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Carina Gsottbauer

Carina Gsottbauer - PhD student

Postgraduate student at Queen’s University Belfast since 2012. Topic of my PhD is “Predicting impacts of near-future climate change on shellfish stock management”.

MSc Zoology/ Animal Biology, University of Salzburg, Austria 2010; Thesis Title: “Fine structural features of the striated adductor muscle of the queen scallop Aequipecten opercularis with respect to age-related changes in intramyocellular components”

Bakk. Biol. (similar to Bachelor of Science) Organismic Biology and Ecology, University of Salzburg, Austria 2005.


Research Interests

I’m interested in the impacts of climate change on different shellfish species. I’ll look at both commercially valuable species such as oyster (Ostrea edulis and Crassostrea gigas) and underexploited species such as the common whelk (Buccinum undatum) or the common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) under changed conditions (e. g. elevated sea water temperature, ocean acidification.)



In March 2012 I received the Marie Andessner Award from the University of Salzburg, Austria, for my innovative master thesis.


Professional Experience

Poster: C. Gsottbauer, P. Steinbacher, W. Stoiber, A. Obermayer, J. Haslett, A. Sanger, E. Philipp (2007): Mitochondrial density as a parameter of physiological fitness in young and old Queen Scallops (Aequipecten opercularis). Comp Biochem Physiol A 146: S181. Presented at the Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting 2007, Glasgow, Scotland.

Jun. 2007         Invited informal talk, at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany, concerning preliminary results of my master thesis (the Institute provided muscle samples for my thesis).



Philipp, E. E. R., M. Schmidt, C. Gsottbauer, A. M. Sanger, D. Abele (2008): Size- and age-dependent changes in adductor muscle swimming physiology of the scallop Aequipecten opercularis. J Exp Biol. 211: 2492-2501


Contact Information

Tel: +44 (0)28 427 28 230


Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry

Contact Information

Queen's University Marine Laboratory (QML)
12-13 The Strand, Portaferry
Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT22 1PF
Phone: +44 (0)28 427 28230

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