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Nicky Shepherd

Environment Monitoring and Assessment Programme
Marine Environment Assessment Group
Sensory Analyst Environmental Chemist


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

Pronouns: she/her

Details of specialism

My interests are in the sensory assessment of fish and shellfish with particular reference to hydrocarbon taint.  I am the project leader for sensory assessment at Marine Scotland Science which is the designated facility for sensory assessment of fish and shellfish within the UK  National Contingency Plan for response to offshore incidents, such as oil spills.

Within the broad topic area my particular focusses are on:

  • responsibility of the sensory facility 
  • supervision, training and monitoring of sensory assessors
  • provision of sensory data to the Scottish Government

Main policy links

  • marine environmental monitoring
  • clean seas
  • pollution response

Papers of relevance

Webster L, Russell M, Shepherd N, Packer G, Dalgarno EJ and Neat F (2018) Monitoring of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Scottish deepwater environments. Marine Pollution Bulletin 128, 456-459.

Webster, L, Shepherd, N, Russell, M, Walsham, P, Packer, G, Hayes, P, & Turrell, W R (2016) Taint, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAHS) and N-Alkane Analysis of Farmed Mussels and Salmon Samples Following the Transocean Winner Rig Incident. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science 7, No 22. 21pp.

Webster L, McIntosh AD, Dalgarno EJ, Megginson C Shepherd NJ and Moffat C F (2003) The polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon composition of mussels (Mytilus edulis) from Scottish coastal waters. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 5(1), 150-159.

Davis HK, Moffat CF and Shepherd NJ (2002) Experimental tainting of marine fish by three chemically dispersed petroleum products, with comparisons to the Braer oil spill. Spill Science & Technology Bulletin 7(5-6), 257-278.

Whittle KJ, Anderson DA, Mackie PR, Moffat CF, Shepherd NJ and McVicar AH (1997) The impact of the Braer oil on caged salmon. In: Davies JM and Topping G (Eds), The impact of an oil spill in turbulent waters: the Braer. The Stationery Office, Edinburgh, pp 144-160.



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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