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Prof. Christine Maggs

Prof. Christine Maggs

Head of the School of Biological Sciences
Professor of Phycology 


BA. Botany (1978), University of Oxford

PhD (1983), National University of Ireland, Galway:
"Marine Algae"


Tel:     +44 (0)28 9097 2265 
Fax:    +44 (0)28 9097 5877
Email:  c.maggs@qub.ac.uk

Currently Head of the School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Christine is Joint co-ordinator of the module Biological Diversity, a member of the Education Committee, School Management Committee, School Research Ethics Committee, Chair of School SWAN committee (Women in SET), Co-ordinator of an MSc in Ecological Management and Conservation Biology, Co-ordinator of the modules Introductory Biology 1 and Introductory Biology 2, Co-ordinator of Marine Processes, Co-ordinator of postgraduate module Foundations for Research in the Biosciences. 
She contributes to teaching botany and marine biology, particularly algae, at all levels of undergraduate degrees and taught postgraduate course. She is also Associate Editor of Journal of Biogeography, Past-President of International Phycological Society and a NERC Peer Review College member.

Research Interests (for more details click here).  

  • Phycology: taxonomy and ecology of marine macroalgae  
  • Molecular systematics, phylogenetics and population genetics of algae, particularly members of the Ceramiales
  • Using morphological, life-history and molecular data
  • Ecology and utilization of coralline algae, especially maerl
  • Alien algae and marine invasions
  • Marine conservation 
  • Biogeography including phylogeography

Recent publications (post-2007)
Walsh, P.J. Walker, G.M., Maggs C.A. & Buchanan, F.J. (in press). Thermal preparation of highly porous calcium phosphate bone filler. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s10856-010-4056-y 
Mineur, F., Davies, A.J., Maggs, C.A., Verlaque, M. & Johnson, M.P. (2010). Fronts, jumps and secondary introductions suggested as different invasion patterns in marine species, with an increase in spread rates over time. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0494 
Verbruggen, H., Maggs, C.A., Saunders, G.W., Le Gall, L., Yoon, H.S & De Clerck, O. (2010). Data mining approach identifies research priorities and data requirements for resolving the red algal tree of life.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 2010, 10: 16 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-10-16. 

Mineur, F., De Clerck, O., Le Roux, A., Maggs, C.A. & Verlaque, M. (2010). Polyopes lancifolius (Halymeniales, Rhodophyta), a new component of the Japanese marine flora introduced to Europe.  Phycologia, 49: 86-96. 
Blight, A., Allcock, A.L., Maggs, C.A. & Johnson, M.P. (2009) Intertidal molluscan and algal species richness around the UK coastline.  Marine Ecology Progress Series, 396: 235-243. 
Leliaert, F., Rueness, J., Boedeker, C., Maggs, C.A., Cocquyt, E., Verbruggen, H. and De Clerck, O. (2009). Systematics of the marine microfilamentous green algae Uronema curvatum and Urospora microscopica (Chlorophyta).  European Journal of Phycology, 44: 487-496. 
Strong, J.A., Maggs, C.A. & Johnson, M.P. (2009). The extent of grazing release from epiphytism for Sargassum muticum(Phaeophyceae) within the invaded range.  Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 89: 303-314. 
Provan, J., Beatty, G.E., Keating, S.L., Maggs, C.A. & Savidge, G. (2009). High dispersal potential has maintained long-term population stability in the North Atlantic copepod Calanus finmarchicus. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 276: 301307. 
Hinojosa, G., Johnson, M.P. & Maggs, C.A. (2008). Like a rolling stone: the mobility of maerl (Corallinaceae) and the neutrality of the associated assemblages. Ecology, in press. 
Mineur, F., Johnson, M.P. & Maggs, C.A. (2008). Macroalgal introductions by hull fouling on recreational vessels: seaweeds and sailors. Environmental Management, 42: 667-676. 
Kostamo, K., Blomster, J., Korpelainen, H., Kelly, J., Maggs, C.A. & Mineur, F. (2008). New microsatellite markers for Ulva intestinalis (Chlorophyta) and the transferability of markers across species of Ulvaceae.  Phycologia, 580-587. 
Maggs, C.A., Castilho, R., Foltz, D., Henzler, C., Jolly, M.T., Kelly, J., Olsen, J., Perez, K.E., Stam, W., Vainola, R., Viard, F. & Wares, J. (2008). Evaluating signatures of glacial refugia for North Atlantic benthic marine taxa.  Ecology, 89: S108-122. 
Cho, T-O., Boo, S.M, Hommersand, M. H., Maggs, C.A., McIvor, L. & Fredericq, S. (2008). Gayliella gen. nov., in the tribe Ceramieae (Ceramiaceae, Rhodophyta) based on molecular and morphological evidence.  Journal of Phycology, 44: 721-738. 
Mineur, F., Johnson, M.P. & Maggs, C.A. (2008). Non-indigenous marine macroalgae in native communities: a case study in the British Isles. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom , 88: 693-698. 
Provan, J., Wilson, S., Portig, A.A & Maggs, C.A.. (2008). The importance of reproductive strategies in population genetic approaches to conservation:  an example from the marine angiosperm genus Zostera.  Conservation Genetics, 9: 271-280. 
Walsh, P.J., Buchanan, F.J., Dring, M., Maggs, C., Bell, S. & Walker, G.M. (2008). Low-pressure synthesis and characterisation of hydroxyapatite derived from mineralised red algae. Chemical Engineering Journal 137: 173179. 
Davies, A. J.,  Johnson, M.P. & Maggs, C.A. (2008). Subsidy by Ascophyllum nodosum increases growth rate and survivorship ofPatella vulgata. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 366: 4348. 
Provan, J., Booth, D., Todd, N.P., Beatty, G.E. & Maggs, C.A. (2007). Tracking biological invasions in space and time: elucidating the invasive history of the green alga Codium fragile using old DNA. Diversity and Distributions, 14: 343-354. 
Mineur, F., Johnson, M.P., Maggs, C.A., Stegenga, H. (2007). Hull fouling on commercial ships as a vector of macroalgal introduction.  Marine Biology, 151: 1299-1307. 
Andreakis, N., Gabriele Procaccini, G., Maggs, C.A. & Kooistra, W.H.C.F. (2007). Phylogeography of the invasive seaweedAsparagopsis (Bonnemaisoniales, Rhodophyta) reveals cryptic diversity. Molecular Ecology, 16: 2285-2299. 
Mineur, F., Thomas Belsher, T., Johnson, M.P., Maggs, C.A. & Verlaque, M. (2007). Experimental assessment of oyster transfers as a vector for macroalgal introductions.  Biological Conservation, 137: 237-247. 
Verbruggen, H., Leliaert, F., Maggs, C.A., Shimada, S., Schils, T., Provan, J., Booth, D., Murphy, S., De Clerck, O., Coppejans, E., Littler, D.S. & Littler, M. M. (2007). Species boundaries and phylogenetic relationships within the green algal genus Codium(Bryopsidales) based on plastid DNA sequences.  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 44: 240-254. 
Davies, A. J.,  Johnson, M.P. & Maggs, C.A . (2007). Limpet grazing and the loss of Ascophyllum canopies on decadal time scales. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 339: 131-141. 
Booth, D., Provan, J. & Maggs, C.A. (2007). Molecular approaches to the study of invasive seaweeds.  Botanica marina 50: 385-396 [Special issue on "Ecology of Seaweed Invasions", ed. C.R. Johnston]. 
Blake, C., Maggs, C. & Reimer, P. (2007). Use of radiocarbon dating to interpret past environments of maerl beds. Ciencias Marinas 33: 385397. 
For publications before 2007 [click here]