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Research at St Andrews

Jonathan Anthony David


Jonathan Anthony David
Postal address:
School of Biology
Bute Medical Buildings
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

My research interests have included aquaculture systems and practices, the cellular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity, endocrine regulation in crustaceans, and the spatial modelling of chemical and acoustic pollutants.

Former research institutes: University of Cambridge, University of Angers

MSc supervision


Assessment of trend in water quality key variables at rainbow trout (Oncorhyncus mykiss) farming grow out cages.

The effect of supplementing methionine and lysine in formulated diets on growth performance, survival and body composition of Oreochromis niloticus fingerlings.

Saltwater aquaculture of the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus).

A comparison between water quality, growth performance and microbial communities in a water reuse and a flow through system in a Mediterranean nursery.

The role and application challenges of local plant raw material utilization for sustainable aquaculture.

Fillet discolouration marks as fish welfare indicators.


A review of broodstock management technique for sustainable fingerling production of Nile tilapia (O. niloticus): a case study of a hatchery in Siavonga district of Zambia.

The effect of thyroxine with and without cortisol on hatching rate, larval growth and survival of Clarias gariepinus.

Potential for marketing and exporting of ornamental fish from Jamaica to the international market.

An investigation into the sustainability of shrimp and tilapia aquaculture in Saint Lucia.

Sustainable aqua feed development in Guyana using on-shore seafood processing by-products.

Financial and practical analysis of a small-scale aquaponics set up.

Integration of seaweed culture with salmonid marine net-pen culture.


An analysis of voluntary labelling and certification schemes in relation to aquaculture and fisheries.

General sustainability of aquaculture in Spain, Iceland and Norway.


Competitive segregation of ammonia oxidising, nitrite oxidising and heterotrophic bacteria in fixed film biofilters.

Status of shrimp farming in Belize: assessing the current disease situation (acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease) and biosecurity measures in shrimp farms.

The potential for sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus) aquaculture in Greece, and the incorporation of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA).

Amoebic gill disease and presence in sediments.

An overview of how Japan's aquaculture could help to revive areas affected by natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunami.

Is Europe ready for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture?

Mediterranean certification standards and future developments.

An assessment of the sustainability of aquaculture in eastern Uganda.

A review of the application of probiotics in shrimp farming.

Mangrove degradation, the mangrove oyster, Crassostrea gasar, and oyster culture in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Quarantining fish the sustainable way.


A proposed early maturation manipulation regime for Atlantic salmon.

Valuation of carbonic anhydrase as a gill health biomarker in the seawater on-growing phase of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).

Welfare issues surrounding the maximum allowed feed withdrawal period.

A comparison of global food safety standards and regulations concerning shellfish.

Review of marine toxins affecting aquaculture systems.


South Fork Nooksack spring chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) captive broodstock programme: a project to help preserve an ESA-listed population of Pacific salmon.

Replacement of fishmeal and fish oil with chia seed (Salvia hispanica L.) in the diets of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss L).

Large scale aquaponics system in a rainbow trout recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) hatchery.

Courses developed (Sustainable Aquaculture)

Undergraduate Certificate

Postgraduate Certificate (Invertebrates)

Postgraduate Certificate (Vertebrates)

Postgraduate Diploma


Modular Courses

Recent scholarships (PGDip/MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture)


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 5 scholarships.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 10 scholarships.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 10 scholarships.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 16 scholarships.


Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. 9 scholarships.


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