School of Biological Sciences
Dr Simon Cragg
- Qualifications: PhD
- Role Title: Reader in Zoology
- Address: Institute of Marine Sciences Laboratories, Langstone Harbour, Ferry Road, Eastney, Portsmouth, PO4 9LY
- Telephone: 023 9284 5808
- Email: Simon.Cragg@port.ac.uk
- Department: School of Biological Sciences
- Faculty: Faculty of Science
I studied Zoology with Marine Zoology at Bangor, then moved just across the Menai Straits to work at the NERC Unit of Marine Invertebrate Biology headed by Professor Dennis Crisp FRS, where I completed a PhD under the supervision of Dr Jim Nott and Dr Llyr Gruffydd on the sense organs and behaviour of scallop larvae.
- Tropical marine ecology, particularly of mangrove and coral ecosystems
- Life history strategies in the sea
- Invertebrate larval biology
- Plankton and meiofauna
- Invertebrate zoology
- Biodegradation of wood: problems and opportunities
- Wood Marine wood borers: the isopod Limnoria, teredinids (shipworms, Bivalvia) and the weevil Pselactus
- Innovative approaches to wood protection in the sea
- Teredinid and other bivalve larvae: anatomy and behaviour
- Borer-microorganism interactions:
- ecology of epibiosis of ciliates on limnoriid exoskeletons
- microorganisms in guts of borers
- The role of marine wood borers in maintaining biodiversity in mangrove ecosystems
- BBSRC strategic long and large grant for evaluating biofuel potential of marine borer lignocellulose degradation mechanisms 2014-2018
- Research Council of Norway Evaluation of novel protection methods against marine wood borers 2013-2015
- BBSRC USA Partnering Programme for building collaboration over lignocellulose-degrading systems 2011-13
- BBSRC 2009-13 Enzyme discovery in a marine crustacean for biofuels use
- 2013: Contribution to meeting at Zoological Society of London for Mangrove Specialist Group of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature): Role of wood-degraders in carbon fluxes and biodiversity maintenance in mangrove ecosystems.
- 2013: Opening presentation for BBSRC-funded international workshop at Linnean Society, London entitled Lignocellulose Degradation Mechanisms Across the Tree of Life: Wood degradation mechanisms in marine organisms.
- 2012: Keynote for Conference for Malacological Society of London – Molluscan Life History Strategies: Life history strategies of teredinid molluscs.
- 2010: Keynote for meeting of International Research Group on Wood Protection at Biarritz: New insights from NMR, FTIR, X-ray diffraction and physical chemistry into digestive processes in the wood-boring marine crustacean Limnoria quadripunctata.
- 2010: Contribution to 5th International Conference on Wood Modification: Resistance of modified wood to marine borers.
- Profs. McQueen-Mason, Bruce and Walton, University of York and Prof. Du Pree, Cambridge University: strategic LoLa funded project on lignocellulose-degrading mechanisms in marine wood boring organisms
- Dr. Gregg Beckham and Dr. Mikke Himmel, National Renewable Energy Lab, USA on enzyme structure, function and modelling plus genom,e studies.
- Dr. Chris Watkins, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) Norwich: assembly of genome of Limnoria.
- Profs Barry Goodell and Jody Jellison, Virginia Tech: comparison of fungal and marine borer wood degradation mechanisms
- Dr. Anreas Wanninger, University of Vienna: larval anatomy and development
- Dr. Martin Zimmer, University of Salzburg: digestion in isopods
- Dr. Mark Jones, Mary Rose Trust: wood borer threat to wooden artefacts.
Postgraduate Research Supervised
- Melanie Crockett: Recruitment of wood borers in mangroves of Barbados
- Matt Harris: The establishment of the Manila clam in UK waters
- Laura Michie: High levels of sympatry of fiddler crabs in Indonesia
- Reuben Shipway Shipworm life history adaptations
- Amaia Green Etxabe: Microbe independent wood digestion in the crustacean Chelura (completed 2013)
- Ian Hendy: Shipworms as ecosystem engineers in mangrove ecosystems (completed 2012)
- Graham Malyon: Feeding and digestion in the crustacean Limnoria (completed 2011)
- Sam Stanton: Swimming behaviour and feeding in bivalve larvae (completed 2010)
Achievement and Recognition
- Fellow of the Institute of Wood Science
- Fellow of the Linnean Society
- Board of BSBEC (BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre)
- Member of IUCN Mangrove Specialists Group
- Vice President Malacological Society of London
- Member of editorial board of:
- Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
- Journal of Molluscan Studies
- Journal of Shellfish Science
- International Wood Products Journal.