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.



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 Early View. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR020105
Kenworthy, JM, Paterson, DM & Bishop, MJ 2016, 'Response of benthic assemblages to multiple stressors: comparative effects of nutrient enrichment and physical disturbance' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 562, pp. 37-51. DOI: 10.3354/meps11935
Watson, SCL, Paterson, DM, Queirós, AM, Rees, AP, Stephens, N, Widdicombe, S & Beaumont, NJ 2016, 'A conceptual framework for assessing the ecosystem service of waste remediation: in the marine environment' Ecosystem Services, vol 20, pp. 69-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.06.011
Parsons, DR, Schindler, RJ, Hope, JA, Malarkey, J, Baas, JH, Peakall, J, Manning, AJ, Ye, L, Simmons, S, Paterson, DM, Aspden, RJ, Bass, SJ, Davies, AG, Lichtman, ID & Thorne, PD 2016, 'The role of biophysical cohesion on subaqueous bed form size' Geophysical Research Letters, vol Early View, pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1002/2016GL067667
Paterson, DM, Kenworthy, JM & Hope, JA 2016, . Form, function and physics: The ecology of biogenic stabilisation. in S Wieprecht (ed.), River sedimentation : Proc 13th International symposium of river sedimentation. CRC Press, pp. 3-8.
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