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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Recent publications

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2018 (3)
Global Change Biology
vol.24 pp.906-924
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 
Keywords: Alien, Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, Biological diversity, Decomposition, Ecosystem engineers, Invasive, Nutrient flux, Primary production, Sedimentation, Systematic review
2018 (10)
Journal of Sea Research
vol.140 pp.52-58
The world is their oyster
C. Guy, Andrew John Blight, D. Smyth, D. Roberts 
Keywords: Invasive species, Epibiota, Biodiversity
2017 (11)
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
vol.97 pp.1479-1482
Journal of Biogeography
vol.43 pp.111-122
2016 (25/2)
Aquaculture Environment Interactions
vol.8 pp.157-169
2016 (5)
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
vol.478 pp.86-95
The influence of water motion on the growth rate of the kelp Laminaria digitata
Louise Kregting, Andrew John Blight, Björn Elsäßer, Graham Savidge 
Keywords: Hydrodynamics, Light, Macroalgae, Nutrients, Productivity
2016 (3)
Global Change Biology
vol.22 pp.968-971
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 
2014 (5)
Coastal Engineering
vol.87 pp.147-157
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 
Keywords: Coastal protection , Intertidal ecosystems, Ecology, Salt marshes, Biogenic reefs, Seagrass sea-level rise, Posidonia-oceanica, Ecosystem services, Wave attenuation, Coral-reefs, Catastrophic shifts, Seagrass ecosystems, Mangrove forests, Spartina-anglica
Global Change Biology
vol.20 pp.2712-2724
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 
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
vol.448 pp.337
The influence of water motion on the growth rate of the kelp Laminaria hyperborea
Louise Kregting, Andrew John Blight, Bjorn Elsaeser, Graham Savidge 

(Commissioned report)
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 
Marine Ecology Progress Series
vol.396 pp.235-243
Intertidal molluscan and algal species richness around the UK coast
Andrew John Blight, A. Louise Allcock, Christine A. Maggs, Mark P. Johnson 
2008 (5)
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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

tel: +44 (0) 1334 463472
fax: +44 (0) 1334 463443