Prof David Paterson

Prof David Paterson

Executive Director of MASTS

Professor

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 46 3467
Email
dp1@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Research areas

Ecology, biodiversity and dynamics of marine systems

My research concerns the ecology and dynamics of marine systems with a strong focus on the "biodiversity-ecosystem function" debate and the dynamics of marine microbiota. This work is supported by extensive field studies and laboratory mesocosms often using multiple stressors. This adds aspects of climate change research including the combined effects of temperature and CO2 on system response. The primary productivity of coastal systems is an important functional response and is also under investigation using fluorescence techniques. This work includes interdisciplinary studies of "biogenic stabilisation" by microbes and microphytobenthos, through the extracellular polymers produced by biofilms that increase the critical threshold for sediment re-suspension. We have also developed novel techniques to measure the stability of sediments in situ, and the relative adhesion capacity of different biofilms and surfaces. Recently, we have also been using molecular techniques to examine the effects of both natural (e.g. bioturbation) and anthropogenic (e.g. toxins, plastics, climate change) stressors on marine microbial systems. This is now encompassing work with industry on the ecology of man-made offshore structures (oil and gas installations and wind farms). 

Selected publications

  • Open access

    Developing expert scientific consensus on the environmental and societal effects of marine artificial structures prior to decommissioning

    Knights, A. M., Lemasson, A. J., Firth, L. B., Bond, T., Claisse, J., Coolen, J. W. P., Copping, A., Dannheim, J., De Dominicis, M., Degraer, S., Elliott, M., Fernandes, P. G., Fowler, A. M., Frost, M., Henry, L-A., Hicks, N., Hyder, K., Jagerroos, S., Jones, D. O. B., Love, M., & 19 others Lynam, C. P., Macreadie, P. I., Marlow, J., Mavraki, N., McLean, D., Montagna, P. A., Paterson, D. M., Perrow, M., Porter, J., Russell, D. J. F., Bull, A. S., Schratzberger, M., Shipley, B., van Elden, S., Vanaverbeke, J., Want, A., Watson, S. C. L., Wilding, T. A. & Somerfield, P., Feb 2024, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 352, 16 p., 119897.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    To what extent can decommissioning options for marine artificial structures move us toward environmental targets?

    Knights, A. M., Lemasson, A. J., Firth, L. B., Beaumont, N., Birchenough, S., Claisse, J., Coolen, J. W. P., Copping, A., De Dominicis, M., Degraer, S., Elliott, M., Fernandes, P. G., Fowler, A. M., Frost, M., Henry, L-A., Hicks, N., Hyder, K., Jagerroos, S., Love, M., Lynam, C., & 17 others Macreadie, P. I., McLean, D., Marlow, J., Mavraki, N., Montagna, P. A., Paterson, D. M., Perrow, M. R., Porter, J., Bull, A. S., Schratzberger, M., Shipley, B., van Elden, S., Vanaverbeke, J., Want, A., Watson, S. C. L., Wilding, T. A. & Somerfield, P. J., Jan 2024, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 350, 8 p., 119644.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Biological–physical interactions are fundamental to understanding and managing coastal dynamics

    Solan, M., Spencer, T., Paterson, D. M., Unsworth, C. A., Christie, E. K., Blight, A. J., Brown, J., Brooks, H., Lichtman, I. D., Wei, X., Li, X., Thorne, P., Leyland, J., Godbold, J. A., Thompson, C., Williams, M. E., Plater, A., Moller, I. & Amoudry, L. O., 12 Jul 2023, In: Royal Society Open Science. 10, 7, 6 p., 230155.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    A global horizon scan of issues impacting marine and coastal biodiversity conservation

    Herbert-Read, J. E., Thornton, A., Amon, D. J., Birchenough, S. N. R., Côté, I. M., Dias, M. P., Godley, B. J., Keith, S. A., McKinley, E., Peck, L. S., Calado, R., Defeo, O., Degraer, S., Johnston, E. L., Kaartokallio, H., Macreadie, P. I., Metaxas, A., Muthumbi, A. W. N., Obura, D. O., Paterson, D. M., & 10 others Piola, A. R., Richardson, A. J., Schloss, I. R., Snelgrove, P. V. R., Stewart, B. D., Thompson, P. M., Watson, G. J., Worthington, T. A., Yasuhara, M. & Sutherland, W. J., Sept 2022, In: Nature Ecology and Evolution. 6, 9, p. 1262–1270 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Carbon storage in UK intertidal environments

    Austin, W. E. N., Smeaton, C., Ruranska, P., Paterson, D. M., Skov, M. W., Ladd, C. J. T., McMahon, L., Havelock, G. M., Gehrels, R., Mills, R., Barlow, N. L. M., Burden, A., Jones, L. & Garbutt, A., 7 Mar 2022, Challenges in estuarine and coastal science: Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association 50th anniversary volume. Humphreys, J. & Little, S. (eds.). Exeter: Pelagic Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Open access

    Influence of offshore oil and gas structures on seascape ecological connectivity

    McLean, D. L., Ferreira, L. C., Benthuysen, J. A., Miller, K. J., Schlappy, M-L., Ajemian, M. J., Berry, O., Birchenough, S. N. R., Bond, T., Boschetti, F., Bull, A. S., Claisse, J. T., Condie, S. A., Consoli, P., Coolen, J. W. P., Elliott, M., Fortune, I. S., Fowler, A. M., Gillanders, B. M., Harrison, H. B., & 26 others Hart, K. M., Henry, L-A., Hewitt, C. L., Hicks, N., Hock, K., Hyder, K., Love, M., Macreadie, P. I., Miller, R. J., Montevecchi, W. A., Nishimoto, M. M., Page, H. M., Paterson, D. M., Pattiaratchi, C. B., Pecl, G. T., Porter, J. S., Reeves, D. B., Riginos, C., Rouse, S., Russell, D. J. F., Sherman, C. D. H., Teilmann, J., Todd, V. L. G., Treml, E. A., Williamson, D. H. & Thums, M., 1 Jun 2022, In: Global Change Biology. 28, 11, p. 3515-3536 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  • Open access

    The response of microphytobenthos to physical disturbance, herbicide, and titanium dioxide nanoparticles exposure

    Rimmer, J., Hubas, C., Wyness, A. J., Jesus, B., Hartley, M., Blight, A. J., Prins, A. & Paterson, D., 1 Dec 2022, In: Marine Pollution Bulletin. 185, Part B, 10 p., 1134348.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Biological cohesion as the architect of bed movement under wave action

    Chen, X., Zhang, C., Townend, I., Paterson, D. M., Gong, Z., Jiang, Q., Feng, Q. & Yu, X., 16 Mar 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 48, 5, e2020GL092137.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Can we model cultural ecosystem services, and are we measuring the right things?

    Jones, L., Boeri, M., Christie, M., Durance, I., Evans, K. L., Fletcher, D., Harrison, L., Jorgensen, A., Masante, D., McGinlay, J., Paterson, D. M., Schmucki, R., Short, C., Small, N., Southon, G., Stojanovic, T. & Waters, R., 26 Oct 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: People and Nature. Early View, 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Open access

    Current- and wave- generated bedforms on mixed sand-clay intertidal flats: a new bedform phase diagram and implications for bed roughness and preservation potential

    Baas, J., Malarkey, J., Litchman, I., Amoudry, L. O., Thorne, P., Hope, J. A., Peakall, J., Paterson, D., Bass, S. J., Cooke, R. D., Manning, A. J., Parsons, D. R. & Ye, L., 3 Nov 2021, In: Frontiers in Earth Science. 9, 27 p., 747567.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

 

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