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Lawrence Eagling

Dr. Lawrence Eagling - Postdoctoral Researcher

MSci Master of Marine Biology University of Southampton 2012


Research Interests

My interests focus on applied marine research where the majority of my work to date has been on the sustainable management of Ostrea edulis or the European native oyster. My Ph.D. examined a privately-owned oyster fishery in Scotland, to explore their successful management strategies and extrapolate key findings to support other regions. This included uncovering the historical and legal management of the fishery, current management techniques, mapping of the seabed and the reproductive potential of the population. Following this study, my work has expanded to investigate the demography and reproduction of commercially exploited crustaceans in UK waters and investigating microalgae species for fatty acid composition to support local, sustainable production. Currently, I am leading the FjordStröng project, which is investigating the commercial potential of the Automated Baited Underwater Video (ABUV) system which was designed and developed at Queen’s University Belfast to provide an improved non-destructive methodology to carry out marine biodiversity surveys.



Eagling, L.E., Ashton, E.C. and Eagle, J., 2015. The incentives of a resource owner: Evidence from a private oyster fishery, Marine Policy, 58, 28-35
Phillips, N., Eagling, L., Harrod, C., Reid, N., Cappanera, V. & Houghton, J. (2017) Quacks snack on smacks: mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) observed feeding on hydrozoans (Velella velella). Plankton and Benthos Research, 12, 143–144.
Eagling, L.E., Ashton, E.C., Jensen, A.C., Sigwart, J., Murray, D., and Roberts, D., 2017. Spatial and temporal differences in gonad development, sex ratios and reproductive output influence the sustainability of exploited populations of the European oyster, Ostrea edulis, Aquatic conservation marine and freshwater ecosystems, 28(2), 270-281
Davenport, J. , Phillips, N. D., Cotter, E. , Eagling, L. E. and Houghton, J. D. (2018), The locomotor system of the ocean sunfish Mola mola (L.): role of gelatinous exoskeleton, horizontal septum, muscles and tendons. J. Anat.
Phillips, N.D., Kubicek, L., Payne, N., Harrod, C., Eagling, L.E., Carson, C.D., Cappanera, V. & Houghton, J.D.R. (2018) Isometric growth in the world’s largest bony fishes (Genus Mola)? Morphological insights from fisheries bycatch data. Journal of Morphology.
Becker, C., Cunningham, M., Dick, J.T.A., Eagling, L.E., and Sigwart, J., 2018. A unified scale for female reproductive stages in Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus): Evidence from macroscopic and microscopic characterization, Journal of Morphology, 279
Zwerschke, N., Eagling, L.E., Roberts, D., and O’Connor, N.E., 2019. Can an invasive species compensate for the loss of a declining native species? Functional similarity of native and introduced oysters, Marine Environmental Research.


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Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry

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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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