Dr Ralf Bublitz

Shellfish Scientist content

Shellfish Scientist

Tel: 01595 772244
Email: Ralf.Bublitz@uhi.ac.uk

Description/Responsibilities

Ralf is a shellfish scientist managing the shellfish sampling programme and stock assessment and research projects for shellfish stocks in Shetland waters, working closely with the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation and Marine Scotland.

Ralf also supports data collection on fish and fisheries management within the NAFC Marine Centre.

Specialities / Research Interests / Skills

Fisheries science, crustacean biology and ecology, benthic ecology, acoustic telemetry, habitat mapping, scientific diving.

Brief History

Ralf graduated in 2000 with a MSc in Biology at the University of Konstanz in Germany. After working in the recreational diving industry, in 2002 he started his PhD at the University of Hull in chemical ecology, identifying pheromones in the European green shore crab.

Following on from his PhD he took up a position as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Department of Oceanography and Fisheries of the University of the Azores in Horta.  

In 2008 Ralf returned to the UK to work as a Lecturer at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Science of the University of Hull in Scarborough.

After working for 10 years in Academia, he decided to take up a position as a Lobster Fisheries Project Officer in St Helena managing the Darwin Plus 077 project.

In 2019 Ralf accepted his present position as the shellfish scientist at the NAFC Marine Centre.

Publications

Journal Articles

Ungfors, A., Bell, E., Johnson, M.L., Cowing, D., Dobson, N.C., Bublitz, R. and J. Sandell (2013). Nephrops Fisheries in European Waters. Advances in Marine Biology. 64: Chapter 7. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-410466-2.00007-8

Hardege, J.D., Bartels-Hardege, H.D., Fletcher, N., Terschak, J.A., Harley, M., Smith, M.A.,Hayden, D., Mueller, C.T., Lorch, M., Welham, K. and R. Bublitz (2011). Identification of a crustacean female sex pheromone in the shore crab, Carcinus maenas. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 436: 177-189. DOI: doi.org/10.3354/meps09226

Bublitz, R., Sainte-Marie, B., Newcomb-Hodgetts, C., Fletcher, N., Smith, M. & Hardege, J. (2008). Interspecific activity of the sex pheromone of the female shore crab (Carcinus maenas). Behaviour. 145: 1465-1478. DOI: doi.org/10.1163/156853908785765872

Behrens-Yamada, S., Hardege, J. D., Bublitz, R. (2008). Sex pheromones: New tools for controlling European green crabs? Journal of Shellfish Research. 27: 463.

Hayden, D., Jennings, A., Müller, C., Pascoe, D., Bublitz, R., Webb, H., Breithaupt, T., Watkins L. & Hardege, J. (2007). Sex specific mediation of foraging in the shore crab Carcinus maenas. Hormones and Behaviour. 52: 162-168. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.03.004

Hayden, D., Jennings, A., Bublitz, R., Webb, H & Hardege, J. (2006). Sex specific behavioural functions of crustecdysone in Carcinus maenas. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology. 143(4): S101.