Connor Wood


Title: Fisheries Research Assistant
Tel: 01595 772218


Connor is a Fisheries Research Assistant in the Marine Science and Technology Department. He primarily works with the Fisheries Team, assisting in a range of fisheries stock assessment and fisheries bycatch surveys. This includes sampling fish and shellfish at fish markets and seafood processing factories in Shetland, and on board the Centre's research vessel Atlantia II. Other duties include the entry and analysis of survey and bycatch data and of fishermen's logsheet data, as well as collecting water samples for Marine Scotland Science.

Connor also assists with other projects carried out by the Marine Science and Technology Department. These have included a study of Udonella infestation of sea-lice on farmed salmon for which he carried out microscopic analyses of sea-lice  to quantify levels of infestation, carried out the data analysis and wrote up the project report.

Brief History

Originally from Shetland, Connor went on to study for a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. After graduating in 2015, and taking a year to work and travel, he returned to Aberdeen University to complete a Masters Degree in Ecology & Conservation (with distinction).

Connor then returned to Shetland and and after volunteering with local conservation groups joined the NAFC Marine Centre as a Fisheries Research Assistant in the summer of 2018.


Wood, C., 2019. Identification and distribution of Udonella spp. on Shetland Seafarm sites. NAFC Marine Centre report.

Fraser, S., Angus, C., Wood, C., 2019. Relating local industry perceptions and international stock assessment data with Shetland Inshore Fish Survey trends. NAFC Marine Centre report.

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., Hamilton, M., Wood, C., 2018. Overview of annual Shetland trawl survey data (2011 - 2018): catch rates and size compositions of commercial demersal fish species in nearshore waters. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp 18. Available online:

Wood, C., Fitt, R., Lancaster, L., 2018. Social Stress as a Priming Mechanism for Cold Tolerance in Blue-Tailed Damselflies. bioRxiv preprint. DOI:

Houghton, R. J., Wood, C., Lambin, X., 2017. Size-mediated, density-dependent cannibalism in the signal crayfish Pacifastacus leniusculus (Dana, 1852) (Decapoda, Astacidea), an invasive crayfish in Britain. Crustaceana, 90: 417-435. DOI: