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E: l.g.ross at stir dot ac dot uk

Professor of Aquatic Physiology
Head of Sustainable Aquaculture Research Group

  • Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences 1997 - 2003.
  • Member of the Scottish Deans of Science and Engineering Committee.
  • Editor of the key Wiley-Blackwell journal Aquaculture Research.

Lindsay has over 35 years of experience in tropical and temperate aquaculture and has published almost 300 articles in his various fields of interest. Current research interests are focused on:

  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing for Spatial Planning and Management of Aquaculture.
  • Investigation of indigenous species for Aquaculture development in Latin America.
  • Biodiversity, Climate Change and Aquaculture.
  • Biology and physiology of warm water cultured fish and shrimp.

With a long term focus on physiology and biology of cultured animals, including tilapias, carps, salmonids, atherinids and crustaceans, at the whole animal level, Lindsay is principal author of the only reference work on anaesthesia and sedation of aquatic animals, published by Wiley-Blackwell. See here:

Lindsay has been involved in international development work and consultancy, including institutional and curriculum development, in a number of countries. He is currently managing and partner in long-term projects aimed at exploitation of indigenous species for aquaculture in Mexico. See here:

Over the last 20 years, Lindsay has developed and led a strong research group developing GIS & spatial analyisis to support decision making for aquaculture. The group is widely recognised as being at the forefront of these technologies for the sector. See here:

For full information on any of these activities, including details of our past and present projects and access to published work, please visit our web site here:

Read a mini CV for Prof Ross

Some representative recent publications:

Handisyde, N., Sanchez Lacalle1, D., Arranz, S. and Ross, L.G. 2013. Modelling the flood cycle, aquaculture development potential and risk using MODIS data: a case study for the floodplain of the Rio Parana, Argentina. Aquaculture. doi: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.10.043.

Ponce-Palafox, J.T., Ruíz-Luna, A., García-Ulloa Gómez, M., Esparza-Leal, H.M., Arredondo-Figueroa, J.L., Martinez-Palacios, C.A. and Ross, L.G. 2013. A response-surface analysis of the relative importance of the temperature, salinity and body weight on the respiratory metabolism of the white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei (Boone, 1931). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology. doi: 10.1080/10236244.2013.849058

Falconer, L., Hunter, D-C., Scott, P.C., Telfer, T.C. and Ross. L.G. 2013. Using physical environmental parameters and cage engineering design within GIS-based models of site suitability for coastal and offshore aquaculture. Submitted to Aquaculture Environment Interactions. 4: 223-227. doi: 10.3354/aei00084.

Asmah, R., Muir, J.F., & Ross, L.G. 2013. A GIS approach to defining aquaculture development potential in Ghana. Case Study. In: Meaden, G.J.; Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.; Eds. Advances in geographic information systems and remote sensing for fisheries and aquaculture. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 552. Rome, FAO. p259-268.

Ríos-Durán, M. G.,Martínez-Palacios C. A., Valencia I. R., and Ross, L. G. 2013. Nutritional evaluation of autoclaved Salicornia bigelovii Torr. seed meal supplemented with varying levels of cholesterol on growth, nutrient utilization and survival of the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). Aquaculture International. doi: 10.1007/s10499-013-9638-5.

Falconer, L., Hunter, D-C., Telfer, T.C. and Ross. L.G. 2013. Visual, Seascape and Landscape analysis to support coastal aquaculture site selection. Land Use Policy. 34: 1-10.

Ross, L.G., Telfer, T.C., Falconer, L., Soto, D. And Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.A. 2013. Site selection and carrying capacities for inland and coastal aquaculture. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Proceedings. 21. FAO, Rome.

Asmah, R., Muir, J.F., & Ross, L.G. 2013. A GIS approach to defining aquaculture development potential in Ghana. Case Study. In: Meaden, G.J.; Aguilar-Manjarrez, J.; eds. Advances in geographic information systems and remote sensing for fisheries and aquaculture. FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Technical Paper. No. 552. Rome, FAO.

Moreno Navas, J,, Telfer, T.C. and Ross, L.G. 2012. Separability indexes and accuracy of Neuro-fuzzy classification in Geographical Information Systems for assessment of coastal environmental vulnerability. Ecological Informatics. 12: 43-49. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2012.06.006

Moreno Navas, J,, Telfer, T.C. and Ross, L.G. 2011. Spatial modelling of environmental vulnerability of marine finfish aquaculture using GIS-based neuro-fuzzy techniques. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 48: (8), 1786-1799. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.05.019.

Moreno, J., Telfer. T.C. and Ross L.G. 2011. Application of 3D hydrodynamic and particle tracking models for better environmental management of finfish culture. Continental Shelf Research. 31: 675-684. doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2011.01.001.

Ross, L.G.,, Falconer, L., Campos Mendoza, A. & Martínez Palacios, C.A. & Ross, L. 2011. Spatial modelling for freshwater cage location in the Presa Adolfo Mateos Lopez (El Infiernillo), Michoacán, México. Aquaculture Research. 42, (6). doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2010.02689.

Navarette Ramíreza, C. A. Martínez-Palacios, Aurora Olvera, Aurea Orozco, Carlos Valverde-R, Elva Mayra Toledo-Cuevas, L.G.Ross. 2011. Effects of the administration of micro doses of thyroxine (T4) on the growth and survival of pike silverside (Menidia estor) juveniles. Aquaculture Research. 42: 808-814. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.2011.02834.x

van Brakel, M.L. and Ross, L.G. 2011. Aquaculture development and scenarios of change in fish trade and market access for the poor in Cambodia. Aquaculture Research. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2010.02661.x

Lindsay G Ross, Neil Handisyde, Donna-Claire Nimmo. 2009. Spatial Decision Support in Aquaculture: the role of Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing. In: New Technologies in Aquaculture. Woodhead Publishing Ltd.

Ross, L.G. and Ross, B. 2008. Anaesthesia and Sedation of Aquatic Animals. Third Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1-4051-4938-9. April 2008.

Martínez-Palacios, C.A., Fonseca Madrigal, J.F., Ríos-Durán, Ma,G., Toledo Cuevas, M. Ross, L.G.. 2008. Developments in the nutrition of Menidia estor Jordan 1880. Aquaculture Research. 39: (7), 738-737. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2008.01926.x

Ross, L.G. and Martinez-Palacios, C.A. 2008. Developing native fish species for aquaculture: The interacting demands of biodiversity, sustainable aquaculture and livelihoods. Aquaculture Research. 39: (7), 675-683. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2109.2008.01920.x

Carlos. A. Martínez-Palacios., Rosa. L. Salgado-García., Ilie. S. Racotta., Antonio Campos-Mendoza & Lindsay. G. Ross. 2008. The effects of salinity on eggs, larvae and juveniles of silverside (Chirostoma promelas Jordan and Snyder 1899) from Lake Chapala, Mexico. North American Journal of Aquaculture. 70: (1), 12-19. DOI. 10.1577/A06-026.1

Ross, L.G., Sanchez -Blanco, J., Martínez-Palacios, C.A., Racotta, I.S. & Toledo Cuevas, M. 2007. Anaesthesia, sedation and transportation of juvenile Chirostoma estor estor Jordan 1879 using benzocaine and hypothermia. Aquaculture Research. 38: 909-917.

Corner, R.A., Brooker, A., Telfer, T.C. and Ross, L.G. 2006. A fully integrated GIS-based model of particulate waste distribution from marine fish-cage sites. Aquaculture. 258, 299-311.

Pérez-Sanchez, E, Muir, J.F. and Ross, L.G. 2005. Livelihood options for the coastal zone of Tabasco, Mexico. Journal of Aquatic Resources, Culture and Development. 1: (2), 91-108.

Pérez, O. M. Telfer, T. C. and Ross, L. G. 2003. Use of GIS-based models for integrating and developing marine fish cages within the tourism industry in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Coastal Management. 34: (4), 355-366.

Pérez, O.M., Telfer, T.C. and Ross, L. G. 2003. On the calculation of wave climate for offshore cage culture site selection: A case study in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Aquacultural Engineering. 29: 1-21.

Recent projects:

2012-15: Planning for improved and sustainable cage aquaculture in Lake Volta, Ghana. Royal Society/Leverhulme Africa Grant. £175K.

2010-11: Expert Workshop on site selection and carrying capacity. FAO £65,000

2010-13: Environmental modelling for aquaculture. EU/SEAT Workpackage 4. £123,744

2008-10: GIS study of climate change in Bangladesh. British Council/DELPHE. £12,000

2006-07: GIS study of world climate change and aquaculture. DFID. £22,000

2005-06: GIS and CZM for aquaculture. SARF. £20,000

2004-07: Native species & Livelihoods in Mexico. DEFRA/Darwin Initiative. £174,000

2001-03: Culture of an endangered species. DFID/British Council. £50,000

2001-02: GIS modelling of aid targeting. DFID. £20,000

2000-01: GIS pilot study of poverty and aid targeting. DFID. £5,000

Mexican projects:

2009-2012: Optimización del crecimiento de peces Atherinopsidos mediante el manejo de condiciones ambientales, genéticas, fisiológicas y nutricionales. Ciencia Básica de Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT). $1.6m pesos.

2007-2010: Estudio prospectivo del estado ecológico y productivo del embalse “López-Mateos; una propuesta para un adecuado manejo biológico, pesquero y de acuicultura. Fondos Mixtos/Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT). $2.1m pesos.

2007-2009: Desarrollo tecnológico para el aprovechamiento e industrialización del pez diablo del Bajo Balsas en Michoacán. Fondos Mixtos/Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT). $4m pesos.