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Guillaume Hermann

Environment Monitoring and Assessment Programme
Marine Environment Assessment Group
Analytical Chemist


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

Details of specialism

I have worked at Marine Scotland Science since 2006, initially undertaking research on marine and freshwater biotoxins produced by phytoplankton and cyanobacteria. I am interested in organics contaminants, focusing on the quantification of Poly Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) using GC-MSD from a range of samples. During the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme, I am Scientist In Charge on board the Sir John Murray (SEPA) and the MRV Scotia. I am involved in the Oil Spill response team as a member of the Sensory panel, which screens fish for hydrocarbon taint during an oil spill, and analysing samples.

In addition to my main role, I have been involved in work related to invasive species around Scotland, including on-site surveys.

Committees and responsibilities

  • I am involved in the Athena Swan charter looking at Diversity and Equality at MSS, focusing now on the implementation of our action plan which resulted from obtaining the ATHENA Swan Bronze award. My sub-group focuses on actions related to key career transition points (induction, promotion and recruitment)
  • I am a member of the Scottish Costal Observatory (SCObs) sampling team at Stonehaven, which collects samples at the site on a weekly basis
  • I lead the Bicycle Users Group (BUG) at MSS

Recent publications

Kershaw JL, Jensen S-K, McConnell B, Fraser S, Cummings C, Lacaze J-P, Hermann G, Bresnan E, Dean KJ, Turner AD, Davidson K and Hall AJ (submitted 2021) Toxins from harmful algae in fish from Scottish coastal waters. Manuscript submitted to Harmful Algae.

Cunningham S, Hermann G, Webster L and Yates K (2020) Development of an Analytical Method using Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) to Quantify Hydrocarbons Released into the Environment during an Oil Spill. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science 11 (No 6), 33pp.

Brown L, Turrell WR, Graham J, Gubbins M, Hermann G, Lacaze J-P and Matejusova I (2018) The Marine Invasive Non-Native Species Didemnum vexillum: Loch Creran Surveys - October 2016. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science 9 (No 10), 40pp.

Hermann G, Graham J and Lacaze J-P (2017) Microarray for the Detection and Quantification of Toxin-Producing Phytoplankton Species in Scottish Coastal Waters. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science 8 (No 24), 18pp.

Jensen S-K, Lacaze J-P, Hermann G, Joanna Kershaw J, Brownlow A, Turner A, Hall A (2015) Detection and effects of harmful algal toxins in Scottish harbour seals and potential links to population decline. Toxicon 97, 1-14.



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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