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Zoë Holbrook PhD in Restocking the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis in the Solent – a model for ecosystem service restoration across Europe.

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Hi, I'm Zoë Holbrook and I am a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral scholar studying within the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute at the University of Southampton.

After graduating from Kings College London with a Music BA hons (2:1) in 2011, I made the exciting decision to move into the world of science and continue studying. I was awarded a First Class Honours for a Masters in Marine Biology at the University of Southampton in 2016 and was consequently offered a PhD studentship as a Leverhulme scholar. My multidisciplinary PhD is looking at the implications of restoring the native oyster (Ostrea edulis) population in the Solent.


My PhD research will be carried out at the National Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton. My project is under supervision by Chris Hauton (Associate Professor in Invertebrate Ecophysiology and Immune Function, SOES), Malcolm Hudson (Associate Professor in Environmental Sciences, CMEES) and Antony Jensen (Associate Professor in Marine Ecology, SOES). My project will work in collaboration with Blue Marine Foundation, who are conducting a restoration project for the native oyster (Ostrea edulis) in the Solent.

My research will focus on both the physical response of oysters and environment with the restoration project, and consider the socio-economic aspects involved. I aim to (a) quantify the survival, development and physiological quality of the O. edulis individuals laid on the seabed, (b) test the predictions of spat fall based on predictions of larvae dispersal by a Lagrangian particle-tracking model, (c) quantify the ecosystem services provided by restoring the O. edulis population in the Solent, and (d) develop management recommendations for future bivalve restoration projects.


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