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Kesella Scott-Somme

Research Assistant


Kes Scott-Somme is the Research Assistant in the Freshwater department at Earthwatch.

Kes obtained a FdSc degree in Marine Ecology and Conservation from Sparsholt College; a BSc in Marine Biology from the University of Portsmouth with a thesis on the ecology and taxonomy of Caprellids (with a note on the extended range of the invasive Caprella mutica); and a MSc in Aquatic Science from University College London (UCL) with a thesis on using citizen science to understand the barriers to the upstream movement of juvenile European eels (Anguilla anguilla). Her activities include working on the FreshWater Watch data set, communicating and managing users of the FreshWater Watch system and working on the Freshwater programme.

Previously, Kes was founder and group leader for the UCL Conservation Society, where she won the UCL sustainability award and set up Plastic Free UCL. In 2017-2018 she worked for the Thames Estuary Partnership on the North Thames Fisheries Local Action Group project, managing the project budget, planning and running communications and events, and liaising with stakeholders.

In 2018-2019 she worked for WSP as an assistant aquatic ecologist, undertaking aquatic surveys, recording and analysing data, writing environmental reports and identifying aquatic invertebrates in the lab facilities.

Kes has extensive volunteering experience in the environmental sector, both in the UK and abroad, and has worked on turtle conservation projects in Greece, Costa Rica and Mexico, habitat and bird conservation projects in Greece, bird conservation projects in the UK, fish citizen science projects in the UK, wildlife conservation projects in the UK and climate change awareness projects in the UK. Kes has undertaken training in Environmental Leadership with UpRising, Invertebrate Identification training with the Freshwater biological association and science communication training with the Future of our Seas project.



  • 2019-present: Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (Associate Member)
  • 2019-present: Marine Biological Association (Professional Member) 
  • 2019- present: Institute of Fisheries Management (Associate Member)
  • 2017-present: British Ecological Society
  • 2017-present: Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management
  • 2015-present: London Freshwater Group

Research interests

  • Citizen science
  • Aquatic science
  • Aquatic pollution
  • Plastic pollution
  • Aquatic ecology
  • River restoration


FreshWater Watch

Kes is a research assistant on FreshWater Watch project, working on the WaterBlitzes and ongoing project monitoring. 




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Manuscript submitted for publication.

De Clippele, L.H; Michelotti, M; Findlay, C.R; Cartwright, A; Fang, Q; Jackson, J.E; Scott-Somme, K.M; Hepburn, L; Wheatley, C; Harding, H.R. (2019).

Recent Observations of the non-indigenous species Caprella mutica Schurin, 1935 (Crustacea, Amphipoda) in Langstone Harbour confirms a new eastward limit in the English Channel. Bulletin of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society. 4 (1), p30-36.

Preston, J; Scott-Somme, K and Chevene, R. (2015).

Invasion of the skeleton shrimp Caprella mutica in Langstone Harbour. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Conference.

Scott-Somme, K. (2014). 


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