Dr Anaelle Lemasson

Dr Anaelle Lemasson

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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

I am a post-doctoral research fellow based in the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC). I am currently working on the INSITE2 "DREAMS" project: Decommissioning – Relative Effects of Alternative Management Strategies. 


PhD Marine Sciences. January 2015-February 2018. Implications of ocean acidification on the UK's commercial shellfish fisheries: a comparison of native and non-native species. Supervisors: Antony Knights, Jason Hall-Spencer, Steve Fletcher, Roy Moates.

MRes Marine Biology. September 2013-November 2014. Plymouth University and the MBA. Project: Investigations into the reproductive biology and larval ecology of two non-native ascidians, Corella eumyota and Asterocarpa humilis, in UK waters. Supervisors: John Bishop (MBA), Andy Foggo (PU). 
Bsc(Hn) Marine Biology and Oceanography. 2009-2013. Skema School (France, Sophia-Antipolis) and Plymouth University. Project: The effects of a shift in temperature on the asexual reproduction of Aurelia aurita. Supervisor: John Spicer (PU).

Professional membership

British Ecological Society

Roles on external bodies

Associate Editor: Aquatic Conservation - Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

Associate Editor: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review

Associate Editor (mentee): Journal of Applied Ecology

Research interests

My background is in marine biology and ecology, having researched topics such as the effects of climate change, ocean acidification, and non-native species. More recently I have been interested in how we can use and synthesise already available evidence to inform marine biodiversity conservation and management, having collaborated with the Conservation Evidence initiative in Cambridge.

You can check out my ReseachGate page here.


Knights, A.M., Norton, M.J., Lemasson, A.J. and Stephen, N. (2020) Ocean acidification mitigates the negative effects of increased sea temperatures on the biomineralisation and crystalline ultrastructure of Mytilus. Frontiers in Marine Science. 7:567228.

Lemasson, A.J., Petrovan, S.O., Smith, R.K., Sutherland, W.J., and Bowkett, A.E. (2020) What is the evidence for the effectiveness of husbandry and management interventions for the conservation and welfare of captive animals? A systematic map protocol. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research.8:4. 

Lemasson, A.J., Chaniotis, P., Robson, L.M., Cornthwaite A.L., Bower, R and Howell, K.L. (2019). “UK deep-sea conservation: progress, lessons learnt, and actions for the future”. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. 20:3.

Sutherland, W.J., Taylor, N.G., MacFarlane, D., Amano, T., Christie, A.P., Dicks, L.V., Lemasson, A.J., Littlewood, N.A., Martin, P.A., Ockendon, N., Petrovan, S.O., Robertson, R.J., Rocha, R., Shackelford, G.E., Smith, R.K., Tyler, E.H. M., and Wordley, C.F.R. (2019). “Building a tool to overcome barriers in the research-implementation space: The Conservation Evidence database” Biological Conservation, 238.

Lemasson, A.J. and Knights, A.M. (2019) “Preferential parasitism of native oyster Ostrea edulis over non-native Magallana gigas by a Polydorid worm”. Estuaries and Coasts, 42: 1397-1403 

Chadwick, M., Harper, E.M., Lemasson, A.J, Spicer, J.I., & Peck, L. (2019) “Quantifying susceptibility of biocomposites to dissolution in reduced pH”. Royal Society Open Science 6: 190252. 

Lemasson, A.J., Hall-Spencer, J. M., Kuri, V. and Knights, A.M. (2018). "Changes in the biochemical and nutrient composition of seafood due to ocean acidification and warming." Marine Environmental Research 143: 82-92. 

Lemasson, A.J., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Fletcher, S., Provstgaard-Morys, S., and Knights, A.M. (2018). “Indications of future performance of native and non-native adult oysters under acidification and warming”. Marine Environmental Research , 142, 178-189. 

Sadler, D., Lemasson, A.J., and Knights, A.M. (2018). “Ocean acidification effects on the biological functioning of Mytilus edulis.” Marine Environmental Research. 139:162-168. 

Lemasson, A.J., Kuri, V., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Fletcher, S., Moate, R. and Knights, A.M. (2017). “Sensory qualities of oysters unaltered by a short exposure to combined elevated pCO2 and temperature”. Frontiers in Marine Science. 4:352. 

Lemasson, A.J., Fletcher, S., Hall-Spencer, J.M., and Knights, A.M. (2017). “Linking the biological impacts of ocean acidification on oysters to changes in ecosystem services: A review”. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 492, 49-62. 


Lemasson, A.J., Pettit, L., Smith, R.K., and Sutherland, W.J. (2019). Marine Subtidal Invertebrate Conservation: Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions. Synopses of Conservation Evidence Series. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK. https://www.conservationevidence.com/synopsis/pdf/29


Hawkins, S.J., Bohn, K., Lemasson, A.J., Williams G.A., Schiel, D.R., Jenkins, S.R., and Firth, L.B. (2019). Chapter 20 Overview and Synthesis. In "Interactions in the Marine Benthos - Global Patterns and Processes" Editors: Hawkins, S.J., Bohn, K., Firth, L.B., Williams, G.A. Cambridge University Press


Foster, N. L., Sciberras, M., Jackson, E. L., Ponge, B., Toison, V., Carrier, S., Christiansen, S., Lemasson, A., Wort, E. and Attrill, M. (2014). “Assessing the Ecological Coherence of the Channel MPA Network.” Report prepared by the Marine Institute for the Protected Area Network Across the Channel Ecosystem (PANACHE) project. INTERREG programme France (Channel) England funded project, 156 pp.