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Sven Richard Laming

Sven Richard Laming

Assistant Researcher

  • Author Name : Laming Sven R.

  • Researcher ID: Q-3470-2019
  • ORCID: 0000-0002-1316-486X
  • Ciencia ID: 2F1E-1BD0-B80C
  • Department: Biology
  • Research Group: Coastal and Deep-Ocean Ecology & Conservation (CDEC)
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: Laming, SR

Research interests

Identifying developmental and reproductive indicators in the Anthozoa to assess mining impacts

Identifying adaptive developmental traits in marine molluscs from reducing environments

Trends in host-symbiont associations as a function of host ontogeny and species and sink habitat

Repeatability of / interindividual variability in organismal performance as a driver for selection

Academic degrees

2011 - 14: PhD in Deep-Sea Biology – Très honorable - Sorbonne (France) & Uni. de Aveiro (Portugal)
2009 - 10: MSc in Marine Biology – Distinction - Bangor University (UK)
1999 - 02: BSc (Hons) in Oceanography with Marine Biology – 2.1 – University of Southampton (UK)

Scientific activities

03/2019 - present: Assistant Researcher (REDEEM) at CESAM, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
03/2017 – 08/2018: Post-doctoral researcher (REMIMA) at Ifremer Bretagne, France
01/ 2015 – 01/ 2017: Hiatus from Science (for personal reasons)
10/2014 – 12/2014: Post-doctoral researcher (LOCEAN) at Sorbonne Universities, France


DSBS Travel Award 2018: Awarded based on merit of abstract
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship: Awarded to undertake the MARES doctoral programme
Jeffrey-Jones Memorial prize: awarded for the highest marks in MSc Marine Biology in 2010
Placed on the Dean’s List for the Faculty of Science: University of Southampton

BSAC Sports Diver (~ PADI Advanced Open-Water/Rescue Diver)

DSBS (Deep Sea Biology Society)
INDEEP (International network for scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems)
British Sub Aqua Club (Sports Diver)
Seasearch (NI): Ongoing voluntary project mapping out near-shore biotopes in Ireland



REDEEM - Resilience of anthozoan corals to deep-sea mining, an holobiontic approach See more

Scientific Supervision

Academic history and research interests

Academic Qualifications

Years 1999 - 2002

University of Southampton (England, UK); Oceanography with Marine Biology (Hons); Upper Second Class Honours


Project title

Calcite production in the coccolithophorid Emiliania huxleyi : A comparison of two methods of measurement.  

Briefly the calcification took the form of coccoliths on the exterior of the test. One method used measurements of the alkalinity of the samples and thus inferred calcite levels through titration against sulphuric acid and the other was based on direct calcite measurement using mass spectrometry. The results showed a statistical supported 1:1 ratio between these methods.



Year 2010

Bangor University, Wales (Masters); Marine Biology; Distinction; Jeremy Jones Memorial Award (see research interests)


Project Title

Interindividual variability in the escape-response of the Queen scallop, Aequipecten opercularis.

The study examined the escape response of Aequipecten opercularis (L.) for repeatable, interindividual variability, to identify whether locomotor performance in marine invertebrates may be subject to selective pressures. Repeatability trials were performed to assess: 1) whether locomotor performance was significantly variable across individuals and; 2) whether this variability (where identified) was repeatable through time, where individuals demonstrate temporally consistent ranking in performance. The interindividual variability in the escape response of A. opercularis was quantitatively assessed over a timescale of 2 days, 7 days and 28 days following an initial trial (trial 0), recorded using high-speed video-capture (240 fps) following stimulation from a known predator Asterias rubens (L.).Performance was categorised by measures of response latency, burst and average clap-rate, total number of claps and total duration spent clapping. There was little deterioration in repeatability over time (r valuesfrom 0.634 – 0.411 up to 28 days after the initial trial) suggesting long-term stability in these measures (excluding average clap-rate). Intraclass correlation and Kendall’s concordance analysis revealed similar results. Based on these results, this study concluded that locomotor performance in queen scallops would be subject to natural selection, if it can be shown to be heritable and confer a fitness advantage.



Research Interests

Currently I am working within a PhD research position (2011 - 2014), in co-supervision between UA, Portugal and UPMC, Paris within the MARES Erasmus Mundus framework examining "Dispersal capabilities and symbiont acquisition in deep-sea chemosynthetic metazoans", through which I hope to build collaborations within other scientists, to augment my work. Prior to this however, I completed a fulltime MSc in Marine Biology at Bangor University in preparation for a career in research. Since I became involved in marine science I have found the challenges and achievements to be the most rewarding of my life. I wish to be able to apply my passion for the natural world in a research environment. I came top of my Masters course with a 1st Class Distinction, for which I was awarded the Jeremy-Jones Memorial prize. As an ambitious and driven student I maintained this standard throughout my research project which set-out to identify whether interindividual locomotor performance in Queen scallops (Aequipecten opercularis) was significantly repeatable over various timescales, indicating potential selectivity in a natural environment. The project for which I attained 80% was supervised by Dr. Ian McCarthy and Dr. Stuart Jenkins. I am currently preparing a manuscript for publication in Functional Ecology summarising the findings of this research. As an undergraduate, I studied Oceanography with Marine Biology at the University of Southampton where I gained a detailed base in Oceanography whilst developing a keen interest in all aspects of Marine Biology and thus a fuller understanding of the marine environment as a whole. 




My hobbies include SCUBA diving, rock-climbing and wine-fueled philosophical discussion.


CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020