Dr Clive Fox

Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA

tel: +44 (0)1631 559000

Available to talk to the media about

  • Fisheries
  • Marine ecology
  • Fish biology (marine)

In these languages



University and post-doctoral work on nutritional biochemistry of tropical prawns. After that I moved to Cefas, Lowestoft (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) and developed research into the recruitment ecology of commercial fishes. I have led numerous field surveys in European waters whilst field studies have been complemented with desk based research into issues such as the impacts of climate change on commercial fish stocks.

I joined SAMS UHI in 2007 to focus on the shelf seas to the west of Scotland and develop a complementary program of experimental, modelling, teaching and consultancy work.

Current research

Controls upon the population dynamics of marine finfish; Large-scale patterns in the distribution of the fish eggs and larvae and zooplankton in relation to oceanography; Environmental and biological controls on the growth and survival of fish through the egg, larval and juvenile stages; Impacts of climate change on marine finfish; Use of otolith micro increments analyses for fish ecology research; Development and application of cutting-edge methods to aid fishery management and ecological investigations e.g. genetic probes for plankton identification.

Selected publications

Fox, C.J., Taylor, M.., van der Kooij, J., Pascoal, S., Lallias, D., Maillard, M., Taylor, N. Milligan, S.M., Albaina, A. & Hunter, E. (2011) Identification of marine fish egg predators using molecular probes. In preparation

Hortsmeyer, L.K. & Fox, C.J. (2011) Marking success of juvenile plaice Pleuronectes platessa using Visible Implant Elastomers (VIE) and alizarin complexone. Journal of Fish Biology, Submitted

Hunter, E., Fox, C.J., Maillard, M. & Taylor, M.I. (2011) Experiments on the use of TaqMan probes to detect predation on fish eggs and larvae by teleost predators. Journal of Fish Biology, In revision

Albaina, A., Taylor, M.I. & Fox, C.J. (2011) Molecular detection of plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) remains in the stomachs of potential predators on a Scottish flatfish nursery ground. Marine Ecology Progress Series, In press

Frost, J.R. Denda, A., Fox, C.J., Jacoby, C.A., Koppelmann, R.M. Nielsen, St. John, M.H., Marsh, A., Youngbluth, J. (2011) Abundance, distribution and trophic links of gelatinous zooplankton on Dogger Bank, North Sea. Marine Biology, In press

Albaina, A., Fox, C.J., Taylor, N., Hunter, E., Maillard, M. & Taylor, M.I. (2010) A TaqMan real-time PCR based assay targeting plaice (Pleuronectes platessa L.) DNA to detect predation by the brown shrimp (Crangon crangon L.) and the shore crab (Carcinus maenas L.) -Assay development and validation. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 391, 178-189. doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2010.06.029

Watts, P.C., Kay, S.M., Wolfenden, D., Fox, C.J., Geffen, A.J., Kemp, S.J. & Nash, R.D.M. (2010) Temporal patterns of spatial genetic structure and effective population size in European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa) along the west coast of Scotland and in the Irish Sea. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 67, 607-616, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsp274

Reviews include

Nickell, T., Davidson, K., Fox, C. & Miller, P. (2010) Developing the capacity to monitor the spatial and temporal distributions of jellyfish in western Scottish waters. Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban. Report to the Crown Estate, 47 pp.

Fox, C., Harris, R., Sundby, S., Achterberg, E., Allen, J.I., Allen, J., Baker, A. Brussaard, C.P.D., Buckley, P., Cook, E., Dye, S.R., Edwards, M., Fernand, L., Kershaw, P., Metcalfe, J., Østerhus, S., Potter, T., Sakshaug, E., Speirs, D., Stenevik, E., St. John, M., Thingstad, F., Wilson, B. (2009) Transregional linkages in the North-Eastern Atlantic - An ‘end-to-end ’ analysis of pelagic ecosystems. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 47, 1-75