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I joined the faculty staff of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2007 and was appointed senior lecturer in Marine Resource Modelling in 2014. I am also the departmental Director of Knowledge Exchange, responsible for helping colleagues develop KE activities such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Continuous Professional Development, and consultancy. My research involves developing computationally efficient population models of fish stocks in which physiological structure and spatial structure and combined, and I have strong track record of widely cited peer-reviewed publications (average of 24 citations per article, three papers with >100 citations). My research on spatial modelling of zooplankton, as part of the NERC MarProd programme, established a new to modelling the growth and transport by ocean currents of stage-structured populations (e.g. Speirs et al. 2006, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 313, 173-192). With partners at Marine Scotland Science I led the development of a new size-structured multispecies model for fish communities (Speirs et al. 2010, Fish. Res. 106, 474-494), now known as FishSUMS (Fish – Strathclyde University – Marine Scotland). Motivated by policy-driven concerns about the effects of multi-species fisheries, the model has been used to explore the consequences of a range of fisheries management scenarios. Over the last seven years I have been PI or Co-I in grants totalling over £1.3 million FEC. I am an editor for Ecology and the Journal of Biological Systems, and I sit on steering groups of the Strathclyde Marine Institute and the Centre for Mathematics Applied to the Life Sciences (CMALS). I am deputy convener of the MASTS Fisheries Forum, a group that has representation from all major fisheries related institutes in Scotland, and covers diverse disciplines including biology, stock assessment, ecosystem modelling, economics, and stakeholder experience.
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Ecosystem Change, Offshore Wind, Net Gain and Seabirds (ECOWINGS)
Speirs, D., Banas, N., Heath, M. & Laverick, J.
NERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
1/08/22 → 31/07/26
Shaping ecosystem based fisheries management (SEAwise)
Heath, M., Speirs, D. & Laverick, J.
European Commission - Horizon 2020
1/10/21 → 30/09/25
A high-k mm-wave scattering diagnostic for measuring binormal wavenumber electron scale turbulence on MAST-USpeirs, D. C., Ronald, K., Phelps, A. D. R., Vann, R., Huggard, P. G., Wang, H., Hall-Chen, V. H. & Field, A., 27 Dec 2022, 2022 15th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre-Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, p. 1-2 2 p. (2022 15th UK-Europe-China Workshop on Millimetre-Waves and Terahertz Technologies (UCMMT)).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution bookOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)
Synthetic shelf sediment maps for the Greenland Sea and Barents SeaLaverick, J. H., Speirs, D. C. & Heath, M. R., 5 Apr 2022, In: Geoscience Data Journal. 10, 2, p. 220-230 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Data for: "Synthetic Shelf Sediment Maps for the Greenland Sea and Barents Sea."
Laverick, J. (Creator), Speirs, D. (Supervisor) & Heath, M. (Supervisor), University of Strathclyde, 1 Feb 2022
Supplementary material from "Energyscapes and prey fields shape a North Atlantic seabird wintering hotspot under climate change"
Amélineau, F. (Creator), Fort, J. (Contributor), Mathewson, P. D. (Contributor), Speirs, D. (Contributor), Courbin, N. (Contributor), Perret, S. (Contributor), Porter, W. P. (Contributor), Wilson, R. J. (Contributor) & Grémillet, D. (Contributor), figshare, 22 Mar 2023
5th International Zooplankton Production Symposium in Pucon
Douglas Speirs (Invited speaker)Mar 2011
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
University of Glasgow, DEEB seminar “Cod in a web: modelling multi-species length-structured interactions in a North Sea fish community”, 2nd December 2009.
Douglas Speirs (Invited speaker)2009
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk