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Soizic Garnier

Environment Monitoring and Assessment Programme
Oceanography Group
Oceanographic Modeller


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

Details of specialism

My research interests relate to hydrodynamic modelling of Scottish waters and applications to aquaculture including its environmental impact. In collaborations with the Scottish Protection Agency (SEPA) and aquaculture stakeholders (the Farmed Fish Health Framework sea lice sub-group and the Crown Estate Scotland), my role is to develop a modelling framework that helps managing interactions between sea lice and wild salmonids. I use a particle-tracking based methodology together with Scottish Shelf Model outputs and current observations. The project aims to assess the interaction potential between farms and important bottlenecks for salmon smolts migration using physical characteristics like water bodies connectivity and residence times. This work is part of a spatial management tool effort to help understand aquaculture sea lice loadings and advise on mitigation solution for fish farm developments to enhance sustainability.

External committees and responsibilities

  • I interact with the different Scottish aquaculture stakeholders to ensure that my work at Marine Scotland is tailored to their need
  • I have been a mentee in the Women In Scottish Aquaculture (WISA) mentoring programme from the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC)
  • I am involved with the Numerical and Experimental Hydrodynamic Modelling (NEHM) Forum from the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS)
  • with my PhD, I worked in collaboration with researchers from the University of Washington (Seattle, United State) and interacted with Long Live The Kings a non-profit organisation and the Marine Survival Project both investigating population decline of regional wild salmons

Papers of relevance

MacCready P, McCabe RM, Siedlecki SA, Lorenz M, Giddings SN, Bos J, Albertson S, Banas NS and Garnier S (2021) Estuarine circulation, mixing, and residence times in the Salish Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 126, e2020JC016738.

Banas N, Nguyen H, Garnier S, MacCready P and Allen SE (2019) Climate impacts on patterns of phytoplankton production in Puget Sound, USA: A model synthesis and narrowing hypotheses. Final report to US/Canada Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, October 2019. 37pp



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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