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Dr Nicky Dobson

Dr Nicky Dobson

Teaching Fellow in Marine Biology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Nicky is an intertidal marine ecologist with interests in intertidal communities, environmental change, ecological adaptations and symbiosis. Previous research has examined the visual ecology of crustaceans – specifically those of symbiotic shrimps from tropical reefs. Nicky was the Project Officer for the Yorkshire Hub on the national Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Capturing Our Coast’ (CoCoast). This project focused on the training of citizen scientist to collect baseline data on the distribution and abundance of intertidal species – with the hub training over 250 citizen scientist during the 3 year project. The CoCoast project aimed to better understand the impacts of climate change and other environmental and human factors, for the purpose of informing future policy and conservation strategies. Nicky co-lead on the development of the CoastXplore app designed as a monitoring tool for smartphones and tablets to capture data on coastal usage and activities. Nicky is also currently part of a research project working with DAERA on ‘Accelerating Green and Blue Recovery’ to refine predictive blue carbon habitat models for prioritising restoration and field methodologies for estimating blue carbon values.

Module leader for:

Level 3 Group Challenges

Level 4 Marine Biology: An Introduction

Level 6 Field Studies

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Nephrops Fisheries in European Waters

Ungfors, A., Bell, E., Johnson, M. L., Cowing, D., Dobson, N. C., Bublitz, R., & Sandell, J. (2013). Nephrops Fisheries in European Waters. In The Ecology and Biology of Nephrops norvegicus (247-314). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-410466-2.00007-8

Journal Article

Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores

Vye, S. R., Dickens, S., Adams, L., Bohn, K., Chenery, J., Dobson, N., …Burrows, M. T. (2020). Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores. Diversity and Distributions, 26(10), 1357-1365. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13118

Insights into the morphology of symbiotic shrimp eyes (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae); the effects of habitat demands

Dobson, N. C., Johnson, M. L., & De Grave, S. (2016). Insights into the morphology of symbiotic shrimp eyes (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae); the effects of habitat demands. PeerJ, 2016(4), Article e1926. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1926

External morphology of eyes and Nebenaugen of caridean decapods–ecological and systematic considerations

Johnson, M. L., Dobson, N., & De Grave, S. (2015). External morphology of eyes and Nebenaugen of caridean decapods–ecological and systematic considerations. PeerJ, 3(8), e1176. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1176

Linking eye design with host symbiont relationships in pontoniine shrimps (crustacea, decapoda, palaemonidae)

Dobson, N. C., De Grave, S., & Johnson, M. L. (2014). Linking eye design with host symbiont relationships in pontoniine shrimps (crustacea, decapoda, palaemonidae). PLoS ONE, 9(6), e99505. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0099505

Research interests

Crustaceans, symbiosis, intertidal communities, blue carbon

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