Prof David Paterson

Executive Director of MASTS:
The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland

SOI  1.11
tel. 01334 463472 (Sec)
fax. 01334 463443

Research on the ecology and dynamics of coastal and estuarine systems. I am interested in the biodiversity and functional ecology and dynamics of coastal systems: the so-called biodiversity/ecosystem function debate (BEF). This includes research into the primary productivity of marine microbes (microbial mats and biofilms). The resiliance of coastal systems in the face of global change, their funtional variability and the services they provide are key areas of investigation. Part of my interest in ecosystem function includes the interdisciplinary study of "biogenic stabilisation", defined as an increase in the critical threshold force for sediment re-suspension brought about by biological activity and have recently developed a magnetic particle induction technique to measure the adhesive nature of natural surfaces (MagPI) I have also developed techniques to measure the stability of sediments in situ and other methods to allow microspatial discrimination (100 um scale) of the physical (density, porosity, mineralogy) and biological (pigments, organics, polymeric substances, microbes) properties of cohesive sediments. As a group, we use low-temperature scanning electron microscopy for the structural analysis of sediments. In cooperation with other groups, I have been involved with: The modelling of biogenic effects on sediment erosion and transport; light climate and primary productivity in cohesive sediments using PAM fluorescence; light microsensor systems; the influence of pigment distribution of spectral reflectance properties of sediments; and the potential of using remote sensing of reflectance data for the modelling of biomass distribution on coastal systems.



Austen, MC, Crowe, TP, Elliott, M, Paterson, DM, Peck, MA & Piraino, S 2018, 'VECTORS of change in the marine environment: Ecosystem and economic impacts and management implications' Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, vol 201, pp. 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2018.01.009
Chen, XD, Zhang, CK, Zhou, Z, Gong, Z, Zhou, JJ, Tao, JF, Paterson, DM & Feng, Q 2017, 'Stabilizing effects of bacterial biofilms: EPS penetration and re-distribution of bed stability down the sediment profile' Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, vol 122, no. 12, pp. 3113-3125. DOI: 10.1002/2017JG004050
Ashton, TJ, Kayoueche-Reeve, M, Blight, AJ, Moore, J & Paterson, DM 2017, 'Duplex DNA barcoding allows accurate species determination of morphologically similar limpets (Patella spp.) from non-destructive sampling' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol 97, no. 7, pp. 1479-1482. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315416000813
Chen, XD, Zhang, CK, Paterson, DM, Thompson, CEL, Townend, IH, Gong, Z, Zhou, Z & Feng, Q 2017, 'Hindered erosion: the biological mediation of noncohesive sediment behavior' Water Resources Research, vol 53, no. 6, pp. 4787-4801. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR020105
Wyness, AJ, Paterson, DM, Defew, EC, Avery, L & Stutter, M 2017, 'THE EFFECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SEDIMENT CHARACTERISTICS ON THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL DISTRIBUTION OF E. COLI IN INTERTIDAL SEDIMENTS' Federation of European Microbiological Societies 2017, Valencia, Spain, 9/07/17 - 13/07/17, .
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