Mr Stephen Watson
Scottish Oceans Institute
University of St Andrews
I am a PhD student working between the University of St. Andrews and Plymouth Marine Lab (PML), supervised by Dr David Paterson (University of St Andrews), Dr Nicola Beaumont and Dr Stephen Widdicombe (Plymouth Marine Laboratory).
This PhD is funded by NERC, as part of the wider Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme incorporation with the Coastal Biodiversity Consortium (CBESS). My project aims to assess the impact of multiple climate stressors on biodiversity and coastal ecosystem service delivery, and in turn how these impacts affect the provision of ecosystem benefits and thus human well-being. The focus of this research will be on two ecosystem services: Climate Regulation and Bioremediation of Waste using data from two case study areas: the Tamar and the Eden estuaries. A key final output of the research will be a robust framework linking climate stressors to ecosystem benefits and human well-being, utilising a detailed understanding of the intermediate ecosystem processes and services, and the mechanisms which link these components.
Prior to starting my PhD I gained an MRes in Ecosystem-Based Management of Marine Systems from the University of St Andrews conjoined with the Scottish Marine Institute (SAMS) Oban (2012). Prior to this I completed a BSc (Hons) Zoology from the University of Dundee (2011). My Masters thesis involved collecting information on the linkage between primary production and ecological change in the deep sea by studying the resident invertebrate macrofauna.