Welcome! 👋 I’m Helen Currie (she/her), a Fisheries Ecologist and part-time Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cooke Lab: Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory.
I recently completed my PhD research at the University of Southampton’s International Centre for Ecohydraulics Research where I used an interdisciplinary approach to investigate group responses of fish 🐟🐟🐟 to environmental change, e.g. noise 🔊. Results are applicable to conservation efforts to reduce the impacts of anthropogenic noise on the collective behaviour of fishes, and the development of acoustic deterrent systems. These technologies could assist in controlling range expansion of invasive species 💪, or reduce screening impingement and fish mortalities 🤕☠️ at dangerous sites (e.g. hydropower dams). My PhD was sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council and Fishtek Consulting Ltd.
Further to my main research interests, I am also involved in a number of interdisciplinary projects, including:
I enjoy public engagement and science communication projects, and have previously worked in science policy, taking a lead role in collating organisational responses to UK Government environmental consultations. Additionally, I have been highly active in promoting and advocating for equality, diversity and inclusivity within my research institution.
🎓 Feel free to contact me should you have a collaborative project or idea you wish to discuss.
Also happy to chat about:
PhD in Environmental Engineering, 2021
University of Southampton
ILTeR Introduction to Learning and Teaching for Researchers, 2018
University of Southampton
MSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 2013
The Queen's University of Belfast
BSc (Hons) in Biology and Psychology, 2010
High intensity, low frequency acoustic signals influence the spatial distribution and social interactions of European minnows (Phoxinus phoxinus). Anthropogenic noise may have direct fitness implications or wider impacts on fish population dynamics.
Relationships between mechanical response, and histopathological damage indices were investigated to gauge entire swimbladder response to infection. This study resolves previous incongruous findings when gauging swimbladder response to infection. We show that an increase in wall thickness raises the pressure require for organ rupture but decreases strength.
In a controlled laboratory study, the response and tolerance of Eurasian minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus) shoals to tonal signals (150Hz of 1s pulse duration) differing only in temporal characteristics (“continuous,” “slow,” “intermediate,” or “fast” pulse repetition rate) were investigated.
Helen’s PhD project uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate group responses of fish to acoustic stimuli.
Using tensile testing to understand the mechanical response of fish swimbladders