Dr Ruth Callaway
Senior Research Officer
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


  1. Callaway, R. Interstitial Space and Trapped Sediment Drive Benthic Communities in Artificial Shell and Rock Reefs Frontiers in Marine Science 5
  2. Powell-Jennings, C., Callaway, R. The invasive, non-native slipper limpet Crepidula fornicata is poorly adapted to sediment burial Marine Pollution Bulletin 130 95 104
  3. Williams, H., Masters, I., Pletsas, D., Fuentes Grunewald, C., Callaway, R., Blanch, M., Dalton, G. A risk assessment methodology for combining marine renewables with other blue economy activities via multi-use of spaces and platforms Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 27th Aug -1st Sept 2017, Cork, Ireland 817- 1 817-9
  4. Callaway, R., Bertelli, C., Unsworth, R., Lock, G., Carter, T., Friis-Madsen, E., Soerensen, H., Neumann, F. Wave and Tidal Range Energy Devices Offer Environmental Opportunities as Artificial Reefs Proceedings of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 27th Aug -1st Sept 2017, Cork, Ireland 917-1 917-9
  5. Grenfell, S., Callaway, R., Grenfell, M., Bertelli, C., Mendzil, A., Tew, I., Callaway, R., Bertelli, C., Mendzil, A. Will a rising sea sink some estuarine wetland ecosystems? Science of The Total Environment 554-555 276 292

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  • 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. The course includes a five-day residential field course in September/October which provides the students with the opportunity to practice the key technical skills in a real-world setting


  • Harbouring aliens: Ports as habitats for non-native species (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
  • An Assessment of Artificial Floating Islands as a Method of Habitat Creation within Marine Environments. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Kam Tang
  • Biodiversity Offsetting in Coastal Environments: A case study of the Honeycomb Worm Sabellaria Alveolata (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr John Griffin
    Other supervisor: Dr James Bull