Dr Christopher Lowe
Seacams Research Officer (Industrial & Business)
College of Science
Telephone: (01792) 513116

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental remote sensing through light and sound
  • Bio-optical oceanography
  • Plankton dynamics
  • Modelling human/environment interatcions.
  • Environmental management and assessment.
  • EU and UK environmental policy and legislation

Publications

  1. Human–environment interaction in the Baltic Sea. Marine Policy 43, 46-54.
  2. Testing the application of the Systems Approach Framework (SAF) for the management of eutrophication in the Ria Formosa. Marine Policy 43, 40-45.
  3. Review of climate change impacts on marine aquaculture in the UK and Ireland. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 22(3), 389-421.
  4. Capacity development of European coastal and marine management – gaps and bridges. Ocean & Coastal Management 55, 13-19.
  5. Determination of planktonic primary production parameters in the Atlantic Ocean using in situ inherent optical properties.

Teaching

  • BIO000 Foundation Biology

    This module will provide the learner with a detailed and holistic overview of life on earth and includes a range of subject matter including evolution, cell biology, anatomy and physiology, as well as behaviour, ecology and conservation. The module is supported by two practicals that aim to build core skills required within the field of biology including identification skills, field based sampling, and numerical skills.

  • BIO227 Marine Plankton And Oceanography

    This module introduces students to the fundamental concept of plankton ecology at level 2. Students will receive 18-20 lectures and four practicals (1 wet lab, 3 IT lab, 1 boat work). The lectures will cover three key themes: oceanography pertaining to planktonic production, plankton ecophysiology, and the functioning of the planktonic foodwebs. Three reports (1 IT-based, 1 from a lab-practical, 1 from boat work) will be assessed, together with one examination consisting of 30 multiple choice questions + one essay question + one analytical question.

  • BIO260 Marine Biology Field Course

    This residential field course comprises practical work employing shore-based techniques to sample littoral and benthic marine habitats. Students will learn techniques for the identification of marine organisms and gain experience in the analysis and presentation of ecological data.

  • BIOM22 Environmental Assessment and Management

    This module covers Environmental Assessment & Management skills. Students enrolled in this module will learn to choose suitable environmental management systems to solve environmental problems in the real world, to apply a variety of techniques to environmental evaluation, and to make environmental impact assessments and reports. This module introduces the SPICOSA System Approach Framework through stakeholder interaction and construction of conceptual models of ecosystems followed by delivery of the outcomes of these to stakeholders. It aims to give the students an overview of the full process of developing a generic management strategy for a range of natural ecosystems.