Dr David Smyth

Science Officer

Contact info

Room: 2nd floor, Marine Centre Wales       Phone: +44 (0) 1248 388603

Email: d.smyth@bangor.ac.uk

Web: www.shellfish.wales          

I graduated in Marine Biology from Queen’s University Belfast in 2002. After which I undertook a PhD in stock enhancement strategies for the native oyster Ostrea edulis at Queen’s Marine Laboratory Portaferry between 2003 and 2006. I remained at Queens in a post-doctoral position for a further three years managing a project which investigated restoration techniques for damaged Modiolus modiolus reefs. I then accepted a two post in 2010 as the Field Diving Officer with the British Antarctic Survey based at Rothera Research Station. After Antarctica I returned to Queen’s University and undertook a post-doc investigating the impact of marine renewable arrays on benthic community structure. I then moved to Qatar University as an Assistant Professor of Research managing a hawksbill turtle conservation programme and researching the impact of static fishing gear on pearl oyster beds from 2014-2017. I then returned once again to Queens where I investigated the rate of epibiotic successional recovery after sub-sea construction and associated kite energy harvesting activity.

I am a marine environmental ecologist with a keen interest in habitat restoration and enhancement through the use of bio-engineering bivalves primarily the European native oyster Ostrea edulis. Particular areas of interest in this field include the population dynamics of a recovering O. edulis stock and its associated flora and fauna. Identifying a restoration blueprint which will transform a functionally extinct O. edulis region into a self-sustaining recognised biotope is one of my major research components. I am also focused on developing an approach to O. edulis fishery management which will meet the environmental demands associated with an OSPAR and UK Biodiversity Action Plan species while accommodating the needs of the fishing community. I employ an empirical approach to my research using long-term in-situ monitoring, hatchery experimentation and field surveys.

  1. Article › Research › Peer-reviewed
  2. A new species of Leucosiid crab (Decapoda: Brachyura: Leucosiidae) from the Arabian Gulf

    Giraldes, B. W., Al-Maslamani, I. & Smyth, D., 6 Apr 2017, In : Zootaxa. 4250, 4, p. 389-395

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Published

    Anthropogenic related variations in the epibiotic biodiversity and age structure of the “Pearl Oyster” Pinctada radiata within the eulittoral zone of Qatar

    Smyth, D., Al-Maslamani, I., Giraldes, B. W., Chatting, M. & Le Vay, L., May 2016, In : Regional Studies in Marine Science. 5, p. 87-96

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Artisanal fishing of spiny lobsters with gillnets — A significant anthropic impact on tropical reef ecosystem

    Giraldes, B., Zaracon Silva, A., Correa, F. M. & Smyth, D., 1 Jul 2015, In : Global Ecology and Conservation. 4, July, p. 572-580

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  5. Published

    Basic assessment of Portunus segnis (Forskål, 1775) – A baseline for stock management in the Western Arabian Gulf

    Giraldes, B. W., Al-Maslamani, I., Al-Ashwel, A., Chatting, M. & Smyth, D., Mar 2016, In : The Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research. 42, 1, p. 111-119

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  6. Published

    Benthic surveys of the historic pearl oyster beds of Qatar reveal a dramatic ecological change

    Smyth, D., Al-Maslamani, I., Chatting, M. & Giraldes, B., 15 Dec 2016, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 113, p. 147-155

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  7. Community convergence and recruitment of keystone species as performance indicators of artificial reefs

    Farinas-Franco, J., Allcock, L., Smyth, D. & Roberts, D., 1 Apr 2013, In : Journal of Sea Research. 78, p. 59-74

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  8. Decapod assemblages in subtidal and intertidal zones—Importance of scuba diving as a survey technique in tropical reefs, Brazil

    Giraldes, B. W., Filho, P. A. C. & Smyth, D. M., Jan 2015, In : Global Ecology and Conservation. 3, p. 163-175

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  9. Published

    Decline in oyster populations in traditional fishing grounds; is habitat damage by static fishing gear a contributory factor in ecosystem degradation?

    Al-Maslamani, I., David, S., Giraldes, B., Chatting, M., Al-Mohannadi, M. & Le Vay, L., Oct 2018, In : Journal of Sea Research. 140, p. 40-51 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  10. Do Changes in Current Flow as a Result of Arrays of Tidal Turbines Have an Effect on Benthic Communities?

    Kregting, L., Elsaesser, B., Kennedy, R., Smyth, D., O'Carroll, J. & Savidge, G., 25 Aug 2016, In : PLoS ONE. 11, 8, e0161279.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  11. Impacts of unregulated harvesting on a recovering stock of native oysters (Ostrea edulis)

    Smyth, D., Roberts, D. & Brown, L., 1 Jun 2009, In : Marine Pollution Bulletin. 58, 6, p. 916-922

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  12. Modern problems in marine biodiversity records – illustrated by the case of the Caribbean Pelia mutica (Gibbes, 1850) confirmed in Brazil

    Giraldes, B. W., Smyth, D. & Chatting, M., 13 Jul 2016, In : Marine Biodiversity Records. 9, 54.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  13. Published

    Nesting ecology of hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata, in an extreme environmental setting

    Mark, C., Smyth, D., Al-Maslamani, I., Obbard, J., Al-Ansi, M., Hamza, S., Al-Mohanady, S. F., Al-Kuwari, A. J. & Marshall, C. D., 7 Sep 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 9, e0203257.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  14. Settlement of Ostrea edulis is determined by the availability of hard substrata rather than its nature: implications for stock recovery and restoration of the European oyster

    Smyth, D., Mahon, A. M., Roberts, D. & Kregting, L., Jun 2018, In : Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 28, 3, p. 662-671

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  15. The European oyster (Ostrea edulis) and its epibiotic succession

    Smyth, D. & Roberts, D., Nov 2010, In : Hydrobiologia. 655, p. 25-36

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  16. Published

    The benthic sea-silk-thread displacement of a sessile bivalve, Pinctada imbricata radiata (Leach, 1819) in the Arabian-Persian Gulf

    Giraldes, B. W., Leitao, A. & Smyth, D., 1 May 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 5, e0215865.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  17. The fishing behaviour of Metopograpsus messor (Decapoda: Grapsidae) and the use of pneumatophore-borne vibrations for prey-localizing in an arid mangrove setting

    Giraldes, B. W., Chatting, M. & Smyth, D., 1 Apr 2019, In : Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 1–9

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  18. The importance of population density and inter-individual distance in conserving the European oyster Ostrea edulis

    Guy, C., Smyth, D. & Roberts, D., May 2019, In : Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 99, 3, p. 587-593

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  19. The nocturnal zonation of decapods in the subtidal zone within the reef seascape—abiotic factors defining habitats

    Giraldes, B. W., Filho, P. A. C., Smyth, D. M. & Coelho, P. A., Sep 2017, In : ICES Journal of Marine Science. 74, 8, p. 2180-2190

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  20. The world is their oyster: Differences in epibiota on sympatric populations of native Ostrea edulis and non-native Crassostrea gigas ( Magallana gigas ) oysters

    Guy, C., Blight, A., Smyth, D. & Roberts, D., 1 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Sea Research. 140, p. 52-58

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  21. Using particle dispersal models to assist in the conservation and recovery of the overexploited native oyster (Ostrea edulis) in an enclosed sea lough

    Smyth, D., Kregting, L., Elsäßerb, B., Kennedy, R. & Roberts, D., Feb 2016, In : Journal of Sea Research. 108, p. 50-59

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle