Sarah Gall
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Sarah Gall

Lecturer in Marine Conservation

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Role

Lecturer in Marine Conservation 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Qualifications

2012 - 2016 University of Plymouth, PhD Marine Sciences - Thesis title: Evaluating the impact of integrating fisheries and conservation management. Funded by Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority

2008 - 2009 Bangor University, MSc Marine Environmental Protection

2001 - 2004 The University of Exeter, BSc Geography

Teaching interests

I teach on a range of module across all stages on topics including threats to the marine environment, fisheries management, marine conservation, stakeholder engagement and marine policy. 


I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research dissertations.

Research interests

I am an interdisciplinary research scientist with expertise in applied marine ecology and socioeconomics, specifically focusing on the protection and management of the marine environment. My principal interests are in ecosystem based management, assessment and mitigation of human impacts on the marine environment, the use of management tools such as marine protected areas, and how their benefits can be maximised both for the environment and society. My PhD incorporated ecological, economic and social research methodologies to determine marine protected area effectiveness, allowing me to take a holistic approach to understanding the socio-ecological system. 

My career to date has involved working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders, including management bodies and local fishers and I have undertaken contract work for governmental, non-governmental and international organisations.  My research aims to strengthen capacity to effectively manage and conserve marine resources and incorporate science into policy.

I have worked on the following projects:

Enhancing Protection of Underwater Heritage Assets. Funded by Historic England. 2017-2018. With Jason Lowther & Michael Williams

Assessing the socioeconomic benefits of Marine Protected Areas. 2014. Funded by Natural Resources Wales. With Dr Steve Fletcher, Dr Sian Rees and Dr Lynda Rodwell

Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation Zone network. 2012. Funded by the Wildlife Trusts. With Dr Steve Fletcher, Dr Sian Rees and Dr Lynda Rodwell

GESAMP Working Group 40: Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment: a global assessment. 2014. With Professor Richard Thompson

Impacts of marine debris on biodiversity: current status and potential solutions. Funded by Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel - GEF. 2011-2012. With Professor Richard Thompson

Lyme Bay - a case study: measuring recovery of benthic species, assessing potential spillover effects and socioeconomic changes. 2010-2012. With Dr Martin Attrill, Dr Emma Sheehan, Dr Lynda Rodwell & Dr Sian Rees

Other research

I am a member of the following research groups within the university

- MarCoPol: Centre for Marine & Coastal Policy Research

- MBERC: Marine Biology & Ecology Research Centre

Papers

 

Gall,S.C. & Rodwell,L.D. (2016). Evaluating the social acceptability of Marine Protected Areas.Marine Policy, 65, 30-38

 

Rees, S.E., Mangi, S.C., Hattam,C., Gall, S.C., Rodwell, L.D., Peckett, F.J.,Attrill, M.J. (2015). The socio-economic effects of a Marine Protected Area onthe ecosystem service of leisure and recreation. MarinePolicy 62,144-152

 

Gall,S.C.   &Thompson, R.C. (2015). The impacts of debris on marine life. Marine PollutionBulletin, 92, 170-179

 

Hattam,C.E., Mangi, S.C., Gall, S.C. & Rodwell, L.D. (2014).Social impacts of a temperate fisheries closure: understanding stakeholder'sviews. Marine Policy, 45, 269-278

 

Rees,S.E., Fletcher, S., Gall, S.C., Friedrich, L.A., Jackson, E.L.& Rodwell, L.D. (2014). Securing the benefits: Linking ecology with marineplanning policy to examine the potential of a network of Marine Protected Areasto support human wellbeing. Marine Policy, 44, 335-341

 

Renchen,G.F., Pittman, S.J., Clark, R., Caldown, C., Gall,S., Olsen, D. & Hill, R.L. (2014). Impact of derelict fishtraps in Caribbean waters: an experimental approach. Bulletin of MarineScience, 90 (2), 551-563

 

Stevens,T.F., Sheehan, E.V., Gall, S.C., Fowell, S.C. & Attrill, M.J.(2014). Monitoring benthic biodiversity restoration in Lyme bay marineprotected area: Design, sampling and analysis. Marine Policy, 45, 310-317

 

Rees,S.E., Sheehan, E.V., Jackson, E.L., Gall, S.C. Cousens, S.L., Solandt,J-L., Boyer, M. & Attrill, M.J. (2013). A legal and ecological perspectiveof 'site integrity' to inform policy development and management of SpecialAreas of Conservation in Europe. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 72, 14-21

 

Sheehan,E.V., Gall,S.C., Cousens, S.L. & Attrill, M.J. (2013). Epibenthicassessment of a renewable tidal energy site. The Scientific World Journal,2013, 8

 

Sheehan,E.V., Witt, M.J., Cousens, S.L., Gall, S.C. & Attrill,M.J. (2013).Benthic Interactions with Renewable Energy Installations in a TemperateEcosystem. Proceedings of the Twenty-third (2013) International Offshore andPolar Engineering. Anchorage, Alaska, USA. June 30-July 5, 2013

Fletcher,S., Rees, S.,   Gall,S.   Shellock, R.,Dodds, W. and Rodwell, L. (2014).  Assessing the socio-economic benefitsof marine protected areas. A report for Natural Resources Wales by the Centrefor Marine and Coastal Policy Research, Plymouth University

 

Reports

 

GESAMP(2015). Sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the marine environment: aglobal assessment. (Kershaw, P. J., ed.).(IMO/FAO/UNESCO-IOC/UNIDO/WMO/IAEA/UN/UNEP/UNDP Joint Group of Experts on theScientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection). Rep. Stud. GESAMP No.90, 96 p.

 

Fletcher,S., Rees, S., Gall, S. Shellock, R.,Dodds, W. and Rodwell, L. (2014).  Assessingthe socio-economic benefits of marine protected areas. A report for NaturalResources Wales by the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, PlymouthUniversity.

     

Fletcher,S., Rees, S., Gall, S. Jackson, E., Friedrich, L.,and Rodwell, L. (2012) Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation ZoneNetwork. A report to The Wildlife Trusts by the Centre for Marine and CoastalPolicy Research, Plymouth University.

 

Fletcher,S., Rees, S., Gall, S., Jackson, E., Friedrich, L., andRodwell, L. (2012). Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation ZoneNetwork: A case study of Holderness Inshore rMCZ. A report to The WildlifeTrusts by the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, PlymouthUniversity.

 

Fletcher,S., Rees, S., Gall, S., Jackson, E., Friedrich, L., andRodwell, L. (2012). Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation ZoneNetwork: A case study of Kingmere rMCZ. A report to The Wildlife Trusts by theCentre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, Plymouth University.

 

Fletcher,S., Rees, S., Gall, S., Jackson, E., Friedrich, L., andRodwell, L. (2012). Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation ZoneNetwork: A case study of North of Celtic Deep rMCZ. A report to The WildlifeTrusts by the Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, PlymouthUniversity.

 

Fletcher,S., Rees, S., Gall, S., Jackson, E., Friedrich, L., andRodwell, L. (2012). Securing the benefits of the Marine Conservation ZoneNetwork: A case study of Torbay rMCZ. A report to The Wildlife Trusts by theCentre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research, Plymouth University.

 

Secretariatof the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Scientific and TechnicalAdvisory Panel—GEF (2012). Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity: CurrentStatus and Potential Solutions, Montreal, Technical Series No. 67, 61 pages

 

Sheehan,E.V., Gall,S.C. & Cousens, S.L. (2012). Between the reefs: theoccurrence of sessile organisms on pebbly-sand habitats in the Lyme Bay cSACcompared to areas open to fishing. A report to the Wildlife Trusts

 

Attrill,M.J., Austen, M.C., Bayley, D.T.I., Carr, H.L., Downey, K., Fowell, S. Gall,S.C., Hattam, C., Holland, L., Jackson, E.L., Langmead, O., Mangi, S.,Marshall, C., Munro, C., Rees, S., Rodwell, L., Sheehan, E.V., Stevens, J.,Stevens, T.F., Strong, S. (2011). Lyme Bay – a case-study: measuring recoveryof benthic species; assessing potential “spillover” effects and socio-economicchanges, 2 years after the closure. Response of the benthos to the zonedexclusion of bottom towed fishing gear and the associated socio-economiceffects in Lyme Bay. Final Report 1. June 2011. Report to the Department ofEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs from the University of Plymouth-ledconsortium. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd. 108 pages.

 

Mangi,S.C.,   Gall, S.C., Hattam, C., Rees, S.,Rodwell, L.D. (2011). Lyme Bay – a case-study: measuring recovery of benthicspecies; assessing potential “spillover” effects and socio-economic changes; 2years after the closure. Assessing the socio-economic impacts resulting fromthe closure restrictions in Lyme Bay. Final Report 2. June 2011. Report to theDepartment of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the University ofPlymouth-led consortium. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd.119 pages

 

Attrill,M.J., Bayley, D.T.I., Gall, S.C., Hattam, C., Jackson, E.L.,Langmead, O., Mangi, S., Marshall, C., Munro, C., Rees, S., Rodwell, L.,Sheehan, E.V., Stevens, T.F., Strong, S. (2010). Lyme Bay – a case-study:measuring recovery of benthic species; assessing potential “spill-over” effectsand socio-economic changes, Annual Report, December 2010. Report to theDepartment of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the University ofPlymouth-led consortium. Plymouth: University of Plymouth Enterprise Ltd. 

 

Langmead,O., Jackson, E.L., Bayley, D.T.I., Marshall, C.E., Gall,S.C., (2010). Assessment of the long-term effects offishery area closures on long-lived and sessile species. Report to Defra fromthe Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Plymouth: Marine BiologicalAssociation of the UK. Defra contract No.MB0101