Dr Svenja Tidau
Research Officer in Marine Biology
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I am Postdoctoral Researcher for the NERC funded Project on Artificial Light Impacts on Coastal Ecosystems (ALICE).
My research focusses on sensory ecology of marine organisms and how anthropogenic pollutants such as noise and light alter behaviour and development.
For ALICE I investigate the impacts of artificial light at night on coastal organisms, their development and interactions.
In my PhD I worked on the behavioural impacts of anthropogenic noise on the European hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus at the University of Plymouth (UK) and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland). In lab and field experiments I found that anthropogenic noise acts across sensory modalities and interferes with natural cues and signals used in individual and group behaviour.
2006 - 2010 BSc./ BA: Public Administration special emphasis: European Studies and Sustainable Development
Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany), Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands)
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
British Ecological Society
Marine Biological Association
Grants & contracts
2011 - 2013 Scholarship: Erasmus Mundus Master's Scholarship, European Commission
2007 - 2013 Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany
Key publications are highlightedJournals
Tidau, S. & Briffa, M. (2019) Distracted decision makers: ship noise and predation risk change shell choice in hermit crabs. Behavioral Ecology, 30, 1157-1167. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz064Tidau, S. & Briffa, M . (2019) Anthropogenic noise pollution reverses grouping behaviour in hermit crabs. Animal Behaviour, 151, 113-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.03.010
Tidau, S. & Briffa, M . (2016) Review on behavioral impacts of aquatic noise on crustaceans. Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 27, 010028. https://doi.org/10.1121/2.0000302