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Dr Nabeil Salama

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3205
E-mail: nabeil.salama@gov.scot  
Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN AB11 9DB

Research Interests

I am interested in developing simulation and analytical models for describing and investigating fish population dynamics. 

I lead a multidisciplinary team of fishery scientists who contribute towards the collection of data for stock assessments by: undertaking on board vessel observations, conducting market surveys, participating in research cruises, reading otoliths for determining fish age and managing and analysing data.  

My recent research has involved using models to investigate the transport of pathogens (viruses and bacteria) and parasites (sea lice) between fish farms to provide information on the possible structure of production unit areas for improved disease management, advise on intervention procedures, and develop new methodological approaches. I also have an interest in using datasets to parameterise and validate models.

I co-ordinate the activities of the Marine Scotland Science outreach team, which includes work experience placements, careers events, school and university visits and open days.


I currently work alongside researchers from 31 institutions in 12 countries as part of an EU horizon 2020-funded project aimed at reducing discards in the fishing industry. I have recently collaborated with the Universities of Liverpool, Stirling and Muenster and Cefas as part of a BBSRC/NERC-funded project investigating disease transmission within aquaculture production systems across Scotland, England and Wales. I am an honorary lecturer at the University of Aberdeen where I have co-ordinated a short Masters student lecture series on aquatic animal health and where I also supervise Masters and a PhD student. I was also a member of the scientific committee for a PhD student working at Havforskningsinstituttet and registered at the University of Bergen.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I currently participate in ICES working groups. I am an invited reviewer for several international scientific journals and research funding bodies including the Forskningsråd. I am a member of the British Ecological Society’s Review College. I have also participated in the Canadian Government's Science Advisory Secretariat peer review process.

Most Recent Publications

Salama NKG, Dale A, Ivanov VV, Cook PF, Pert CC, Collins CM, Rabe B (in press). Using biological–physical modelling for informing sea lice dispersal in Loch Linnhe, Scotland. Journal of Fish Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfd.12693

Susdorf R, Salama NKG, Lusseau D. (in press) Influence of body condition on the population dynamics of Atlantic salmon with consideration of the potential impact of sea lice. Journal of Fish Diseases. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfd.12748

Murray AG, Salama NKG (2017) Modelling disease in aquatic systems that are spread by processes operating at different temporal and spatial scales: examples from salmon aquaculture CAB Reviews 12(32): 1 – 11

Harte AJ, Bowman AS, Salama NKG, Pert CC (2017) Factors influencing the long-term dynamics of larval sea lice density at East and West coast locations in Scotland. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 123: 181 – 192.   

Salama NKG, Murray AG, Rabe B (2016) Simulated environmental transport distances of Lepeophtheirus salmonis in Loch Linnhe, Scotland for informing aquaculture area management structures. Journal of Fish Diseases 39: 419 – 428

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