SAGES Research and Innovation Committee (RICom) manages the research funding processes; allocates SFC earmarked funds (PEER and PECRE); allocated SAGES Small Grants and International Conference Support funds; manages research forum processes. Membership comprises: Director; two leaders per theme; Graduate School Director; Business Development Manager. Advisory Board members may attend meetings. RICom meets on a 6 monthly basis in combined meetings with ExCom.

Professor Mark Inall

Professor Mark Inall

SAGES Director

Professor Inall is a member of the Research and Innovation Committee in his role as SAGES Director.

Professor Inall is Associate Director and Principal Investigator in Physical Oceanography at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS).

Professor Inall gained his BSc in Physics from the University of Edinburgh, and gained his MSc and PhD in Physical Oceanography from the University of Southampton. He has undertaken research activities at Universities of Cambridge, Bangor and Victoria (BC).

Since 1998 he has led a marine physics research group at SAMS, with more recent responsibility for directing the Institute’s research portfolio. He co-developed Scotland’s first Marine Science BSc for the University of the Highlands and Islands. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and is Honorary Professor in the College of Science & Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Rob Bingham

Dr Rob Bingham

Landscape Form, Use & Change Theme Leader and Research & Innovation committee member

Awarded the Polar Medal by H.M. the Queen in 2013 for contributions to Arctic and Antarctic science, my principal research addresses the causes and pace of polar ice-sheet change, and the contributions of polar ice sheets to global sea levels.

My group and I use a wide array of geophysical, remote sensing and modelling techniques to unravel contemporary glacial change and processes, and to link modern subglacial environments and landforms to the deglaciated landscapes left behind by the retreat of ice sheets across the Northern Hemisphere.

Much of my research focus is in West Antarctica, but I also work in the High Arctic.

Professor Kate Heal

Professor Kate Heal

Carbon and Biogeochemical Cycles Theme Leader and Research & Innovation committee member

My research focuses on the interaction between hydrological and biogeochemical processes and how they are affected by land use and climate change to impact on water resource quantity and quality. I work in both rural and urban settings, including assessing the effectiveness of green infrastructure for reducing diffuse water pollution and flood risk, and examining carbon and nutrient processing in forest and peatland systems. Another on-going research interest is developing more sustainable phosphorus cycling through the use of waste materials to capture phosphorus from wastewater and recycle it as a slow release fertiliser.

Dr Finlo Cottier

Dr Finlo Cottier

Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate Co Theme Leader and Research & Innovation committee member

Finlo is a Senior Lecturer in Polar Oceanography at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) and holds an Adjunct Professorship at UiT, The Arctic University, Tromsø in the Department of Arctic Biology. His main scientific interests relate to the oceans and seas of the Arctic and Antarctic, particularly the shallow, coastal seas and the fjords of the Arctic. He also works within the Scottish Marine Robotics Facility based at SAMS. He completed a PhD in sea ice physics at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge and holds a BSc (Hons) in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Manchester.

Dr Sian Henley

Dr Sian Henley

Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate Co Theme Leader and Research & Innovation committee member

I am a marine biogeochemist and NERC Independent Research Fellow in the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. My research focus is nutrient cycling in the polar oceans and its role in and response to physical climate change. My Fellowship focuses on biogeochemical changes in the west Antarctic Peninsula region, and I also have research projects focusing on different aspects of the Arctic system in the context of warming and sea ice decline.

Dr Alexandre Gagnon

Dr Alexandre Gagnon

Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy Co Theme Leader and Research & Innovation Committee member

Dr Alexandre Gagnon is a member of the Centre for Environmental Research and contributes to the teaching of Environmental Science and the MSc in Waste and Clean Technologies in the School of Science and Sport. A Geographer and Climatologist by training, his research interests range from understanding the temporal and spatial patterns of climate variability in Scotland to vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.

His current research aims at assessing the vulnerability to climate change at the local/regional level through the application of conceptual models of vulnerability assessments, including assessments of adaptive capacity, and the identification of opportunities and barriers to adaptation. Hence, his research is multi-disciplinary, falling at the interface between the natural and social sciences; and involves working in partnerships with local government stakeholders.

Dr Tavis Potts

Dr Tavis Potts

Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy Co Theme Leader and Research & Innovation committee member

Dr Tavis Potts is a Senior Lecturer in environmental geography and Director of the MSc in Environmental Partnership Management at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Potts interests include social and policy innovation in environmental governance; natural resources management and conservation; the political economy of ecosystem services and critical examination of the green economy in concept and practice. Dr Potts has several research projects that work with coastal communities in developing ecosystem based approaches to marine planning; conservation and community engagement. Of interest is the application of ecosystem service concepts to marine protected areas; developing innovative means to explore and map social perspectives; the impact of fisheries eco-certification; the interaction of multiple sectors in the marine environment and the emergence of the blue economy as a policy concept. He has geographical research interests in Scotland and the UK, North-East Europe, the Polar regions; East Asia; Australia and Peru. Dr Potts is actively involved moving between social science and policy practice in the UK. He is a member of the Scottish Coastal Forum and Director of the East Grampian Coastal Partnership; is a non-executive member of the UK Government Marine Science Coordination Committee and Chair of the recent Marine Social Science Task Group that will promote dialogue and knowledge sharing between social scientists and policy makers.

Dr Massimo Bollasina

Dr Massimo Bollasina

Centre for Earth System Dynamics Theme Leader and Research & Innovation committee member

Doctor of Science, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland College Park
Surface and Aerosol Effects on the South Asian Monsoon Hydroclimate
Doctor of Science, Department of Physics, University of Milan
Study of Transport, Dispersion, and Precipitation of Effluents from Cooling Towers

Dr John Howe

Dr John Howe

SAGES Graduate School Convenor and Research & Innovation committee member

John Howe joined the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) in 1998 moving to Oban from a post-doctoral research post with the British Antarctic Survey. He has a PhD from the University of Southampton in marine geology and a degree in Geology from Derby University. In his current role of Senior Lecturer in Marine Geology he has been head of the Biogeochemistry and Earth Sciences department, is currently Degree Program Leader and is supervisor for a number of research students. Currently he sits on the steering group of the Marie Curie International Training Network (ITN) Glaciated North Atlantic Margins (GLANAM) project and the NERC National Capability Marine Environmental Mapping Program (MAREMAP). His research focus is on marine geomorphology and habitat mapping, Quaternary ice sheet history, glaciomarine environments and the use of autonomous underwater vehicles in marine mapping. He has worked in the Arctic and Antarctic examining marine sediments as archives of long-term environmental change. He has 91 published outputs from peer-reviewed science papers to magazine articles and book chapters. Current projects include the use of AUV’s in the Arctic and in the Patagonian fjord region of Chile. He is a keen sub-aqua diver, and is a scientific diver with the National Facility for Scientific Diving at SAMS as well as helping to run the student diving club.

Charlotte Waugh

Charlotte Waugh

SAGES Innovation Manager and Research & Innovation committee member

Charlotte leads the Business Development function at ECCI, working with the Business Managers to provide help and support for small and medium sized Scottish businesses to develop innovative low carbon products, services and resource efficiencies. She also provides innovation support to residents of ECCI’s Low Carbon Ideas Lab and is the SAGES Innovation Manager.