MSc., BSc.(Hons)

Research PG


Contact Details

The University of Aberdeen Room 418, Zoology Building, Tillydrone Avenue, University of Aberdeen, AB24 2TZ
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James Chapman graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2016 with a degree in Marine Biology BSc (Hons) with a project based at the Cromarty Lighthouse Field Station. He continued his interest in marine ecology by undertaking an MSc in Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology the next year, with his project focussing on "Analysing fish school distribution and behaviour near a tidal turbine structure using an active acoustic platform".

James is now undertaking a three and a half year PhD in Ecology supervised by Professor Beth Scott investigating how information collected and assessed at the individual level can inform the population level information required by regulators for consenting decisions in the marine renewables industry. The aim is to develop a generic, multi-species population impact framework for the marine renewable industry.







Research Interests

Species life history ecology, energetics and population level assessments for seabirds and marine mammals (yes someone who likes both does exist!)

Current Research

NERC iCASE Studentship INDI-POP Individuals to Populations: The potential effects of large tidal arrays on mobile marine populations (fish, seabirds and marine mammals)

James' current work focusses on the population level effect of marine renewable energy structure on the environment with his Ph.D. project "INDI-POP (Individuals to Populations): The potential effects of large tidal arrays on mobile marine populations". This is a NERC iCASE Studentship partnered with Marine Scotland Science base in Aberdeen where he'll undertake a placement. The project involves several supervisors; Professor Beth Scott (University of Aberdeen), Dr. Benjamin Williamson (University of Aberdeen/Environmental Research Institute), Dr. Ian Davies (Marine Scotland Science), Dr. Janine Illian (University of Glasgow), and Cara Donovan (SIMEC Atlantis Ltd.).

The project aims at developing a generic, multi-species population impact framework for the marine renewable industry, initially tidal array centric with the scope to develop in be useful for wind farm developers. Current methods often have a low spatial resolution and lack significant bio-physical data. Assessing spatially explicit differences in life history traits and linking these to usage and energetic budgets of both seabirds and marine mammals will enable a habitat to population approach to population impact assessment from individual-level data around developments.

Research Grants

NERC Project Grant ID: NE/PO10067/1


Teaching Responsibilities

Enjoy demonstrating on a variety of courses both in the classroom and in the field, 2016 to present.

MSc level GIS, R and statistic and Marine Spatial Management. This including, among other things, teaching seal survey techniques, GIS spatial analysis in both R and ArcGIS.