Louise Allcock

Lecturer Below The Bar B.Sc, Ph.D, PGCHET

Contact Details

Lecturer (Below The Bar)
Zoology

T: Ext. 2322
E: louise.allcock@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Research Areas

I am primarily interested in the evolution and ecology of cephalopods and other molluscs, particularly, but not limited to, the groups that have radiated in the Southern Ocean and the deep sea.  This research has highlighted connections between the world’s oceans, linked evolutionary radiations to climatic events (through dated phylogenies), and is helping us understand how Southern Ocean fauna survived the massive disturbances caused by Pliocene-Pleistocene glacial cycles.   As part of my studies on these topics I have participated in numerous cruises to the Antarctic and South Atlantic.  More recently I have been leading multidisciplinary cruises to the canyon systems on the Irish continental margin aboard RV Celtic Explorer.   Here I am particularly interested in poorly known (and taxonomically difficult!) taxa such as sponges, cnidarians and ascidians.

 

Professional Roles

President, Cephalopod International Advisory Council; Co-editor Journal of Natural History; Fellow and former Council Member of the Linnean Society; Co-ordinator IUCN red data list for Cephalopoda; Cephalopoda curator for Encyclopedia of Life (EoL); ICES working group member WGCEPH.


History
Lecturer (below the bar) in Zoology, NUI Galway, September 2013 - present 

Lecturer (full time) in Zoology, NUI Galway, September 2012-August 2013

Lecturer (25% time) in Zoology, NUI Galway, September 2010 - August 2012

Bipolar species co-ordinator, British Antarctic Survey, June 2009 - March 2010

Lecturer in Marine Biology, Queen’s University Belfast, September 2002 - March 2008

Curator of Mollusca, National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, July 1998 - August 2002


 



 

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the evolution and ecology of cephalopods and other molluscs, particularly, but not limited to, the groups that have radiated in the Southern Ocean and the deep sea.  This research has highlighted connections between the world’s oceans, linked evolutionary radiations to climatic events (through dated phylogenies), and is helping us understand how Southern Ocean fauna survived the massive disturbances caused by Pliocene-Pleistocene glacial cycles.   As part of my studies on these topics I have participated in numerous cruises to the Antarctic and South Atlantic.  More recently I have been leading multidisciplinary cruises to the canyon systems on the Irish continental margin aboard RV Celtic Explorer.   Here I am particularly interested in poorly known (and taxonomically difficult!) taxa such as sponges, cnidarians and ascidians.


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'The ink sac clouds octopod evolutionary history'
Strugnell, JM,Norman, MD,Vecchione, M,Guzik, M,Allcock, AL (2014) 'The ink sac clouds octopod evolutionary history'. Hydrobiologia, 725 :215-235 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'A Vertical Wall Dominated by Acesta excavata and Neopycnodonte zibrowii, Part of an Undersampled Group of Deep-Sea Habitats'
Johnson, MP,White, M,Wilson, A,Wurzberg, L,Schwabe, E,Folch, H,Allcock, AL (2013) 'A Vertical Wall Dominated by Acesta excavata and Neopycnodonte zibrowii, Part of an Undersampled Group of Deep-Sea Habitats'. Plos One, 8 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Molecular Phylogenies Support Homoplasy of Multiple Morphological Characters Used in the Taxonomy of Heteroscleromorpha (Porifera: Demospongiae)'
Morrow, CC,Redmond, NE,Picton, BE,Thacker, RW,Collins, AG,Maggs, CA,Sigwart, JD,Allcock, AL (2013) 'Molecular Phylogenies Support Homoplasy of Multiple Morphological Characters Used in the Taxonomy of Heteroscleromorpha (Porifera: Demospongiae)'. Integrative And Comparative Biology, 53 :428-446 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Mitochondrial genome diversity and population structure of the giant squid Architeuthis: genetics sheds new light on one of the most enigmatic marine species'
Winkelmann, I,Campos, PF,Strugnell, J,Cherel, Y,Smith, PJ,Kubodera, T,Allcock, L,Kampmann, ML,Schroeder, H,Guerra, A,Norman, M,Finn, J,Ingrao, D,Clarke, M,Gilbert, MTP (2013) 'Mitochondrial genome diversity and population structure of the giant squid Architeuthis: genetics sheds new light on one of the most enigmatic marine species'. Proceedings Of The Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 280 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Community convergence and recruitment of keystone species as performance indicators of artificial reefs'
Fariñas-Franco JM, Allcock L, Smyth D, Roberts D (2013) 'Community convergence and recruitment of keystone species as performance indicators of artificial reefs'. Journal Of Sea Research, 78 :59-74 [Details]
(2013) 'First abyssal record of Stenosemus exaratus (G.O. Sars, 1878) (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) in the North-Atlantic Ocean'
Allcock, L,Schwabe, E (2013) 'First abyssal record of Stenosemus exaratus (G.O. Sars, 1878) (Mollusca, Polyplacophora) in the North-Atlantic Ocean'. Zookeys, :1-6 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Southern Ocean diversity: new paradigms from molecular ecology'
Allcock AL, Strugnell JM (2012) 'Southern Ocean diversity: new paradigms from molecular ecology'. Trends in ecology & evolution, 27 (9):520-528 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'The long-term impacts of fisheries on epifaunal assemblage function and structure, in a Special Area of Conservation'
15. Strain EMA, Allcock AL, Goodwin C, Maggs CA, Picton BE, Roberts D (2012) 'The long-term impacts of fisheries on epifaunal assemblage function and structure, in a Special Area of Conservation'. Journal Of Sea Research, 67 (1):58-68 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Environment, not characteristics of individual algal rafts, affects composition of rafting invertebrate assemblages in Irish coastal waters'
Clarkin, E,Maggs, CA,Allcock, AL,Johnson, MP (2012) 'En