Dr Rebecca Kinnear (ne Aspden)

Dr Rebecca Kinnear (ne Aspden)
SOTEAG Executive Officer


General Information

My role is to manage the Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group.

For more than three decades, SOTEAG has continued to look after the interests of the environment around Shetland’s Sullom Voe Terminal and Port. It is recognised globally as a pioneering, world-class model of integrated coastal management based on its independent scientific monitoring and expert advice.

Today, SOTEAG’s role remains both relevant and essential – not only to assure the preservation of Sheltand’s natural heritage, but also to share with the rest of the world its experience of environmentally responsible industrial activity in a distinctive cultural setting and sensitive natural environment.

Please browse our website to find out more about SOTEAG and the crucial monitoring work that is carried out:


Previously I was PDRA and Laboratory Manager for SERG. I have a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University St Andrews and a BSc in Coastal and Marine Ecology from the University Plymouth. During august 2000 I carried out an internship at the Alfred Wegner Institute in Sylt, Germany, studying the effects of a tube building polycheate reef on the sediment and faunal diversities within and surrounding it.
I worked for a marine and freshwater consultancy agency (Unicomarine Ltd) prior to joining SERG. During this time I was involved in the identification of invertebrate fauna found within samples taken for various projects. These contracts were undertaken for many different reasons including port development and dredging, coastal protection, fishery studies, and habitat surveys.

Publication record

Aspden, R. J., Vardy, S., Perkins, R.G., Davidson, I.R., Bates, R., and Paterson, D.M. 2004. The effects of clam fishing on the properties of surface sediments in the lagoon of Venice, Italy. Hydrology and Earth Systems Sciences, 8(2):160-169.

Aspden, R. J., Vardy, S., and Paterson, D.M. 2004. Salt Marsh Microbial Ecology: Microbes, Benthic Mats and Sediments Movement. The Ecogeomorphology of Tidal Marshes : Coastal and Estuarine Studies Series (AGU). Editors – Fagherazzi, S., Marani, M., and Blum, L.K.

F. Bulleri ; L. Benedetti-Cecchi ; M. Cusson ; E. Maggi ; F. Arenas ; R. J. Aspden ; I. Bertocci ; T. P. Crowe ; D. Davoult ; B. K. Eriksson ; S. Fraschetti ; C. Gollety ; J. N. Griffin ; S. R. Jenkins ; J. Kotta ; P. Kraufvelin ; M. Molis ; I. Sousa Pinto ; A. Terlizzi ; N. Valdivia ; D. M. Paterson. 2012. Temporal stability of European rocky shore assemblages: variation across a latitudinal gradient and the role of habitat-formers. Oikos, 121: 1801-1809.

Consalvey, M., Vardy, S., Aspden, R. J., Davidson, I. and Paterson, D.M. 2004. Two years in the life of the Eden Estuary: using a toolbox to assess change. Delivering sustainable coasts: connecting science and policy. Cambridge Publications. 355-360.

Crowe, T.P., Cusson, M., Bulleri, F., Davoult, D., Arenas F.,Aspden R.J., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., , Bevilacqua, S., , Davidson, I., Defew, E., , Fraschetti, S., , Golle´ ty, C., , Griffin, J.N., , Herkul, K., Kotta, J., Migne´, A., Molis, M., , Nicol, S.K., Noël, L.M-L.J., Sousa-Pinto, I., Valdivia, N., Vaselli, S., Jenkins, S.R. 2013. Large-Scale Variation in Combined Impacts of Canopy Loss and Disturbance on Community Structure and Ecosystem Functioning. PLoS One, 8(6): e66238.

Cusson, M., Crowe, T.P., Araújo, R., Arenas, F., Aspden R.J., Bulleri, F., Davoult, D., Dyson, K., Fraschetti, S., Herk?l, K., Hubas, C., Jenkins, S., Kotta, J., Kraufvelin, P., J., Migne´, A., Molis, M., Mulholland, O., Noël, L.M-L.J., Paterson, D.M., Saunders, J., Somerfield, P.J., 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, 98: 5-14.

Eckman, J.E., Andres, M.S., Marinelli, R.L., Bowlin, E., Reid, R.P., Aspden, R. J., and Paterson, D.M. 2008. Wave and sediment dynamics along a shallow subtidal sandy beach inhabited by modern stromatolites. Geobiology, 6: 22–32.

Heip, C., Hummel, H., van Avesaath, P., Arvanitidis, C., Aspden., R., Austen, M., Boero, F., Bouma, T.J., Boxshall, G., Bucholz, F., Crowe, T., Delaney, A., Deprez, T., Emblow, C., Feral, J.P., Gasol, J.M., Gooday, A., Hardy, J., Ianora, A., Kraberg, A., Mackenzie, B., Ojaveer, H., paterson, D., Rumohr, H., Schiedek, D., Sokolowski, A., Somerfield, P., Sousa Pinto, I., Vincx, M., Weslawski, J.M., Nash, R. 2009. Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning. ISSN 2009-2539.

Jonsson, P.R., van Duren, L.A., (Amielh, M., Asmus, R., Aspden, R.J., Daunys, D., Friedrichs, M., Friend, P.L., Olivier, F., Pope, N., Precht, E., Sauriau, P.G., and Schaaff, E. 2006. Making water flow: a comparison of the hydrodynamic characteristics of 12 different benthic biological flumes. Aquatic Ecology, 40 (4): 409-438.

Malarkey, J., Baas, J.H., Hope, J.A., Aspden, R.J., Parson, D.R., Peakall, J., Paterson, D.M., Schindler, R.J., Ye, L., Lichtman, I.D., Bass, S.J., Davies, A.G., Manning, A.J., Thorne, P.D. 2015, The Pervasive role of biological cohesion in bedform development. Doi: 10.1038/ncomms7257.

Parsons, D.R., R.J. Schindler, J.A. Hope, J. Malarkey, J.H. Baas, J. Peakall, A.J. Manning, L. Ye, S. Simmons, D.M. Paterson, R.J. Aspden, S.J. Bass, A.G. Davies, I.D. Lichtman and P.D. Thorne, 2016. The role of biophysical cohesion on subaqueous bed form size. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 1566-1573, doi: 10.1002/2016GL067667.

Paterson, D.M., Aspden, R. J., Visscher, P.T., Consalvey, M., Andres, M., Decho, A.W., Stolz, J., Reid, P.R. 2008. Light-Dependant Biostabilisation of Sediments by Stromatolite Assemblages. PLoS One; 3(9):e3176.

Schindler, R. J., Parsons, D. R., Ye, L., Hope, J. A., Baas, J. H., Peakall, J., Manning, A. J., Aspden, R. J., Malarkey, J., Simmons, S., Paterson, D. M., Lichtman, I. D., Davies, A. G., Thorne, P. D. & Bass, S. J. 2015. Sticky stuff: redefining bedform prediction in modern and ancient environments. Geology, pp339-402.

Stoltz, J.F., Reid, P.R., Visscher, P.T., Decho, A. W., Norman, R.S., Aspden, R. J., Bowlin, E., Franks, J., Foster, J.S.,. Paterson, D.M., Przekop, K.M., GRAHAM J.C. Underwood, G.J.C., and Prufert-Bebout, L. 2009. The microbial communities of the modern marine stromatolites at Highborne Cay, Bahamas. Atoll Research Bulletin, 567: 1-29.


Paterson, D. M., Aspden, R. J. & Reid, P. 2010. Biodynamics of Modern Marine Stromatolites, In:

Microbial Mats: Modern and Ancient Microorganisms in Stratified Systems: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. Seckbach, J. & Oren, A. (eds.). NY: Springer, Vol. 14, p. 223-235

Solan, M., Aspden, R.J., Paterson, D,M. 2012. Marine biodiversity futures and ecosystem functioning: frameworks, methodologies and integration. Oxford University Press.

Paterson, D.M., Aspden, R. J., and Black, K. 2009. Intertidal flats: Ecosytem functioning of soft sediment systems. In: Coastal Wetlands: An Integrated Ecosystem Approach. pp317-338. Elsevier Academic Press

Franks, J., Reid, R.P., Aspden, R.J., Underwood, G.J.C., Paterson, D.M., Prufert-Bebout, L., and Stoltz, J.F. 2010. Ooid Accreting Diatom Communities from the Modern Marine Stromatolites at Highborne Cay, Bahamas, In: Microbial Mats: Modern and Ancient Microorganisms in Stratified Systems: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology. Seckbach, J. & Oren, A. (eds.). NY: Springer, Vol. 14, p. 275-285.

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BioTIME Maria Dornelas, Laura H. Antão, Faye Helen Moyes, Amanda E. Bates, Anne Magurran, Dušan Adam, Asem A. Akhmetzhanova, Ward Appeltans, José Manuel Arcos, Narayanan Ayyappan, Gal Badihi, Andrew H. Baird, Miguel Maria Borges Da Costa Guint Barbosa, Tiago Egydio Barreto, Claus Bässler, Alecia Bellgrove, Jonathan Belmaker, Lisandro Benedetti-cecchi, Brian J. Bett, Anne D. Bjorkman, Magdalena Błażewicz, Shane A. Blowes, Christopher P. Bloch, Timothy C. Bonebrake, Susan Boyd, Matt Bradford, Andrew J. Brooks, James H. Brown, Helge Bruelheide, Phaedra Budy, Fernando Carvalho, Edward Castañeda-moya, Chaolun Allen Chen, John F. Chamblee, Tory J. Chase, Laura Siegwart Collier, Sharon K. Collinge, Richard Condit, Elisabeth J. Cooper, J. Hans C. Cornelissen, Unai Cotano, Shannan Kyle Crow, Gabriella Damasceno, Claire H. Davies, Robert A. Davis, Frank P. Day, Steven Degraer, Tim S. Doherty, Timothy E. Dunn, Giselda Durigan, J. Emmett Duffy, Dor Edelist, Graham J. Edgar, Robin Elahi, Sarah C. Elmendorf, Anders Enemar, S. K. Morgan Ernest, Rubén Escribano, Marc Estiarte, Brian S. Evans, Tung-yung Fan, Fabiano Turini Farah, Luiz Loureiro Fernandes, Fábio Z. Farneda, Alessandra Fidelis, Robert Fitt, Anna Maria Fosaa, Geraldo Antonio Daher Correa Franco, Grace E. Frank, William R. Fraser, Hernando García, Roberto Cazzolla Gatti, Or Givan, Elizabeth Gorgone-barbosa, William A. Gould, Corinna Gries, Gary D. Grossman, Julio R. Gutierréz, Stephen Hale, Mark E. Harmon, John Harte, Gary Haskins, Donald L. Henshaw, Luise Hermanutz, Pamela Hidalgo, Pedro Higuchi, Andrew Hoey, Gert Van Hoey, Annika Hofgaard, Kristen Holeck, Robert D. Hollister, Richard Holmes, Mia Hoogenboom, Chih-hao Hsieh, Stephen P. Hubbell, Falk Huettmann, Christine L. Huffard, Allen H. Hurlbert, Natália Macedo Ivanauskas, David Janík, Ute Jandt, Anna Jażdżewska, Tore Johannessen, Jill Johnstone, Julia Jones, Jungwon Kang, Tasrif Kartawijaya, Erin C. Keeley, Douglas A. Kelt, Rebecca Jane Kinnear, Kari Klanderud, Halvor Knutsen, Christopher C. Koenig, Alessandra R. Kortz, Kamil Král, Linda A. Kuhnz, Chao-yang Kuo, David J. Kushner, Claire Laguionie-marchais, Lesley T. Lancaster, Cheol Min Lee, Jonathan S. Lefcheck, Esther Lévesque, David Lightfoot, Francisco Lloret, John D. Lloyd, Adrià López-baucells, Maite Louzao, Joshua S. Madin, Borgþór Magnússon, Shahar Malamud, Iain McCombe Matthews, Kent P. Mcfarland, Brian Mcgill, Diane Mcknight, William O. Mclarney, Jason Meador, Peter L. Meserve, Daniel J. Metcalfe, Christoph F. J. Meyer, Anders Michelsen, Nataliya Milchakova, Tom Moens, Even Moland, Jon Moore, Carolina Mathias Moreira, Jörg Müller, Grace Murphy, Isla H. Myers-smith, Randall W. Myster, Andrew Naumov, Francis Neat, James A. Nelson, Michael Paul Nelson, Stephen F. Newton, Natalia Norden, Jeffrey C. Oliver, Esben M. Olsen, Vladimir G. Onipchenko, Krzysztof Pabis, Robert J. Pabst, Alain Paquette, Sinta Pardede, David Maxwell Paterson, Raphaël Pélissier, Josep Peñuelas, Alejandro Pérez-matus, Oscar Pizarro, Francesco Pomati, Eric Post, Herbert H. T. Prins, John C. Priscu, Pieter Provoost, Kathleen L. Prudic, Erkki Pulliainen, B. R. Ramesh, Andrew Rassweiler, Jose Eduardo Rebelo, Daniel C. Reed, Peter B. Reich, Suzanne M. Remillard, Anthony J. Richardson, J. Paul Richardson, Itai Van Rijn, Ricardo Rocha, Victor H. Rivera-monroy, Christian Rixen, Kevin P. Robinson, Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues, Denise De Cerqueira Rossa-feres, Lars Rudstam, Henry Ruhl, Catalina S. Ruz, Erica M. Sampaio, Nancy Rybicki, Andrew Rypel, Sofia Sal, Beatriz Salgado, Flavio A. M. Santos, Ana Paula Savassi-coutinho, Sara Scanga, Jochen Schmidt, Robert Schooley, Fakhrizal Setiawan, Kwang-tsao Shao, Gaius R. Shaver, Sally Sherman, Thomas W. Sherry, Jacek Siciński, Ana Carolina Da Silva, Fernando Rodrigues Da Silva, Fabio L. Silveira, Jasper Slingsby, Tracey Smart, Sara J. Snell, Nadejda A. Soudzilovskaia, Gabriel B. G. Souza, Flaviana Maluf Souza, Vinícius Castro Souza, Christopher D. Stallings, Rowan Stanforth, Emily H. Stanley, José Mauro Sterza, Maarten Stevens, Rick Stuart-smith, Yzel Rondon Suarez, Sarah Supp, Jorge Yoshio Tamashiro, Sukmaraharja Tarigan, Gary P. Thiede, Simon Thorn, Anne Tolvanen, Maria Teresa Zugliani Toniato, Ørjan Totland, Robert R. Twilley, Gediminas Vaitkus, Nelson Valdivia, Martha Isabel Vallejo, Thomas J. Valone, Carl Van Colen, Jan Vanaverbeke, Fabio Venturoli, Hans M. Verheye, Marcelo Vianna, Rui P. Vieira, Tomáš Vrška, Con Quang Vu, Lien Van Vu, Robert B. Waide, Conor Waldock, Dave Watts, Sara Webb, Tomasz Wesołowski, Ethan P. White, Claire E. Widdicombe, Dustin Wilgers, Richard Williams, Stefan B. Williams, Mark Williamson, Michael R. Willig, Trevor J. Willis, Sonja Wipf, Kerry D. Woods, Eric J. Woehler, Michael L. Zettler
Global Ecology and Biogeography 2018 vol.27 pp.760-786
Relationships between biodiversity and the stability of marine ecosystems M. Cusson, T.P. Crowe, R. Arau´jo, F. Arenas, Rebecca Jane Kinnear, F. Bulleri, D. Davoult, S. Fraschetti, K. Herku¨l, Cedric Roger Rene Hubas, S. Jenkins, J. Kotta, P. Kraufvelin, A. Migne´, M. Molis, O. Mulholland, L.M.-L.J. Noe¨l, David Maxwell Paterson, P.J. Somerfield, I. Sousa-Pinto, N. Spilmont, A. Terlizzi, L. Benedetti-Cecchi
Journal of Sea Research 2014
Large-scale variation in combined impacts of canopy loss and disturbance on community structure and ecosystem functioning Tasman P. Crowe, Mathieu Cusson, Fabio Bulleri, Dominique Davoult, Francisco Arenas, Rebecca Jane Kinnear, Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi, Stanislao Bevilacqua, Emma Clare Defew, Simonetta Fraschetti, Claire Gollety, John N. Griffin, Kristjan Herkuel, Jonne Kotta, Aline Migne, Markus Molis, Sophie K. Nicol, Laure M-L J. Noel, Isabel Sousa Pinto, Nelson Valdivia, Stefano Vaselli, Stuart R. Jenkins
PLoS One 2013 vol.8
Light-dependant biostabilisation of sediments by stromatolite assemblages David Maxwell Paterson, Rebecca Jane Kinnear, P T Visscher, M Consalvey, M Andres, A W Decho, J Stolz, P R Reid
PLoS One 2008 vol.3 pp.e3176

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Dr Rebecca Kinnear (ne Aspden)
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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Shetland Oil Terminal Environmental Advisory Group
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