SEACAMS2 project staff


Chris Lowe

Dr Christopher Lowe
Science officer, SEACAMS2
Research expertise:
I am a marine biologist, specialising in planktonic micro-organisms, but with a broad basis of understanding of marine systems, ranging from benthic marine surveys, maritime and environmental law, and intertidal survey to large scale modelling of the marine environment with human societies and the economy.
I have over ten years of experience working at the science policy and science business interface, initially through post-doctoral work at Plymouth University where I was involved in the EU ELME and SPICOSA projects which developed methods for the management of coastal areas through stakeholder engagement. I now work in the SEACAMS project as an environmental assessment and analysis scientific officer where I have primarily been working with biological water quality issues associated with coastal businesses. I am now focussing on development of methods of biological, chemical and physical parameters in the water column using remote techniques including optical and acoustic technologies.

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Chris Coates

Dr Christopher Coates
Research expertise: invertebrate immunology, protein biochemistry: haemocyanin and phenoloxidase, cellular biology: apoptosis and phagocytosis, Limulus polyphemus; Nephrops norvegicus; Galleria mellonella, antimicrobial peptides and cryptides, hyperpigmentation and commercial shellfish.

The haemolymph (blood) of marine gastropods is a potential source of antimicrobial compounds and biopharmaceuticals. Of particular interest is the oxygen-transport protein, haemocyanin, due to its high commercial value as a vaccine adjuvant[1]. Under SEACAMS2, we will prospect the invasive slipper limpet, Crepidula fornicata, for potential bioactives - alongside efforts to determine its impact on Welsh coastlines.

[1] Coates, C. J., & Decker, H. (2017). Immunological properties of oxygen-transport proteins: haemoglobin, hemocyanin and hemerythrin. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 74(2), 293-317.

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Abalone (Haliotis diversicolor) haemocyanin (EMDB ID: 2503)


Dr Carole Llewellyn
Research expertise:
Carole’s area of expertise is in algae covering ecological, environmental impact and sustainability aspects. She is particularly interested in using algae to develop solutions to global challenges such as pollution and the need to develop a low carbon economy.

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Professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz
Chair in Aquatic Biosciences
Research expertise: Fish ecology & behaviour, fish conservation, invasion biology, sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, aquaculture–wildlife interactions.

Membership of professional bodies and associations (within the last 3 years only)
Member of NERC peer-review college, Grant reviewer for NERC (UK), BBSRC (UK), Norwegian Research Council, FONDECYT , (Chile), EU (COST Programme), National Academy of Science (Switzerland), DEFRA (UK), Monterey Bay Aquarium (USA), Academic Editor PLoS ONE, Advisory work for AEMS-Rios Con Vida, (Spain), Conservatoire National du Saumon Sauvage (France), Falkland Islands Environmental Planning (Falkland Islands), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES, Member of WGERAAS), Natural Resources Wales/Environment Agency (UK), Fish Legal - The Angling Trust (UK), Afan Valley Angling Club (UK), Pontardawe and Swansea Angling Society (UK)

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Professor Sonia Consuegra
Research expertise: Evolutionary ecology, conservation genetics, molecular ecology, aquatic invasive species, evolution of mating systems, fisheries and aquaculture, food security.

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