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Mark is part of the fisheries team within the Marine Science and Technology department. He is primarily involved in data collection, data entry and data analysis for the shellfish stock assessment programme (carried out on behalf of the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation). Sampling occurs onboard fishing vessels and at processing factories for species including king scallop, brown crab, velvet crab and lobster.
Mark assists with fish and shellfish surveys on NAFC Marine Centre’s research vessel, Atlantia II, as well as with various other projects, such as bycatch sampling and lobster V-notching work. Other responsibilities include entering fishers’ confidential catch data into databases and data collection for Marine Scotland Science, such as demersal and pelagic fish sampling and collecting water samples.
Originally from Dumfriesshire, Mark graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 2012 with a BSc (Hons.) degree in Marine Biology. He attended a field course at the NAFC Marine Centre as part of his undergraduate degree and following graduation undertook voluntary work there to develop his skills and experience in fisheries science.
Mark has also carried out project work with local fisheries in Cambodia and the Philippines.
Mark returned to the University of Aberdeen to complete a master’s degree in Applied Marine & Fisheries Ecology, graduating in 2016.