Ms Svenja Tidau

Ms Svenja Tidau

Teaching and Support Assistant

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


I am PhD student working on behavioural consequences of ocean noise pollution across multiple contexts in the European hermit crab Pagurus bernhardus.

The lab and field experiments target different stimuli (tactile, visual and chemical) and scales for instance through altered predator-prey relationships. The research is conducted at Plymouth University and the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland.

Supervisors: Dr Mark Briffa (UoP, DoS), Dr Martin Gammell (GMIT), and Dr Clare Embling (UoP)


MSc. Environmental Science, Policy & Management (Erasmus Mundus Master)
University of Manchester (UK), Lund University (SE), Central European University (HU), University of the Aegean (GR)

BSc./ BA Public Administration special emphasis: European Studies and Sustainable Development
Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster (GER) & Universiteit Twente (NL)

Grants & contracts

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

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

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 'Anthropogenic noise pollution reverses grouping behaviour in hermit crabs' Animal Behaviour 151, 113-120 , DOI PEARL
Conference Papers
Tidau S & Briffa M 2016 'Review on behavioral impacts of aquatic noise on crustaceans' Fourth International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life Acoustical Society of America , DOI