Prof David Paterson

Prof David Paterson
Executive Director of MASTS:
The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland


Research on the ecology and dynamics of coastal and estuarine systems. I am interested in the biodiversity and functional ecology and dynamics of coastal systems: the so-called biodiversity/ecosystem function debate (BEF). This includes research into the primary productivity of marine microbes (microbial mats and biofilms). The resiliance of coastal systems in the face of global change, their funtional variability and the services they provide are key areas of investigation. Part of my interest in ecosystem function includes the interdisciplinary study of "biogenic stabilisation", defined as an increase in the critical threshold force for sediment re-suspension brought about by biological activity and have recently developed a magnetic particle induction technique to measure the adhesive nature of natural surfaces (MagPI) I have also developed techniques to measure the stability of sediments in situ and other methods to allow microspatial discrimination (100 um scale) of the physical (density, porosity, mineralogy) and biological (pigments, organics, polymeric substances, microbes) properties of cohesive sediments. As a group, we use low-temperature scanning electron microscopy for the structural analysis of sediments. In cooperation with other groups, I have been involved with: The modelling of biogenic effects on sediment erosion and transport; light climate and primary productivity in cohesive sediments using PAM fluorescence; light microsensor systems; the influence of pigment distribution of spectral reflectance properties of sediments; and the potential of using remote sensing of reflectance data for the modelling of biomass distribution on coastal systems.

source: symbiosis


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Chen, XD, Zhang, CK, Paterson, DM, Thompson, CEL, Townend, IH, Gong, Z, Zhou, Z & Feng, Q 2017, 'Hindered erosion: the biological mediation of noncohesive sediment behavior' Water Resources Research, vol Early View. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR020105
Wyness, AJ, Paterson, DM, Defew, EC, Avery, L & Stutter, M 2017, 'THE EFFECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND SEDIMENT CHARACTERISTICS ON THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL DISTRIBUTION OF E. COLI IN INTERTIDAL SEDIMENTS' Federation of European Microbiological Societies 2017, Valencia, Spain, 9/07/17 - 13/07/17, .
Watson, SCL, Paterson, DM, Queirós, AM, Rees, AP, Stephens, N, Widdicombe, S & Beaumont, NJ 2016, 'A conceptual framework for assessing the ecosystem service of waste remediation: in the marine environment' Ecosystem Services, vol 20, pp. 69-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.06.011
Parsons, DR, Schindler, RJ, Hope, JA, Malarkey, J, Baas, JH, Peakall, J, Manning, AJ, Ye, L, Simmons, S, Paterson, DM, Aspden, RJ, Bass, SJ, Davies, AG, Lichtman, ID & Thorne, PD 2016, 'The role of biophysical cohesion on subaqueous bed form size' Geophysical Research Letters, vol Early View, pp. 1-8. DOI: 10.1002/2016GL067667
Paterson, DM, Kenworthy, JM & Hope, JA 2016, . Form, function and physics: The ecology of biogenic stabilisation. in S Wieprecht (ed.), River sedimentation : Proc 13th International symposium of river sedimentation. CRC Press, pp. 3-8.
Hyder, K, Rossberg, AG, Allen, JI, Austen, MC, Barciela, RM, Bannister, HJ, Blackwell, PG, Blanchard, JL, Burrows, MT, Defriez, E, Dorrington, T, Edwards, KP, Garcia-Carreras, B, Heath, MR, Hembury, DJ, Heymans, JJ, Holt, J, Houle, JE, Jennings, S, Mackinson, S, Malcolm, SJ, McPike, R, Mee, L, Mills, DK, Montgomery, C, Pearson, D, Pinnegar, JK, Pollicino, M, Popova, EE, Rae, L, Rogers, SI, Speirs, D, Spence, MA, Thorpe, R, Turner, RK, van der Molen, J, Yool, A & Paterson, DM 2015, 'Making modelling count - increasing the contribution of shelf-seas community and ecosystem models to policy development and management' Marine Policy, vol 61, pp. 291-302. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.07.015
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
Costello, MJ, Archambault, P, Chavanich, S, Miloslavich, P, Paterson, DM, Phang, S-M, Sousa Pinto, I, Pierrot-Bults, A, Song, S, Soto, EH, Stenseth, NC, Molodtsova, TN & Thorndyke, M 2015, 'Organizing, supporting and linking the world marine biodiversity research community' Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. DOI: 10.1017/S0025315414001969
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
Hubas, C, Jesus, B, Ruivo, M, Meziane, T, Thiney, N, Davoult, D, Spilmont, N, Paterson, DM & Jeanthon, C 2013, 'Proliferation of purple sulphur bacteria at the sediment surface affects intertidal mat diversity and functionality' PLoS One, vol 8, no. 12, e82329. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082329
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
Lubarsky, H, Gerbersdorf, SU, Hubas, CRR, Behrens, S, Ricciardi, F & Paterson, DM 2012, 'Impairment of the bacterial biofilm stability by triclosan' PLoS One, vol 7, no. 4, e31183. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031183
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. DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-3799-2
Stolz, JF, Reid, RP, Visscher, PT, Decho, AW, Norman, RS, Aspden, RJ, Bowlin, EM, Franks, J, Foster, JS, Paterson, DM, Przekop, KM, Underwood, GJC & Prufert-Bebout, L 2009, 'The microbial communities of the modern marine stromatolites at Highborne Cay, Bahamas' Atoll Research Bulletin, pp. 1-28.
Paterson, DM, Aspden, RJ & Black, KS 2009, Intertidal Flats: Ecosystem Functioning of Soft Sediment Systems. in GME Perillo, E Wolanski, DR Cahoon & MM Brinson (eds), Coastal Wetlands: An Integrated Ecosystem Approach . Elsevier, pp. 317-338.
Boa-De-Jesus, BM, Brotas, V, Ribeiro, L, Mendes, CR, Cartaxana, P & Paterson, DM 2009, 'Adaptations of microphytobenthos assemblages to sediment type and tidal position' Continental Shelf Research, vol 29, no. 13, pp. 1624-1634. DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2009.05.006
Bulling, MT, Solan, M, Dyson, KE, Hernandez-Milian, G, Luque, P, Pierce, GJ, Raffaelli, D, Paterson, DM & White, PCL 2008, 'Species effects on ecosystem processes are modified by faunal responses to habitat composition' Oecologia, vol 158, no. 3, pp. 511-520. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-008-1160-5

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Prof David Paterson
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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Sediment Ecology Research Group
School of Biology
Scottish Oceans Institute
Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland

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The Secretary
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