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Dr Sue Hull

Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology and Ecology/ Programme Director, Marine Biology

Faculty and Department

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

Qualifications

  • BSc

Summary

Sue Hull is an intertidal marine ecologist trying to understand the dynamics of the communities inhabiting rocky coasts, how climate change may impact such systems and how organisms adapt and evolve to such an extreme marine environment. She was part of the national 'Capturing the Coast' team training citizen science volunteers to survey rocky shores alongside marine biologists to answer key science questions. More recently her work on ecological enhancement of sea defences alongside Alice Hall at Bournemouth University won the CIRIA Award for Innovation in 2019.

In addition to a life-long fascination with rocky shores, Sue is an avid bird watcher who works with industry and local wildlife groups to protect wading birds. She is part of a new research cluster looking at the ecology of birds in the Humber estuary.

Undergraduate

Module leader for

- Practical Ecology L4

- Intertidal Systems L5

- Ecological Monitoring L6

- Field Studies L6 - Mallorca Field course

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Population dynamics of two sympatric intertidal fish species (the shanny, Lipophrys pholis, and long-spined scorpion fish,Taurulus bubalis) of Great Britain

Barrett, C., Johnson, M., & Hull, S. (2018). Population dynamics of two sympatric intertidal fish species (the shanny, Lipophrys pholis, and long-spined scorpion fish,Taurulus bubalis) of Great Britain. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK, 98(3), 589-595. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0025315416001582

The first use of Fulton's K for assessing and comparing the conditions of inter-tidal fish populations

Barrett, C. J., Johnson, M., Hall, N. J., & Hull, S. (2016). The first use of Fulton's K for assessing and comparing the conditions of inter-tidal fish populations. Marine Ecology, 37(1), 42-45. https://doi.org/10.1111/maec.12234

Diet as a mechanism of coexistence between intertidal fish species of the U.K.

Barrett, C. J., Johnson, M. L., & Hull, S. L. (2016). Diet as a mechanism of coexistence between intertidal fish species of the U.K. Hydrobiologia, 768(1), 125-135. doi:10.1007/s10750-015-2537-1

Can aggregate quarry silt lagoons provide resources for wading birds"

Day, G., Mayes, W. M., Wheeler, P. M., & Hull, S. L. (2017). Can aggregate quarry silt lagoons provide resources for wading birds?. Ecological engineering, 105, 189-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2017.04.055

Ecological enhancement techniques to improve habitat heterogeneity on coastal defence structures

Hall, A. E., Herbert, R. J., Britton, J. R., & Hull, S. L. (2018). Ecological enhancement techniques to improve habitat heterogeneity on coastal defence structures. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 210, 68-78. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.05.025

Research interests

Rocky shore ecology and ecological enhancement of coastal defences.

Bioengineers as habitats and the effect of habitat complexity on marine communities. Habitat use of waders and their conservation.

Postgraduate supervision

Sue welcomes applications for postgraduate supervision, at PhD or MSc by research level, in

- intertidal ecology / biogenic habitats

- wader ecology and conservation

- freshwater invertebrates and environmental impacts

Completed PhDs

- Richardson, A. 2015, Patterns of mussel bad infaunal community structure and function at local, regional and biogeographical scales, University of Hull

- Lush, L. 2015, Functional ecology of brown hares, rabbits and livestock within agricultural landscapes, University of Hull

- Barrett, C.J. 2014, Coexistence of intertidal fish, University of Hull