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Thomas Régnier

Planning and Environmental Advice Programme
Ecology and Conservation Group
Fish biologist


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

Pronouns: he/him/his

Details of specialism

In general terms I am interested in the study of population connectivity and the effects on environmental variations on fish populations. I am using  a range of natural and artificial tags (otoliths, mark-recapture, life-history trait variations) to assess fish movements and inform management decisions (MPA, stock identification). I am also interested in identifying the drivers of fish recruitment, with a focus on early life-history of fish and the impact of environmental variation (e.g. climate change) on how larval fish meet their energetic requirements (e.g. trophic match/mismatch).

Within the broad topic area my particular focuses currently include:

  • understanding the population structure of cod, sandeel, skate and deep-water fish in the North Sea and North East Atlantic
  • understanding the role of climate change on the abundance of forage fish and the structure of marine food-webs

Main policy links

  • Scottish MPA network
  • conservation of priority marine features
  • climate change
  • fisheries assessment
  • marine planning (science advice)

External committees and responsibilities

Papers of relevance

Régnier T, Gibb FM and Wright PJ (2019) Understanding temperature effects on recruitment in the context of trophic mismatch. Scientific Reports 9, 15179.  

Wright PJ, Christensen A, Régnier T, 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, 1453-1463.

Wright PJ, Régnier T, Gibb FM, Augley J and Devalla S (2018) Assessing the role of ontogenetic movement in maintaining population structure in fish using otolith microchemistry. Ecology and Evolution 8, 7907–7920. 

Régnier T, Gibb FM, Wright, PJ (2018) Temperature effects on egg development and larval condition in the lesser sandeel, Ammodytes marinus. Journal of Sea Research 134, 34-41. 

Gaither MR, Gkafas GA, de Jong M, Sarigol F, Neat F, Régnier T, Moore D, Grӧcke DR, Hall N, Liu X, Kenny J, Lucaci A, Hughes M, Haldenby S and Hoelzel AR (2018) Genomics of habitat choice and adaptive evolution in a deep-sea fish. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2, 680-687. 

Details of linked research pages

Thomas Régnier’s ResearchGate profile



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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