Dr Andrew Blight

Laboratory Manager/Research Fellow

tel: 01334 463483
email: ajb34@st-andrews.ac.uk
room:  (SOI)
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

General Information

I am the laboratory manager for the Sediment Ecology Research Group (SERG). I am responsible for coordinating much of the research, training, teaching and administration within the group. I also coordinate the BL3000 Field Course module and teach on a number of other undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the School of Biology: BL1102 Biology 2, BL3308 Aquatic Ecology, BL3318 Biology of Marine Organisms, BL4201 Experimental Research Project and BL5304 Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems.

Prior to this I was a Research Fellow working on VECTORS; a large EU FP7 funded project which Finished in February 2015 (www.marine-vectors.eu). It consisted of 37 project partners from a variety of research institutions across Europe. The project set out to elucidate the drivers and pressures that cause change in marine life, the mechanisms by which they do so, their impacts on ecosystem structures and functioning and on the economics of associated marine sectors and society. It particularly focused on causes and consequences of invasive alien species, outbreak forming species and changes in fish distribution and productivity. I was directly involved with Work Package 3.1 which is split into three sections: systematic reviews on the impacts of macroalgal blooms and invasive ecosystem engineers; Biological Traits Analysis (BTA) which examined the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning; a case study which examined the impact of the invasive Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) on sediment ecosystems.


Recent Publications

Kregting, L, Blight, AJ, Elsäßer, B & Savidge, G 2016, 'The influence of water motion on the growth rate of the kelp Laminaria digitata' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol 478, pp. 86-95. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.02.006
Lyons, DA, Arvanitidis, C, Blight, AJ, Chatzinikolaou, E, Guy-Haim, T, Kotta, J, Queirós, AM, Rilov, G, Somerfield, PJ & Crowe, TP 2016, 'There are no whole truths in meta-analyses: all their truths are half truths' Global Change Biology, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 968-971. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12989
Walls, AM, Kennedy, R, Fitzgerald, RD, Blight, AJ, Johnson, MP & Edwards, MD 2016, 'Potential novel habitat created by holdfasts from cultivated Laminaria digitata: assessing the macroinvertebrate assemblages' Aquaculture Environment Interactions, vol 8, pp. 157-169. DOI: 10.3354/aei00170
Johnson, MP, Maggs, CA, Allcock, AL & Blight, AJ 2016, 'Landscape effects in the intertidal around the coastline of Great Britain' Journal of Biogeography, vol 43, no. 1, pp. 111-122. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12607
Bouma, TJ, van Belzen, J, Balke, T, Zhu, ZC, Airoldi, L, Blight, AJ, Davies, AJ, Galvan, C, Hawkins, SJ, Hoggart, SPG, Lara, JL, Losada, IJ, Maza, M, Ondiviela, B, Skov, MW, Strain, EM, Thompson, RC, Yang, SL, Zanuttigh, B, Zhang, LQ & Herman, PMJ 2014, 'Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities & steps to take' Coastal Engineering, vol 87, pp. 147-157. DOI: 10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.014
Lyons, DA, Arvanitidis, C, Blight, AJ, Chatzinikolaou, E, Guy-Haim, T, Kotta, J, Orav-Kotta, H, Queiros, AM, Rilov, G, Somerfield, PJ & Crowe, TP 2014, 'Macroalgal blooms alter community structure and primary productivity in marine ecosystems: Global Change Biology' Global Change Biology, vol 20, no. 9, pp. 2712-2724. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12644
Kregting, L, Blight, AJ, Elsaeser, B & Savidge, G 2013, 'The influence of water motion on the growth rate of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, vol 448, pp. 337. DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.07.017
Blight, AJ, Foster-Smith, R, Sotheran, I, Egerton, J, McAllen, R & Savidge, G 2011, Development of a methodology for the quantitative assessment of Ireland's inshore kelp resource. Marine Institute, Ireland.
Blight, AJ, Allcock, AL, Maggs, CA & Johnson, MP 2009, 'Intertidal molluscan and algal species richness around the UK coast' Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol 396, pp. 235-243. DOI: 10.3354/meps08379
Blight, AJ & Thompson, RC 2008, 'Epibiont species richness varies between holdfasts of a northern and a southerly distributed kelp species' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol 88, no. 3, pp. 469-475. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315408000994

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