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Using a range of high-resolution acoustics (multibeam sonar, echosounders, ADCPs), my research investigates interactions between marine fauna (seals, seabirds, fish, zooplankton) and fine-scale hydrodynamics in the vicinity of tidal energy devices. The research aims to further our understanding of mechanisms underlying the fine-scale distribution and behaviour of animals in highly energetic environments. 

Appointed as a Bryden Centre Research Fellow in Jan 2019, I am based at the Queen’s University Belfast Marine Laboratory in Portaferry, situated on the shores of the Narrows tidal channel, Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland, UK.  

Previous to this post, I was a research fellow funded by the recently completed EU Horizon 2020 Powerkite project, where I was involved in studies relating to tidal device noise assessments and listening space reduction in marine mammals, collision risk modelling, the characterisation of highly energetic sites, and the investigation of fine-scale hydrodynamic features influencing top predator at-sea distributions.   

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Spatio-temporal genetic tagging of a cosmopolitan planktivorous shark provides insight to gene flow, temporal variation and site-specific re-encounters

Lieber, L., Hall, G., Hall, J., Berrow, S., Johnston, E., Gubili, C., Sarginson, J., Francis, M., Duffy, C., Wintner, S. P., Doherty, P. D., Godley, B. J., Hawkes, L. A., Witt, M. J., Henderson, S. M., de Sabata, E., Shivji, M. S., Dawson, D. A., Sims, D. W., Jones, C. S. & 1 others, Noble, L. R., 03 Feb 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 17 p., 1661.

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Open Access
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    Localised anthropogenic wake generates a predictable foraging hotspot for top predators

    Lieber, L., Nimmo-Smith, W. A. M., Waggitt, J. J. & Kregting, L., 04 Apr 2019, In : Communications Biology. 2, 123, 8 p., 123.

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    Open Access
  • 157 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    67 Downloads (Pure)

    Environmental Impact Report

    Kregting, L., Schmitt, P., Lieber, L., Culloch, R., Horne, N. & Smyth, D., 2018

    Research output: Other contribution

    Open Access

    Fine-scale hydrodynamic metrics underlying predator occupancy patterns in tidal stream environments

    Lieber, L., Nimmo-Smith, W. A. M., Waggitt, J. J. & Kregting, L., Nov 2018, In : Ecological Indicators. 94, 1, p. 307-408 12 p.

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    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    86 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Editorial activity

    Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (Journal)

    Louise Kregting (Guest editor), & Lilian Lieber (Guest editor)

    Jun 2020

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