PhD Student, James Cook University, Cairns, 2017 – present
Research Assistant (Capturing our Coast Project), Portsmouth University, UK 2015 – 2016
MSc (integrated) University of Southampton, UK, 2009-2013
Abbi’s research interests include understanding the ecology of sea grass meadows and the ecosystem services they provide to inform management measures. Abbi became interested in sea grass while studying its role as a nursery habitat for her masters research project and subsequently working in conservation, monitoring sea grass meadows in the UK. Her PhD research (supervised by Michael Rasheed, Paul York and Marcus Sheaves at James Cook University and Peter Macreadie) investigates how herbivores in the Great Barrier Reef impact the sea grass meadows they feed on and what effect this has on sea grass ecosystem service provision. This research will help managers to understand how to manage interactions between sea grasses and herbivores and possible trade-offs in ecosystem services.
Research Gate: http://www.abbilscott.com/
Awarded the James Cook University International Postgraduate Scholarship 2017 – 2020
Scott, A. L. and Henderson, P.A. 2015. Seasonal and age-related migrations in the unexpectedly long-lived benthic fish the lesser weever, Echiichthys vipera (Cuvier,1829). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315415001460
Pocklington, J. et al. 2016. Capturing our Coast – a citizen science revolution in the UK. Paper presented at: 11 th International Temperate Reefs Symposium, Pisa, Italy.
Scott, A. L., Bohn, K., Watson, G. J. and Winton, D. 2016. Using citizen scientists to help understand reproductive patterns in Arenicola marina populations. Poster presented at: 12 th International Polychaete Conference, Cardiff, Wales
Marsden, A. M. and Scott, A. L. 2014 and 2015. Inventory of Eelgrass Beds in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (report submitted to Natural England).