Miss Llucia Mascorda Cabre

Miss Llucia Mascorda Cabre

Post Doctoral Research Associate

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



I am a fourth year PhD Candidate. 

My PhD project aims to assess the overall footprint of an offshore longline mussel farm in it's surrounding environment, in Lyme Bay, UK. The objectives are to study the ecosystem interactions between the farm and the oceanography and ecology of the area by examining the hydrodynamic and physiochemical regime, the surrounding plankton community as well as the pelagic and benthic assemblages.

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Offshore Shellfish 




  • 2013 - 2016: Marine Lead Adviser, Natural England, Exeter, UK
  • 2015: Marine Protected Areas survey on RV Cefas Endeavour vessel, South West UK
  • 2012: Seasonal Ecological Surveyor, Thomson Ecology, Guildford, UK
  • 2011 - 2012: Volunteer Coordinator and Science Officer at Reef Doctor, Ifaty, Madagascar and Assistant Marine Research Officer at Frontier, Nosy Be, Madagascar


  • 2016 - 2018: Joint Erasmus Mundus Master in Marine Environment and Resources. Master from the Université de Bordeaux, the Universidad del Pais Basco, the Université de Liege, Southampton University and University of Tasmania.
  • 2008 - 2011: BSc(Hons) Environmental Science. University of Plymouth
  • 2007 - 2008: Extended Science. University of Plymouth


  • 2019 to date: Totnes Canoe Club Coach, Totnes, UK
  • April and June 2016: WWF Whale Shark seasonal population survey, Donsol , Philippines 
  • 2013 - 2015: Seasearch underwater scientific diver, South West UK
  • 2014 - 2015: Exeter Canoe Club Coach, Exeter, UK
  • 2015: Volunteer with Kids that care, UNITE Carers of Mid Devon, UK
  • 2013 - 2015: Bat surveyor with the Devon and Exeter Bat group, UK
  • Summer 2013: Intertidal surveys with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, SW UK

Professional membership

Marine Biological Association

British Ecological Society

Marine Conservation Society

Society for Conservation Biology

European Aquaculture Society

Roles on external bodies

- Contribute to ICES WKTOPS group

- Organise NSA 2021 NAEMO workshop



Teaching interests

I am part of the Brilliant Clubhttp: & Skype a Scientist



Research interests

I am an early ecology and conservation researcher with 10 years experience in collecting and interpreting measurements from a diverse range of dynamic regimes in the terrestrial and marine environment. Both my academic and professional experience have always involved a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to marine conservation and resource management. I believe that studying and understanding the links between biodiversity and its function within the ecosystem is crucial.

Creative practice & artistic projects

Infographics on my publication




Mascorda Cabre, L., Hosegood, P., Attrill, M., Bridger, D., Sheehan, E. (2021).  Offshore longline mussel farms: a review of oceanographic and ecological interactions to inform future research needs, policy and management. Reviews in Aquaculture. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/raq.12549

Sheehan, EV, Bridger D, Mascorda Cabre L, Cartwright, A, Cox D, Rees S, Holmes L, Pittman SJ. (2019). Bivalves boost biodiversity. Food Science and Technology, 33. https://ifst.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/fsat.3302_5.x

Turner, A. and Mascorda, L. (2015) Particle-water interactions of platinum-based anticancer drugs in river and estuarine water. Chemosphere 119, 415-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.06.074

Various reports and documents for Natural England



Conferences organised

NAEMO Workshop 2021 Organiser member. Video editor

PlyMSEF 2019 Conference Committee member

Other academic activities

Conference presentations:

  • PlyMSEF 2022. Plymouth, UK - Presenting PhD project - February 2022
  • Aquaculture Europe 2021 Oceans of Opportunity, Madeira, Portugal - Presenting my publication and involvement in ICES WORKTOPS on OECMs. Invited to take part of a round table - October 2021
  • ARCH UK Regional Webinar Series Aquaculture in South West England - April 2021
  • NAEMO Workshop - April 2021
  • MBA Conference 2020/21. Online - Presenting PhD project - April 2021
  • PlyMSEF 2020. Plymouth, UK - Presenting PhD project - February 2020
  • ASSG Conference. NAEMO workshop. Oban, UK - Invited to present PhD project - October 2019
  • IMPAC3. Marseille, France - Invited to report on a workshop as part of the MAIA project - October 2013
  • GAP2 International Symposium. Bercelona, Spain - February 2015 

Journal committee and editor:

Coming conferences 

  • ICES ASC 2022. Dublin, Irland
  • IMPAC 5. Vancouver, Canada

Additional information

After obtaining a BSc (Hons) from the University of Plymouth, UK, I moved to Madagascar to work as a Science Officer and Volunteer Coordinator for two well-known NGOs. In Madagascar, I contributed to the re-writing of the science project, performed various underwater surveys and trained volunteers to perform the scientific diving program. Upon my return to the UK, I worked as a terrestrial ecological surveyor for a renowned ecological consultancy before embarking on a three year post as a Marine Lead Adviser for Natural England (NE). Based in the South West of England, I worked on the designation of new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) advising DEFRA on pre- and post-designation as well as leading on stakeholder engagement programs as the Exe Estuary MPA site lead. As part of my role, I also developed new Conservation Advice packages for SW MPAs and dealt with casework. I also joined the RV Cefas Endeavour vessel to perform MCZ verification surveys along the SW coast as part of a joint Cefas/NE project.

In 2016, I embarked on a new adventure by joining an Erasmus Mundus Master. During the following two years I studied in four different Universities in four different countries which finalised with achieving a Master (cum laude) with the best mark of my cohort, being awarded with a price for my accomplishment. I performed my master thesis under the supervision of Professor Graham Edgar from the University of Tasmania. During my time at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) I studied the impact of MPA size on biological outcomes which earn me a distinction.

In 2019, I started a new chapter on my scientific career as a PhD student as part of Dr Emma Sheehan’s research group in the University of Plymouth, UK. During this 4 year PhD, I will embark into the study of ecological and oceanographic environmental impacts of a novel large-scale offshore mussel farm in Lyme Bay, SW UK.



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