Dr Ruth Callaway
Seacams Research Officer (Industrial & Business)
Biosciences
Telephone: (01792) 602133
Room: Seminar Room - 138
First Floor
Wallace Building
Singleton Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Marine ecology
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Infauna and epibenthos
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Estuaries
  • Bioengineering
  • Swansea Bay
  • North Sea
  • Biodiversity
  • Lanice conchilega

Publications

  1. Interstitial Space and Trapped Sediment Drive Benthic Communities in Artificial Shell and Rock Reefs. Frontiers in Marine Science 5
  2. & The invasive, non-native slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata is poorly adapted to sediment burial. Marine Pollution Bulletin 130, 95-104.
  3. & (2017). A risk assessment methodology for combining marine renewables with other blue economy activities via multi-use of spaces and platforms. Presented at Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 27th Aug -1st Sept 2017, Cork, Ireland,, 817- 1-817-9. Cork, Ireland: European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) 2017.
  4. & (2017). Wave and Tidal Range Energy Devices Offer Environmental Opportunities as Artificial Reefs. Presented at Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 27th Aug -1st Sept 2017, Cork, Ireland,, 917-1-917-9. Cork, Ireland: European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) 2017.
  5. & Will a rising sea sink some estuarine wetland ecosystems?. Science of The Total Environment 554-555, 276-292.

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Teaching

  • BIO238 Marine Ecosystems: Threats and conservation

    This module introduces the students to coastal marine ecosystems and the broad ecological concepts that underpin coastal marine community structure. We then focus on the threats faced by these ecosystems from climate change and marine plastics to illegal fishing and tourism. The module then moves onto the conservation of marine ecosystems and the students will learn about the management of tropical marine protected areas (MPAs). The lectures cover the classification of marine biota and marine ecosystems and the ecology of a number of coastal marine habitats including temperate rocky, soft sediment shores, coral reefs, the deep sea and polar ecosystems. There are 3 pieces of coursework associated with this module. Two will have associated fieldtrips to Skomer Island (to observe puffin behaviour and habitat) and one to Crymlyn burrows. The third will be a talk, given to explain the key threats to their designated ecosystem studied in detail during the seminar sessions. All three rely on group collected observations and data with emphasis placed on teamwork and group cooperation.

  • 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.

  • BIO346 Professional Skills in Marine Biology

    This field-based module will introduce students to the professional techniques utilised to monitor and study marine life in a variety of marine and coastal habitats and in relation to conservation management and biodiversity monitoring in the United Kingdom. The course places a strong emphasis on marine ecological census techniques. Students will learn key skills relevant to the marine ecology sector including protected and economically-important species (especially marine mammals, fish, shellfish, coastal birds), Phase 1 habitat surveys and water quality surveys. Students will also learn about the biotic and abiotic factors that define different UK habitats and relevant regulations that protect them. The module provides an introduction to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and a range of impacts on the marine environment including energy generation and pollution. Participants in this module will work in groups acting as a marine environmental consultancy and the class will be responsible for producing key survey results for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and public engagement presentation for a proposed commercial development in Carmarthen Bay. Students will gain insider experience about professional techniques in marine (and freshwater) biology through a series of lectures delivered by marine environmental practitioners from environmental consultancies and regulatory organisations in the UK.

Supervision

  • Ecology and Conservation of Sabellaria alveolata reefs. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull
  • The Application of Artificial Floating Islands in Saline Environments. - no review required. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Kam Tang
  • Harbouring aliens: Ports as habitats for non-native species (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin