Dr Andrew Blight

Dr Andrew Blight
Laboratory Manager/Research Fellow


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 ( 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.

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Research Overview:



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Ecosystem engineers drive differing microbial community composition in intertidal estuarine sediments Irene Sarah Fortune, Andrew John Blight, Patricia Browne, Morgan Hartley, Matthew Holden, David Maxwell Paterson
PLoS ONE 2021 vol. 16
Diverse effects of invasive ecosystem engineers on marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions Tamar Guy-Haim, Devin A. Lyons, Jonne Kotta, Henn Ojaveer, Ana M. Queirós, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Christos Arvanitidis, Serena Como, Paolo Magni, Andrew John Blight, Helen Orav-Kotta, Paul J. Somerfield, Tasman P. Crowe, Gil Rilov
Global Change Biology 2018 vol. 24 pp. 906-924
The world is their oyster C. Guy, Andrew John Blight, D. Smyth, D. Roberts
Journal of Sea Research 2018 vol. 140 pp. 52-58
Duplex DNA barcoding allows accurate species determination of morphologically similar limpets (Patella spp.) from non-destructive sampling Thomas J. Ashton, Meriem Kayoueche-Reeve, Andrew John Blight, Jon Moore, David Maxwell Paterson
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2017 vol. 97 pp. 1479-1482
Landscape effects in the intertidal around the coastline of Great Britain M.P. Johnson, C.A. Maggs, A.L. Allcock, Andrew John Blight
Journal of Biogeography 2016 vol. 43 pp. 111-122
Potential novel habitat created by holdfasts from cultivated Laminaria digitata Walls AM, Kennedy R, Fitzgerald RD, Andrew John Blight, Johnson MP, Edwards MD
Aquaculture Environment Interactions 2016 vol. 8 pp. 157-169
The influence of water motion on the growth rate of the kelp Laminaria digitata Louise Kregting, Andrew John Blight, Björn Elsäßer, Graham Savidge
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 2016 vol. 478 pp. 86-95
There are no whole truths in meta-analyses: all their truths are half truths Devin a. Lyons, Christos Arvanitidis, Andrew John Blight, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Tamar Guy-Haim, Jonne Kotta, Ana M. Queirós, Gil Rilov, Paul J. Somerfield, Tasman P. Crowe
Global Change Biology 2016 vol. 22 pp. 968-971
Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection T. J. Bouma, J. van Belzen, T. Balke, Z. C. Zhu, L. Airoldi, Andrew John Blight, A. J. Davies, C. Galvan, S. J. Hawkins, S. P. G. Hoggart, J. L. Lara, I. J. Losada, M. Maza, B. Ondiviela, M. W. Skov, E. M. Strain, R. C. Thompson, S. L. Yang, B. Zanuttigh, L. Q. Zhang, P. M. J. Herman
Coastal Engineering 2014 vol. 87 pp. 147-157
Macroalgal blooms alter community structure and primary productivity in marine ecosystems D. A. Lyons, C. Arvanitidis, Andrew John Blight, E. Chatzinikolaou, T. Guy-Haim, J. Kotta, H. Orav-Kotta, A. M. Queiros, G. Rilov, P. J. Somerfield, T. P. Crowe
Global Change Biology 2014 vol. 20 pp. 2712-2724
The influence of water motion on the growth rate of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea Louise Kregting, Andrew John Blight, Bjorn Elsaeser, Graham Savidge
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 2013 vol. 448 pp. 337
Development of a methodology for the quantitative assessment of Ireland's inshore kelp resource Andrew John Blight, Robert Foster-Smith, Ian Sotheran, Jack Egerton, Rob McAllen, Graham Savidge
Intertidal molluscan and algal species richness around the UK coast Andrew John Blight, A. Louise Allcock, Christine A. Maggs, Mark P. Johnson
Marine Ecology Progress Series 2009 vol. 396 pp. 235-243
Epibiont species richness varies between holdfasts of a northern and a southerly distributed kelp species Andrew John Blight, R. C. Thompson
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2008 vol. 88 pp. 469-475

Contact Details:

Dr Andrew Blight
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

tel: 01334 463483


Sediment Ecology Research Group
School of Biology
Scottish Oceans Institute

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Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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