scottish aquaculture and fisheries Aquaculture Europe 2016, 21 – 23 September 2016 Edinburgh UK.
Rabe B, Hindson J, Salama NKG (2015) Implications on farm siting in a dynamically wide sea loch. MASTS Annual meeting, 31 Sep – 3 Oct Glasgow UK
Salama NKG, Murray AG (2015) Constructing viral transmission networks between marine fish farms using simplified hydrodynamic principles. MASTS Annual meeting, 31 Sep – 3 Oct Glasgow UK
Salama N, Rabe B, Pert C, Murray s, Gallego A, Fraser J, Wallace S, Dunn J, Hindson J, Harte A, Collins C. (2015) Determining sea lice distributions in the marine environment. MASTS Annual meeting, 31 Sep – 3 Oct Glasgow UK
Pert CC, Collins C, Salama NKG (2015) Utilising sentinel caged salmon and plankton trawls to assess a model of parasite distributions in loch Linnhe, Scotland. 9th International symposium on fish parasites, 31 Aug – 4 Sep, Valencia, Spain.
Rabe B, Salama NKG, Wright J, Collins CM. (2014) Understanding underlying processes and requirements for hydrodynamic models used for sea lice dispersal: a Scottish sea loch application. 10th International Sea lice Conference, 31 Aug – 5 Sep Portland, Maine, USA
Murray AG, Hall M, Salama NKG (2014) Using management data to describe the epidemiology of sea lice in Scotland. 10th International Sea lice Conference, 31 Aug – 5 Sep Portland, Maine, USA
Pert CC, Middlemas SJ, Collins CM, Baum D, Salama NKG (2014) Identifying variations in the potential infestation pressure from sea lice on wild salmonids in a Scottish salmonid aquaculture region. 10th International Sea lice Conference, 31 Aug – 5 Sep, Portland, Maine, USA
Salama NKG, Collins CM, Murray AG, Dunn J, Fraser JG, Wallace IS, Rabe B, Pert CC. (2014) Assessing Predictions of an Ectoparasitic Dispersal Model Using Data from Plankton Trawls and Sentinel Caged Fish. Advances in Marine Ecosystem Research Symposium, 30 Jun – 3 Jul, Plymouth, UK
Salama NKG, Pert CC, Murray AG, Wallace IS, Dunn J, Fraser JG, Rabe B, Collins CM (2014) Using a biologically assessed sea lice transport model to determine dispersal characteristics for informing management. 10th International Sea lice Conference, 31 Aug – 5 Sep Portland, Maine, USA
Rabe B, Salama NKG (2013) A coupled bio-physical model to study sea lice dispersal in a Scottish sea loch. Challenger Society Modeling Meeting 9-10 Sep, London, UK
Salama NKG, Rabe B, Murray AG (2013) Modelled sea lice dispersal between finfish farms
in Loch Linnhe MASTS annual Science Meeting 27 – 29 Aug Edinburgh, UK
Jeger MJ, Salama N, van den Berg F, van den Bosch F (2013) Effects of plant pathogens on population dynamics and community composition in grassland ecosystems. Wildplant pathosystems. 2 – 5 Jul, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Salama NKG, Rabe B, Pert CC, Dunn J, Fraser J, Collins CM, Murray AG (2012) Investigating Sea Lice Dispersal in Loch Linnhe. MASTS Annual Meeting.11 – 13 Sep, Edinburgh,UK.
Salama NKG, Rabe B, Murray AG, Pert C, Penston M, Middlemas S, Collins C (2011) Sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe. MASTS Annual Meeting. 22 – 24Aug, Edinburgh, UK.
Salama NKG, Murray AG (2012) Using a biological-physical model to evaluate pathogen transmission in a changing aquaculture industry. 13th International Symposia on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, 20 – 24 Aug Maastricht, Netherlands.
Salama NKG, Rabe B, Pert CC, Murray AG (2012) Assessing salmon lice transmission within Loch Linnhe, Scotland. 13th International Symposia on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, 20 – 24 Aug, Maastricht, Netherlands.
Rabe B, Salama NKG, Murray AG (2012) Modelling sea lice dispersal in a Scottish Fjordic system. 15th Biennial Challenger Conference for Marine Science, 3 -6 Sep, Norwich, UK.
Salama NKG, Murray AG Rabe B (2012) Modelling sea lice dispersal in a Scottish Fjordic system. 9th International Sea Lice Conference, 21- 23 May, Bergen, Norway.
Rabe, B., Salama, NKG Murray AG (2012) Modelling sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe. The Estuarine and Coastal Science Association meeting, 16– 18 May, Oban, UK.
Salama NKG, Collins CM, Murray AG, Middlemas SJ, Dunn J, Fraser J, Pert CC, Rabe B (2012) Investigating sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe. Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Annual Meeting 28 – 30 Mar, Glasgow, UK.
Salama NKG, Rabe B, Murray AG, Pert C, Penston M, Middlemas S, Collins C. (2011) Sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe. MASTS Annual Meeting. 22 – 24 Aug, Edinburgh, UK.
Salama NKG. Murray AG (2011) Fish farm size and the transmission of pathogens. Aberdeen Ecology Research Day. 31 Mar, Aberdeen, UK.
Salama NKG Murray AG The transmission of infective biological agents between fish farms in a simplified hydrodynamic system. 14th Biennial Challenger Conference for Marine Science, 6-9 Sep, Southampton, UK
Salama NKG & Murray AG. (2009) A modelling approach to assess the role of farm size on the transmission of water-borne pathogens between farms. International Aquaculture Biosecurity Conference, 17– 18 Aug, Trondheim, Norway
Jeger MJ Salama NKG.(2009) Do pathogens regulate host population dynamics? A model exploration for the biennial Tragopogon pratensis affected by a systemic, sterilising rust Puccinia hysterium. Discrete Mathematics and Computer Science Workshop on Models/Methodology of Botanical Epidemiology. 16 – 18 Mar, New Jersey, USA,
Salama NKG. Jeger MJ (2008) Puccinia hysterium-regulated population dynamics of Tragopogon pratensis in the Park Grass experiment. 9th International Congress of Plant Pathology. 24 -29 Aug, Turin, Italy
Salama NKG, Van Den Bosch F. Jeger MJ (2007) Regulation of a Biennial Plant Population by a Rust Pathogen. British Ecological Society Annual Meeting. 10-12 Sep. Glasgow, UK.
Salama NKG. Jeger MJ (2006) The role of plant pathogens in altering the population dynamics of a biennial host. The 8th Conference of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology & British Society of Plant Pathology Presidential Meeting. 13 – 17 Aug, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006.
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