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Althea (Alfie) Piper

Althea (Alfie) Piper

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RESEARCH INTERESTS

My research interests surround habitat management, monitoring and restoration underpinned by understanding biodiversity, habitat use, and species interactions at different life stages. The main themes I am interested in are:

  • Establishing robust biodiversity baselines and techniques to assess the impacts of restoration efforts and monitor for future changes
  • Understanding the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on species and ecosystem levels with an aim to inform policy and industrial practices
  • Investigating habitat restoration and restorative aquaculture techniques with a focus in the North Sea

I am keen to incorporate additional methods to provide a more in-depth view of these themes, such as molecular techniques and neuroecological principles.

In addition, I have a strong interest in taxonomy and animal ethics, with further experience in animal husbandry and enrichment.

CURRENT PROJECTS
  • Artificial habitat design and in-depth behavioural analyses of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) as a potential tool to assess and monitor herring spawning events
  • Impacts of electromagnetic fields from subsea cables on the post-disturbance recovery of marine coastal invertebrates
  • Impacts of electromagnetic fields from subsea cables on the embryological development of the long-finned squid, Loligo forbesii
PUBLICATIONS

Publications are available to view via my ResearchGate profile

EDUCATION

BSc Biomedical Science, University of Warwick, UK (2009-2012)
MSc Wildlife Management and Conservation, University of Reading, UK (2015-2016)

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