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Dr Charlotte Hopkins

Dr Charlotte Hopkins

Senior Lecturer Marine Biology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc (Durham University)
  • MSc (Imperial College London)
  • PhD (University of Glasgow)

Summary

Before starting my role at the University of Hull, Charlotte carried out a PhD at the University of Glasgow on how we can consider climate change in the development of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). I have also studied sustainable fisheries management in Bangladesh, coral reef health in Egypt and shark fin commodity chains in Madagascar.

Her current research includes fisheries management, marine “rewilding” and marine conservation more generally. She is particularly interested in understanding human perceptions of the marine environment and how these can be incorporated into conservation, planning, marine management and sustainable use.

Undergraduate

Module Leader for:

Threatened Marine Habitats (L6)

Contributing to:

Marine Biology: An Introduction (L4)

Marine Interactions (L5)

Aquatic Resource Management (L6)

Independent Research Project (L6) - Project Supervisor

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) breeding sites contribute substantial carrion biomass to the Firth of Forth.

Burns, N., Hopkins, C., Quaggiotto, M. M., McCafferty, D., & Bailey, D. (2022). Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) breeding sites contribute substantial carrion biomass to the Firth of Forth. Marine ecology progress series, 691, 191-201. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps14053

Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management

Downey, H., Amano, T., Benítez-López, A., Cadotte, M., Cook, C. N., Cooke, S. J., …Sutherland, W. J. (2021). Training future generations to deliver evidence-based conservation and ecosystem management. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(1), Article e12032. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12032

Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas

Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R., Bailey, D. M., & Wright, P. J. (in press). Otolith chemoscape analysis in whiting links fishing grounds to nursery areas. Communications Biology, 3, Article 690

Evaluating whether MPA management measures meet ecological principles for effective biodiversity protection

Hopkins, C., Burns, N., Brooker, E., Dolman, S., Devenport, E., Duncan, C., & Bailey, D. (2020). Evaluating whether MPA management measures meet ecological principles for effective biodiversity protection. Acta Oecologica, 108, Article 103625. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actao.2020.103625

A new model study species: high accuracy of discrimination between individual freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) using natural markings

Mcinnes, M. G., Burns, N. M., Hopkins, C. R., Henderson, G. P., Mcneill, D. C., & Bailey, D. M. (2020). A new model study species: high accuracy of discrimination between individual freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) using natural markings. Journal of fish biology, 96(3), 831-834. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfb.14255

Research interests

Charlotte's research expertise is in marine conservation and management, particularly considering human interactions with the marine environment. Recent research projects have included: “Sundarbans fisheries: A model system for the application of landscape ecology and social science approaches to management” and understanding the drivers of MPA compliance within local Bedouin communities, Egypt.

Lead investigator

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

NERC Discipline Hopping: Event Measure Software for Benthic Stereo Video Analysis: Applications in marine ecology, conservation and knowledge exchange

Funder

NERC Natural Environment Research Council

Grant

£5,093.00

Started

1 December 2022

Status

Ongoing

Project

Resilience of Indonesian fisheries to the current COVID-19 pandemic and future uncertainties

Funder

British Council

Grant

£79,168.00

Started

1 February 2021

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Charlotte welcomes enquiries from potential students (PhD and Masters) wishing to work on projects on the following themes (broadly interpreted), in the UK and internationally:

- Marine conservation including projects on: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), marine conservation and marine policy, public perceptions of marine conservation

- Fisheries issues particularly from a social science perspective

- Social dimensions of biodiversity conservation

Current PhD supervisions:

Jennifer Keeping, University of Glasgow (Primary Supervisor, David Bailey) “Threats, feeding ecology and habitat use of stingrays in Mozambique”

Thomas Logan, University of Leeds, (Primary Supervisor, Alastair Ward) "Reconciling lethal control of an iconic native species (red deer Cervus elaphus) with nature conservation within a multiple-use landscape."

Andri Utama, University of Glasgow (Primary Supervisor, David Bailey) "Fisher and Fishing behaviour around Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs), Indonesia."

Esther Brooker, University of Hull (Co Supervisors: Gerald Midgley, Neil Burns) Rewilding the Sea: Perceptions, Values and Challenges" part of the University of Hull REWILD PhD Cluster

Matthew Morgan, University of Hull (Primary Supervisor: Africa Gomez) Greening Blue Spaces in Hull” part of the University of Hull REWILD PhD Cluster

Kristy Adaway, University of Hull (Primary Supervisor: Blake Morton) Understanding Environmental Adaptability in Wild Mammalian Carnivores: a Multidisciplinary Perspective” part of the University of Hull REWILD PhD Cluster

Committee/Steering group role

Core Member - English Policy Group, British Ecological Society

2021

The BES English Policy Group (EPG) will be a group at the interface between ecology and environmental policy. The EPG will promote the use of ecological knowledge in policymaking in England and support the involvement of ecologists in all levels of English policymaking.

Trustee Scottish Seabird Centre

2020

The Scottish Seabird Centre is a conservation and education charity in the coastal town of North Berwick. The Centre participates in projects that help to protect Scotland’s internationally important breeding seabird colonies and improve the quality of our coastal and marine environment. The Centre also engages with projects that are building up a picture of the health of Scotland’s marine environment and encourage people to get directly involved by participating in citizen science projects.

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