Stuart Gibb



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2013 – 2014: Visiting Professor – Changsha University of Science and Technology, China


2008 – 2014: Professor – University of the Highlands and Islands


2007 – 2014: Visiting Professor – East China University of Science, Shanghai, China


2007 – 2014: Fellow – Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)


2006 – 2014: Fellow – Higher Education Academy


2005 – 2014: Chartered Scientist (CSci)


1994 – 2014: Chartered Chemist (CChem)


1994 – 2014: Member – Royal Society of Chemistry


1989 – 1994: PhD Environmental Sciences – University of East Anglia


1988 – 1989: BSc (Hons) Class 1, Physical Sciences – Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology


1985 – 1988: BSc Physical Sciences – Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology


C. A. Downs, Kathleen E. McDougall, Cheryl M. Woodley, John E. Fauth, Robert H. Richmond,Ariel Kushmaro, Stuart W. Gibb, Yossi Loya, Gary K. Ostrander, Esti Kramarsky-Winter(2013) “Heat-Stress and Light-Stress Induce Different Cellular Pathologies in the Symbiotic Dinoflagellate during Coral Bleaching”, PLOS ONE 8 (12), 1-16


Coll J, Gibb SW,Price MF, McClatchey J, Harrison J. (2010) Developing site scale projections of climate change in the Scottish Highlands.Climate Research, 45:71-85


Kerr, S., Gibb, S., Grist, E.P.M., Harendza, A., Harris, R., Jackson, A.C., Shields, M., Side, J (2010) Wave and Tidal Energy in the Pentland Firth Area – how much environmental monitoring is enough?” Report on SRDG Stakeholder Workshop. Inverness, UK. 1st December 2009 13 pp.


Kerr, S., Gibb, S., Grist, E.P.M., Harendza, A., Harris, R., Jackson, A.C., Shields, M., Side, J.. 2010. “Wave and Tidal Energy in the Pentland Firth Area – how much environmental monitoring is enough?” Report on SRDG Stakeholder Workshop. Inverness, UK. 1st December 2009 13 pp.


Rae, I.B., Gibb, S.W. and Lu, S (2009) Biosorption of Hg(II) from aqueous solutions by Crab carapace (Short Communication) J. Hazardous Materials, 164, 1601-1604


Martin T Johnson, Peter S Liss, Thomas G Bell, Timothy J Lesworth, Alex R Baker, Andrew J Hind, Timothy D Jickells, Karabi F Biswas, Malcolm E S Woodward, Stuart W Gibb. 2008. Field observations of the ocean-atmosphere exchange of ammonia: Fundamental importance of temperature as revealed by a comparison of high and low latitudes. Global Biogeochemical Cycles (Impact Factor: 4.68). 01/2008; 22. DOI:200810.1029/2007GB003039


Lu, S., Gibb, S. W. (2008) Copper removal from wastewater using spent-grain as biosorbent. Bioresource Technology 99, 1509-1517


Johnson MT, Sanders R, Avgoustidi V, Lucas MI, Brown L, Hansell D, Moore CM, Gibb SW, Liss PS, Jickells TD (2007) Ammonium accumulation during a silicate limited diatom bloom indicates the potential for ammonia emission events. Marine Chemistry 106: 63-75.


Nebot, C., Gibb, S.W. and Boyd, K. (2007) Quantification of human pharmaceuticals in water samples by high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta, Volume 598, pp 87-94, doi:10.1016/j.aca.2007.07.029


Lu,S. Gibb, S. W. and Cochrane, E. (2007) Effective removal of zinc ions from aqueous solutions using crab carapace biosorbent. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 149 (1), 208-217, doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2006.01.054


Nebot, C., Gibb, S.W. & Boyd, K.G. (2007) Quantification of human pharmaceuticals in water samples by high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta. 598, pp 87-94.

McDougall, K.E., Gibb, S.W., Boyd, K.G. & Brown, B.E. (2006) Chlorophyll-like compounds as novel biomarkers of stress in corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series 325, 137-144.


E. L. Cochrane, S. Lu, S. W. Gibb and I. Villaescusa (2006) A comparison of low-cost biosorbents and commercial sorbents for the removal of copper from aqueous media. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 137 (1), 198-206, 2006 doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2006.01.054


McDougall KE, Gibb SW, Boyd KG, Brown BE (2006) ‘Chlorophyll-like’ compounds as novel biomarkers of stress in corals Marine Ecology Progress Series, 35, 137-144


John Coll, Stuart W. Gibb, John Harrison (2006). Upland climate change impacts – towards improved site-scle assessments for land use managers? In: Global Change in Mountain Regions. Ed M.F. Price. Sapiens Publishing, Dumfries. Pp 273-275


Naqvi SWA, Bange HW, Gibb SW, Goyet C, Hatton AD, Upstill-Goddard RC (2005) Biogeochemical ocean-atmosphere transfers in the Arabian Sea. Progress in Oceanography 65: 116-144


John Coll, Stuart W. Gibb and John Harrison (2005). Modelling future climate change in the Scottish Highlands – an approach integrating local climatic variables and climate model outputs. In: The Mountains of Europe: Conservation and Management, People and Nature. D.B.A. Thomson, M.F. Price and C.A. Galbraith. HMSO, Edinburgh. Pp103-109


Woolf, D.K., J. Coll, S. Gibb and P.G. Challenor. 2004. Sensitivity of ferry services to the Western Isles of Scotland to changes in wave climate. In: Proceedings of OMAE’04, 23rd International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, ASME.


Rae, I.B., Gibb, S.W. (2004) Removal of metals from aqueous wastes using natural Chitinous materials. Water Science and Technology, 47 (10), 189-196


Rae, I.B., Gibb, S.W. (2003) Crab carapace: A low cost solution for Cu(II) removal from aqueous solutions. IWA Water Intelligence Online []


Brown BE, Downs CA, Dunne RP, Gibb SW (2002) Exploring the basis of thermotolerance in the reef coral Goniastrea aspera. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 242, 119-129, 2002


Brown BE, Downs CA, Dunne RP, Gibb SW (2002) Preliminary evidence for tissue retraction as a factor in photoprotection of corals incapable of xanthophyll cycling. J. Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 277 (2): 129-144, 2002


Joint I, and 27 authors including Gibb SW (2001) Pelagic production at the Celtic Sea shelf break. Deep Sea Research II 48: 3049-3081.


Gibb SW, Barlow RG, Cummings DG, Mantoura RFC, Irigoien X (2001) Pigment chemotaxonomy of the northeastern Atlantic. Deep Sea Research II 48: 795-823.


Llewellyn, C. A. and Gibb, S. W. (2000) Intra-class variability in the carbon, pigment and biomineral content of prymnesiophytes and diatoms, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 193, 33-44,


Brown, BE, Dunne, RP, Warner, ME, Ambarsari, I, Fitt, WK, Gibb, SW, Cummings, DG.(200) Damage and recovery of Photosystem II during a manipulative field experiment on solar bleaching in the coral Goniastrea aspera. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 195, 117-124.


Anning T, MacIntyre HL, Pratt SM, Sammes PJ, Gibb S, Geider RJ. (2000) Photoacclimation in the marine diatom Skeletonema costatum. Limnology and Oceanography 45 (8), 1807-1817


Gibb, S.W., R.G. Barlow, D.G. Cummings, N.W. Rees, C.C. Trees, P. Holligan, D. Suggett. (2000) Surface phytoplankton pigment distributions in the Atlantic Ocean: An assessment of basin scale variability between 50°N and 50°S. Progress in Oceanography, 45 (3-4), 339-368


Coll, John, David K. Woolf, Stuart W. Gibb, Peter G. Challenor, 2013: Sensitivity of Ferry Services to the Western Isles of Scotland to Changes in Wave and Wind Climate. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 52, 1069–1084. DOI: 


Professor Stuart Gibb is currently Director of the Environmental Research Institute at North Highland College,UHI, in Thurso and is UHI’s leading professor in Environmental Sciences.


With interests in renewable energy and the environment, the green economy, biogeochemistry, environmental analytical chemistry and climate change, Professor Gibb is currently building a portfolio of research and associated activity addressing the contemporary environmental issues that affect the function of the natural environment.


In November 2010 Professor Gibb and his team were integral in the launch of the £4m Marine Renewable Energy and the Environment (MaREE) project which is designed to play a pivotal role in the development of the renewable energy sector in Scotland.


The project, which has created 18 new jobs, is funded by the university as a strategic delivery body for European Union regional development funds, the Scottish Funding Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It aims to develop an integrated and holistic understanding of the environmental considerations surrounding marine renewable energy initiatives in Scotland.


He also recently oversaw the launch of the new £3 million Centre for Energy and the Environment at North Highland College, UHI, a facility which aims to boost international development of the green economy. Students, researchers, technicians and support staff will work from the new facility to explore the region’s marine energy resources and the environmental impact of schemes aiming to produce power from them.


Professor Gibb has also worked for the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of East Anglia and the British Antarctic Survey, including participation on national and international programmes in Antarctica, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean and Northern Seas.


He has also authored or co-authored more than 40 research publications and book chapters and boasts active collaborations with organisations across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.


As well as holding Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist status, he is also a visiting Professor at the East China University of Science and Technology and a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy.