Dr Lucy Woodall

Research Interests

My research seeks to understand the impacts of humans on the marine environment and explore the mechanisms and processes that drive biodiversity in this biome. Working on deep sea and coastal systems, I have explored many challenges of ecosystem management. The work I led on deep-sea communities and the consequences of marine litter and microplastics, addresses the immediate challenges of anthropogenic debris, and elucidates ocean-scale patterns of diversity in this under-explored environment. I continue to seek to document and understand ocean health by leading the science output for marine science expeditions.

Contact Details




Nekton Research Group members

Dr Paris Stefanoudis

Betina Frinault

Denise Swanborn

Selected Publications

Riquet F et al, (2019). Parallel pattern of differentiation at a genomic island shared between clinal and mosaic hybrid zones in a complex of cryptic seahorse lineages. Evolution. In Press.

Turner J et al, (2019) Key questions for research and conservation of mesophotic coral ecosystems and temperate mesophotic ecosystems. In Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems of the World, Springer, In Press.

Rivers, ML, Gwinnett C and Woodall LC (2019) Quantification is more than counting: actions required to accurately quantify and report isolated marine microplastics. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 139 100-104.

Woodall LC et al, (2018) Deep-sea anthropogenic macrodebris harbours rich and diverse communities of bacteria and archaea. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206220.

Woodall LC et al, (2018) A multidisciplinary approach for generating globally consistent data on mesophotic, deep-pelagic and bathyal biological communities. Oceanography, 31: 3.

Neal L, Taboada S and Woodall LC, (2018) Slope-shelf faunal link and unreported diversity off Nova Scotia: Evidence from polychaete data. Deep-Sea Research Part I, 135 72-84.

Woodall LC et al, (2018) A synthesis of European seahorse taxonomy, population structure, and habitat use as a basis for assessment, monitoring and conservation. Marine Biology, 165: 19.

Gress E, Andradi-Brown DA, Woodall LC, Schofield PJ, Stanley K and Rogers AD (2017) Lionfish (Pteriosspp.) invade the upper bathyl zone in the western Atlantic. PeerJ, 3686.

Taylor ML, Gwinnett C, Robinson LF and Woodall LC (2016) Plastic microfibre ingestion by deep-sea organisms. Scientific Reports, 6: 33997.

Woodall LC, Gwinnett C, Packer M, Thompson RC, Robinson LF and Paterson GL (2015) Using a forensic science approach to minimize environmental contamination and to identify microfibres in marine sediments. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95 40-46

Woodall LC, Robinson LF, Rogers AD, Narayanaswamy BE and Paterson GL (2015) 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 of Marine Science, 2: 3. 

Woodall LC, Sanchez-Vidal A, Canals M, Paterson GLJ, Coppock R, Sleigh V, Calafat A, Rogers AD, Narayanaswamy B and Thomson R (2014) The deep sea is a major sink for microplastic debris. Royal Society Open Science, 1: 140317

Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ, Boehm JT and 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 1139-1153.

Boehm JT, Woodall LC, Teske P, Lourie SA, Baldwin C, Waldman J and Hickerson M (2013) Marine dispersal and barriers drive Atlantic seahorse diversification. Journal of Biogeography, 40 1839-1849. 

Woodall LC, Zimmerman B, Jones R, Shaw P and Koldewey HJ (2012) Partial fin-clipping as an effective tool for tissue sampling in seahorses, Hippocampus spp. Journal of the Marine Biological Association, 92 1427-1432

Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ and Shaw P (2011) Historical and contemporary population genetic connectivity of the European short snouted seahorse, Hippocampus hippocampus, and implications for management. Journal of Fish Biology, 78 1738-1756

Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ and Shaw P (2011) Serial monogamy in the Long-snouted Seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Conservation Genetics, 12 1645-1649

Woodall LC, Koldewey HJ, Santos SV and Shaw P (2009) First occurrence of the lined seahorse Hippocampus erectus (Perry 1810) in the Eastern Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology, 75 

Naud M-J, Curtis JM, Woodall LC and Gaspar M (2009) Mate choice, operational sex ratio and social promiscuity in a wild population of the long-snouted seahorse Hippocampus guttulatus. Behavioural Ecology, 20 160-164

Scriven JJ, Woodall LC, Tinsley MC, Knight M, Williams PH, Carolan JC, Brown MJF and Goulson D (2015) Revealing the hidden niches of cryptic bumblebees in Great Britain: implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, 482 126-133. 

Scriven JJ, Woodall LC and Goulson D (2013) The direct amplification of bumblebee DNA from faeces. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13 225-229

Darvill B, Lepais, O, Woodall LC, and Goulson D (2012) Triploid bumblebees indicate a direct cost of inbreeding in fragmented bumblebee populations. Molecular Ecology, 21 3988-3995

Kubasiewicz LM, Minderman J, Woodall LC, Quine CP, Coope R and Park KJ (2016) Fur and faeces: an experimental assessment of non-invasive DNA sampling for the European pine marten. Mammal Research, 61 

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