Professor of Marine Biology

Telephone
+44 (0) 131 451 3314
Email
j.m.mair@hw.ac.uk
Address
Room 3.09, William Perkin Building, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, United Kingdom
Roles and responsibilities

Retired.

Research

Dr Mair's research interests are in the areas of tropical shrimp biology, fishery and aquaculture; crustacean biology and taxonomy; marine benthic ecology; pollution effects; marine conservation; inshore and offshore survey including diving and remote sampling techniques.

Selected publications

Harper S J M, Bates C R, Guzman H M & Mair J M. “Acoustic seabed mapping to improve fishery management in Las Perlas Archipelago, Pacific Panama”. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management, 53, 2010, 615-623.

Kennedy E V, Guzman H M, Holdreid M W, Mair J M & Simpson S D. “Reef-generated noise provides reliable information about habitats and communities: evidence from a Panamanian case study”. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 395, 2010, 85–2.

McGowan T, Cunningham S L, Guzman H M, Mair J M, Guevara J M & Betts T. “Mangrove forest composition and dynamics in Las Perlas Archipelago, Pacific Panama”. RBT, International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, 58, 2010, 857-869.

Mair J M, Sibaja-Cordero J A, Arroyo M F, Merino D, Vargas R, Guzman H & Benfield S. "Mapping benthic faunal communities in the shallow and deep sediments of Las Perlas Archipelago, Pacific Panama". Marine Pollution Bulletin, 58,2009, 375-383.

Moore C G, Bates C R, Mair J M, Saunders G R, Harries D B & Lyndon A R. “Mapping serpulid worm reefs (Polychaeta: Serpulidae) for conservation management”. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 19, 2009, 226-236.

Oviedo L, Guzman H M, Flórez-González L, Alzueta J C & Mair J M. “The Song of the Southeast Pacific humpback whale off Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama: Preliminary characterization”. Aquatic Mammals, 34, 2008, 458-463.

Guzman, H, Benfield S, Breedy O, & Mair J M. “Broadening reef protection across the Marine Conservation Corridor of the Eastern Tropical Pacific: distribution and diversity of reefs in Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama”. Environmental Conservation, 35, 2008, 46-54.

Benfield S, Baxter L, Guzman H & Mair J M. “A comparison of coral reef and coral community fish assemblages in Pacific Panama and environmental factors governing their structure”. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 88, 2008, 1331-1341.

Guzman H, Cipriani R, Vega A, Lopez M & Mair J M. “Population assessment of the Pacific green spiny lobster Panulirus gracilis in Pacific Panama”. Journal of Shellfish Research, 27, 2008, 907-915.

Benfield S, Guzman H, Mair J M & Young J. “Mapping the distribution of coral reefs and associated sublittoral habitats in Pacific Panama: a comparison of optical satellite sensors and classification methodologies”. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28, 2007, 5047-5070.

Medina B, Guzman H, & Mair J M. “Failed recovery of a collapsed scallop (Argopecten ventricosus) fishery in Las Perlas Archipelago, Panama”. J. of Shellfish Research, 26, 2007, 9-15.

Harries D B, Harrow S, Wilson J R, Mair J M & Donnan D W. “The establishment of the invasive alga Sargassum muticum on the west coast of Scotland: a preliminary assessment of community effects”. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, 2007, 1057-1067.

Harries D B, Cook E, Donnan D W, Mair J M, Harrow S & Wilson J R. “The establishment of the invasive alga Sargassum muticum on the west coast of Scotland: Rapid northwards spread and identification of potential new areas for colonisation”. Aquatic Invasions, 2, 2007, 367-377.

Greathead C, Donnan D, Mair J M & Saunders G R. “The sea pens Virgularia mirabilis, Pennatula phosphorea and Funiculina quadrangularis: distribution and conservation issues in Scottish waters”. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, 2007, 1095-1103.

Chambers S J, Dominguez-Tejo E L, Mair J M, Mitchell L A & Woodham A. “The distribution of three eyeless Chaetozone species (Cirratulidae:Polychaeta) in the north-east Atlantic”. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, 2007, 1111-1114.

Defew L H, Mair J M & Guzman H. “An assessment of metal contamination in mangrove sediments and leaves from Punta Mala Bay, Pacific Panama”. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 50, 2005, 547-542.

Books

Mair J M, MORA E & CRUZ M. “Manual de campo de los invertebrados bentonicos marinos: molluscos, crustaceos y equinodermos de la zona litoral Ecuatoriana”. Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2002, 105 pages + vii. ISBN 9978 42 287 0.

Mair J M, Mora E, Cruz M, Calles A, Arroyo M F & Merino D. “Guia de campo para la coleccion y preservacion de invertebrados marinos”. Universidad de Guayaquil, Ecuador, 2000, 78 pages + vi. ISBN 9978 59 005 6.

Consultancy papers & government reports

Mair J M, Lyndon A R, Moore C G & Sotheron I S. Site Condition Monitoring of the Sullom Voe Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Research Commissioned Report (in press), (AH01AC401040537). 2008, 56pp. Senior Consultant

Mair J M, Moore C G, Lyndon A R, & Sotheron I S. Biotope Mapping and Survey of Sullom Voe Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Research Commissioned Report (in press), (AH01AC401040537). 2008, 126pp. Senior Consultant

Moore C G, Saunders G R, Mair J M & Lyndon A R. The establishment of site condition monitoring of the saline lagoon, Loch an Duin, North Uist Site of Special Scientific Interest. Scottish Natural Heritage Research Commissioned Report No. 150, (ROAME No. FO2AA409). 2006, 60pp. Joint Consultant.

Moore C G, Saunders G, Mair J M & Lyndon A R. The inauguration of site condition monitoring of marine features of Loch Maddy Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Research Commissioned Report No. 152, (ROAME No. FO2AA409). 2006, 60 pp. Joint Consultant

Moore C G, Saunders G R, Harries D B, Mair J M, Bates C R & Lyndon A R. The establishment of site condition monitoring of the subtidal reefs of Loch Creran Special Area of Conservation. Scottish Natural Heritage Research Commissioned Report No. 151, (ROAME No. FO2AA409). 2006, 60 pp. Joint Consultant

Moore C G, Mair J M & Edwards D. “Site condition monitoring of the intertidal sediment flats of Loch Paible (Balranald Bog and Loch nam Feithean SSSI”. Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report No. 101 (ROAME No. F02AA409a). 2005. 31 pp. Joint Consultant.

Biography

Following PhD research work in Mexico (on the ecology of postlarval penaeid shrimp related to a coastal lagoon fishery), early career activities centred on the study of ecological effects of oil industry and aquaculture impacts on the marine environment mainly in UK waters. This involved a variety of work undertaken whilst on the staff of the Institute of Offshore Engineering, an academic consultancy unit of Heriot-Watt University. The main publication outputs resulting from this work were semi-confidential company and government consultancy reports.

On becoming a Lecturer (academic member of staff) in August 1996 in the Department of Civil and Offshore Engineering and subsequently in the School of Life Sciences, and therefore able to apply for his own personal research grants, his research initiatives and grant applications began to focus on aspects of seabed habitat mapping and biodiversity ecology for conservation management purposes (UK and overseas) including the development of diving, video, side-scan sonar and other remote sensing methods for studying marine habitats.

Professor Mair has, over the last few years, also promoted research and postgraduate training links with organisations in the UK and overseas.

Dr Mair retired June 2017, but continues to monitor some research initiatives.

UK

  • SAMS Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
  • Edinburgh University
  • St Andrews University

Ecuador

  • University of Guayaquil
  • INOCAR, Ecuadorian Navy's Institute of Oceanography
  • Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos

Colombia

  • Coralina, San Andres
  • INVEMAR Marine Research Institute, Santa Marta

Panama

  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
  • University of Panama

Mexico

  • UNAM - The Autonomous National University of Mexico's marine research station, Mazatlan
  • UNAM - marine research station, Puerto Morelos
  • Instituto Tecnologico de Merida

Costa Rica

  • University Nacional de Costa Rica
Further information

Professor Mair represented Heriot-Watt university on the Executive Committee of the marine research pool, MASTS.

See also