Ralf Bublitz

Dr Ralf Bublitz


Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 347531

Dr Ralf Bublitz is a marine biologist with interests in benthic ecology, crustaceans and fisheries.



Research Interests

  • Benthic ecology
  • Crustacean biology and ecology
  • Acoustic telemetry
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Scientific diving

Research groups

  • Environmental Marine Ecology Group
  • Collaborations with the Holderness Fishing Industry Group, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies and Hull International Fisheries Institute.


Ungfors A, Bell E, Johnson M L, Cowing D, Dobson N C, Bublitz R and J Sandell, 'Nephrops Fisheries in European Waters', Advances in Marine Biology, 64, chapter 7 (2013)

Bublitz R et al, 'Identification of a Crustacean Female Sex Pheromone in the Shore Crab, Carcinus Maenas', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 436, pp 177-189 (2011)

Bublitz R, Sainte-Marie B, Newcomb-Hodgetts C, Fletcher N, Smith M and Hardege J, 'Interspecific Activity of the Sex Pheromone of the Female Shore Crab (Carcinus Maenas)', Behaviour, 145, pp 1465-1478 (2008)

Bublitz R et al, 'Sex Specific Mediation of Foraging in the Shore Crab Carcinus Maenas', Hormones and Behaviour, 52, pp 162-168 (2007)

Hayden D, Jennings A, Bublitz R, Webb H and Hardege J, 'Sex Specific Behavioural Functions of Crustecdysone in Carcinus Maenas', Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A, 143(4): 101 (2006)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Malaysia Field Trip
  • Marine Biology and Oceanography
  • Aquatic Zoology
  • Dive Training
  • Practical Ecology
  • Biological Diversity

Research PhDs

Dr Bublitz welcomes applications from potential PhD or research MSc students interested in lobster and crab ecology / biology and windfarm impacts on shellfish fisheries.

Teaching awards and accolades

  • HEA Fellow
  • PADI Open Water Instructor

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Identification of a Female Sex Pheromone in the Shore Crab Carcinus Maenas, supervised by Dr Joerg Hardege, University of Hull (2007)
  • MSc Biology. University of Konstanz (200)

External roles

  • European Scientific Diving network
  • Scientific Diving Supervisory Committee UK