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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

 Cathy Hobbs

Cathy Hobbs

PhD Student

 Geoffrey Pope Lab 201


Geoffrey Pope Building, University of Exeter , Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD, UK


Currently I am a PhD student at the University of Exeter investigating the potential impacts of sport and leisure events on the marine environment. Specifically, I am keen to develop guidelines to mitigate the impacts of, for example, noise, light and chemical pollutants that result from national and international sailing events, and to work with organisers to use these events to showcase exciting solutions and demonstrate best practice. 

Broad research specialisms 

Marine Biology


Environmental Microplastics

Aquatic ecotoxicology 


1:1, BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Animal Biology), University of Exeter, 2015-2018

Masters by Research, Biological Sciences, University of Exeter, 2019

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Research projects

Project Title: Mitigating impacts of sport and leisure in the marine environment 


Professor Steve Simpson, University of Exeter 

Professor Tamara Galloway, University of Exeter

Project Description: 


Porter, A., Barber, D., Hobbs, C., Love, J., Power, A., Bakir, A., Galloway, T. and Lewis, C. (2022). Uptake of microplastics by marine worms depends on feeding mode and particle shape but not exposure timeScience of The Total Environment, p.159287

Alava, J.J., McMullen, K., Jones, J., Barragán-Paladines, M.J., Hobbs, C., Tirapé, A., Calle, P., Alarcón, D., Muñoz-Pérez, J.P., Muñoz-Abril, L., Townsend, K.A., Denkinger, J., Uyaguari, M., Domínguez, G.A., Espinoza, E., Reyes, H., Piedrahita, P., Fair, P., Galloway, T., Grove, J.S., Lewis, C. and Schofield, J. (2022). Multiple Anthropogenic Stressors in the Galápagos Islands’ Complex Social-Ecological System: Interactions of marine pollution, fishing pressure and climate change with management recommendations. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 1-26

Wilson-McNeal, A., Hird, C., Hobbs, C., Nielson, C., Smith, K. E., Wilson, R. W., & Lewis, C. (2020). Fluctuating seawater pCO2/pH induces opposing interactions with copper toxicity for two intertidal invertebrates. Science of The Total Environment748, 141370.

Hobbs, C.A.D., Potts, R.W.A., Bjerregaard Walsh, M., Usher, J., and Griffiths, A.M. (2019) Using DNA Barcoding to Investigate Patterns of Species Utilisation in UK Shark Products Reveals Threatened Species on SaleScientific Reports 9, Article Number 1028 

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