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

Current activities

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.


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