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Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

Colin Moore

Following a spell in the water industry, Dr Colin Moore has been lecturing in marine biology at Heriot-Watt University since 1980. His current position is Honorary Senior Lecturer. His early studies centred on meiofaunal ecology and taxonomy and the use of meiobenthic communities in pollution monitoring. He has published many papers in this subject area and co-authored the standard monograph on British harpacticoid copepods. He now spends most of his time on the west coast of Scotland where he carries out conservation research, but continues to have an involvement in undergraduate and postgraduate marine ecology teaching and supervision.

Colin's current research interests relate to the conservation biology of marine benthic habitats and species. This includes acquiring a better understanding of the biology of habitats and species under threat, such as biogenic reefs (created by serpulid worms and bivalve molluscs), burrowed mud communities (especially sea pens) and habitats impacted by invasive algal species, as well as assessing the extent of anthropogenic damage to features of conservation importance.

Colin is also carrying out work in association with the conservation agencies aimed at the establishment and monitoring of marine protected areas (MPAs). This includes research into monitoring and mapping techniques for habitats and species. One of the current projects involves investigations to facilitate the identification of a new suite of MPAs in accordance with the requirements of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.

Publications

Peer reviewed (selected)

Moore CG, James BD (2011) Scoping immediate priorities for MPA-related benthic marine biological survey work in Scottish territorial waters. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 381.

Moore CG (2010) Preliminary assessment of the conservation importance of benthic epifaunal species and habitats off the west coast of Orkney and in the Pentland Firth in relation to the development of renewable energy schemes. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 352.

Moore CG, Harries DB, Porter JS, Lyndon AR (2010) The establishment of site condition monitoring of the marine features of Loch Laxford Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 378 (ROAME No. F05AC701).

Trigg C, Moore CG (2009) Recovery of the biogenic nest habitat of Limaria hians (Mollusca: Limacea) following anthropogenic disturbance. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 82: 351-356.

Moore CG, Edwards DCB, Harries DB, Mair JM (2009) The establishment of site condition monitoring of the rocky reefs of the Treshnish Isles Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 302 (ROAME No. R07AC705).

Moore CG, Edwards DCB, Harries DB, Lyndon AR (2009) The establishment of site condition monitoring of the rocky reefs of the Isle of May Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 301 (ROAME No. R07AC705).

Moore CG, Harries DB (2009) Appearance of Heterosiphonia japonica (Ceramiales, Rhodophyceae) on the west coast of Scotland, with notes on Sargassum muticum (Fucales, Heterokontophyta). Marine Biodiversity Records, 2: 1-5.

Edwards DCB, Moore CG (2009) Reproduction in the sea pen Funiculina quadrangularis (Anthozoa: Pennatulacea). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 82:161–168.

Harries DB, Moore CG, Lyndon AR, Mair JM (2009). The establishment of site condition monitoring of the rocky reefs and sea caves of Mousa Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 326 (ROAME No. R07AC705).

Moore CG, Bates CR, Mair JM, Saunders GR, Harries DB, Lyndon AR (2009) Mapping serpulid worm reefs (Polychaeta: Serpulidae) for conservation management. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 19: 226–236.

Edwards DCB, Moore CG (2008) Reproduction in the sea pen Pennatula phosphorea (Anthozoa: Pennatulacea) from the west coast of Scotland. Marine Biology, 155: 303–314.

 

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