Stuart Gibb



E-Mail Address

Phone Number

+44 (0)1847 889581

Job Description

Current positions         

Vice-Principal (International and External Engagement)  

University of the Highlands and Islands, Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College UHI


Director, Environmental Research Institute

North Highland College, UHI, Thurso


Professor of Environmental Sciences  

University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI)

Visiting Professor                                                       

2013- present
Changsha University of Science and Technology, China


Secondment (0.5 FTE) 2012-2013
UHI (Research Academic Structures Review)



Visiting Professor   2008-2013
East China University of Science, Shanghai, China



Research & Development Manager  1999-2003
Environmental Research Institute, NHC- UHI, Thurso, UK



Senior Scientific Officer (Biogeochemistry)   1997-1999
Centre for Coastal & Marine Sciences (CCMS), Plymouth, UK



Higher Scientific Officer (Marine Ecology)   1995-1997
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), UK



 NERC Research Fellow    1992-1995
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia & PML, UK



PhD Environmental Sciences

Awarded 1994

School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

(CASE Research Student 1989-1992 with Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

BSc (Hons) Class I Physical Sciences

Awarded 1989

Robert Gordon`s Institute of Technology (now RGU)
Awarded `Glaxochem Prize for Most Distinguished Degree Student`


BSc Physical Sciences (with commendation)

Awarded 1988

Robert Gordon`s Institute of Technology (now RGU)


Recent training
– Marine Energy Supply Chain                                                                


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Learning Journey

– UHI Senior Leader Development and Delivery Programme           


– Leadership for Growth                                                                    

2012 -13

Institute of Directors / HIE (Leadership; Innovation; Strategy; Human Resources; Internationalisation; Sales & marketing; Finance; Personal Development; Corporate Governance; Technology etc.


(From 1999)

Andrew N. Commin, Magnus W.H. Davidson, Nicola Largey, Paul P.J. Gaffney, David W. Braidwood, Stuart W. Gibb,  John McClatchey
Spatial smoothing of onshore wind: Implications for strategic development in Scotland
Energy Policy, Volume 109, October 2017, Pages 36-48


Andrew S. French, Ruth N. Zadoks, Philip J. Skuce, Gillian Mitchell,  Danielle K. Gordon-Gibbs, Alexandra Craine, David Shaw, Stuart W. Gibb, Mark A. Taggart
Prevalence of Liver Fluke (Fasciola hepatica) in Wild Red Deer (Cervus elaphus): Coproantigen ELISA Is a Practicable Alternative to Faecal Egg Counting for Surveillance in Remote Populations
PLoS ONE (2016) 11(9): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0162420


André Valente et al., 43 authors including Stuart W. Gibb
A compilation of global bio-optical in situ data for ocean-colour satellite applications
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 235–252, 2016, doi:10.5194/essd-8-235-2016


Andrew Commin, John McClatchey, Magnus Davidson, Stuart Gibb
Close-proximity tidal phasing for ‘firm’ electricity supply
Renewable Energy, Volume 102, Part B, doi10.1016/j.renene.2016.10.058


Carolina Nebot, Raquel Falcon, Kenneth G. Boyd and Stuart W. Gibb
Introduction of human pharmaceuticals from wastewater treatment plants into the aquatic environment: A rural perspective.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research (2015) 22: 10559. doi:10.1007/s11356-015-4234-z


Jiang J-J, Lee C-L, Fang M-D, Boyd KG, Gibb SW Source Apportionment and Risk Assessment of Emerging Contaminants: An Approach of Pharmaco-Signature in Water Systems.
PLoS ONE (2015) 10(4): doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122813.


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;
Heat-Stress and Light-Stress Induce Different Cellular Pathologies in the Symbiotic Dinoflagellate during Coral Bleaching, PLOS ONE 8 (12), 1-16, 2013


Peloquin J. et al., 30 authors including Gibb S.
The MAREDAT global database of high performance liquid chromatography marine pigment measurements.
Earth System Science Data (1866-3516), 2013, Vol. 5 , P. 109-123


Shields, M.A., D.K. Woolf, E.P.M. Grist, S.A. Kerr, A.C. Jackson R.E. Harris, M.C Bell, R. Beharie, A. Want, E. Osalusi, S.W. Gibb and J. Side.
Marine renewable energy: The ecological implications of altering the hydrodynamics of the marine environment.
Ocean & Coastal Management 54, 2-9, 2011; doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2010.10.036


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


Johnson, MT, Liss, PS, Bell, TG, Lesworth, TJ, Baker, AR, Hind, AJ, Jickells, TD, Biswas, KF, Woodward, M & Gibb, SW
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, 22 (1), 2008,  doi:10.1029/2007GB003039


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


Johnson MT, Sanders R, Avgoustidi V, Lucas MI, Brown L, Hansell D, Moore CM, Gibb SW, Liss PS, Jickells TD
Ammonium accumulation during a silicate limited diatom bloom indicates the potential for ammonia emission events. Marine Chemistry 106: 63-75, 2007;  doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2006.09.006


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


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


E. L. Cochrane, S. Lu, S. W. Gibb and I. Villaescusa
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
‘Chlorophyll-like’ compounds as novel biomarkers of stress in corals.
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 35, 137-144, 2006


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


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


Modelling future climate change in the Scottish Highlands – an approach integrating local climatic variables and climate model outputs
John Coll, Stuart W. Gibb and John Harrison. 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, 2005


Woolf, D.K., J. Coll, S. Gibb and P.G. Challenor.
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, 2004.


Gibb SW, Hatton AD.
The occurrence and distribution of trimethylamine-N-oxide in Antarctic coastal waters.
Marine Chemistry 91: 65-75, 2004


I.B. Rae and S.W. Gibb
Removal of metals from aqueous solutions using natural chitinous materials
Water Science & Technology Vol 47 No 10 pp 189-196, 2003


Steinke M, Malin G, Gibb SW, Burkill PH.
Vertical and temporal variability of DMSP lyase activity in a coccolithophorid bloom in the northern North Sea.
Deep Sea Research II, 49: 3001-3016. 2002


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


Brown BE, Downs CA, Dunne RP, Gibb SW
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
Pelagic production at the Celtic Sea shelf break.
Deep Sea Research II, 48: 3049-3081, 2001


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


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


Brown, BE, Dunne, RP, Warner, ME, Ambarsari, I, Fitt, WK, Gibb, SW, Cummings, DG. Damage and recovery of Photosystem II during a manipulative field experiment on solar bleaching in the coral Goniastreaspera.
Marine Ecology Progress Series, 195, 117-124, 2000.


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


Gibb, S.W., R.G. Barlow, D.G. Cummings, N.W. Rees, C.C. Trees, P. Holligan, D. Suggett.
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, 2000


Handbook of Water Analysis.  Chapter 11 – Ammonia
Stuart W. Gibb, Leo Nollet (Ed.), ISBN 0-8247-8433-2 Marcel Dekker, New York, 2000


J.M. Baker, C.E. Reeves, S.A. Penkett, P.D. Nightingale, S.W. Gibb and A.D. Hatton
Biological Production of Methyl Bromide in the Coastal Waters of the North Sea and Open Ocean of the Northeast Atlantic
Marine Chemistry, 64(4), 267-285, 1999


Colomban de Vargas, Richard Norris, Louisette Zaninetti, Stuart W. Gibb Jan Pawlowski.
Molecular Evidence of Cryptic Speciation in Planktonic Foraminifers and their Relation to oceanic Provinces.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 96 (6), 2864-2868, 1999


Brown BE, Ambarsari I, Warner ME, Fitt WK, Dunne RP, Gibb SW and Cummings DG. Diurnal changes in photochemical efficiency and xanthophyll concentrations in shallow water reef corals: evidence for photoinhibition and photoprotection.
Coral Reefs, 18,99-105, 1999


Angela D. Hatton, and Stuart W. Gibb
A novel technique for the determination of Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) in natural waters, and biological media, Analytical Chemistry, 71, 4886-4891, 1999


S.W. Gibb, P.S. Liss and R.F C. Mantoura.
Ocean – atmosphere exchange and atmospheric speciation of methylamines and ammonia in the NW Arabian Sea,
Global Biogeochemical Cycles, volume 13 (1), 161-178, 1999


S.W. Gibb, R.F.C. Mantoura, P.S. Liss and R.G. Barlow.
Distributions and Biogeochemistries of Methylamines and Ammonium in the Arabian Sea.
Deep Sea Research II, 40 (3-4), 593-616, 1999



Professor Stuart Gibb is Director of the Environmental Research Institute at the North Highland College of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) where he a leading professor in Environmental Sciences.
Stuart grew up in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and studied in Aberdeen, and at the University of East Anglia in England.  Prior to joining the UHI, he has worked with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of East Anglia and with the British Antarctic Survey, including participation in national and international research programmes in Antarctica, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans and the Mediterranean and Northern Seas.
Stuart joined the North Highland College (NHC) to establish the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), a Centre which now employs almost 40 staff and research students. Here he is committed to instigating and developing research, learning, enterprise and outreach around a portfolio contemporary environmental issues currently focused on the priorities of ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’, ‘Carbon water and Climate’ and ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’
He has published articles in ~20 different peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from marine biogeochemistry & environmental analytical chemistry to water remediation; and from coral reef ecology to climate change in mountain environments. He has active collaborations and partnerships with SMEs and stakeholders across Scotland, and with universities and research institutes across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia, including experience of leading and participating in EU programmes.
He has had the opportunity to work as an advisor and reviewer for national agencies such as the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage as well organisations from further afield including Research Council of Norway and NASA in the USA. He is currently chair of the European Offshore Windfarm Environment Committee and the Peatland Partnership.
As well as holding Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist status, Stuart has held Visiting Professorial appointments with the East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai and at the Changsha University of Science and Technology in Hunan Province of China. He is a fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Higher Education Academy.