Andrew Want

Research Associate

+44 (0) 1856 850 605
The Old Academy, Back Road, Stromness, Orkney, KW16 3AW.
Roles and responsibilities
  • UK Representative to European Energy Research Alliance – Environmental Impact theme

Ecological consequences of ocean energy removal:

  • Littoral monitoring protocols
  • Sublittoral and cliff surveying
  • Image analysis

Long-term ecological monitoring:

  • Climatic change
  • Sentinel species monitoring
Selected publications
  • Want, A., R.A. Beharie, M.C. Bell and J.C. Side (2014). Baselines and Monitoring Methods for Detecting Impacts of Hydrodynamic Energy Extraction on Intertidal Communities of Rocky Shores. In: Humanity and the Seas: Marine Renewable Energy and Environmental Interactions, Springer.
  • Shields, M. A., D.K. Woolf, E.P.M. Grist, S.A. Kerr, A.C. Jackson, R.E. Harris, M.C. Bell, R.A. Beharie, A. Want, E. Osalusi, S.W. Gibb and J.C. Side (2011). Marine Renewable Energy: The ecological implications of altering the hydrodynamics of the marine environment. Ocean and Coastal Management 54: 2-9.

Andrew was appointed Research Associate at ICIT Heriot-Watt University in December 2008 following several months assisting with hydrophonic marine field research – identifying unique sonic signatures produced by various diving bird species. Current research strands include littoral monitoring of the rocky shore along West Mainland, an area being considered for large-scale deployment of wave energy converting devices; sublittoral surveying and biotope classification of this same area using ROV-video capture; and ecological characterisation of hard-to-access cliff areas along this coast. The research projects are being further developed to satisfy the requirements for a PhD in marine ecological monitoring of long-term changes associated with energy extraction and climatic change.

Prior to joining Heriot-Watt University, Andrew spent 3 years with the European Marine Energy Centre where he coordinated the development of several standards now used by the marine renewable energy industry. Before this, as a research scientist he has gained considerable experience in a range of biological disciplines, in particular environmental toxicology and mammalian physiology. In addition, Andrew has spent several years instructing anatomy, physiology, and palaeontology at both college and university level.