BSc, PhD

Research Fellow


Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Biological Sciences
Zoology Building, Rm 417
Tillydrone Avenue
AB24 2TZ

Research Interests

Kate's research interests include environmental aspects of the oil and gas industry (particularly environmental monitoring, policy and decommissioning) and Marine Spatial Planning; GIS and habitat mapping and Marine Protected Areas and Priority Marine Habitats. Kate has an offshore energy industry background with approximately 10 years' experience, working directly within the industry operators, consultancies and regulators. Kate is particularly interested in Knowledge Exchange between these industries and academia.

Current Research

Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (2014-18), NERC: Kate's fellowship will build upon on the work undertaken during the North Sea Interactive project, and will look at the challenges currently facing the offshore oil and gas industry and how environmental data generated by both academia and industry can be managed effectively. Kate is also involved in number of industry and academic knowledge exchange activities, particularly focussing on decommissioning challenges and environmental management.

Marine Growth Analysis on Decommissioning Offshore Installations (2016-17), NERC Oil & Gas Decommissioning Innovation: This project is a scoping/proof of concept study and aims to use the method developed by the CoralNet project and applying it to survey footage from offshore platforms on the UKCS.  The aim of the project is to train the software to identify the main marine growth species on UKCS platforms and to calculate their percentage cover. 

Atlantic Innovation (2014-15), Heriot-Watt University, NERC Innovation: Environmental data management, specifically look at environmental monitoring and management issues to the west of Shetland.

North Sea Interactive (2014), Heriot-Watt University,  NERC Innovation: North Sea Interactive translated marine environmental data into an interactive mapping product for the offshore oil and gas industry. The objectives of the project were achieved through the integration of the North Sea Benthos database (UKBenthos) with NERC's regional North Sea marine sediment data (BGS) and layers of modelled hydrodynamics (NOC). Aligning the biological, chemical, geological and hydrodynamic datasets in a single GIS product that provided the oil industry and government regulators (e.g. through the Scottish Government's Interactive Planning Tool; NMPi) with a practical means of accessing this important archive of environmental data. The data is now available available to all environmental data managers with an interest in offshore industries; with a particular use in Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), permits and other seabed analysis and environmental monitoring by the oil and gas industry.


Research Grants

2016-17 Marine Growth Analysis on Decommissioning Offshore Installations, NERC (CO-I)

2014-18 Knowledge Exchange Fellowship (Oil and Gas), NERC (PI)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

  • Member - Marine Alliance For Science and Technology (MASTS) Oil and Gas Environmental Research Forum

  • Member – Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) Salvage and Decommissioning Committee

  • Member – SUT Decommissioning Working Group
  • Member – Productive Seas Evidence Group (UK Marine Science and Coordination Committee)