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Philip D Lamb

Philip D LambPhilip D Lamb

Email address: P.Lamb@uea.ac.uk

ORCiD: 0000-0003-3748-8241

Academic profile
I previously attended the University of Oxford for an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation & Management, and the University of York for a BSc in Environmental Science. I have a very broad set of academic interests – although ecology and conservation biology are my key research areas. My previous research project, conducted for fulfilment of my MSc, was a long-­term ecological study trying to elucidate relationships between mega-­herbivores and vegetation in Highland Scotland during the Holocene.

Current research

The frequency of jellyfish blooms is increasing globally, resulting in adverse ecological, social and economic effects. Very few predators of adult jellyfish have been documented due to the difficulty in observing predation events underwater and the unsuitability of morphological gut contents analysis for identifying soft-bodied organisms. Furthermore, jellyfish are inconspicuous for large periods of their life cycle; nothing is known about predation on jellyfish during these life stages. My research involves identifying and quantifying predation of jellyfish that may exert top-down control over jellyfish populations. PCR-based assays targeting the 18s rDNA region will be used to identify jelly tissue in potential predators’ gut contents. These jellyfish tissues will then be identified down to the species level using next-generation sequencing techniques. This information will be used to update an existing ECOPATH model of the Irish Sea to better incorporate inter-species trophic relationships with jellyfish. Simulations under different jellyfish abundance scenarios will be used to investigate the impact of jellyfish blooms on commercially important fish species and the ecosystem as a whole. It is hoped that this elucidation of jellyfishes’ role in the ecosystem’s food web will result in practical applications for fisheries management by providing information to fisheries managers about biological methods for controlling jellyfish blooms.

Research groups

The Martin I Taylor Laboratory, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia

Other activities

Creative Director, E3I EnvEast Enterprise and Innovation student club