Diego del Villar


Research Associate, Environmental Research Institute


PhD in Fish Ecology - Technical University of Denmark

MSc in Marine Telemetry - University College Cork, Ireland

BSc in Environmental Sciences - University of Salamanca Spain

Research interests

Diego a Research Associate based as the Environmental Research Institute.

Before joining the MERIKA project, Diego worked on the Turnkey (Transforming Underutilised Renewable Natural Resource into Key Energy Yields) project.

His research interests mainly focus on the potential impacts of marine renewables developments on fish. He uses electronic devices (fish tags and receivers) that allow researchers to quantify migratory behaviour, and spatial/temporal patterns of fish habitat use around the areas in which the offshore renewables will be implemented (e.g. Pentland and Moray Firth in Scotland).This research area is designed to play a pivotal role in the development of the renewable energy sector in Scotland (such as The Pentland Salmon Initiative).


  • Comparison of the riverine and early marine migration behaviour and survival of wild and hatchery-reared sea trout Salmo trutta smolts (2014). K Aarestrup, H Baktoft, A Koed, D del Villar-Guerra, EB Thorstad Marine Ecology Progress Series 496, 197-206      


  • Marine migrations in anadromous brown trout (Salmo trutta). Fjord residency as a possible alternative in the continuum of migration to the open sea (2014). D Villar‐Guerra, K Aarestrup, C Skov, A Koed Ecology of Freshwater Fish 23 (4), 594-603


  • Hatchery tank enrichment affects cortisol levels and shelter-seeking in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) (2013). J Näslund, M Rosengren, D Del Villar, L Gansel, JR Norrgård, L Persson, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70 (4), 585-590               


  • Seals as collectors of oceanographic data in the coastal zone (2012). D del Villar-Guerra, M Cronin, T Dabrowski, D Bartlett Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 115, 272-281


T: 01847 889673

E: diego.delvillar@uhi.ac.uk