Kelly James

Kelly James

email: k.james.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Room 208, Gregory Building, Universirty of Glasgow, G12 8QQ.

Research Title

Blue Carbon and Ecosystem Engineers under Global Change

Research Summary

Maerl beds, which are formed from individual fragments of coralline algae joining together, are important habitats in Scotland and offer a multitude of functions and services. No only do maerl beds harbor high biodiversity at multiple trophic levels and provide shelter for juveniles of commercially important fish, they can also store vast quantities of blue carbon. 
 
Diving picture from barra
 
Currently, very little is known about how much organic carbon is stored in Scottish maerl beds and if maerl beds will continue to store blue carbon in a warmer, more acidic world.
 
My research aims to contribute to this knowledge gap by investigating past, present and future carbon storage in Scottish maerl beds. I will use a variety of geochemical techniques to investigate this question. 
 
 

Publications

Conference

  • Marine Alliance for Technology and Science for Scotland Conference 2018, Glasgow, UK. I presentated at this conference at the Blue Carbon Forum meeting titled "Blue carbon storage in maerl beds in Scotland".
  • Blue Carbon Conference 2019, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. I presented a poster at this conference titled "Measuring the timing of maximum bacterial activity of carbon breakdown in coralline algal beds‚Äč".

  • Marine Alliance for Technology and Science for Scotland Conference 2019, Glasgow, UK. I presentated at this conference at the Marine Biogeochemical Forum meeting titled "Investigating carbon breakdown in Scottish coralline algae beds".

  • SAGES Global Challenges for a Blue Green Economy 2019. I presented a poster at this conference titled "Investigating the fate of organic material in Scottish coralline algae beds".

Teaching

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant 2018/19, School of LIfe Sciences, Undergraduate Biology Level 1.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant 2018/19, School of LIfe Sciences, Undergraduate Biology Level 1.
  • Co-supervisor of Francesca Necci, a visiting MSc student from the university of Rome from May-August 2019.
  • Co-supervisor of Jane Cameron and Magnus MacFarlane, BSc students at the University of Glasgow, November-March 2018/19.