Ms Kathryn O'Shaughnessy

Ms Kathryn O'Shaughnessy

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Master of Science  2013  Coastal Marine and Wetland Studies

Coastal Carolina University, Conway, South Carolina, USA

Bachelor of Science  2010  Marine Biology

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Bachelor of Arts  2005  Communication and Public Relations

University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, USA

Research interests

I am broadly interested in the ecology of coastal, estuarine and marine systems. I am currently working on ecological engineering of artificial structures (e.g., breakwaters, seawalls) in Plymouth Sound to enrich native biological communities. I am also very interested in distribution patterns of non-native species on artificial structures at the local and regional scales. Throughout my training, I have taken interest in taxonomy of marine invertebrates with particular interest in non-native species.

Supervisory team:

Louise Firth, Paul Lunt, Steve Hawkins, Mick Hanley, Richard Thompson

O'Shaughnessy,K.A., Forth, H.,Takeshita, R. and Chesney, E.J. 2018. Toxicity of weathered Deepwater Horizon oil to bay anchovy (Anchoa mitchilli) embryos. Ecotoxicologyand Environmental Safety. 148: 473-479

Iha, C., O'Shaughnessy, K.A.,Guimarães, S.M., Oliveira, M.C. and Freshwater, D.W. 2016. Taxonomicreappraisal of Gelidium coarctatum (Gelidiales, Rhodophyta) and Gelidiumlineare sp. nov. from the tropical western Atlantic. Phycologia.55(5):555-563.

Carroll, J.M., O’Shaughnessy, K.A., Diedrich, G.A., and Finelli, C.M. 2015. Are eastern oysters being bored to death by Cliona celata? A comprehensive examination of oyster condition, growth and survival. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 117: 31–44.

O’Shaughnessy,K.A. , Freshwater, D.W. and Burge, E.J. 2014. Prevalence of the invasive rhizocephalan parasite Loxothylacus panopaei in Eurypanopeus depressus and genetic relationships of the parasite in North and South Carolina. Journal of Parasitology. 100 (4): 447-454.  

O’Shaughnessy,K.A. , Harding, J.M. and Burge, E.J. 2014. Ecological effects of the invasive parasite Loxothylacus panopaei on the flatback mud crab Eurypanopeus depressus with implications for estuarine communities. Bulletin of Marine Science. 90 (2):611-621.

  Freshwater, D.W., Tudor, K., O’Shaughnessy, K. and Wysor, B. 2010.DNA barcoding in the red algal order Gelidiales: comparison of the CO1 with rbc L and verification of the “barcodinggap.” Cryptogamie, Algologie. 31(4): 435-449.