Miss Lucy Woodall
Scientific Associate - Invertebrates
Division: LS Invertebrates Division
I work mainly as a Marine biologist. My research is based within the field of molecular ecology, which provides a framework to answer questions related to genetic structure and diversity. I apply molecular tools (mtDNA sequencing and microsatellite loci genotyping) to current ecological challenges. I have worked with a wide variety with species (vertebrates and invertebrates) and my interests cover: conservation genetics, breeding systems, phylogeography and cryptic species identification. I continue to use genetic methodology to understand small scale landscape/seascape effects on population connectivity and apply this knowledge to species management and conservation. I also seek to document and understand the impacts of human activity in the deep sea. I specifically focus on litter and microplastic pollution.
- PhD, Royal Holloway, University of London, U.K.
- Research Associate, University of British Columbia, Project Seahorse, Canada, 2004 - ongoing
- Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Stirling, UK, 2010 - 2011
Member, IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish and Stickleback specialist group, 2014 - on going.
Reviewer / referee
Journal of Fish Biology, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
Underwater Technology, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
Environmental Biology of Fishes, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
PLoS One, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
African Journal of Marine Science, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
Molecular Ecology, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, (Journal), Anonymous peer review,
Ray Society, Trustee
Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ, Boehm JT, Shaw PW (2015) Past and present drivers of population structure in a small coastal fish, the European long snouted seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Conservation Genetics, 16 (5) : 1139 - 1153. doi: 10.1007/s10592-015-0728-y
Woodall LC, Gwinnett C, Packer M, Thompson RC, Robinson LF, Paterson GLJ (2015) Using a forensic science approach to minimize environmental contamination and to identify microfibres in marine sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95 (1) : 40 - 46. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.04.044
Woodall LC, Robinson LF, Rogers AD, Narayanaswamy BE, Paterson GLJ (null) Deep-sea litter: a comparison of seamounts, banks and a ridge in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans reveals both environmental and anthropogenic factors impact accumulation and composition. Frontiers in Marine Science, 2 : doi: 10.3389/fmars.2015.00003
Scriven JJ, Woodall LC, Tinsley MC, Knight ME, Williams PH, Carolan JC, Brown MJF, Goulson D (2015) Revealing the hidden niches of cryptic bumblebees in Great Britain: Implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, 182 : 126 - 133. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2014.11.027
Woodall LC, Sanchez-Vidal A, Canals M, Paterson GLJ, Coppock R, Sleight V, Calafat A, Rogers AD, Narayanaswamy BE, Thompson RC (2014) The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris. Royal Society Open Science, 1 (4) : 140317 - 140317. doi: 10.1098/rsos.140317
Boehm JT, Woodall L, Teske PR, Lourie SA, Baldwin C, Waldman J, Hickerson M (2013) Marine dispersal and barriers drive Atlantic seahorse diversification. Journal of Biogeography, 40 (10) : 1839 - 1849. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12127
Scriven JJ, Woodall LC, Goulson D (2013) Nondestructive
DARVILL B, LEPAIS O, WOODALL LC, GOULSON D (2012) Triploid bumblebees indicate a direct cost of inbreeding in fragmented populations. Molecular Ecology, 21 (16) : 3988 - 3995. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294x.2012.05679.x
Woodall LC, Jones R, Zimmerman B, Guillaume S, Stubbington T, Shaw P, Koldewey HJ (2012) Partial fin-clipping as an effective tool for tissue sampling seahorses, Hippocampus spp.. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92 (6) : 1427 - 1432. doi: 10.1017/s0025315411001810
Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ, Shaw PW (2011) Serial monogamy in the European long-snouted seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Conservation Genetics, 12 (6) : 1645 - 1649. doi: 10.1007/s10592-011-0253-6
Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ, Shaw PW (2011) Historical and contemporary population genetic connectivity of the European short-snouted seahorse Hippocampus hippocampus and implications for management. Journal of Fish Biology, 78 (6) : 1738 - 1756. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.02974.x
Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ, Santos SV, Shaw PW (2009) First occurrence of the lined seahorseHippocampus erectusin the eastern Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 75 (6) : 1505 - 1512. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02371.x
Naud M-J, Curtis JMR, Woodall LC, Gaspar MB (2009) Mate choice, operational sex ratio, and social promiscuity in a wild population of the long-snouted seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Behavioral Ecology, 20 (1) : 160 - 164. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arn128
European Marine Research Stations Network prize, 2006.
Invited and keynote speaker
Extreme Litter Picking: Marine debris in the deep-sea’, 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress: 2014.
The species debate: examples of seahorses from the Northern and Southern hemispheres with some conservation implications’, 2nd Syng Bio International Symposium: 2013.
Meiofaunal community assessment of seamounts on the Southwest Indian Ocean Ridge’, 13th Deep Sea Biology Symposium: 2012.
The bumblebee species complex, Bombus lucorum, 55th Ecological Genetics group: 2011.
‘Conservation genetics of Hippocampus guttulatus’, PopGroup 44: 2011.
Morning Show, From bees to the deep sea; life as an interdisciplinary scientist, BBC Stoke, 16/4/2015.
Inside Science, Microplastics in the deep sea, BBC Radio 4, 18/12/2014.