University of St Andrews

Protecting Scotland's oceans

The Scottish Oceans Institute has brought together over 300 staff from across the University of St Andrews to promote interdisciplinary marine research, ensuring Scotland remains at the forefront of marine science.

Seeing the oceans as a rich resource for future human life, the collaboration has identified a marine invertebrate which can regenerate major body parts, which may unlock new understandings of regenerative medicine and stem cell research.

They have improved fish welfare and reduced porpoise bycatch by 90% around the UK coast.

This work was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize in 2011 for excellence in research supporting better governance of the ocean and improved monitoring of climate change.

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