Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 2500
Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB
I have been extensively involved in designing and delivering work packages of research involving the monitoring of sea lice dispersal and host/parasite interactions covering two Scottish west coast sea lochs. Additionally, I have organised and designed field sampling protocols for AGD, Red Vent Syndrome and Argulus.
On a day to day basis I also provide parasitological diagnostic support to the Scottish Governments Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) as well as other agencies and stakeholders. In this role I have to identify the full range of parasite species that infest fish in Scottish waters to species level, indicating if there are any potential associated risks to other fish species or human health.
I collaborate with scientists across the UK and internationally particularly in relation to sea lice research but also more recently with colleagues based in South Africa with regards X-cell disease. I have very close collaborations with the University of Aberdeen where I lecture on the Marine ecology MSc course and as a result usually have a MSc student carrying out their thesis here at Marine Scotland.
Additionally, I have links with Napier University as I am co-supervisor on a PhD project investigating Red Vent Syndrome in wild Atlantic salmon around the UK.
External Committees and Responsibilities
I am a lecturer on the Marine Ecology MSc at the University of Aberdeen. I also provide advice to the Scottish Governments and other stakeholders with regards fish parasites.
Five Most Recent Publications
Pert, C.C., Allcock, Z., Schrittwieser, M., McCarthy, U. and Collins, C. (2015) Report: SARFSP001 - Assessment of the viability of the different life stages of Lepeophtheirus salmonis following exposure to hydrogen peroxide.
Pert, C.C., Fryer, R.J., Cook, P., Kilburn, R., McBeath, S., McBeath, A., Matejusova, I., Urquhart, K., Weir, S.J., McCarthy, U., Collins, C., Amundrud, T., and Bricknell, I.R. (2014) Using sentinel cages to estimate infestation pressure on salmonids from sea lice in Loch Shieldaig, Scotland. Aquacult Environ Interact 5:49-59.
Salama, N.K.G., C.M. Collins, J.G. Fraser, J. Dunn, C.C. Pert, A.G. Murray and B. Rabe ( 2013) Development and assessment of a biophysical dispersal model for sea lice. Journal of Fish Diseases. 36, 323 – 337, doi: 10.1111/jfd.12065.
Pert, C.C., Mordue (Luntz), A.J., O'Shea, B. and Bricknell, I.R. (2012), The settlement and reproductive success of Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Krøyer 1837; Copepoda: Caligidae) on atypical hosts. Aquaculture Research, 43: 799–805. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2011.02891.
Murray, A. G., Amundrud, T. L., Penston, M. J., Pert, C. C. & Middlemas, S. J. (2011). Abundance and distribution of larval sea lice in Scottish coastal waters. Salmon lice: An integrated Approach to Understanding Parasite Abundance and Distribution, 51-81.