LAURA COLES

PhD Student

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My research focuses on invasive species, investigating the drivers behind variation in impacts of the European green crab (Carcinus maenas), between native populations in the UK and invasive populations in Australia. By giving particular attention to the impacts of environmental change and species interaction networks, and working with relevant stakeholders, I hope that this work will aid in the development and implementation of effective management strategies. 

 

I am a joint PhD student between the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland, as part of the QUEX Institute. My research is supervised by Dr Regan Early and Dr Chris Laing at the University of Exeter, and Professor Salit Kark at the University of Queensland.

 

I previously completed an MSc by Research degree at the University of Exeter, studying the impacts of stressor interaction on green crab camouflage and antipredator behaviours. Prior to this I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Marine Biology. I have particular interests in scientific communication and marine conservation, and am the Community Director for The Rock Pool Project, a not-for-profit community interest company.

 

Email: lec216@exeter.ac.uk    Twitter: @LColesmarine