Dr Keiron Fraser
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Dr Keiron Fraser

Lecturer in Marine Conservation and Academic Dive Manager

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Biography

Biography

As a Lecturer in Marine Conservation and the Academic Diving Manager, as well as the University Diving Officer, I am responsible for managing all diving carried out by staff and students at the University of Plymouth, excluding diving carried out by the Student Union SCUBA Society. My remit includes diving carried out on the HSE SCUBA courses run by the University, the Scientific Diving module (OS207), diving on student placements and student dissertations and diving by staff to collect samples, or gather data for their research. My responsibilities extend to diving both in the UK and overseas.   

In addition I am the academic module leader for a Scientific Diving module (OS207), teach on the Ocean Science and Marine Conservation Field Course (OS313) and Fish and Fisheries (MBIO363) and act as an adviser to BSc, Masters and PhD Students.  

I also work with the National Geographic Pristine Seas Programme as an Expedition Leader and scientist.  

Qualifications

BSc Marine Biology/Zoology - Bangor University 1994
PhD - University of Aberdeen 1998

After completing my PhD, I worked for the British Antarctic Survey from 1998-2008 as a Marine Eco-physiologist. During this time I worked in the Antarctic and Arctic and have dived extensively in the Antarctic and at South Georgia. After leaving the British Antarctic Survey I worked for the Government of South Georgia for 6 years as a Government Officer managing fisheries and tourism and as the Operations Manager overseeing fisheries management, fisheries patrolling and the management of large scale environmental projects. While based in the Falkland Islands I dived with the Shallow Marine Survey group in many areas of the archipelago.      


I have dived professionally for 24 years and recreationally for 31 years. 

Professional membership

Porcupine Marine Natural History Society

Marine Biological Association

Roles on external bodies

Member
BSI and ISO Committees for the standardisation of scientific diver training

Scientific Diving Sub-Committee (SDSC) of the Health and Safety Executive
Port of Plymouth Liaison Committee (PPLC) member
 


Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

HSE Professional SCUBA training with an emphasis on teaching diving scientists.  
 
The application of scientific diving to carry out sub-sea research.

Animal ecophysiology and in particular the field-based measurement of physiological function in organisms.  

Fish and fisheries management.

Marine conservation. 

Research

Research

Research interests

The application of scientific diving to carry out subsea research. 


Marine ectotherm ecophysiology, in particular protein metabolism and seasonality.

Temperate sea grass ecology.

Benthic ecology. 

SCUBA based measurement of biodiversity. 

Seasonality in the marine environment.

Research degrees awarded to supervised students

PhDs

Alvarez-Cienfuegos, I. (in progress). Factors controlling protein metabolism and growth in the intertidal limpet Patella vulgata. UoP funded

Truebano, M. (2010). Thermal stress in the Antarctic clam Laternula and temperate mussel Mytilus edulis: European Science Foundation PolarCLIMATE

Smale, D. (2007). The influence of ice disturbance on nearshore benthic communities at Adelaide Island, Antarctica: Daniel Smale (2007). Open University

Bowgen, A. (2005). Low temperature protein metabolism: the energetic costs of living and growing at thermal extremes: NERC PhD Studentship



MSc/MRes

Clarke, E. (2021). Does the non-native invasive Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas enhance or degrade benthic biodiversity

de Natale, C (2021). Comparison of survey techniques for habitat characterization in shallow, structured habitats: A measurement of survey effort for habitat characterization in coastal waters

Blackman, C (2020). Plymouth Sound and estuaries Special Area of Conservation: Analysis of change in subtidal Reef communities over time 1998-2019.

Gilkinson, C. (2020). The effect of biotic and abiotic conditions on the distribution of Mediterranean seagrass.  

Baker, J. (2019). A short-term trial of the recovery of a seagrass meadow in a commercially important location after the installation of Stirling-Advanced moorings.

 

Grants & contracts

Government of Malta - Consultancy 

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

Fraser, K.P.P., Peck, L.S., Clark, M.S., Clarke, A., Hill, S.L. (2022). Life in the freezer: protein metabolism in Antarctic fish. Royal Society Open Science 9, 211272.

Articles
Fraser KPP, Peck LS, Clark MS, Clarke A & Hill SL (2022) 'Life in the freezer: protein metabolism in Antarctic fish' Royal Society Open Science 9, (3) , DOI Open access
Van de Putte AP, Janko K, Kasparova E, Maes GE, Rock J, Koubbi P, Volckaert FAM, Choleva L, Fraser KPP & Smykla J (2012) 'Comparative phylogeography of three trematomid fishes reveals contrasting genetic structure patterns in benthic and pelagic species' Marine Genomics 8, 23-34 , DOI
Smale DA, Brown KM, Barnes DKA, Fraser KPP & Clarke A (2008) 'Ice Scour Disturbance in Antarctic Waters' Science 321, (5887) 371-371 , DOI
Kemp KM, Fraser KPP, Collins MA & Priede IG (2008) 'Seasonal variation in the white muscle biochemical composition of deep-sea macrourids in the North-east Atlantic' Marine Biology 155, (1) 37-49 , DOI
Barnes DKA, Linse K, Enderlein P, Smale D, Fraser KPP & Brown M (2008) 'Marine richness and gradients at Deception Island, Antarctica' Antarctic Science 20, (3) 271-280 , DOI
Clark MS, Fraser KPP & Peck LS (2008) 'Lack of an HSP70 heat shock response in two Antarctic marine invertebrates' Polar Biology 31, (9) 1059-1065 , DOI
Campbell HA, Fraser KPP, Bishop CM, Peck LS & Egginton S (2008) 'Hibernation in an Antarctic Fish: On Ice for Winter' PLoS ONE 3, (3) e1743-e1743 , DOI
Smale DA, Barnes DKA, Fraser KPP & Peck LS (2008) 'Benthic community response to iceberg scouring at an intensely disturbed shallow water site at Adelaide Island, Antarctica' Marine Ecology Progress Series 355, 85-94 , DOI
Clark MS, Fraser KPP & Peck LS (2008) 'Antarctic marine molluscs do have an HSP70 heat shock response' Cell Stress and Chaperones 13, (1) 39-49 , DOI
Clark MS, Geissler P, Waller C, Fraser KPP, Barnes DKA & Peck LS (2008) 'Low heat shock thresholds in wild Antarctic inter-tidal limpets (Nacella concinna)' Cell Stress and Chaperones 13, (1) 51-58 , DOI
SMALE DA, BARNES DKA & FRASER KPP (2007) 'The influence of ice scour on benthic communities at three contrasting sites at Adelaide Island, Antarctica' Austral Ecology 32, (8) 878-888 , DOI
Smale DA, Barnes DKA, Fraser KPP, Mann PJ & Brown MP (2007) 'Scavenging in Antarctica: Intense variation between sites and seasons in shallow benthic necrophagy' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 349, (2) 405-417 , DOI
Campbell HA, Fraser KPP, Peck LS, Bishop CM & Egginton S (2007) 'Life in the fast lane: The free-ranging activity, heart rate and metabolism of an Antarctic fish tracked in temperate waters' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 349, (1) 142-151 , DOI
Clark MS, Fraser KPP, Burns G & Peck LS (2007) 'The HSP70 heat shock response in the Antarctic fish Harpagifer antarcticus' Polar Biology 31, (2) 171-180 , DOI
Fraser KPP, Clarke A & Peck LS (2007) 'Growth in the slow lane: protein metabolism in the Antarctic limpet<i>Nacella concinna</i>(Strebel 1908)' Journal of Experimental Biology 210, (15) 2691-2699 , DOI
Bowgen AD, Fraser KPP, Peck LS & Clarke A (2007) 'Energetic cost of synthesizing proteins in Antarctic limpet, <i>Nacella concinna</i> (Strebel, 1908), is not temperature dependent' American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology 292, (6) R2266-R2274 , DOI
Barnes DKA, Linse K, Waller C, Morely S, Enderlein P, Fraser KPP & Brown M (2005) 'Shallow benthic fauna communities of South Georgia Island' Polar Biology 29, (3) 223-228 , DOI
Peck LS, Clark MS, Clarke A, Cockell CS, Convey P, Detrich HW, Fraser KPP, Johnston IA, Methe BA & Murray AE (2004) 'Genomics: applications to Antarctic ecosystems' Polar Biology 28, (5) 351-365 , DOI
Brown KM, Fraser KPP, Barnes DKA & Peck LS (2004) 'Links between the structure of an Antarctic shallow-water community and ice-scour frequency' Oecologia 141, (1) 121-129 , DOI
Fraser KPP, Peck LS & Clarke A (2004) 'Protein Synthesis, RNA Concentrations, Nitrogen Excretion, and Metabolism Vary Seasonally in the Antarctic Holothurian<i>Heterocucumis steineni</i>(Ludwig 1898)' Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 77, (4) 556-569 , DOI
Barnes DKA & Fraser KPP (2003) 'Rafting by five phyla on man-made flotsam in the Southern Ocean' Marine Ecology Progress Series 262, 289-291 , DOI
Fraser KPP, Clarke A & Peck LS (2002) 'Low-temperature protein metabolism: seasonal changes in protein synthesis and RNA dynamics in the Antarctic limpet <i>Nacella concinna</i> Strebel 1908' Journal of Experimental Biology 205, (19) 3077-3086 , DOI
Fraser KPP, Clarke A & Peck LS (2002) 'Feast and famine in Antarctica: seasonal physiology in the limpet Nacella concinna' Marine Ecology Progress Series 242, 169-177 , DOI
Fraser KPP, Houlihan DF, Lutz PL, Leone-Kabler S, Manuel L & Brechin JG (2001) 'Complete suppression of protein synthesis during anoxia with no post-anoxia protein synthesis debt in the red-eared slider turtle<i>Trachemys scripta elegans</i>' Journal of Experimental Biology 204, (24) 4353-4360 , DOI
Chapters
Fraser KPP & Rogers AD (2007) 'Protein Metabolism in Marine Animals: The Underlying Mechanism of Growth' Advances in Marine Biology Elsevier 267-362 , DOI
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Reports & invited lectures

University of Plymouth training framework for scientific diving: Health and Safety (HSE) SCUBA qualification - European Science Diver Online Workshop Dec 2020