Dr Svenja Tidau

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.


2016 - 2019 PhD: "Driven to Distraction? Behavioural impacts of anthropogenic noise on the European hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus from individual to group level"
University of Plymouth (UK), Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (Ireland)

2011 - 2013 MSc.: Environmental Science, Policy & Management (Erasmus Mundus Master)
University of Manchester (UK), Lund University (Sweden), Central European University (Hungary), University of the Aegean (Greece)

2006 - 2010 BSc./ BA: Public Administration special emphasis: European Studies and Sustainable Development
Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (Germany), Universiteit Twente (The Netherlands)

Professional membership

Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour

British Ecological Society

Marine Biological Association

Grants & contracts

2016 - 2018 Scholarship: Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation, European Commission

2016 Award: best poster presentation, Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, ASAB Easter Conference 2016

2011 - 2013 Scholarship: Erasmus Mundus Master's Scholarship, European Commission

2007 - 2013 Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany

Key publications are highlighted


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/arz064

Tidau, 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