Portrait photograph of Ruth Paterson

Ruth Paterson


Ruth Paterson is a Marine Data Advisor at NatureScot, Scotland's nature agency, supporting data management and utilisation within the marine team. Ruth grew up in a small village on the west coast of Scotland, with only 7 other kids in her primary school. She is passionate about rural and coastal issues, so she studied marine science then worked in aquaculture and renewables. Ruth has cross-sector experience in industry, academia, consultancy and the public sector and her ability to communicate across these groups allows her to collaborate and facilitate knowledge exchange to supercharge value across different teams and organisations. Ruth has been an IEMA member since 2019 and became a practitioner in 2021.

Ruth has a BSc (hons) in Marine Science from the University of the Highlands and Islands and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen on using eDNA to detect harmful algal blooms near Scottish shellfish farms. She did her research at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in collaboration with Marine Scotland, Food Standards Scotland, Marine Institute Ireland and the Alfred Wegener Institute. A lifelong learner, Ruth will always have a book/magazine/podcast on the go and also dabbles in painting and sailing.

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