Research Profile

Elizabeth Cotter

Biography

Dr Elizabeth Cotter is Senior Technical Officer at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences since 2007.

Graduating with a first class honours degree (B.Sc. Zoology), and a Ph.D. (Marine Biology) from UCC, her research has focused primarily on aquaculture & commercially significant bivalve shellfish, from fouling of mussels by polychaete tubeworms to oyster health & disease, also general marine invertebrate biology (reproduction, immunology, physiology & biochemistry). She worked as a post-doctorate researcher on an EU INTERREG Ireland-Wales funded project under Professor Sarah Culloty and the Shellfish Health research group at the Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre, UCC.

In recent years, Elizabeth has collaborated on marine vertebrate research with Prof John Davenport, also researchers from the School of Engineering UCC, & the School of Biological Science, Queen's University Belfast. Elizabeth has undertaken training in laboratory techniques both at home & abroad, including assisted reproductive techniques (School of Agriculture & Food Science, UCD), molecular techniques (University of Kuopio, Finland) & shellfish immunology (School of Ocean Sciences, University of Bangor).

Research Interests

  • Zoology
  • Marine biology 
  • Histology
  • Reproductive biology
  • Rocky shore ecology 
  • Shellfish health and disease

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'The locomotor system of the ocean sunfish Mola mola (L.): role of gelatinous exoskeleton, horizontal septum, muscles and tendons'
Davenport, J;Phillips, ND;Cotter, E;Eagling, LE;Houghton, JDR (2018) 'The locomotor system of the ocean sunfish Mola mola (L.): role of gelatinous exoskeleton, horizontal septum, muscles and tendons'. Journal of Anatomy, 233 :347-357 [DOI] [Details]
(2013)'Structure, material characteristics and function of the upper respiratory tract of the pygmy sperm whale'
Davenport, J;Cotter, L;Rogan, E;Kelliher, D;Murphy, C (2013) 'Structure, material characteristics and function of the upper respiratory tract of the pygmy sperm whale'. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 216 :4639-4646 [DOI] [Details]
(2012)'A previously undescribed ostreid herpes virus 1 (OsHV-1) genotype detected in the pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in Ireland'
Lynch, SA,Carlsson, J,Reilly, AO,Cotter, E,Culloty, SC (2012) 'A previously undescribed ostreid herpes virus 1 (OsHV-1) genotype detected in the pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in Ireland'. Parasitology, 139 :1526-1532 [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Summer mortality of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in the Irish Sea: The influence of growth, biochemistry and gametogenesis'
Cotter, E,Malham, SK,O'Keeffe, S,Lynch, SA,Latchford, JW,King, JW,Beaumont, AR,Culloty, SC; (2010) 'Summer mortality of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in the Irish Sea: The influence of growth, biochemistry and gametogenesis'. Aquaculture, 303 :8-21 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'Summer mortality of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in the Irish Sea: The influence of temperature and nutrients on health and survival'
Malham, SK;Cotter, E;O'Keeffe, S;Lynch, S;CUlloty, SC;King, JW;Latchford, JW;Beaumont, AR (2009) 'Summer mortality of the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas, in the Irish Sea: The influence of temperature and nutrients on health and survival'. Aquaculture, 287 :128-138 [DOI] [Details]
(2006)'Growth of Crassostrea gigas spat and juveniles under differing environmental conditions at two sites in Wales'
King, J.W., Malham, S.W., Skov, M.W., Cotter, E., Latchford, J. W., Culloty, S.C. and A.R. Beaumont; (2006) 'Growth of Crassostrea gigas spat and juveniles under differing environmental conditions at two sites in Wales'. Aquatic Living Resources, 19 (3):289-297 [Details]
(2003)'Recruitment patterns of serpulids (Annelida : Polychaeta) in Bantry Bay, Ireland'
Cotter, E;O'Riordan, RM;Myers, AA (2003) 'Recruitment patterns of serpulids (Annelida : Polychaeta) in Bantry Bay, Ireland'. Journal of The Marine Biological Association of The United Kingdom, 83 :41-48 [Details]
(2003)'A histological study of reproduction in the serpulids Pomatoceros triqueter and Pomatoceros lamarckii (Annelida : Polychaeta)'
Cotter, E;O'Riordan, RM;Myers, AA (2003) 'A histological study of reproduction in the serpulids Pomatoceros triqueter and Pomatoceros lamarckii (Annelida : Polychaeta)'. Journal of Marine Biology, 142 :905-914 [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2006)European Marine Biological Symposium,
Beaumont, A.R., Malham, S.K., Tysklind, N., Cotter, E. Latchford, J.W., Culloty, S.C. and King, J.W.; (2006) Variation in amplified fragment length polymorphic (AFLP) loci in Crassostrea gigas the pacific oyster grown in different sites in Ireland and Wales. [Oral Presentation], European Marine Biological Symposium, Cork, Ireland , 04-SEP-06 - 08-SEP-06. [Details]
(2005)National Shellfish Association: US,
Cotter, E., Malham, S., O'Keeffe, S., Latchford, J., King, J., Beaumont, A. and Culloty, S.C.; (2005) Mortality of pacific oysters in the Irish Sea: Biotic and Abiotic influences. [Poster Presentation], National Shellfish Association: US, Philadelphia, USA , 10-APR-05 - 15-APR-05. [Details]
(2005)12th EAFP International Conference,
Cotter, E., Malham, S., O'Keeffe, S., Latchford, J., King, J., Beaumont, A. and Culloty, S.C.; (2005) Summer mortality of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in the Irish Sea: an overview. [Oral Presentation], 12th EAFP International Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark , 11-SEP-05 - 16-SEP-05. [Details]
(2003)11th EAFP International Conference,
Cotter, E., Culloty, S.C., Malham, S. Latchford, J., King, J., Beaumont, A. ; (2003) An investigation into the causes of the summer mortality in the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas in the Irish Sea. [Poster Presentation], 11th EAFP International Conference, Malta , 15-SEP-03 - 19-SEP-03. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Education and Public Engagement Committee member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC Research Assistant/
Premier Embryos Ltd. IVF Scientist/Laboratory Manager/

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2002University College Cork PhDMarine Biology/Aquaculture
1998University College Cork B.Sc.Zoology

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