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Dr Rob Fryer

Telephone:  +44 (0)131 244 3395

E-mail: Rob.Fryer@gov.scot

Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN, AB11 9DB

Research Interests

Much of my work currently involves the development of mixed models involving smoothers: in particular, methods for combining smooth curves that vary randomly between units. Applications include fishing gear size selection data and chemical time series. I am also interested in state space models for stock assessment.


I collaborate with scientists throughout Europe involved in the OSPAR, HELCOM and AMAP contaminant monitoring programmes, and with those conducting the EEA assessments of contaminants in fish. I also collaborate on various gear selection and fisheries projects.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am a UK delegate on OSPAR MIME, where I am responsible for producing the annual assessment of contaminants and biological effects in the OSPAR area. I am a member of CSSEG, where I advise on statistical aspects of the UK's contaminant and biological effects monitoring programmes.

Most Recent Publications

  • Holmes SJ, Millar CP, Fryer RJ, Wright PJ, 2014.  Gadoid dynamics: differing perceptions when contrasting stock versus population trends and its implications to management.  ICES Journal of Marine Science; doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu075.
  • Boulcott P, Millar CP, Fryer RJ, 2014.  Impact of scallop dredging on benthic epifauna in a mixed substrate habitat.  ICES Journal of Marine Science; doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst197.
  • O’Neill FG, Lines EK, Kynoch RJ, Fryer RJ, Maguire S, 2014.  A short-term economic assessment of incentivized selective gears.  Fisheries Research 157 13-23; doi: 10.1016/j.fishres.2014.03.010.        
  • Pert CC, Fryer RJ, Cook P,  Kilburn R, McBeath S, McBeath A, Matejusova I, Urquhart K, Weir SJ, McCarthy U, Collins C, Amundrud T, Bricknell IR, 2014.  Using sentinel cages to estimate infestation pressure on salmonids from sea lice in Loch Shieldaig, Scotland.  Aquaculture Environmental Interactions 5 49-59; doi: 10.3354/aei00094.
  • Reilly T, Fraser HM, Fryer RJ, Clarke J, Greenstreet SPR, 2014.  Interpreting variation in fish-based food web indicators: the importance of ‘bottom-up limitation’ and ‘top-down control’ processes.  ICES Journal of Marine Science 71 406–416; doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst137.

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