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Dr. Liz Ashton

1995-1999       DPhil on the Biodiversity and community ecology of mangrove plants, molluscs and crustaceans in two mangrove forests in Peninsular Malaysia in relation to local management practices. University of York, UK.

1991-1994       BSc Honours Biological Sciences University of Birmingham.


Research Interests

Wetland restoration and management. Mangrove ecosystems and oyster reefs. Sustainable aquaculture and fisheries.



Research Grants

UK Darwin Initiative, NERC, World Bank, SARF/SNH/The Crown Estates


Professional Experience

Technical Officer for Aquatnet the EU Thematic Network in Aquaculture, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

Conference organiser for the 14th International Conference on Shellfish Restoration held at Stirling.

Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, UK on the Development and delivery of a proposal for the re-establishment on a pilot scale of a native oyster population in Scotland

Danida Environment and Research Adviser at Cantho University, Vietnam on an Environmental Capacity Building Project funded by Danida CAULES

Marine Biodiversity Specialist NIRAS Consultant in Cu Lao Cham Marine Protected Area, Vietnam

Collaborator for Masters Course on Integrated Tropical Coastal Zone Management at AIT, Thailand

Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, UK on World Bank project Mainstreaming Conservation of Coastal Biodiversity through formulation of a generic Code of Conduct for the Sustainable Management of Mangrove Ecosystems.

Adjunct Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand

Postdoc at the Centre for Tropical Ecosystems Research, University of Aarhus, Denmark

Mangrove Biodiversity specialist working for Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand



Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed papers:

Ashton, E.C., 2008. The impact of shrimp farming on mangrove ecosystems. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 3 (3), 12 pp.

Ashton, E.C., 2002. Mangrove sesarmid crab feeding experiments in Peninsular Malaysia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 273 (1): 97-119.

Ashton, E.C. & Macintosh, D.J., 2002. Preliminary assessment of the plant biodiversity and community ecology of the Sematan mangrove forest, Sarawak, Malaysia. Forest Ecology and Management 166(1-3): 111-129.

Ashton, E.C., Hogarth, P. & Macintosh, D.J., 2003. A comparison of brachyuran crab community structure at four mangrove locations under different management systems along the Melaka Straits-Andaman Sea Coast of Malaysia and Thailand. Estuaries 26(6): 1461-1471.

Ashton, E.C., Hogarth, P. & Ormond, R., 1999. Breakdown of mangrove leaf litter in a managed mangrove forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Hydrobiologia 413: 77-88

Ashton, E.C., Macintosh, D.J. & Hogarth, P.J., 2003. A baseline study on the diversity and community ecology of crustacean and molluscan macrofauna in the Sematan mangrove forest, Sarawak, Malaysia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 19:127-142.

Macintosh, D.J., Ashton, E.C. & Havanon, S., 2002. Mangrove rehabilitation and intertidal biodiversity: study of the Ranong mangrove ecosystem, Thailand. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science 55: 331-345.

Popular articles:

Ashton, E.C., 2010. The native oyster rediscovered in the Firth of Forth. BRISC Recorder News 76: 1-3.

Ashton, E., 2000a. Mangrove forests. Trees 60: 9.

Ashton, L., 2004. Crab community indicators of Mangrove management. Aquaculture News 30: 12.

Brown, J.H and Ashton, E.C., 2009. Restoration of native oysters in the Firth of Forth. Forth Sight 19: 6-7. 

Brown, J.H. and Ashton, E.C., 2009.  Pilot scale re-establishment of native oysters in Scotland.  Shellfish News 27: 12-14. 

Textbooks and Teaching material:

Ashton, E.C., Ikejima, K. and Macintosh, D.J., 2004. Mangrove Ecosystem Management. Distributed Education Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. E-learning module. Code No. ED71.26.

Macintosh, D.J., Ashton, E.C. & Tansakul, V., 2002. Utilisation and knowledge of biodiversity in the Ranong Biosphere Reserve, Thailand. ITCZM Monograph 7 30 pp Asian Institute of Technology.

Pedersen, O., Ikejima, K. and Ashton, E.C., 2004. Marine and Coastal Ecosystems. Distributed Education Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. E-learning module. Code No. ED04.99.


Contact Information

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Room: Queen's University Marine Laboratory, Portaferry - 02004

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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