Chris Nall


Research Associate



BSc  Zoology  - University of Edinburgh

MSc Marine Biology - Bangor University

PhD Environmental Science - Environment Research Institute UHI


Research interests


Chris focuses on the growth of marine organisms on offshore structures and the ecological and technical implications that marine growth (also known as ‘biofouling’) can have. He is particularly interested in the human-mediated spread of marine non-native species as a result biofouling on marine structures and the ways in which we can reduce this impact through adequate biosecurity measures. Being in Thurso presents great opportunities for fieldwork as it is next door to the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Energy Park where wave and tidal energy devices are being tested and commercially active energy farms are being developed.

Prior to his research in biofouling and non-native species he gained experience working on projects in fisheries science and terrestrial conservation.



Nall, C., Schlappy, M-L. & Guerin, A. Characterisation of the biofouling community on a floating wave energy device 16 May 2017 In : BIOFOULING. 33, 5, p. 379-396

Foster V, Giesler RJ, Wilson AMW, Nall CR, Cook EJ. 2016. Identifying the physical features of marina infrastructure associated with the presence of non-native species in the UK. Marine Biology 163(173) 

Nall CR. 2016. Marine non-native species in north Scotland: Implications for the marine renewable industry. PhD Thesis. University of Highlands and Islands/ University of Aberdeen

Corsini-Foka M, Zenetos A, Crocetta F, Çinar ME, Koçak F, Golani D, Katsanevakis S, Tsiamis K, Cook EJ, Nall CR et al. 2015. Inventory of alien and cryptogenic species of the Dodecanese (Aegean sea, Greece): Collaboration through cost action training school. Management of Biological Invasions 6(4): 351-366

Nall CR, Guerin AJ, Cook EJ. 2015. Rapid assessment of marine non-native species in northern Scotland and a synthesis of existing Scottish records. Aquatic Invasions 10(1): 107–121

Nall CR. 2014. Power from the sea: stepping stones for non-native species? The Marine Biologist. Issue 2.

Cook EJ, Jenkins S, Maggs C, Minchin D, Mineur F, Nall CR, Sewell J. 2013. Impacts of climate change on non-native species. In Marine Climate Change Report Card

Nall CR. 2011. Mortality of discarded undersized queen scallops in the Isle of Man fishery. Masters Thesis Bangor University