Dr Rodney Forster

Dr Rodney Forster

Reader

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Summary

Rodney is a marine scientist with interests in intertidal ecology, ocean colour, underwater optics and primary production. He currently works with European partners on building a datacube system to make better use of satellite data for the coastal zone, with Orsted on forecasting wave conditions, with the BTO on tracking wading birds, and with RWE on environmental impacts of windfarms. He teaches marine biology and oceanography, supervises 3 Ph.D students and sets the scientific direction for Hull Marine Laboratory. Rodney is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology and was chair of the ICES Working Group on Operational Oceanography for Fisheries and Ecosystems from 2015 to 2019. He is a current member of the Defra Ocean Processes Evidence Group. He reviews for grant-awarding bodies such as NERC, NSF and BELSPO as well as many journals (https://publons.com/researcher/1450626/rodney-forster).

2015-2021 Reader in Marine and Coastal Ecology, University of Hull

2006-2014 Senior Scientist, Cefas, Lowestoft, UK

1999-2005 PDRA, Netherlands Inst of Ecology, Yerseke, The Netherlands

1993-1998 PDRA, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and University of Rostock, Germany

I teach primarily on the B Sc. Marine Biology degree programme, and contribute to other undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

I am module lead of Geographical Information Systems (500689) at Level 5, and contribute to Green Planet (500709), Marine Biology and Oceanography (500695), Marine Challenges ( 601143), Geotechnologies A: Advanced GIS ( 600264), Practical Biology (400476), and Field Studies (601124). I supervise Independent Research Projects and Structured Research Projects.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Long-Term Changes in the Abundance of Benthic Foraging Birds in a Restored Wetland

Mander, L., Scapin, L., Thaxter, C. B., Forster, R. M., & Burton, N. H. (2021). Long-Term Changes in the Abundance of Benthic Foraging Birds in a Restored Wetland. Frontiers in ecology and evolution, 9, Article 673148. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2021.673148

Satellite data for the offshore renewable energy sector: Synergies and innovation opportunities

Medina-Lopez, E., McMillan, D., Lazic, J., Hart, E., Zen, S., Angeloudis, A., …Zampollo, A. (2021). Satellite data for the offshore renewable energy sector: Synergies and innovation opportunities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 264, Article 112588. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2021.112588

Remote Sensing for Aquaculture

Gernez, P., Palmer, S. C., Thomas, Y., & Forster, R. (2021). Remote Sensing for Aquaculture. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, Article 638156. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.638156

Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle

Kromkamp, J. C., Morris, E., & Forster, R. M. (2020). Microscale Variability in Biomass and Photosynthetic Activity of Microphytobenthos During a Spring-Neap Tidal Cycle. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00562

Expanding the role of participatory mapping to assess ecosystem service provision in local coastal environments

Burdon, D., Potts, T., McKinley, E., Lew, S., Shilland, R., Gormley, K., …Forster, R. (2019). Expanding the role of participatory mapping to assess ecosystem service provision in local coastal environments. Ecosystem Services, 39, Article 101009. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.101009

Research interests

primary production, algae, optics, coastal systems, human impacts, offshore wind farms.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Primary productivity off the Yorkshire coast with reference to fisheries productivity and recent implications on the wider environment

Funder

The Fishmongers Company

Grant

£4,750.00

Started

1 April 2022

Status

Ongoing

Project

NE-IFCA bait-digging MSc.

Funder

North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

Grant

£18,724.00

Started

1 January 2017

Status

Complete

Project

DataCube Service for Copernicus

Funder

EC European Commission

Grant

£200,325.00

Started

1 January 2018

Status

Complete

Project

NIRAS - Phase 1 seabirds and their environment

Funder

NIRAS Consulting Ltd

Grant

£21,749.00

Started

1 May 2017

Status

Complete

Project

The effect of monopile-induced turbulence on local suspended sediment patterns around UK wind farms

Funder

The Crown Estate

Grant

£131,712.00

Started

1 March 2016

Status

Complete

Project

FP7 - HIGHROC (Hull added as new partner and budget transferred from Cefas)

Funder

EC European Commission

Grant

£35,260.00

Started

1 September 2015

Status

Complete

Project

Evidence collection for the Humber Estuary Native Oyster and Seagrass Restoration project

Funder

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Grant

£7,370.00

Started

1 May 2021

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

My current PhD students are:

Lucas Mander 2018-2021

Tobenna Uzuegbunam 2018-2021

Rick McCumskay 2020-2023

PhD thesis completed are:

External examiner role

External examiner - PhD

2018 - 2018

External examiner for PhD viva at: University of Strathclyde (January 2018), Dept of Physics University of Oxford (June 2018), Wolfson College

Journal peer reviewer

Journal peer review

2018 - 2018

https://publons.com/author/1450626/rodney-forster#profile

Research assessment service

Grant proposal reviewing

2017 - 2018

Reviewer for the following grant-awarding agencies: 1) January 2018 - Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring service 2) January 2018 - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 3) November 2017 - NERC 4) August 2017 - NERC 5) September 2018 - Swiss National Research Council