Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Kirsty Eleanor Black

Research interests:

Blue carbon, benthic fisheries, marine biogeochemistry

Career history:

University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Scotland — PhD Candidate
August 2018 – Present
PhD project title: “Assessing the Resilience of Scotland’s Blue Carbon Sediment

University of the Highlands and Islands, Oban, Scotland — Marine Science with
Arctic Studies (First Class BSc Hons)
September 2014 – June 2018
4-year undergraduate degree. Final year bachelor dissertation titled “The Use of
210Pb Geochronologies within Arctic Marine Sediments: Determining Trace Metal
Trends and Anthropogenic Influences.”

University Center in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Svalbard — Erasmus +
exchange semester
August 2016 – December 2016
Arctic exchange semester. Modules studied: Arctic environmental pollution and
Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change.

Active research projects:

Title: Assessing the resilience of Scotland’s Blue Carbon Sediment Stores

Significant coastal stores of carbon (C) have recently been identified from sea bed sediments along Scotland’s west coast. These sediment C stores and their role in the long-term sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide represent an extremely important, yet poorly quantified component of Scotland’s natural capital. While there is therefore growing interest in the potential of these marine sediments to host C that would otherwise contribute to Scotland’s green house gas emissions the Stability of these sedimentary C stores under increasing anthropogenic pressure is poorly understood. Via my PhD, I aim to examine and quantify the potential impacts of management practices, particularly the impacts of mobile benthic fishing gear, on the long-term stability of Scotland’s marine sedimentary C stores.

Recent publications:


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