MR THOMAS LINLEY
I began in Oceanlab in March of 2009 after several years as a field environmental scientist with an offshore survey company. Previous to this I had worked in commercial labs and aquariums. Returning to academia was always my intention however I felt that a few years dedicated to working in industry, both in oil and gas surveys and public and commercial aquariums, would make me a more rounded scientist.
I am currently on a temporary contract with Oceanlab under the CoralFISH project; an EU funded collaboration spread over 10 countries that aims to assess the interaction between deep water corals, fish and fisheries, in order to develope tools for ecosystem based management.
Between my commitments to CoralFISH I am available to Oceanlab as a research assistant on other projects and as such have been lucky enough to be involved with wider work both in the lab and the field.
My direct contribution to CoralFISH was the construction, field operation and data analysis of a dedicated lander, funded by the project.
The Biogenic Reef Ichthyofauna Lander (BRIL) is a baited time-laps photographic lander rated to 6,000m that will allow us to study the abundance, species, size and other biological/oceanographic data regarding the fish associated with cold water coral.
Some cropped images of fish attracted to bait on coral mounds southwest of Ireland. From left to right; Common Mora (Mora moro), Monkfish (Lophius piscatorius) and the Bluntnose sixgill shark (Hexanchus griseus).
Conference and Meeting presentations
- CoralFISH science meeting, Milan - "Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments". 2010
- Euro ISRS Symposium, The Netherlands - "Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments". 2010
- EuroSITES final science meeting, Crete - "Seafloor observations of megafauna in the Pylos region". 2011
- MASTS, Edinburgh - “Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments“. 2011
- World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Aberdeen - “Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments“. Digital object submission; 5min video/animation.
- CoralFISH science meeting, Crete - "Review of the BRIL (autonomous photographic lander) dataset for regions 1, 3 and 6 and new data acquired at region 3 and 4". 2011
- CoralFISH science meeting, Galway. Poster presentation - "A review of the lander systems within the CoralFISH project". 2012
- 5th International Symposium on Deep-sea Corals, Amsterdam - "The link between cold water corals and fish, examples from across Europe – Observations from a baited photographic lander". 2012
- STEM Ambassador training. 2010
- The Association for Science Education - open evening. 2011
- Discovery Day at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum (National Science and Engineering Week). 2011
- Fishes of the Deep Atlantic at MacDuff Aquarium (National Science and Engineering Week). 2012
- "To the Abyss and Beyond" at the Science 'Cabaret', National Science Festival. 2013
- Talks three times a day at the National Scence Festival, National Museum of Scotland. 2013
- Touch Tank at the National Scence Festival, National Museum of Scotland. 2013
- RRS James Cook (UK) Mid-Atlantic Ridge, JC037 ECOMAR project – 2009
- RV Pelagia (Holland) Atlantic, CoralFISH project – 2009
- RV Pelagia (Holland) Ionian Sea, MK3Net project – 2009
- G O SARS (Norway) Northern Norway, CoralFISH project - 2010
- Universitatis (Italy) Ionian Sea, CoralFISH project - 2010
- RRS James Cook (UK) Mid-Atlantic Ridge,JC048 ECOMAR project – 2010
- RV Gyre (US) Gulf of Mexico, BP spill initial response - 2010
- RV Meteor (Germany) Mediterranean Sea - Europe's deepest point, Km3NET project - 2011
- Pourquoi Pas? (France) Bay of Biscay & Celtic Sea, CoralFISH Project - 2011
- Fugro Navigator (UK) Mediterranean (Egyptian waters) microbiological characterisation - 2012
- RV Karahoa (New Zealand) Pacific Rim, HAD1301 HADEEP project - 2012
Contributions to Journals
- Jeffreys, R., Lavaleye, M., Bergman, M., Duineveld, G., Witbaard, R. & Linley, TD. (2010). 'Deep-sea macrourid fishes scavenge on plant material: Evidence from in situ observations'. Deep-Sea Research. Part I, Oceanographic Research Papers, vol 57, no. 4, pp. 621-627.
[Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr.2010.01.007