Environmental Assessment and Analysis Team

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.

Swansea webpage: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/biosciences/c.d.lowe/

Bettina Walter

Dr Bettina Walter
Science Officer, SEACAMS2
Research expertise:
Marine primary production;
plankton ecology and phytoplankton zooplankton interaction;
hydrology and water quality;
anthropogenic impacts on the marine environment.

Floeter J., van Beusekom J., Auch D., Callies U., Carpenter J., Dudeck T., Eberle S., Eckhardt A., Gloe D., Hänselmann K., Hufnagl M., Janßen S., Lenhart H., Ludewig E., Möller K.O., North R.P., Pohlmann T., Riethmüller R., Schulz S., Spreizenbarth S., Temming A., Walter B., Zielinski O., Möllmann C. (In Press) Pelagic effects of offshore wind farm foundations in the stratified North Sea. For submission to Progress in Oceanography.
Walter B., Peters J., R. Diekmann and van Beusekom J.E.E. (In Prep.). The influence of photoperiod, light intensity and temperature on photosynthesis and respiration of Thalassiosira weissflogii. For submission to Journal of Sea Research.
Walter B., Peters J., St. John M.A. and van Beusekom J.E.E. (Submitted). The effect of overwintering conditions on the onset of a phytoplankton spring bloom: an experimental comparison of two different phytoplankton species. Aquatic Ecology.
Walter B., Peters J., van Beusekom J.E.E. and St. John M.A. (2014). Interactive effects of temperature and light during deep convection: a case study on growth and condition of the


Ross Davies
Laboratory Technician, SEACAMS2

My professional background is in science communication, teaching practical science skills like dissection and growing microorganisms. My research background is in aquatic species and their behavioural changes and capacity for learning simple tasks. I also have a background in law. For SEACAMS 2 I joined the team in March 2017 and am one of the laboratory technician team where I offer assistance to all of our projects.
Specialist subjects:
Decapod crustacean behaviour, boldness in crustaceans, ocean acidification and effects on behaviour, learning in invertebrates.


Dania Albini
Laboratory Technician,

I am an aquatic ecologist (Bachelor and Master's Degree in Ecology and Conservation of Nature) , specialised in zooplankton and phytoplankton ecology and biology. I am finishing my PhD at Swansea University. I used experimental laboratory microcosm and modelling approaches to address a variety of key questions to understand more in detail the defensive strategies that algae put in act against predation.  I also used metabolomics to characterise physiological changes in phytoplankton.

I work part-time in the SEACAMS group as a Laboratory Technician, focusing on biological water quality issues associated with coastal businesses, performing DNA and morphometric analysis on fish.

Talk to me about: phytoplankton and zooplankton ecology and taxonomy, predator-prey interactions, toxicology analysis using Daphnia as model organism, laboratory analysis, pond and river sampling.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DaniaAlbini

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dania-albini/

Related Academic Staff


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.

Swansea webpage: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/biosciences/c.j.coates/


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.

Swansea webpage: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/biosciences/c.a.llewellyn/


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)

Swansea webpage: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/biosciences/c.garciadeleaniz/


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

Swansea webpage: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/science/biosciences/s.consuegra/