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Marine Scotland Science: directory

Published: 23 Nov 2019
Last updated: 12 May 2021 - see all updates

Details of specialists working for Marine Scotland Science.

Marine Scotland Science: directory
Dr Peter Wright

Dr Peter Wright 

Planning and Environmental Advice Programme
Ecology and Conservation Group
Group Leader

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

Details of specialism 

I work to improve the biological basis for fisheries management through a better understanding of fish population structuring, reproductive ecology, recruitment and distribution. I have also worked extensively on predator-prey interactions and rare marine species in support of conservation objectives.  I have an international network of colleagues and have co-ordinated and participated in 11 EU funded projects, 3 multi-national projects and 10 national projects in subjects including fish stock dynamics, fisheries induced evolution and marine protected areas.  

Within the broad topic area my particular focuses currently include:

  • climate change impacts on food webs
  • population structuring influences on gadoid population dynamics
  • importance of nursery habitat on fish recruitment
  • role of marine protected areas in conserving biodiversity

Main policy links

  • marine planning and policy
  • sea fish

External committees and responsibilities

  • ICES Science Committee
  • advice on Marine Protected Areas and closed areas to ICES, NatureScot, JNCC
  • Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership - Fish and climate change advice
  • editorial board - Fishes 
  • PhD Supervisor -  University of Aberdeen, Glasgow, St. Andrews
  • member EU COST Sea-Unicorn

Papers of relevance

Wright PJ and Gibb FM (2005) Selection for birth date in North Sea haddock and its relation to maternal age. Journal of Animal Ecology 74(2), 303-312.

Wright PJ (2007) Understanding the maturation process for field investigations of fisheries-induced evolution. Marine Ecology Progress Series 335, 279–283. 

Wright PJ (2014) Are there useful life history indicators of stock recovery rate in gadoids? ICES Journal of Marine Science 71(6), 1393–1406.

Wright PJ, Régnier T, Christensen A , Rindorf A and van Deurs M (2019) Integrating the scale of population processes into fisheries management, as illustrated in the sandeel, Ammodytes marinus. ICES Journal of Marine Science 76(6), 1453–1463.

Wright PJ, Doyle A, Taggart JB and Davie A (2021) Linking Scales of Life-History Variation with Population Structure in Atlantic Cod. Frontiers in Marine Science 8, 630515. 

Details of linked research pages

Peter Wright’s Google Scholar and ResearchGate profiles



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


First published: 23 Nov 2019 Last updated: 12 May 2021 -