Rebecca J Weeks

        Head and shoulder photo of SRSL project manager Rebecca Weeks

Project Manager

I am a marine biologist/physicist, and started as a Project Manager for SRSL in August 2018.

Within SRSL I project manage the depositional model NewDEPOMOD but my role encompasses a range of scientific disciplines, ensuring that projects are delivered safely to time, cost and quality.

My research interests range from marine mammal behaviour and sediment ecology to technology development, harmful phytoplankton blooms and ocean optics.

Contact details:
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My current role

As project manager primarily for NewDEPOMOD, a depositional model for use around fish farms, my main responsibility lies with liaising between end users and software developers to ensure the product is optimised. It also involves management of commercial projects relating to its use, in parallel to a range of research outputs within SAMS and the wider science community.

Research interests

My research interests have evolved from saltmarsh and sediment ecology at undergraduate level, to bottlenose dolphin behaviour analysis during my masters, on to technology development and quantitative remote-sensing of ocean colour, and the optical properties of phytoplankton through my PhD. From this background I have developed a generalised interest in marine science, and primarily in environmental management of coastal oceans.


Awaiting completion: PhD 'Development of a minaturised, unmanned aerial vehicle-mounted spectrometer for monitoring of ocean reflectance, with particular regards to harmful algal blooms'. University of the Highlands and Islands / University of Aberdeen

2012 MRes (with Distinction) Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems. University of St Andrews (and SAMS)

2011 BSc (Hons) Marine Biology (First Class). University of St Andrews

Relevant employment history

Since Aug 2018: Project Manager. SAMS Research Services Ltd

Jun 2017 - Mar 2018: Environmental Consultant Intern. SAMS Research Services Ltd

2013 Research Assistant. Sediment Ecology Research Group at the University of St Andrews

2012 Research Assistant. Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews

2011 Video Analyst (Fish Farms). Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews

2011 Benthic Taxonomist. Scottish Oceans Institute Ltd 


Professional membership

IEEE, Member

Peer-reviewed publications

Lefering, I., Röttgers, R., Weeks, R., Connor, D., Utschig, C., Heymann, K. and McKee, D., 2016. Improved determination of particulate absorption from combined filter pad and PSICAM measurements. Optics Express, 24(22), pp.24805-24823.

Conference talks

Macdonald, F, Howe, J, Jones, S, Weeks, R & Houpert, L 2016. The Scottish Marine Robotics Facility: Use of unmanned vehicles for environmental measurement, monitoring and decision making. In: IFAC-PapersOnLine: 10th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine SystemsCAMS. 23 edn, vol. 49, Elsevier, Norway, pp. 482-485., 10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.10.452

Weeks, R., Anderson, P., Davidson, K. and McKee, D. (in progress), ‘The use of a quadcopter-mounted hyper-spectral spectrometer for examining reflectance in Scottish coastal waters’. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2018 conference.

Data publication

Paterson, D.M., Hope, J.A., Wade, K., Kenworthy, J., Defew, E.C., Weeks, R.J., Wyness, A. (2015). Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) sediment stability by Cohesive Strength Meter (CSM) in salt marsh and mud flat habitats. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre