Dr Catherine Waller

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Biological and Marine 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)

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Global Drivers on Southern Ocean Ecosystems: Changing Physical Environments and Anthropogenic Pressures in an Earth System

Morley, S. A., Abele, D., Barnes, D. K., Cárdenas, C. A., Cotté, C., Gutt, J., …Constable, A. J. (2020). Global Drivers on Southern Ocean Ecosystems: Changing Physical Environments and Anthropogenic Pressures in an Earth System. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.547188

Species-specific impact of microplastics on coral physiology

Mendrik, F., Henry, T., Burdett, H., Hackney, C., Waller, C., Parsons, D., & Hennige, S. (2021). Species-specific impact of microplastics on coral physiology. Environmental pollution, 269, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.116238

Invasive marine species discovered on non–native kelp rafts in the warmest Antarctic island

Avila, C., Angulo-Preckler, C., Martín-Martín, R. P., Figuerola, B., Griffiths, H. J., & Waller, C. L. (2020). Invasive marine species discovered on non–native kelp rafts in the warmest Antarctic island. Scientific reports, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-58561-y

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

Other

Top tips for tackling plastic pollution – from marine scientists

Collins, C., Caswell, B., & Waller, C. (2021). Top tips for tackling plastic pollution – from marine scientists. London

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.