Zoë is a Marine Biologist with training in Aquatic Resource Management. Initially her research focused on microbial marine biology associated with coral bleaching and human health and later became involved in research associated with the environmental effects of marine renewable energy. Her primary research interests were the responses of benthic organisms to changes in sediment dynamics as a result of device deployment and energy extraction. Research interests have broadened and she is now working in an international collaboration which aims to understand the interactions between electromagnetic fields, such as those from power cables, and benthic organisms.
PhD in Marine Science, completed at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, 2015. Thesis title; ‘Behavioural and physiological responses of Modiolus modiolus and Mytilus edulis to sedimentation from Marine Renewable Energy Developments’.
MSc in Aquatic Resources Management, King’s College London, 2010
BSc with Honours in Marine Biology, University of Plymouth, 2008
Zoë is a postdoctoral Research Fellow in Applied Marine Ecology and is currently working on an international project funded by the USA Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The project is titled, ‘Electromagnetic Fields Impact on Elasmobranch (sharks, skates and rays) and American Lobster Movement and Migration from Direct Current Cables’.
Zoë’s research aims to understanding the responses of key organisms within marine ecosystems and how the marine environment can be used in a sustainable manner. Her research interests include but are not restricted to; animal behaviour, physiology, stress responses, anthropogenic effects and specifically those from marine renewable energy developments.
Articles In Journals
- Cottrell RS, Black KD, Hutchison ZL & Last KS. (2016) The Influence of Organic Material and Temperature on the Burial Tolerance of the Blue Mussel, Mytilus edulis: Considerations for the Management of Marine Aggregate Dredging, PLoS ONE, 11 (1).
- Hutchison ZL, Hendrick VJ, Burrows MT, Wilson B & Last KS. (2016) Buried Alive: The Behavioural Response of the Mussels, Modiolus modiolus and Mytilus edulis to Sudden Burial by Sediment, PLoS ONE, 11 (3).
- Hendrick VJ, Hutchison ZL & Last KS. (2016) Sediment Burial Intolerance of Marine Macroinvertebrates, PLoS ONE, 11 (2).
- Miller RG, Hutchison ZL, Macleod AK, Burrows MT, Cook EJ, Last KS & Wilson B. (2013) Marine renewable energy development: assessing the Benthic Footprint at multiple scales, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11 (8) 433-440.
- Tait K, Hutchison Z, Thompson FL & Munn CB. (2010) Quorum sensing signal production and inhibition by coral-associated vibrios, Environmental Microbiology Reports, 2 (1) 145-150.