Marine Scotland Science: directory

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Dr Rob Fryer 

Information, Quality and Statistics
Senior Statistician


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

Details of specialism

I develop statistical methodology and deliver statistical analyses that underpin scientific advice to policy. 

In particular, I am involved in:

  • assessing the trends and status of contaminants and biological effects around Scotland and in the North-East Atlantic
  • delivering the Clean Seas Indicator for Scotland’s National Performance Framework
  • spatio-temporal modelling of freshwater biological and environmental data
  • modelling the size-selection of fishing gear
  • ethical experimental design

External committees and responsibilities

  • UK delegate and lead statistician on the OSPAR Working Group on Monitoring and on Trends and Effects of Substances in the Marine Environment
  • member of the Clean and Safe Seas Evidence Group

Papers of relevance

Malcolm IA, Millidine KJ, Glover RS, Jackson FL, Millar CP and 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.

O’Neill FG, Fryer RJ, Frandsen R, Herrmann B, Madsen N and Mieske B (2020) A meta-analysis of plaice size-selection data in otter trawl codends.  Fisheries Research 227, 105558.

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. 

OSPAR assessment of Coordinated Environmental Monitoring Programmes for North-East Atlantic contaminants in biota, sediment and water.



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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