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Dr Sue Hull

Dr Sue Hull

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

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Qualifications

  • BSc

Summary

Sue Hull is an intertidal marine ecologist trying to understand the dynamics of the communities inhabiting rocky coasts, especially those on man-made structures and how we can use ecological engineering to enhance biodiversity. Recently her work on ecological enhancement of sea defences alongside Alice Hall at Bournemouth University won the CIRIA Award for Innovation in 2019. She is also interested in how climate change may impact such systems and how we can try to mitigate against some of the effects by creating new habitat. Sue led the University of Hull hub for the national 'Capturing the Coast' team training citizen science volunteers to survey rocky shores alongside marine biologists to answer key science questions. This successful project has led to a better understanding of our marine environment and engaged people from all walks of life in surveying and understanding our coastal areas.

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 understand habitat use by wading birds. She is part of a research cluster looking at the ecology of birds in the Humber estuary and is particularly interested in how the birds use man-made areas and understanding their activities both diurnally and nocturnally.

Module leader for

Coastal Seas

Ecological Monitoring

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes

Mayes, W. M., Hull, S. L., & Gomes, H. I. (2021). From linear economy legacies to circular economy resources: Maximising the multifaceted values of legacy mineral wastes. In A. Stefanakis, & I. Nikolaou (Eds.), Circular Economy and Sustainability Volume 1: Management and Policy (409-431). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819817-9.00009-0

Managing Ecological, Community and Bathing Water Quality Aspects in Design and Construction: Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Scheme, UK

Latham, D., Siddle, R., Donoghue, M., Halwyn, A., Hall, A., Hull, S., & Hardiman, N. (2020). Managing Ecological, Community and Bathing Water Quality Aspects in Design and Construction: Runswick Bay Coastal Protection Scheme, UK. In N. Hardiman (Ed.), Coastal management 2019: joining forces to shape our future coasts (447-458). London: ICE Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1680/cm.65147.447

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

Home-made fish traps reduce the capture of small shannies (Lipophrys pholis) compared to using hand-nets in the UK

Barrett, C. J., Johnson, M. L., & Hull, S. L. (2020). Home-made fish traps reduce the capture of small shannies (Lipophrys pholis) compared to using hand-nets in the UK. Conservation Evidence Journal, 17, 32-34

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.

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

CoCoast - New ‘Marine Evidence’ proposal, Big Sea Survey 2

Funder

Heritage Lottery Fund

Grant

£235,372.00

Started

23 June 2015

Status

Complete

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

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