Frances Sandison

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Fisheries PhD Student

Tel: 01595 772493


Frances is currently undertaking a PhD through the University of Aberdeen, supported and part funded by the NAFC Marine Centre. She spends her time between Aberdeen University and the NAFC campus in Scalloway. Her PhD focuses on climate change and the growing food crisis. The aim of the project is to identify and developing ‘climate smart’ pathways for the Scottish pelagic fishing industry, which would allow them to continue to grow and adapt to the changing environment driven by climate change and help meet the growing food demand.

Brief History

Born and raised in Shetland, Frances graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology, and later went on to obtain a MSc in Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health from the same in 2014.

After joining the NAFC Marine centre she moved into the area of climate science and has produced two reports on the estimated carbon footprint of the Shetland pelagic trawl fishery for Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus), and its onward processing chain. On completion of this, with the support of the NAFC Marine Centre, she has begun expanding this work out into a PhD study through the University of Aberdeen.


Sandison, F. (2015). Estimation of the carbon footprint of the Shetland fishery for Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus). NAFC Marine Centre Report, 43 pp.

Sandison, F. (2016). Estimation of the Carbon Footprint of Shetland's Atlantic Mackerel (Scomber scombrus) Processing and Supply Chain. NAFC Marine Centre Report, 34 pp