School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Thomas Linley

Research Associate

Background

I joined Newcastle University in 2016 shortly after completing my PhD. Prior to the move I worked as a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen.

I specialise in the study of deep-sea fish: Their behaviour, ecology and global distribution. I achieve this through the use of autonomous vehicles which are cost/time effective, non-fatal, non-destructive and observe animals in situ and in life. The data that these systems produce is charismatic and I enjoy relaying my own excitement to the public through outreach and social media.


I don't believe it is possible to use the data from equipment you do not fully understand. It is important to me that I am able to deploy, maintain and develop my own equipment. This has lead to skills in engineering, equipment development and programming. I have over 600 days of seagoing experience 


Before returning to academia I gained industry experience as a Senior Field Environmental Scientist with a commercial survey company. I have also worked in public aquaria as a fish husbandry adviser.

Research

Conference and Meeting presentations

  1. CoralFISH science meeting, Milan - "Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments". 2010
  2. Euro ISRS Symposium, The Netherlands - "Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments". 2010
  3. EuroSITES final science meeting, Crete - "Seafloor observations of megafauna in the Pylos region". 2011
  4. MASTS, Edinburgh - “Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments“. 2011
  5. World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Aberdeen - “Associated ichthyofauna of cold water reefs: observations from baited photographic lander deployments“. Digital object submission; 5min video/animation.
  6. CoralFISH science meeting, Crete - "Review of the BRIL (autonomous photographic lander) dataset for regions 1, 3 and 6 and new data acquired at region 3 and 4". 2011
  7. CoralFISH science meeting, Galway. Poster presentation - "A review of the lander systems within the CoralFISH project". 2012
  8. 5th International Symposium on Deep-sea Corals, Amsterdam - "The link between cold water corals and fish, examples from across Europe – Observations from a baited photographic lander". 2012
  9. ISA-INDEEP Megafauna Workshop, Wilhelmshaven, Germany - "Introductory Guide to Fish Taxonimy". Fish taxonomic expert during the workshop. 2013
  10. MASTS ASM, Edinburgh - "Current Projects: The Deep-Sea Fish of the Pacific Rim" ePoster. Winner of the best student poster award. 2013
  11. Challenger Society Conference, Plymouth - "The absence of abyssal Coryphaenoides spp.(Macrouridae) in the northern South Fiji Basin and the shallower occurrence of Bassozetus sp.(Ophidiidae) in their absence" 2014
  12. MASTS ASM, Edinburgh - "The absence of abyssal Coryphaenoides spp. (Macrouridae) in the northern South Fiji Basin and the shallower occurrence of Bassozetus sp. (Ophidiidae) in their absence" 2014
  13. Aberdeen University Postgraduate Conference, Aberdeen - "The absence of abyssal Coryphaenoides spp. (Macrouridae) in the northern South Fiji Basin and the shallower occurrence of Bassozetus sp. (Ophidiidae) in their absence" 2014
  14. Deep Sea Biology Symposium, Aveiro - "The loss of scavenging fish fauna at the abyssal/hadal transition and the implications of trench systems with atypical vertical zonation" 2015
  15. MASTS ASM, Glasgow - "A newly discovered hadal liparid (Pisces: Liparidae) from the Mariana Trench" 2015
  16. STRONGMAR Conference: Sea of Scienceand, Porto -  “Hadal fishes of the Pacific Ocean: baited lander studies from three hadal trench systems” 2016

Teaching

My appointment at Newcastle is entirely research based however I have provided support to our groups student project. I take part in public outreach where possible.

Public Outreach

National Science Festival 2013, Edinburgh Science Museum:

  • "To the Abyss and Beyond" at the Science 'Cabaret' evening
  • Talks three times a day
  • Touch Tank

TechFest:

  • 2013 – “Journey through the abyss”
  • 2014 – “Beyond the abyss”
  • 2015 – “Deep-sea fish are cool, not scary”

Oceanlab open evenings:

  • League of Master Bakers. 2013
  • Aberdeenshire Rotary Club. 2013
  • Slains School. 2014
  • University of Aberdeen Secretariat. 2014
  • Albyn School. 2015

Dove open days:

  • Deep Sea Week. 2017

Visiting Presentations:

  • “Deep Ocean Experience: Exploring the very deepest parts of the ocean, the Hadal Zone (6,000 - 11,000m)” Explore – Lifelong Learning in Newcastle. 2017

Fish Corner radio segment, Natchie Night Fly on BBOX radio, 2015-2016:

  • "New species of snailfish from the Mariana Trench”
  • "Long-term whale bone experiment"
  • "The future of taxonomy, 3D and digital"
  • “Scotland’s cold-seep”
  • “Electrofishes”
  • “Interspecies cooperation”
  • “What is ambergris?”
  • “Noisy fish”

Video interviews:

  • “Understanding deep-sea fish” Schmidt Ocean Institute
  • “Discovering deep-sea fish with Thomas Linley” MASTS science in minutes series
  • NHK documentary “Deep Ocean: Journey to the Deepest”

Publications