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Dr Catherine Waller

Lecturer

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Summary

Dr Waller developed a passion for marine biology after learning to dive. Her work is mainly on or around the Antarctic Peninsula and Scotia Arc Islands. This is one of the fastest warming places on the planet and little is known about what is going to happen to the plants and animals that live there. She is interested in how changes in environmental conditions and increasing human activity will affect the native species and how non-native species may alter the ecosystems.

Undergraduate

Environmental Problems and Issues (level 6 UG) Polar Systems (level 6 UG) Global Change (level 6 UG)

Digital Artefact

Microplastics in the Southern Ocean

Waller, C., Griffiths, H. J., Waluda, C. M., Thorpe, S. E., Loaiza, I., Moreno, B., …Hughes, K. A. (2018). Microplastics in the Southern Ocean

Journal Article

Handheld portable FTIR spectroscopy for the triage of micro and meso sized plastics in the marine environment incorporating an accelerated weathering study and an aging estimation

McCumskay, R., Tang, P. L., Mckumskay, R., Rogerson, M., Waller, C., & Forster, R. (2019). Handheld portable FTIR spectroscopy for the triage of micro and meso sized plastics in the marine environment incorporating an accelerated weathering study and an aging estimation. Spectroscopy, 34(2), 54-60

First report of Laternula elliptica in the Antarctic intertidal zone

Waller, C. L., Overall, A., Fitzcharles, E. M., & Griffiths, H. (2017). First report of Laternula elliptica in the Antarctic intertidal zone. Polar Biology, 40(1), 227-230. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-016-1941-y

The first comprehensive description of the biodiversity and biogeography of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic intertidal communities

Griffiths, H. J., & Waller, C. L. (2016). The first comprehensive description of the biodiversity and biogeography of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic intertidal communities. Journal of Biogeography, 43(6), 1143-1155. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12708

Microplastics in the Antarctic marine system: An emerging area of research

Waller, C. L., Griffiths, H. J., Waluda, C. M., Thorpe, S. E., Loaiza, I., Moreno, B., …Hughes, K. A. (2017). Microplastics in the Antarctic marine system: An emerging area of research. The Science of the total environment, 598, 220-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.283

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Humber Aquaculture Partnership - Project 3

Funder

Marine Management Organisation

Grant

£28,974.00

Started

1 September 2018

Status

Ongoing

Postgraduate supervision

Polar Marine ecology, Community ecology, microplastics in marine environment, Vectors for transmission of non-native species into Southern ocean Completed PhDs Andrew Richardson. 2014. Patterns of mussel bed infaunal community structure and function at local, regional and biogeographic scales.