Dr Douglas Speirs


Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I joined the faculty staff of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2007 and was appointed senior lecturer in Marine Resource Modelling in 2014.  I am also the departmental Director of Knowledge Exchange, responsible for helping colleagues develop KE activities such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Continuous Professional Development, and consultancy. My research involves developing computationally efficient population models of fish stocks in which physiological structure and spatial structure and combined, and I have strong track record of widely cited peer-reviewed publications (average of 24 citations per article, three papers with >100 citations). My research on spatial modelling of zooplankton, as part of the NERC MarProd programme, established a new to modelling the growth and transport by ocean currents of stage-structured populations (e.g. Speirs et al. 2006, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 313, 173-192). With partners at Marine Scotland Science I led the development of a new size-structured multispecies model for fish communities (Speirs et al. 2010, Fish. Res. 106, 474-494), now known as FishSUMS (Fish Strathclyde University – Marine Scotland). Motivated by policy-driven concerns about the effects of multi-species fisheries, the model has been used to explore the consequences of a range of fisheries management scenarios. Over the last seven years I have been PI or Co-I in grants totalling over £1.3 million FEC. I am an editor for Ecology and the Journal of Biological Systems, and I sit on steering groups of the Strathclyde Marine Institute and the Centre for Mathematics Applied to the Life Sciences (CMALS).  I am deputy convener of the MASTS Fisheries Forum, a group that has representation from all major fisheries related institutes in Scotland, and covers diverse disciplines including biology, stock assessment, ecosystem modelling, economics, and stakeholder experience.


Synthetic shelf sediment maps for the Greenland Sea and Barents Sea
Laverick Jack H, Speirs Douglas C, Heath Mike R
Geoscience Data Journal (2022)
Modelling seabed sediment physical properties and organic matter content in the Firth of Clyde
Pace Matthew C, Bailey David M, Donnan David W, Narayanaswamy Bhavani E, Smith Hazel J, Speirs Douglas C, Turrell William R, Heath Michael R
Earth System Science Data Vol 13, pp. 5847–5866 (2021)
Can a key boreal Calanus copepod species now complete its life- cycle in the Arctic? Evidence and implications for Arctic food- webs
Tarling Geraint, Freer Jennifer J, Banas Neil S, Belcher Anna, Blackwell Mayleen, Castellani Claudia, Cook Kathryn B, Cottier Finlo R, Daase Malin, Johnson Magnus L, Last Kim S, Lindeque Penelope K, Mayor Daniel J, Mitchell Elaine, Parry Helen, Speirs Douglas C, Stowasser Gabriele, Wootton Marianne
Ambio (2021)
Subtle differences in the representation of consumer dynamics have large effects in marine food web models
Flynn Kevin J, Speirs Douglas C, Heath Michael R, Mitra Aditee
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 8 (2021)
Ecosystem approach to harvesting in the Arctic : walking the tightrope between exploitation and conservation in the Barents Sea
Heath Michael R, Benkort Déborah, Brierley Andrew S, Daewel Ute, Laverick Jack H, Proud Roland, Speirs Douglas C
Ambio (2021)
A high-k mm-wave scattering diagnostic for measuring binormal electron scale turbulence on MAST-U
Speirs D C, Phelps A DR, Hall-Chen V H, Field A R, Vann R GL, Ronald K
47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS 2021 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS 2021 47th EPS Conference on Plasma Physics, EPS 2021 Vol 2021-June, pp. 533-536 (2021)

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Professional activities

5th International Zooplankton Production Symposium in Pucon
Invited speaker
University of Glasgow, DEEB seminar “Cod in a web: modelling multi-species length-structured interactions in a North Sea fish community”, 2nd December 2009.
Invited speaker
Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (External organisation)
EUR-OCEANS (External organisation)
NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) (External organisation)
Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (External organisation)

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MEESO Annual Science Meeting (ASM)
Speirs, Douglas (Principal Investigator)
06-Jan-2022 - 08-Jan-2022
Ecosystem Change, Offshore Wind, Net Gain and Seabirds (ECOWINGS)
Speirs, Douglas (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Shaping ecosystem based fisheries management (SEAwise)
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025
Mission Atlantic. Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean
Speirs, Douglas (Principal Investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Aggregation, production and spill-over: what are the cumulative effects of manmade structures on North Sea fish?
Speirs, Douglas (Principal Investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Grant - Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research (SUPER)
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2027

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