Dr Rebecca Kinnear (née Aspden)

SOTEAG Engagement Officer

SOI 1.9
tel. 01334 463613
fax. 01334 463443

General Information

My role is to raise awareness of the group by developing a range of engagement activities and attending meetings and conferences.


Previously I was PDRA and Laboratory Manager for SERG. I have a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University St Andrews and a BSc in Coastal and Marine Ecology from the University Plymouth. During august 2000 I carried out an internship at the Alfred Wegner Institute in Sylt, Germany, studying the effects of a tube building polycheate reef on the sediment and faunal diversities within and surrounding it.
I worked for a marine and freshwater consultancy agency (Unicomarine Ltd) prior to joining SERG. During this time I was involved in the identification of invertebrate fauna found within samples taken for various projects. These contracts were undertaken for many different reasons including port development and dredging, coastal protection, fishery studies, and habitat surveys.


Publication record

Aspden, R.J., Vardy, S., Perkins, R.G., Davidson, I.R., Bates, R., and Paterson, D.M. 2004. The effects of clam fishing on the properties of surface sediments in the lagoon of Venice, Italy. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, 8(2):160-169.

Aspden, R.J., Vardy, S., and Paterson, D.M.  2004.  Salt Marsh Microbial Ecology: Microbes, Benthic Mats and Sediments Movement.  The Ecogeomorphology of Tidal Marshes : Coastal and Estuarine Studies Series (AGU).  Editors – Fagherazzi, S., Marani, M., and Blum, L.K.

Consalvey, M., Vardy, S., Aspden, R.J., Davidson, I. and Paterson, D.M. 2004. Two years in the life of the Eden Estuary: using a toolbox to assess change. Delivering sustainable coasts: connecting science and policy. Cambridge Publications. 355-360.

Jonsson, P.R., van Duren, L.A., (Amielh, M., Asmus, R., Aspden, R.J., Daunys, D., Friedrichs, M., Friend, P.L., Olivier, F., Pope, N., Precht, E., Sauriau, P.G., and Schaaff, E.  2006.  Making water flow: a comparison of the hydrodynamic characteristics of 12 different benthic biological flumes.  Aquatic Ecology, 40 (4): 409-438.

Eckman, J.E., Andres, M.S., Marinelli, R.L., Bowlin, E., Reid, R.P., Aspden, R.J., and Paterson, D.M. 2008. Wave and sediment dynamics along a shallow subtidal sandy beach inhabited by modern stromatolites. Geobiology, 6: 22–32.

Heip, C., Hummel, H., van Avesaath, P., Arvanitidis, C., Aspden., R., Austen, M., Boero, F., Bouma, T.J., Boxshall, G., Bucholz, F., Crowe, T., Delaney, A., Deprez, T., Emblow, C., Feral, J.P., Gasol, J.M., Gooday, A., Hardy, J., Ianora, A., Kraberg, A., Mackenzie, B., Ojaveer, H., paterson, D., Rumohr, H., Schiedek, D., Sokolowski, A., Somerfield, P., Sousa Pinto, I., Vincx, M., Weslawski, J.M., Nash, R. 20009.  Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning.  ISSN 2009-2539.

Paterson, D.M., Aspden, R.J., and Black, K.  Intertidal flats: Ecosytem functioning of soft sediment systems.  pp317-338. Elsevier Academic Press

Paterson, D.M., Aspden, R.J., Visscher, P.T., Consalvey, M., Andres, M., Decho, A.W., Stolz, J., Reid, P.R. 2008. Light-Dependant Biostabilisation of Sediments by Stromatolite Assemblages. PLoS One; 3(9):e3176.

Stoltz, J.F., Reid, P.R., Visscher, P.T., Decho, A. W., Norman, R.S., Aspden, R.J., Bowlin, E., Franks, J., Foster, J.S.,. Paterson, D.M., Przekop, K.M., GRAHAM J.C. Underwood, G.J.C., and Prufert-Bebout, L. 2009.  The microbial communities of the modern marine stromatolites at Highborne Cay, Bahamas.  Atoll Research Bulletin, 567: 1-29.

Paterson, DM , Aspden, RJ & Reid, P 2010, ' Biodynamics of Modern Marine Stromatolites ', in J Seckbach & A Oren (eds) , Microbial Mats: Modern and Ancient Microorganisms in Stratified Systems. Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. , vol. 14, Springer, NY, pp. 223-235.

Solan M, Aspden, RJ,  Paterson  DM, (eds) Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: Frameworks, Methodologies and Integration. (Oxford University Press pp 240.








Schindler, RJ, Parsons, DR, Ye, L, Hope, JA, Baas, JH, Peakall, J, Manning, AJ, Aspden, RJ, Malarkey, J, Simmons, S, Paterson, DM, Lichtman, ID, Davies, AG, Thorne, PD & Bass, SJ 2015, 'Sticky stuff: redefining bedform prediction in modern and ancient environments' Geology, vol 43, no. 5, pp. 399-402. DOI: 10.1130/G36262.1
Malarkey, J, Baas, J, Hope, JA, Aspden, RJ, Parsons, DR, Peakall, J, Paterson, DM, Schindler, R, Ye, L, Lichtman, ID, Bass, SJ, Davies, AG, Manning, AJ & Thorne, PD 2015, 'The pervasive role of biological cohesion in bedform development' Nature Communications, vol 6, 6257. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7257
Cusson, M, Crowe, TP, Arau´jo, R, Arenas, F, Aspden, R, Bulleri, F, Davoult, D, Dyson, K, Fraschetti, S, Herku¨l, K, Hubas, C, Jenkins, S, Kotta, J, Kraufvelin, P, Migne´, A, Molis, M, Mulholland, O, Noe¨l, LM-LJ, Paterson, DM, Saunders, J, Somerfield, PJ, Sousa-Pinto, I, Spilmont, N, Terlizzi, A & Benedetti-Cecchi, L 2014, 'Relationships between biodiversity and the stability of marine ecosystems: comparisons at a European scale using meta-analysis' Journal of Sea Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2014.08.004
Crowe, TP, Cusson, M, Bulleri, F, Davoult, D, Arenas, F, Aspden, R, Benedetti-Cecchi, L, Bevilacqua, S, Davidson, I, Defew, E, Fraschetti, S, Gollety, C, Griffin, JN, Herkuel, K, Kotta, J, Migne, A, Molis, M, Nicol, SK, Noel, LM-LJ, Pinto, IS, Valdivia, N, Vaselli, S & Jenkins, SR 2013, 'Large-scale variation in combined impacts of canopy loss and disturbance on community structure and ecosystem functioning' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 6, e66238. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0066238
Bulleri, F, Benedetti-Cecchi, L, Cusson, M, Maggi, E, Arenas, F, Aspden, R, Bertocci, I, Crowe, TP, Davoult, D, Eriksson, BK, Fraschetti, S, Gollety, C, Griffin, JN, Jenkins, SR, Kotta, J, Kraufvelin, P, Molis, M, Pinto, IS, Terlizzi, A, Valdivia, N & Paterson, DM 2012, 'Temporal stability of European rocky shore assemblages: variation across a latitudinal gradient and the role of habitat-formers' Oikos, vol 121, no. 11, pp. 1801-1809. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19967.x
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