Marine phytoplankton laid bare in a lecture on the dangers, and importance, of algae

Next month a leading microbial expert is to give a public lecture in Oban looking at what's for and against algae.

Professor Keith Davidson of the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) will explain how marine phytoplankton can be both vital for and harmful to life.

The tiny organisms form the base of the marine food chain and are crucial to global climate. However, some marine phytoplankton species, often called harmful algae, produce biotoxins that can be dangerous to humans and other mammals and can have a negative impact on coastal aquaculture like shellfish.

Marine phytoplankton: the good, the bad and the not so ugly, is the first in a series of free, public lectures organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Speaking about his forthcoming talk, Professor Davidson said: “I am honoured to be invited to present the first of the university’s inaugural professorial lectures to be given at SAMS. I hope the lecture will provide some insights into the fascinating world of marine microbes.”

It will be the first public talk he has given since being made a professor of the university earlier this year.

Professor Davidson’s inaugural lecture takes place from 5:15pm to 7pm at SAMS, Dunstaffnage, Oban, on Monday 9 September. To book a place or find out about video conference facilities in your area, please contact the UHI’s events team on 01463 279 344 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Professor Davidson is the head of the microbial and molecular biology department at SAMS. He can be contacted by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Media contact for this event:
Susan Szymborski
UHI Communications officer
Tel: 01463 279 222
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