Dr Lilian Lieber, Mem.MBA

Research Fellow


I’m a marine ecologist passionate about using technology to understand and communicate complex patterns and processes in our ocean. My interest in ocean observation technologies began 10 years ago when I explored imaging sonars to visualise basking sharks as part of my MASTS Prize PhD at the University of Aberdeen. My research has since focused on quantifying bio-physical drivers underlying ocean predator foraging in the context of a changing ocean. I embrace opportunities for inter-disciplinary knowledge exchange to find innovation in tools applied elsewhere. This includes the use of aerial drones demonstrating that seabird foraging is driven by localised physical features enhancing prey availability, or the use of acoustic instrumentation (echosounders, ADCPs) to quantify interactions between predators and dynamic or patchy bio-physics. A long-term vision of my research effort is the stepwise integration of acoustic sensors with biological sampling, thereby capturing essential ocean variables ranging from microscopic plankton to large vertebrates. From previous positions at Queen’s University Belfast, Bangor University and research expeditions with St Andrews University, I have an in-depth knowledge of in-situ data collection. I joined the MBA in 2023 and started a joint appointment as a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Plymouth in 2024.

Research Group: Biophysics of a Changing Ocean: From Plankton to Predators