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Laura Coles

PhD Student

PhD - From the UK to Australia: When a Native Species Becomes an Invader.

I will be completing a joint PhD between the University of Exeter (Cornwall, UK) and the University of Queensland, as part of the QUEX Institute. My research will focus on invasive species, investigating the drivers behind variation in impacts of the European green crab (Carcinus maenas) between native populations in the UK and invasive populations in Australia. Giving particular attention to the impacts of environmental change and species interaction networks, and working with relevant stakeholders, I hope that this work will aid in the development and implementation of effective management strategies.


I have recently completed an MSc by Research degree at the University of Exeter, studying the impacts of stressor interaction on green crab camouflage and antipredator behaviours. Prior to this I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Marine Biology. I have particular interests in scientific communication and marine conservation, and am the Science Communication Officer for The Rock Pool Project, a UK citizen science NGO.

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