Marine Science Research
Marine Science research at Heriot-Watt University in conducted through the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology. The Centre was created in 1999 with a Research Development Grant from the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council; since then CMBB researchers have conducted important, novel research both abroad and in the UK.
Major areas of expertise include cold-water coral ecoystem research, ecotoxicology & immunology, biotechnology, and marine microbiology. The chemistry and biology of pollution impacts, particularly associated with the oil industry was a major theme over several decades. To complement these areas, there is also a focus on marine habitat mapping for conservation purposes in Scottish waters and overseas (e.g. in Galapagos, mainland Ecuador, Colombia and Panama). Scientific expertise from the CMBB regularly informs conservation policy development in Scotland and further afield, through the creation of Marine Protected Areas.
Further information on the research conducted within the CMBB can be found on their website.