Dr Alan Jamieson

Senior Lecturer

Dr Alan Jamieson

Contact Details

Telephone: +44 (0)1224 274410
Email: a.jamieson@abdn.ac.uk
Address: Room F01 Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Main Street, Newburgh, Aberdeenshire AB41 6AA


My research interests are centred around the biological exploration of the deep sea and associated technology with an emerging interest in simulating extreme marine environments in laboratory conditions. My main focus is on exploring the Hadal Zone (6000-11,000 m). The hadal zone comprises deep trenches formed by tectonic subduction and centred mostly around the Pacific Rim. 

In 2007 I designed two hadal-rated landers, and in recent years designed and constructed another two.  These Hadal-landers  have now been deployed in the hadal trenches over 180 times over 13 cruises in seven trenches in the Pacific Ocean (Japan, Izu-Bonin, Mariana, New Hebrides, Kermadec, Tonga and Peru-Chile). Of these, over 120 deployments have been made using baited camera landers and the rest with various baited trap systems.

This work was achieved through the HADEEP 1 project (2006-2011; Nippon Foundation/NERC), HADEEP II (2010-2012; Total Foundation), HADEEP III (2012-2013; MASTS), HADEEP IV (2012-2015; Total Foundation), HADES-k (2012-2015; NSF) and HADES-m (2013-2015; SOI).  The latter two projects were an international collaboration, details of which can be found here.

I recently published a monograph on the hadal zone for Cambridge University Press that can be found here.  This book also featured an endorsement from film director and explorer James Cameron who called the book "The most comprehensive book yet written on the mysteries of the ocean's deepest places, written by one of its best explorers".

The highlights of this research so far have been unequivocally proving that decapods do exist in the trenches, filming of the deepest fish seen alive in 2008 (Click here) and again in 2014 (Click here), filming the deepest fish in the southern hemisphere (Click here), having a hadal amphipod named after me (Click here) and finding the ‘supergiant’ amphipod in trenches and the southern hemisphere for the first time (Click here). More recently I was involved in the first biological exploration of the New Hebrides Trench (Click Here) and proving that fish are biochemically constrained from reaching full ocean depth (Click here). Check out some of the latest coverge from the Mariana Trench expedition on SOI's RV Falkor: BBC NewsNational Geographic , New Scientist , Science, Discovery

This trench research, namely through the HADES projects, has generated incredible public interest, culminating in millions of hits on our YouTube channel featuring the latest video from the deepest depths of the Mariana Trench (Click here).

This work has also gathered significant public interest which has led to various interesting public outreach endeavours ranging from Blue Peter (Click here) to the Filmic Art 3D Deep Ocean Experience Blu-Ray DVD, and various other news and media activities (see 'further info' tab).

In recent years I have been striving to bring to the laboratory conditions we typically find in the extreme deep sea, and already I have begun construction of a new NERC-funded high-pressure facility at Oceanlab called PolyExESS (Polyextremophile Environmental Simulation System) due for completion later in 2015.



Research Interests

Peer reviewed publications

Fujii, T. Jamieson A.J. (Submitted)Fine-scale monitoring of fish movements and multiple environmental parameters around a redundant offshore oil platform: a pilot study in the North Sea. Ocean Engineering.

Linley, T.D., Gerringer, M.E. Yancey, P.H., Drazen, J.C. Weinstock, C.L., Jamieson A.J. (accepted) Fishes of the hadal zone: New observations and updated assessment of hadal fishes and a new snailfish (Liparidae) seen at 8145 m in the Mariana Trench. Deep-Sea Research I

Lacey, N.C., Rowden, A.A., Clarke, M., Kilgallen, N.M., Linley, T., Mayor, D.J., Jamieson, A.J. (2016) Community structure and diversity of scavenging amphipods from bathyal to hadal depths in three South Pacific trenches. Deep-Sea Research I. 111, 121-137.

Ritchie, H., Jamieson, A.J., Piertney, S.B. (2016) Isolation and characterisation of microsatellite DNA markers in the deep sea amphipod Paralicella tenuipes by Illumina Miseq sequencing. Journal of heredity. p.esw019.

Eustace, R.M., Kilgallen, N.M., Ritchie, H., Piertney, S.B., Jamieson, A.J. (2016) Morphological and ontogenetic stratification of abyssal and hadal Eurythenes gryllus (Amphipoda: Lysianassidae) from the Peru-Chile Trench. Deep-Sea Research I. 109, 91-98

Craig, J., Priede, I.G., Aguzzi, J., Company, J.B., Jamieson, A.J. (2015) Abundant bioluminescent sources of low-light intensity in the deep Mediterranean Sea and North Atlantic Ocean.  Marine Biology. 8.162, 1637-1649

Ritchie, H., Jamieson, A.J., Kilgallen, N.M., Piertney, S.B. (2015) Phylogenetic relationships among hadal amphipods of the Superfamily Lysianassoidea: Implications for taxonomic revision and biogeographic distribution. Deep-Sea Research I. 105, 119-131.

Ichino, M.C., Clark, M.R., Drazen, J.C., Jamieson, A.J., Jones, D.O.B., Martin, A.P., Rowden, A.A., Shank, T.M., Yancey, P.H., Ruhl, H.A. (2015) The distribution of benthic biomass in hadal trenches: a modelling approach to investigate the effect of vertical and lateral organic matter transport to the seafloor.  Deep-Sea Research I. 100, 21-33.

Craig, J., Youngbluth, M., Jamieson, A.J., Priede, I.G. (2015) Near seafloor bioluminescence, macrozooplankton and macroparticles at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.  Deep-Sea Research I, 98, 62-75.

Yancey, P.H., Gerringer, M.E., Drazen. J.C., Rowden, A.A., Jamieson, A.J. (2014) Marine fish may biochemically constrained from inhabiting deepest ocean depths. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 111(12), 4461-4465.

Amon, D.J., Copley, J.T., Dahlgren, T.G., Jamieson, A.J., Smith, C.R., Wiklund, H., Glover, A.G. (2014) Three new species and an expansion of range for the genus Osedax (Annelida: Siboglinidae) in the deep Antarctic. Zoologica Scripta. 43(4), 405-417.

Fujii, T., Kilgallen, N.M., Rowden, A.A., Jamieson, A.J. (2013) Amphipod community structure across abyssal to hadal depths in the Peru-Chile and the Kermadec Trenches. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 492: 125-138.

Jeffreys, R.M., Burke, C., Jamieson, A.J., Narayanaswamy, B., Ruhl, H.A., Smith, K.L., Witte, U. (2013) Feeding preferences of abyssal macrofauna infered from in situ pulse chase experiments.  PLOS One, 8(11): e80510

Cousins, N.J., Linley, T., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., Blades, H., Box, T., Chambers, R., Ford, A., Shields, M.A., Priede, I.G. (2013) Bathyal Demersal Fishes of Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone region (49°-54°N) of the Mid Atlantic Ridge: II. Baited camera lander observations. Deep-Sea Research II, 98, 397-406.

Blanco, R., Shields, M.A., Jamieson, A.J. (2013) Macrofouling of deep-sea instrumentation after three years at 3690 m depth in the Charlie Gibbs Fracture Zone, Mid-Atlantic Ridge, with emphasis on hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa).  Deep-Sea Research II, 98, 370-373.

Eustace, R.M., Kilgallen, N.M., Lacey, N.C., Jamieson, A.J. (2013) Population structure of the hadal amphipod Hirondellea gigas from the Izu-Bonin Trench (NW Pacific; 8173-9316 m). Journal of Crustacean Biology, 33 (6), 793-801.

Søreide, F. & Jamieson, A.J. (2013) Ultradeep-sea exploration in the Puerto Rico Trench. Proceedings of the Oceans '13, MTS/IEEE, San Diego, 1-4.

Glover, A.G., Wiklund, H., Taboada, S., Avila, C., Smith, C.R., Kemp, K.M., Jamieson, A.J., Dahlgren, T.G. (2013) Bone-eating worms from the Antarctic: the contrasting fate of whale and wood remains on the Southern Ocean seafloor. Proceedings of the Royal Society Part B, 280, 20131390.

Jamieson, A.J., Lacey, N.C., Lörz, A-N., Rowden, A.A., Piertney, S.B. (2013) The supergiant amphipod Alicella gigantea (Crustacea: Alicellidae) from hadal depths in the Kermadec Trench, SW Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Research II. 92, 107-113

Lacey, N.C., Jamieson, A.J., Søreide, F. (2013) Successful capture of ultradeep sea animals from the Puerto Rico Trench. Sea Technology, 54(3) 19-21.

KM3NeT Collaboration. (2013) Expansion cone for the 3-inch PMTs of the KM3NeT optical modules. Journal of Instrumentation 8, (03): T03006.

Adrián-Martínez, S., et al [KM3NeT Collaboration]. (2013). Detection potential of the KM3NeT detector for high-energy neutrinos from the Fermi bubbles. Astroparticle Physics, 42, 7-14.

Hunter, W.R., Jamieson, A.J., Huvenne, V.A.I., Witte, U. (2012) Sediment community responses to marine vs. terrigenous organic matter in a submarine canyon. Biogeosciences Discussions, 9 11331-11374.

Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Priede, I.G. (2012) Locomotory activity and feeding strategy of the  hadal munnopsid isopod Rectisura cf. herculea (Crustacea: Asellota) in the Japan Trench. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215, 3010-3017.

Aguzzi, J., Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Sbragaglia, V., Costa, C., Menesatti, P., Fujiwara, Y. (2012) Shifting feeding behaviour of deep-sea buccinid gastropods at natural and simulated food falls. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 458, 247-253.

Jamieson, A.J., Yancey, P.H. (2012) On the validity of the Trieste flatfish; dispelling the myth.  Biological Bulletin, 222, 171-175.

Jamieson, A.J., Priede, I.G., Craig, J. (2012) Distinguishing between the abyssal macrourids Coryphaenoides yaquinae and C. armatus from in situ photography. Deep-Sea Research, 64, 78-85.

Jamieson, A.J.,  Lörz, A-N.,  Fujii, T., Priede,I.G. (2012)  In situ observations of trophic behaviour and locomotion of princaxelid amphipods (Crustacea, Pardaliscidae) at hadal depths in four West Pacific Trenches. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 91 (1) 143-150.

Jamieson, A.J., Gebruk, A., Fujii, T., Solan, M.,  (2011)  Functional effects of the hadal sea cucumber Elpidia atakama (Holothuroidea, Elasipodida) reflect small scale patterns of resource availability.  Marine Biology.158, (12), 2695-2703.

Jamieson, A.J. (2011). Ecology of Deep Oceans: Hadal Trenches. In: Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0023606.

Craig, J, Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M. Priede, I.G.(2011) Naturally occuring bioluminescence on the deep-sea floor.  Journal of Marine Systems. 88, 563-567.

Bagley, P.M., et al., [KM3NeT Collaboration]. (2011) KM3NeT Technical Design Report for a Deep-Sea Research Infrastructure in the Mediterranean Sea Incorporating a Very Large Volume Neutrino Telescope, Technical Report, [ISBN:978-90-6488-033-9].

Jamieson, A.J., T. Fujii (2011) Trench Connection.  Biology Letters,7; 641-643. 

Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Bagley, P.M., Priede, I.G. (2011). Scavenging interactions between the deepwater eel Synaphobranchus kaupii and the Portuguese dogfish Centroscymnus coelolepisJournal of Fish Biology, 79, 205-216.

Wolff, G.A.,Billett,D.S.M., Bett, B.J., Holtvoeth,J., FitzGeorge-Balfour, T., Fisher, E.H., Cross, I., Shannon, R., Salter, I., Boorman, B., King, N.J., Jamieson, A.J., Chaillan, F. (2011) The Effects of Natural Iron Fertilisation on Deep-Sea Ecology: The Crozet Plateau, Southern Indian Ocean. PLOS One 6(6): e20697. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0020697

Jamieson, A.J., Kilgallen, N.M., Rowden, A.A., Fujii, T., Horton, T., Lörz, A-N., Kitazawa, K., Priede, I.G. (2011) Bait-attending fauna of the Kermadec Trench, SW Pacific Ocean: evidence for an ecotone across the abyssal-hadal transition zone. Deep-Sea Research I 58, 49-62.

Craig, J., Jamieson, A.J., Hutson, R., Zuur, A.F. & Priede, I.G. (2010) Factors influencing the abundance of deep pelagic bioluminescent zooplankton in the Mediterranean Sea. Deep-Sea Research I. 57, 1474-1484.

Craig, J., Jamieson A.J., Bagley, P.M. & Priede, I.G. (2010) Seasonal variation of deep-sea bioluminescence in the Ionian Sea. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, doi:10.1016/j.nima.2010.04.074.

Fujii, T., Jamieson, A.J., Solan, M., Bagley, P.M. & Priede, I.G. (2010)A large aggregation of liparids at 7703 m depth and a reappraisal of the abundance and diversity of hadal fish. BioScience, 60(7), 506-515.

Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Mayor, D.J., Solan, M. & Priede, I.G. (2010) Hadal Trenches: the ecology of the deepest places on Earth.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 25(3), 190-197.

Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Solan, M. & Priede, I.G. (2009) HADEEP: Free-falling landers to the deepest places on Earth.  Marine Technology Society Journal, 43(5), 151-159.

Jamieson, A.J., Solan, M. & Fujii, T. (2009) Imaging deep-sea life beyond the abyssal zone.  Sea Technology, 50(3), 41-46.

Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Solan, M., Matsumoto, A.K., Bagley, P.M. & Priede, I.G. (2009) First findings of decapod crustacea in the hadal-zone.  Deep-Sea Research I, 56, 641-647.

Jamieson, A.J., Fujii, T., Solan, M., Matsumoto, A.K., Bagley, P.M. & Priede, I.G. (2009) Liparid and Macrourid fishes of the hadal zone: In situ observations of activity and feeding behaviour.  Proceedings of the Royal Society Part B, 276, 1037-1045.

Craig, J., Jamieson, A.J., Heger, A. & Priede, I.G. (2009) Distribution of bioluminescent organisms in the Mediterranean Sea and predicted effects on a deep-sea neutrino telescope. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 602, 224-226.

Priede, I.G., Jamieson, A.J., Heger, A., Craig, J. & Zuur, A.F. (2008) The potential influence of bioluminescence from marine animals on a deep-sea underwater neutrino telescope array in the Mediterranean sea. Deep Sea Research I, 55, 1474-1483.

Bell, E.,Apitz, S.E., Breuer, E.Damgaard, L., Gilbert, F., Glud, R.N., Hall, P., Jamieson, A.J., Kershaw, P., Lansard, B., Nickell, L., Parker, R., Rabouille, C., Shimmeild, G., Solan, M., Soltwedel, T., Spagnoli, F., Staahl, H., Tengberg, A., Walpersdorf, E., & Witte, U. (2008) Integrating New Technologies for the Study of Benthic Ecosystems Response to Human Activity: Towards a Coastal Ocean Benthic Observatory (COBO). Proceedings of the Italian Association of Oceanology and Limnology, 19, Part 1: 73-78.

King, N.J., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M. & Priede, I.G. (2008).  Deep-sea scavenging demersal fish fauna of the Nazaré Canyon system, Iberian coast, Northeast Atlantic Ocean.  Journal of Fish Biology, 72, 1804–1814.

Kemp, K.M., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., Collins, M.A. & Priede, I.G. (2008). A new technique for periodic bait release at a deep-sea camera platform: First results from the Charlie–Gibbs Fracture Zone, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Deep Sea Research II, 55(1-2), 218-228.

Worall, M.G., Jamieson, A.J., Holford, A.E., Neilson, R.D, Player, M.A. & Bagley, P.M (2007). A variable buoyancy system for deep ocean vehicles, Oceans 2007 – Europe 1-6, ISBN: 978-1-4244-0635-7.

Heger, A., King, N.J., Wigham, B.D. Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., Priede, I.G. & Pfannkuche, O. (2007). Bioluminescent aggregations of Vargula norvegica (Ostracoda) at artificial food falls at 1000m depth in carbonate mound provinces of the NE Atlantic. Marine Biology, 151(4), 1471-1478.

Gillibrand, E.J.V., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., Zuur, A.F. & Priede, I.G. (2007). Seasonal development of a deep pelagic bioluminescent layer in the temperate northeast Atlantic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 341, 37-44.

Bailey D.M., Wagner, H-J., Jamieson, A.J., Ross, M.F. & Priede, I.G. (2007). A taste of the deep-sea: the roles of olfactory, gustatory and tactile searching behaviour by the deep-sea grenadier fish Coryphaenoides armatus. Deep Sea Research I, 54, 99-108.

Worall, M.G., Bagley, P.M., Jamieson, A.J., Holford, A.E., Player, M.A. & Neilson, R.D. (2006) The development of a variable buoyancy system. Proceedings of the Worlds Maritime Technology Conference, IMarEST.

Jamieson, A.J., Godø, O.R., Bagley, P.M., Partridge, J.C. & Priede, I.G. (2006). Illumination of trawl gear by mechanically stimulated bioluminescence.   Fisheries Research, 81, 276-282.

Gillibrand, E.J.V., Bagley P.M., Jamieson, A.J., Herring, P.J., Partridge, J.C., Collins, M.A., Milne, R. & Priede, I.G. (2007). Deep Sea Benthic Bioluminescence at Artificial Food falls, 1000 to 4800m depth, in the Porcupine Seabight and Abyssal Plain, North East Atlantic Ocean.  Marine Biology, 150, 1053-1060.

Jamieson A.J., Bailey, D.M., Wagner, H-J., Bagley, P.M. & Priede, I.G. (2006). Behavioural responses to structures on the seafloor by the deep-sea fish Coryphaenoides armatus: Implications for the use of baited landers.  Deep Sea Research I, 53, 1157-1166.

Kemp, K.M., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., McGrath, H., Bailey, D.M., Collins, M.A., & Priede, I.G. (2006). Consumption of a large bathyal food fall, a six month study in the north-east Atlantic. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 310, 65-76.

Jamieson, A.J. & Bagley, P.M. (2005). The ROBIO and DOBO landers: Deep-sea biodiversity surveys in areas of anthropogenic activity. Sea Technology, 46(1), 54-57.

Bailey, D.M., Bagley, P.M., Jamieson, A.J., Cromarty, A., Collins, M.A., Tselepidis, A. &. Priede, I.G. (2005). Life in a warm deep sea: routine activity and burst swimming performance of the shrimp Acanthephyra eximia in the abyssal Mediterranean.  Marine Biology, 146, 1199-1206.

Bailey D.M., Genard, B., Collins, M.A., Rees, J-F., Unsworth, S.K., Battle, E.J.V., Bagley, P.M., Jamieson, A.J. & Priede, I.G. (2005). High swimming and metabolic activity in the deep-sea eel Synaphobranchus kaupii revealed by integrated in situ and in vitro measurements. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 78, 335-346.

Bagley P.M., Priede, I.G., Jamieson, A.J., Bailey, D.M., Battle, E.J.V., Henriques, C. & Kemp, K.M. (2005). Lander techniques for deep ocean biological research. Underwater Technology, 26(1), 3-11.

Bailey, D.M., Bagley, P.M., Jamieson, A.J., Collins, M.A. & Priede, I.G. (2003). In situ investigation of burst swimming and muscle performance in the deep-sea fish Antimora rostrata (Günther, 1878), Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 285-286, 295-311

Bailey, D.M., Jamieson, A.J., Bagley, P.M., Collins, M.A. & Priede, I.G. (2002). Measurement of in situ oxygen consumption of deep-sea fish using an autonomous lander vehicle, Deep-Sea Research, 49, 1519-1529


Jamieson, A.J. (2015) The Hadal Zone: Life in the Deepest Oceans. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp 372. ISBN 978-1-107-01674-3

Book Chapters

Jamieson, A.J., Boorman, B. & Jones, D.O.B. (2013) Deep-Sea Sampling.  In: Methods for the Study of Marine Benthos (Eds. A. Eleftheriou) 4th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN: 978-0-470-67086-6

Jamieson, A.J. (In press) Landers: baited cameras and traps. In: Biological Sampling in the Deep Sea (Eds. M. Clarke, M. Consalvey), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.


Bagley, P.M., Jamieson, A.J. & Player, M. (2003). A buoyancy control system.  Patent application No.0319812.4. Filed 22-AUG-03, Ablett and Stebbing, London, UK.

Other papers featuring HADEEP samples:

  • Kilgallen, N.M. (2014) Marine Biology Research, doi: 10.1080/17451000.2014.889309
  • Stein, D.L. (2012) Zootaxa, 3588, 1-54.
  • Lörz, A-N., et al (2012) PLoS ONE 7(3): e32365.
  • Lörz, A.-N. (2010) Zoologica baetica 21: 65-84
  • Lörz, A.-N. (2010) Zootaxa 2482, 22–48.

Research Expeditions:

  1. RRS Discovery D252 (UK) - (2001) NE Atlantic - (AUDOS, ROBIO, FRESP, ISIT landers)
  2. RRS Discovery D255 (UK) -  (2001) NE Atlantic -  (AUDOS, DOBO, FRESP, ISIT landers)
  3. RRS Discovery D260 (UK) -  (2002) NE Atlantic -  (SPRINT, DOBO, FRESP, ISIT landers)
  4. RV Philia (Greece) -  (2002) E. Mediterranean - (SPRINT, FRESP Landers)
  5. RRS Discovery D266 (UK)  - (2002) NE Atlantic -  (SPRINT, DOBO, FRESP, ISIT landers)
  6. RV Johan Hjort (Norway) - (2002) Norwegian Fjords - (SPRINT lander, ISIT/CTD profiler)
  7. GG9  (France)  - (2004) W. Mediterranean - (ISIT lander profiling)
  8. FS Meteor M61-1 (Germany) - (2004) NE Atlantic  - (ROBIO,ISIT/GEOMAR Lander)
  9. GG9(France)-  (2004) W. Mediterranean - (ISIT lander profiling)
  10. MV Veracious II (UK) - (2004) North Sea - (ROBIO lander, Trawl processing)
  11. RRS Discovery D285T (UK) - (2004) NE Atlantic -  (DOBO lander)
  12. RV G.O. Sars (Norway) - (2004) Norwegian Fjords  - (ROBIO/ES, ISIT-CAM)
  13. RV New Horizon  (USA) - (2005) NE Pacific - (SPRINT lander, Fish Trap)
  14. FRV Scotia (UK) - (2005) North Sea  - (ROBIO lander)
  15. Helsingør harbour (Denmark) - (2005) -  (SPI camera)
  16. RRS Discovery D297 (UK)  - (2005) NE Atlantic  - (ROBIO, DOSOL Landers)
  17. RV Thompson TN187 (USA) - (2005) NE Pacific - (BICS) [w/ JASON2 ROV]
  18. RRS Discovery D300 (UK)  - (2005/06) Southern Ocean - (ROBIO, FRESP Landers)
  19. RV Seol Mara (UK) -  (2006) Loch Creran, UK - (SPI camera)
  20. Crest (UK) -  (2006) Shetland, UK - (SPI camera, Day Grab)
  21. RV Seol Mara / Calanus (UK) - (2006) Loch Creran, UK - (SPI camera, KALLE lander)
  22. FRV Scotia 1406S (UK) - (2006) NE Atlantic -  (Trap lander, trawl sampling)
  23. FS Meteor M70-1 (Germany) - (2006) Mediterranean - (ISIT profiling, CTD)
  24. RV Aegaeo (Greece) - (2007) E. Mediterranean - (ISIT profiling, CTD)
  25. RRS James Cook 10 leg 2 (UK) - (2007) NE Atlantic - (AROBIC Chambers) [w/ ISIS ROV]
  26. FS Sonne 194 (Germany)  - (2007) SW Pacific  - (Hadal-lander A and B)
  27. RV Hakuho-Maru KH-07-3 (Japan) (2007) NW Pacific  -  (Hadal-lander A and B)
  28. RV Kairei KR-07-16 (Japan) - (2007) NW Pacific - (Hadal-lander A and B)
  29. RV Sea Trident (UK -  (2008) SE Atlantic - (ROBIO Lander)
  30. RV Lydia (Greece)  - (2008) E. Mediterranean - (DAVE Lander)
  31. RV Hakuho-Maru KH-08-01 (Japan) - (2008) NW Pacific -  (Hadal-lander A and B)
  32. RV Philia (Greece) - (2008) E. Mediterranean -  (DAVE lander) [w/MAX ROV]
  33. RV Tansei-Maru KT-09-02  (Japan) (2009) NW Pacific  -  (Hadal-lander A)
  34. RRS James Cook JC36 (UK) - (2009) NE Atlantic -  (AROBICS/TOCS/Spreaders) [w/ISIS ROV]
  35. RV Kaharoa KAH0910 (NZ) -  (2009) SW Pacific - (Hadal-lander A and B)
  36. RV Sonne SO209 (Germany) - (2010) SE Pacific - (Hadal-Lander B)
  37. RRS James Cook JC62  (UK) - (2011) NE Atlantic  (DAVE lander)
  38. RV Kaharoa KAH1109 (NZ) - (2011) SW Pacific - (Hadal-Lander B, LATIS)
  39. RV Kaharoa KAH1202 (NZ) - (2012) SW Pacific - (Hadal-Lander B, LATIS)
  40. RV Kaharoa KAH1301 (NZ) - (2013) SW Pacific - (Hadal-Lander, Latis, Fish Trap)
  41. RV Kaharoa KAH1310 (NZ) - (2013) SW Pacific - (Hadal-Lander, Trap, Abyssal-Lander)
  42. RV Thomas G. Thompson TN309 (US) - (2014) SW Pacific - (Hadal-Lander, Abyssal-Lander)
  43. RV Falkor FK141109 (US) - (2014) Central Pacific - (Hadal-Lander, Abyssal-Lander, Trap)
  44. FRV Scotia 0915S (UK) - (2015) Northeast Atlantic - (Abyssal Lander, DOBO)
  45. BIO Hesperides (ES) - (2015) Southern Ocean/Antarctica - (Abyssal-Lander)

Forthcoming research cruises

  1. FRS Scotia (UK)                                   (2016) NE Atlantic          (Abyssal-Lander, Whale bone lander)
  2. RV Shinyo-maru (Japan)                       (2017) C. Pacific            (Hadal-Lander)
  3. RV Sonne (Germany)                            (2017) Indian Ocean       (Hadal-Lander, Traps)


Research Grants

  • 2016: NERC (OGDIC) Automation of Marine Growth Analysis for Decommissioning Offshore Installations. Jamieson, AJ, Gormley, K. (Principal Investigator).
  • 2016: NERC Pressure adaptation in deep sea amphipods. Piertney, SB, Jamieson AJ, Douglas A.(Co-Investigator)
  • 2015. NERC (NBAF) Genetic Structure within and between hadal trenches in deep sea amphipods.  Jamieson, A.J., Douglas, A.  (Principal Investigator)
  • 2014. NERC (Capital asset call) PolyExESS: Polyextremophile Environmental Simulation System. Jamieson, AJ, Jaspars, M, Piertney, SB, Neilson, RN. £150,000 (Principal Investigator)
  • 2014. EU (EuroFleets2) PharmaDeep: New Pharmaceuticals from the deep Antarctic. Jamieson, AJ, Jaspars, M. + 8 European partners. (Principal Investigator)
  • 2014. MASTS. Anthropogenic contaminants at full ocean depth. Jamieson, AJ, Zhang, Z (Principal Investigator)
  • 2014. MASTS. Trench Connection Internship. Jamieson, A.J., Eustace, R.M. (Principal Investigator)
  • 2013. EU FP7. Fixed Point Open Ocean Observatories Network (FixO3). Lampitt, RS. et al, Aberdeen partners: Jamieson, AJ, Craig, J  (Co-Investigator)
  • 2013. Scottish Sensor Systems Centre (S3C) and AkerSolutions. Environmental Monitoring Observatory (eCON) Jamieson, AJ, Craig, J (Principal Investigator)
  • 2012. Total Foundation. Trench Connection. Jamieson, AJ, Piertney, SB, Clarke, MR, Duhamel, G  (Principal Investigator)
  • 2012. Schmidt Ocean Institute. Studying the ecology and geology of the Mariana Trench – the deepest place on Earth. Drazen, JC, Fryer, P, Yancey, PH, Shank, TM, Jamieson, AJ, Rowden, AA, Mayor, DJ, Ruhl, HA (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • 2011. NSF. Controls on hadal megafaunal community structure: a systematic examination of pressure, food supply and topography. Shank, TM, Bowen, AD, Drazen, JC, Yancey, PH, Clarke, MR, Jamieson, AJ, Mayor, DJ., Piertney, SB, Rowden, AA, Ruhl, HA  (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • 2011. MASTS.  Development of a deep sea holographic camera.  Watson, J, Jamieson, AJ, Burns N (Co-investigator)
  • 2011. Total Foundation.  Multi-disciplinary investigations of the deepest scavengers on Earth (7000-10,000m deep).  Jamieson, AJ, Piertney, SB, Fraser PJ.  (Principal Investigator)
  • 2010. European Commission. HERMIONE: Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man’s Impact on European seas.  Priede, IG, Witte, U, Bagley, PM, Jamieson AJ. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2008. European Commission.  Preparatory Phase for a DeepSeaFacility in the Mediterraneanfor Neutrino Astronomy and Associated Sciences (KM3NeT PP). Priede, IG., Bagley, PM., Jamieson, AJ. -  (Co-Investigator)
  • 2007.  NERC standard research grant, Life at extreme depth; fishes and scavenging fauna of the abyssal to hadal boundary. Priede, IG, Solan, M, Bagley, PM. Bailey, D.M., Jamieson AJ.  (Named Researcher)
  • 2006.Nippon Foundation (in collaboration with University of Tokyo). Nippon-UK Hadal Science and Education Partnership.  Priede, IG, Solan, M, Bagley, PM. Jamieson AJ (Co-Investigator)
  • 2005. BP.  DELOSContract.  Bagley, PM., Priede, IG., Sproule, D., Jamieson, AJ., Wigham, BD. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2004. BP. Pre DELOS Proposal Acquisition Contract. Bagley, PM., Priede, IG., Sproule, D., Jamieson, AJ., Wigham, BD. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2004: Support from The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation to form a UK-Japanese working group for developing a full ocean depth lander, Solan, M., Priede, IG., Jamieson, AJ. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2004. European Commission (STREP).  Integrating new technologies for the study of benthic ecosystem response to human activity: Towards a Coastal Ocean Benthic Observatory (COBO). Priede, IG., Bagley, PM, Solan, M., Jamieson, AJ. (Named Researcher)
  • 2004. Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Fund.  Variable Buoyancy Device.  Bagley, PM., Jamieson, AJ., Player, MA. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2003. University of Aberdeen Knowledge Transfer Grant.  Variable Buoyancy Device, market research and patent application.  Bagley, PM., Jamieson, AJ., Player, MA. (Co-Investigator)
  • 2003. Commercialization grant, University of Aberdeen for the development of the world’s deepest underwater camera system.  Solan, M., Jamieson, AJ., Bagley, PM., Priede, IG. (Co-Investigator)


Teaching Responsibilities


  • Course coordinator of the ZO4515/5509 Deep-Sea Environments (level 4/5); 16 x 2 h lectures, 1 x 8 h practical
  • Course coordinator of BI25Z4 Ocean Biology (level 2); 11 x 1h lectures, 4 x 3h practicals
  • lecture on BI1006 Organismal Biology; 1 x 1 h lecture
  • Personal Tutor
  • Biodiversity residential field trip; 6 x 1 days

Teaching responsibilites

  • Marine Biology Degree Programme coordinator
  • Member of the SBS teaching committee
  • Honorary Member of the Marine Biology Society

Current PhD students:

  • Thom Linley
  • Heather Ritchie 
  • Ibrahem Ben Amer
  • Amy Scott-Murray
  • Matteo Ichino (based at NOCS)

Former PhD Students:

  • Jessica Craig
  • Nichola Lacey


  • Iris Thomsen (2012), Fisheries Society of the British Isles
  • Gabriel Stefanelli Silva (2013) Science Without Borders
  • Ingrid Padovese Zwar (2013) Science Without Borders
  • Ryan Eustace (2015) MASTS

Relevant Training

University Lecturing, Managing Research Grants, Manual Handling, Overhead crane operation and slinging, Fork lift truck driving (<5 ton industrial counterbalance – LANTRA award), Personal Sea Survival Skills (RGIT Montrose), ENG1 offshore medical certificate,  Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training (OPITO approved),  Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET), (OPITO approved),  Emergency Breathing System (EBS) (OPITO approved),  Offshore fire fighting, (OPITO approved)

Public Outreach and Broader Impacts

Media publications featuring our Hadal work

  • Pennisi, E. (2015) Gelatinous sac gives deep-sea fish a swimmer’s body. ScienceMag, 7th January.
  • Ceurstemont, S. (2014) The Deepest Limits. New Scientist, December 6th, p 46-47.
  • Lee, J.J. (2012) Ocean's Deep, Dark Trenches to Get Their Moment in the Spotlight.  Science, 336: 141-142
  • Burton, A. (2012). Way down deep. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 112
  • Williams, N. (2010) Deep Ocean Species Discovered.  Current Biology, 20(21) R910.
  • Beyond the Abyss.   Planet Earth (NERC magazine).  Winter 2008, 22-24
  • Diepterecord.  Wild Zoekers (Magazine).  February 2009
  • Blick in den abgrund.  Bild der Wissenschaft.  January 2009
  • Wagner, S. (2008) Deep Discovery.  The Engineer (Magazine of the IMechE), 10-13, 35-36
  • World’s deepest fish filmed for the first time.  Marine Technology Magazine, October 2008.

Public lectures:

  • Sept. 2014 - The Deep Sea, Space and Extreme Environments, Aberdeen TechFest Event
  • Sept. 2013 - The Deep Sea and the Solar System, Aberdeen TechFest Event.
  • Sept. 2013 - The Deep Sea and the Solar System, Aberdeen PechaKucha Event
  • March 2013 - Beyond the Abyss: Life in the Deepest Places on Earth, MASTS-BES day, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Sept. 2011 – Beyond the Abyss: Life in the Deepest Places on Earth, Aberdeen TechFest event
  • April 2011 - HADEEP: Life Beyond the Abyss, Edinburgh University Science festival.
  • Feb. 2011 – HADEEP: Life Beyond the Abyss, Dove Marine Lab, Newcastle.
  • Feb. 2011 – Creatures from beyond the abyss, University of Abertay Dundee  (BSA)
  • October 2010 – Lighting up the Deep.  Scottish Lighthouse Museums, Fraserburgh.
  • June 2009 - HADEEP: Life beyond the Abyss.  Glasgow University Science Festival, Glasgow.
  • Feb. 2009 - Beyond the Abyss: Observing life at extreme depths (6000-10000m).  Dana centre, London.
  • May 2008 - Beyond the Abyss: Observing life in the hadal zone (6000-10000m).  SAMS, Oban.
  • Sept. 2008 - Beyond the Abyss.  Aberdeen TechFest event
  • June 2008 - Way Down Deep.  Future Science event (Careers Scotland).  Ellon Academy. Aberdeenshire

 Radio/TV Interviews:

  • BBC News 24 (Chris Eakin) - 19th Dec. 2015
  • BBC Scotland (Kevin Keane) -19th Dec. 2015
  • BBC World Service Radio 'Beyond the Abyss' - 22nd Sept. 2014
  • BBC Radio 4 'Into the Abyss' - 16th July 2014
  • BBC 3 Counties Radio (James Whale) - 14th Aug. 2013
  • Radio New Zealand (Veronika Meduna) - 7th Feb. 2013
  • Radio New Zealand (Bryan Crump) - 28th Jan. 2013
  • The Naked Scientist (Sarah Castor-Perry)  - 15th April 2012
  • BBC World News/BBC4 News (Zeinab Badawi)  -   26th March 2012
  • BBC Radio Scotland (Bill Whiteford)  - 26th March 2012
  • BBC Radio Wales (Gareth Lewis)  -  26th March 2012
  • BBC3 Counties (Toby Friedner)  -  20th Mar. 2012
  • The Naked Scientist (Chris Smith)  - 13th May 2011
  • Blue Peter (Andy Akinwolere)  - 13th May 2011
  • BBC Radio Scotland (Mhairi Stuart)  -  3rd Mar. 2011
  • BBC Radio Scotland (Mhairi Stuart)  - 11th Mar. 2011
  • Radio Ireland, (Shaun MonCrieff )  - 19th  Feb. 2011
  • STV News North (Laura Goodwin)  - 14th Oct. 2010
  • BBC Radio Scotland (Kenneth MacDonald)  - 14th Oct. 2010
  • BBC Radio Wales (Adam Walton)  - 17th May 2008
  • BBC Radio 2 ‘Life in the Trenches’.  Oct. 2007 (documentary on HADEEP cruise)

BBC News:   

  • New record for deepest fish, December 2015 (Click here)
  • Pushing frontiers of deep sea exploration, July 2014 (click here)
  • Fishy molecule sets depth limit, March 4th 2014 (Click here)
  • New Hebrides Trench: First look at unexplored deep sea, March 3rd 2014 (Click Here)
  • Race to the bottom of the ocean: Why go down? March 2012 (Click here
  • Ocean Trench: Take a dive 11,000m down, March 2012 (Click here)
  • Supergiant crustacean found in deepest ocean, Feb 2012 (Click here)
  • New shrimp named after Aberdeen Scientist.  March 2011 (Click here)
  • Deep void yields new fish species, Oct 2010 (Click here)
  • Meet the creatures that live beyond the abyss Jan.  2010 (Click here)
  • Vivid colours of the deep. Jan. 2010. (Click here)
  • Deep-sea fish captured on camera.  Nov.  2009 (Click here)
  • Deepest ever living  fish filmed. Oct. 2008 (Click here)

Planet Earth Website (NERC):   

  • New shrimp immortalizes scientist. March 2011 (Click here)
  • Ocean trench cruise finds brand new fish. Oct. 2010 (Click here)
  • Southern Hemisphere's deepest fish caught on camera.  Nov. 2009. (Click here
  • Deepest-ever fish caught on camera.  Oct. 2008. (Click here)

National Geographic:   

  • World’s deepest fish lurks 5 miles down in Mariana Trench, December 2015 (Click here)
  • Bizarre eels, fish found off New Zealand, Feb 2013 (Click here)
  • Supergiant shrimp-like beasts found in deep-sea, Feb 2012 (Click Here)
  • New deep-sea pictures: Snailfish, eels found in trench, Oct 2010 (Click here
  • Deepest-ever fish caught alive on camera, Oct  2008 (Click here)

You Tube:    

  • Life in the Mariana Trench (>3 million hits) (Click here)
  • Supergiant amphipods discovered 7km deep (630,200 hits; 15-3-12) (Click here)
  • World’s deepest living fish, (2.6 million hits; 15-3-12) (Click here)

The Conversation:

  • Jamieson, A.J. (2014) How we found world’s deepest fish in the Mariana Trench – and why we must keep exploring (Click here)

Magazine Articles:

  • Jamieson, AJ (2010) Our Choice of Products (Deep-sea Landers).  Beyond Blue, 7, 52-55.
  • Jamieson, AJ (2009). The search for life at extreme depths.  The Bulletin.  Marine Ecology: Special issue.  BES, March.
  • Jamieson, AJ (2007). Deep-pelagic bioluminescence in the Mediterranean.  HERMES Newsletter, 8, 11.
  • Jamieson, AJ (2007) Lighting up the deep. Marine Scientist (IMarEST), No. 19, 16-19.
  • Jamieson, AJ, M. Solan & D. Mayor (2006) Spying on the seafloor. Marine Scientist (IMarEST), 17, 36.
  • Jamieson, AJ (2006) Deep-sea fish: How researchers are tackling the challenge of decompression.  Ocean Challenge Magazine, 14(2), 19-23
  • Jamieson, AJ & NJ King (2004). Portraits of the deep-water shark. Marine Scientist (IMarEST), 8, 26-28
  • King, NJ, Jamieson, AJ, Kemp, KM, Bagley, PM & Priede, IG (2004). Landing on the ridge. Mar-Eco, Newsletter. 1.
  • Jamieson, AJ (2003) The observer has landed: Lander techniques for the study of deep-sea megafauna.  Marine Scientist (IMarEST), 4, 52-53
  • Jamieson, AJ (2003) 'A frightening amount of data': Review of the 6th underwater science symposium: monitoring and measuring the underwater environment (SUT).  Marine Scientist (IMarEST), 3, 44-45
  • Jamieson, AJ (2002) Deep-sea research facilities, Investment Now magazine, Spring. P13

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