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Professor of Marine Ecology / Co-Director of Research, St Abbs Marine Station
Diele, K. (2000). Life history and population structure of the exploited mangrove crab Ucides cordatus cordatus (Decapoda: Brachyura) in the Caete Estuary, North Brazil. (Thesis). Universität Bremen. Retrieved from http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/6575
The semiterrestrial crab U. cordatus is one of the most heavily exploited resources of Bra-zilian mangrove forests. The growing interest in protecting and managing U. cordatus...
Wale, M. A., Briers, R. A., Hartl, M. G., Bryson, D., & Diele, K. (2019). From DNA to ecological performance: Effects of anthropogenic noise on a reef-building mussel. Science of the Total Environment, 689, 126-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.06.380
Responses of marine invertebrates to anthropogenic noise are insufficiently known, impeding our understanding of ecosystemic impacts of noise and the development of mitigation...
Saeedi, H., Kamrani, E., Nordhaus, I., & Diele, K. (2018). Sediment Temperature Impact on Population Structure and Dynamics of the Crab Austruca iranica Pretzmann, 1971 (Crustacea: Ocypodidae) in Subtropical Mangroves of the Persian Gulf. Wetlands, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13157-018-0998-5
Ocypodid crabs inhabit intertidal sandy/muddy flats of tropical and sub-tropical mangroves. Iran has three species of the genus Austruca. In contrast to A. sindensis and A. la...
Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (Hosted by St Andrew's University)
Quantifying metal bioaccumulation in Nephrops norvegicus larvae exposed to cadmium and pile-driving noise - Understanding the impacts and mechanisms of multiple stressors on marine life is fraught wit...
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
The 'Microlanding' project aims to unravel the nature, topological interactions, dynamics and functions of the bacterial symbionts associated with mangrove crabs' gills in relation to the evolution fr...
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The project is to investigate the quantity and environmental footprint of shell residues produced by the crab meat processing "industry" (i.e. local households) in Mamanguape River Estuary and Brejinh...
Potouroglou, M., Bull, J. C., Krauss, K. W., Kennedy, H. A., Fusi, M., Daffonchio, D., …Huxham, M. (2017). Measuring the role of seagrasses in regulating sediment surface elevation. Scientific Reports, 7, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-12354-y
Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other ‘blue carbo...
Pestana, D. F., Pülmanns, N., Nordhaus, I., Diele, K., & Zimmer, M. (2017). The influence of crab burrows on sediment salinity in a Rhizophora-dominated mangrove forest in North Brazil during the dry season. Hydrobiologia, 803(1), 295-305. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-017-3282-4
Many ecological processes are influenced by salinity. Burrowing crabs, abundant fauna of mangrove forests around the world, can facilitate sediment water fluxes, which may dec...
Simith, D. D. J. D. B., Abrunhosa, F. A., & Diele, K. (2017). Metamorphosis of the edible mangrove crab Ucides cordatus (Ucididae) in response to benthic microbial biofilms. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 492, 132-140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2017.01.022
Benthic microbial communities can play an important role in the induction of larval metamorphosis in marine invertebrates. The role of biofilms in recognizing the parental hab...
Nascimento, D. M., Alves, R. R. N., Barboza, R. R. D., Schmidt, A. J., Diele, K., & Mourão, J. S. (2017). Commercial relationships between intermediaries and harvesters of the mangrove crab Ucides cordatus (Linnaeus, 1763) in the Mamanguape River estuary, Brazil, and their socio-ecological implications. Ecological Economics, 131, 44-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.08.017
The large mangrove crab Ucides cordatus (“caranguejo-uçá”) is a key fisheries resource in Brazil, critical for the sustenance of livelihoods of thousands of people in coastal ...
Pülmanns, N., Mehlig, U., Nordhaus, I., Saint-Paul, U., & Diele, K. (2016). Mangrove Crab Ucides cordatus Removal Does Not Affect Sediment Parameters and Stipule Production in a One Year Experiment in Northern Brazil. PLOS ONE, 11(12), e0167375. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0167375
Mangrove crabs influence ecosystem processes through bioturbation and/or litter feeding. In Brazilian mangroves, the abundant and commercially important crab Ucides cordatus i...
Meyer, F. W., Schubert, N., Diele, K., Teichberg, M., Wild, C., & Enríquez, S. (2016). Effect of Inorganic and Organic Carbon Enrichments (DIC and DOC) on the Photosynthesis and Calcification Rates of Two Calcifying Green Algae from a Caribbean Reef Lagoon. PLOS ONE, 11(8), e0160268. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160268
Coral reefs worldwide are affected by increasing dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and organic carbon (DOC) concentrations due to ocean acidification (OA) and coastal eutrophic...
Nascimento, D. M., Alves, Â. G. C., Alves, R. R. N., Barboza, R. R. D., Diele, K., & Mourão, J. S. (2016). An examination of the techniques used to capture mangrove crabs, Ucides cordatus, in the Mamanguape River estuary, northeastern Brazil, with implications for management. Ocean and Coastal Management, 130, 50-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2016.05.010
The present research, undertaken in a mangrove swamp in northeastern Brazil (Mamanguape River Estuary), examined the factors that led to the overwhelming acceptance of the tan...
Meyer, F. W., Vogel, N., Diele, K., Kunzmann, A., Uthicke, S., & Wild, C. (2016). Effects of High Dissolved Inorganic and Organic Carbon Availability on the Physiology of the Hard Coral Acropora millepora from the Great Barrier Reef. PLoS ONE, 11, e0149598. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149598
Coral reefs are facing major global and local threats due to climate change-induced
increases in dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and because of land-derived increases in
Kassuga, A. D., Diele, K., & Hostim-Silva, M. (2015). New records of the striped cleaner shrimp Lysmata grabhami (Gordon, 1935) from Brazil, Southwestern Atlantic. Brazilian Journal of Biology ==, 75(4), 936-939. doi:10.1590/1519-6984.03014
New records for Lysmata grabhami (Gordon, 1935) in Brazilian waters are presented. Four adult individuals from coastal waters off the city of Vitória, Espírito Santo coast and...
Pülmanns, N., Nordhaus, I., Diele, K., & Mehlig, U. (2015). Artificial Crab Burrows Facilitate Desalting of Rooted Mangrove Sediment in a Microcosm Study. Journal of marine science and engineering, 3(3), 539-559. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse3030539
Water uptake by mangrove trees can result in salt accumulation in sediment
around roots, negatively influencing growth. Tidal pumping facilitates salt release and can
Alberts-Hubatsch, H., Lee, S. Y., Meynecke, J., Diele, K., Nordhaus, I., & Wolff, M. (2016). Life-history, movement, and habitat use of Scylla serrata (Decapoda, Portunidae): current knowledge and future challenges. Hydrobiologia, 763(1), 5-21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-015-2393-z
The mud crab Scylla serrata is a highly exploited species, associated to mangrove ecosystems in the Indo-West-Pacific. It has a complex life cycle with a dispersing larvae pha...
Puelmanns, N., Diele, K., Mehlig, U., & Nordhaus, I. (2014). Burrows of the semi-terrestrial crab Ucides cordatus enhance CO2 release in a North Brazilian mangrove forest. PLoS ONE, 9, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109532
Ucides cordatus is an abundant mangrove crab in Brazil constructing burrows of up to 2 m depth. Sediment around burrows may oxidize during low tides. This increase in sediment...
Natural Environment Research Council
Mangrove forests are unique intertidal ecosystems connecting the land- and seascape. They provide habitat to terrestrial and marine species, sustain the livelihoods of millions of mostly poor people g...
MASTS Travel Grant for Craig Stenton
MAST Travel grant
Effects of Combined Aquatic Noise and Chemical Pollution on Early Stage Marine Invertebrates in Different Temperature Contexts
Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on the Embryogenesis of Squids, Loligo spp.
Continuous Monitoring of Marine Soundscapes: Assessing Anthropogenic Noise Near Breeding Seabird Colonies
Exposure of Marine Invertebrate Larvae to Underwater Speaker Playbacks of Noise Pollution Sources in the Field
PhD student Edward Bolger
Exposure of early life stage marine invertebrates to playbacks of marine renewable energy device vibration
Production of final version smartphone application and data queries for citizen science research in Brazil to improve mangrove crab fisheries management.
Experiment with single and combined noise and temperature stress treatments
The AEB Charitable Trust
Collaboration with the National Trust for Scotland, St Abb's Head to determine the impacts of cliff-top walkers and boats on the nesting success of seabirds at St Abbs's Head, Scotland
Long-duration recorders are commercially available for week-scale terrestrial sound monitoring, but expensive and large, thus difficult to disguise in colonies. We have an active collaboration with th...
"In 2005, Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) migrating to the UK exhibited swollen, haemor...
The PhD is to investigate the ecological implications of invasive bullhead in...
Anthropogenic noise has profoundly changed the acoustic environment of aquatic habitats, and is known to negatively affect many taxa...
Seagrasses form dense and extensive coastal meadows extending from intertidal areas down to 40 m depth worldwide except ...
Edinburgh Napier University (Sighthill Campus)
23 January 2019