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Dr Pennie Lindeque

Dr Pennie Lindeque


Plymouth Marine Laboratory


Molecular ecology and marine zooplankton

Dr Pennie Lindeque is a senior scientist with over 18 years expertise in the area of development, systematics and trophic interactions of marine eukaryotes, in particular zooplankton.  As a molecular biologist her research has centred on using molecular techniques to help answer ecological questions. Current focus includes i) developing molecular techniques for identification of holoplankton and meroplankton, including Next Generation Sequencing technologies ii) investigation of trophic interactions through feeding experiments and molecular gut content analysis, and iii) combining field and laboratory experiments to investigate the response in key zooplankton species of vital rates, such as survival, growth and reproduction, to changes in environmental parameters and environmental pollution, in particular ocean acidification and microplastics.

Pennie is an invited chair of the Study Group on Integrated Morphological and Molecular Taxonomy (SGIMT) and currently holds the position of Head of Postgraduate Studies at PML.

Selected Publications

G Cripps, PK Lindeque and K Flynn (2014). "Have we been underestimating the effects of ocean acidification in zooplankton?" Global Change Biology, DOI:10.1111/gcb.12582.

I Smolina, S Kollias, M Poortvliet, T G Nielsen, P Lindeque, C Castellani, E F Moller, Leocadio Blanco-Bercial and G. Hoarau (2014). Genome- and transcriptome-assisted development of nuclear insertion/ deletion markers for Calanus species (Copepoda: Calanoida) identification. Molecular Ecology Resources, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12241.

TG Nielsen, S Kjellerup, I Smolina, G Hoarau, P Lindeque (2014). Live discrimination of Calanus glacialis and C. finmarchicus females – can we trust our experimentally determined phenological differences?" Marine Biology, 161 (6), 1299-1306.

PK Lindeque, HE Parry, RA Harmer, PJ Somerfield, A Atkinson (2013) Next Generation Sequencing Reveals the Hidden Diversity of Zooplankton Assemblages. PLoS ONE 8(11): e81327. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081327

M Cole, P Lindeque, E Fileman, C Halsband, R Goodhead, J Moger, T Galloway (2013). Microplastic ingestion by zooplankton. Environmental Science and Technology: 47 (12), 6646-6655.

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