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Lyndsay Brown

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3099Lyndsay Brown

Email: Lyndsay.Brown@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, UK

Research Interests

My current research involves investigating the various populations of microflagellate phytoplankton and heterotrophic bacteria that are present in Scottish coastal waters using flow cytometry.  At present this research is focused at the Marine Scotland Science Long Term Monitoring station near Stonehaven.  I also provide advice on marine non-native species and am the MSS lead for Descriptor 2 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.  I am Deputy Technical Manager for all UKAS-accredited work carried out by the Phytoplankton Ecology Group and am responsible for day to day running of accredited Methods within our work area.


I collaborate with scientists throughout the UK on a range of marine non-native species work, and with scientists from Europe and North America through ICES Working Groups.  I work closely with staff from the University of Aberdeen, making use of their flow cytometry and electron microscopy facilities.  I regularly assist students with phytoplankton-related project work. 

External Committees and Responsibilities

I provide advice relating to marine non-native species and I am a member of ICES Working Groups Introductions and Transfers of Marine Organisms (WGITMO) and Ballast and Other Shipping Vectors (WGBOSV).  I attend the Scottish Action Groups on Invasive Non-Native Species and Marine Invasive Non-Native Species, and the Alien Species Group as part of the UK Technical Advisory Group for the Water Framework Directive. 


  • Graham, J., Collins, C., Lacaze, J-P., Brown, L. and McCollin, T.  (2015)  Molecular identification of Didemnum vexillum Knott, 182 from sites around the UK coastline.  BioInvasions Records.  4(3): 171-177.

  • Bresnan, E., Kraberg, A., Fraser, S., Brown, L., Hughes, S. and Wiltshire, K.H.  (2015)  Diversity and seasonality of Pseudo-nitzschia (Peragallo) at two North Sea time series monitoring sites.  Helgoland Marine Research.  69: 193-204.
  • McCollin, T. and Brown, L.  (2014)  Native and non-native marine biofouling species present on commercial vessels using Scottish dry docks and harbours.  Management of Biological Invasions. 5(2): 85-96.
  • Brown, L., Bresnan, E., Summerbell, K. and O’Neill, F.G. (2012)  The influence of demersal trawl fishing gears on the resuspension of dinoflagellate cysts.  Marine Pollution Bulletin. 66: 17-24.
  • Brown, L., Bresnan, E., Graham, J., Lacaze, J-P., Turrell, E.A. and Collins, C.  (2010)  Distribution, diversity and toxin production of the genus Alexandrium (Dinophyceae) in Scottish waters.  European Journal of Phycology.  45(4): 375-393
  • Collins, C.,  Graham, J., Brown, L., Bresnan, E., Lacaze, J-P. and Turrell E.A. (2009)  Identification and toxicity of Alexandrium tamarense (Dinophyceae) in Scottish waters.  Journal of Phycology. 45(3): 692-703.
  • Turrell, E., Bresnan, E., Collins, C., Brown, L., Graham, J. and Grieve, M.  (2008)  Detection of Pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyceae) species and amnesic shellfish toxins in Scottish coastal waters using oligonucleotide probes and the Jellet Rapid Test TM.  Harmful Algae. 7(4): 443-458.
  • Brown, L. and Bresnan, E.  (2008) Seasonal occurrence of Pseudo-nitzschia in the west coast of Scotland and Shetland Isles.  In: Moestrup, Ø. et al. (eds) Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Harmful Algae.  International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Copenhagen. Pp 165-167.