- Primary position:
- Lecturer in Marine Biology
BSc (Hons) Zoology, Swansea University (1988)
PhD Marine biology, University of Southampton (1993)
Teaching Fellow, University of Southampton (1993)
Post-doctoral fellowship, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, USA (1994)
Post-doctoral research fellow (1995-2002)
Temporary Lecturer, University of Southampton (2002 - 2004)
Lecturer, University of Southampton (2005 - present)
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
Specialisms: Gelatinous zooplankton; Tidal flat dynamics; HPLC
I have a broad interest in coastal and estuarine processes, in particular the interaction between biological communities and the environment, and how ecosystems function and respond to change. My main research focus is the biology and ecological role of jellyfish in pelagic food webs, in particular studies of the population dynamics, trophic impact and reproductive biology of UK species. Current research projects are focusing on the magnitude, causes and consequences of jellyfish blooms around the globe; polyp ecology and the roles of asexual and sexual reproduction in forming and maintaining jellyfish populations; phenotypic differences between populations of Aurelia; causes of, and problems associated with jellyfish stranding on beaches; and the macro-ecology of mesopelagic jellyfish.
Current funded research projects:
Hirst AG & Lucas CH (2009 – 2012) Copepod sex ratio dynamics: the role of predators and food. NERC Standard grant.
Condon RH, Duarte CM, Graham WM et al. (2009 – 2011) Global expansion of jellyfish blooms: magnitude, causes and consequences. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), UC Santa Barbara, via NSF funding.
The jellywatch website http://www.jellywatch.org/blooms contains further links to the global jellyfish blooms project, which includes an online newsletter, project updates and the YouTube video of the Jellyfish ROCK public outreach event hosted by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
Primary research group: Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems
Reviewer on biology/ecology panel for the Norwegian Research Council (2009-2011)
SOES1006 Introduction to Marine Ecology (1st year) - module co-ordinator
SOES6052 Tropical Marine Biology, including residential fieldtrip to Bermuda (4th year) - contributor
SOES6013 Introduction to Biological Oceanography (MSc) - contributor
Key skills / tutorials (1st and 2nd year)
Dr Cathy Lucas
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
Southampton SO14 3ZH
Room Number: NOCS/566/02
Telephone: (023) 8059 6617