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Professor Pennie Lindeque

Molecular Ecologist

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Dr Pennie Lindeque is a senior scientist with more than 18 years expertise in the area of development, systematics and trophic interactions of eukaryotes, in particular zooplankton. Current focus includes investigating the bioavailability and impact of microplastics on marine biota combining laboratory experiments and field sampling. As a molecular biologist her research has also centred on using molecular techniques to help answer ecological questions; including developing molecular techniques for identification of holoplankton and meroplankton, including Next Generation Sequencing technologies, and investigating trophic interactions through molecular gut content analysis.

Pennie has published 34 peer reviewed papers with more than 1600 citations (h-index 17). She has led a number of field campaigns, most recently looking at the abundance and distribution of microplastics in coastal and open ocean areas. She has supervised a number of MSc and MRes students plus 8 PhD students (4 to completion and 4 current) with academic links to University of Plymouth, University of Exeter, University of Swansea, Queen Mary University of London and Stazione Zoological, Naples (Open University).

Other key projects

In the last 5 years Dr Lindeque has been PI or Co-I on a number of UK and EU research grants currently including:

  • NERC Changing Arctic Ocean Programme 2017-2021; Mechanistic understanding of the role of diatoms in the success of the Arctic Calanus complex and implications for a warmer Arctic (DIAPOD). Lindeque PI.
  • NERC Highlight Topic Grant 2016-2020; SeA-DNA: Development and application of eDNA tools to assess the structure and function of coastal sea ecosystems. Lindeque PI.

Recent publications

  • Instrument and Data Technician 

    £23,630 per annum 

    Full Time - 3 year Fixed Term Appointment 

    Do you have a background in building/developing scientific instrument systems and providing specialist technical support? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading marine research laboratories, making crucial steps to understanding how the oceans and marine atmosphere influence air pollution and climate?

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory has a strong track record in world leading Air-Sea Exchange (ASE) research. In recent years, the ASE group has had considerable success establishing a coastal atmospheric research station at Penlee Point ( and developing the capability to make autonomous direct measurements of air/sea CO2 exchange from ships (e.g. We require a Junior Technologist to help us to build upon these successes.

    As a key member of the ASE team your role will be to maintain and improve remote instrumentation at Penlee and on ships fitted with air/sea flux systems. You will drive forward the automation of remote instrumentation and develop novel methods of data acquisition and delivery using embedded PC technologies (e.g. Raspberry PI) and Python scripting. You will be responsible for data processing and quality control and will contribute to scientific interpretation and research outputs. You will be jointly responsible for the day-to-day running of the ASE laboratory and Penlee facility.

    This post is available immediately and for a fixed term of three years. To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact the air/sea exchange group lead (Dr Tom Bell) via 

    For this role we are open to discuss the possibility of reduced hours, flexible working or possible job share.

    Please see the link for our  Employee Benefits

    Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 10th December 2019

    Interviews will take place on Tuesday 4th February 2020

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Selected key publications


Nelms, SE; Galloway, TSG; Godley, BJ; Jarvis, DS; Lindeque, PK. 2018 Investigating microplastic trophic transfer in marine top predators. Environmental Pollution. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2018.02.016


Nelms, SE; Coombes, C; Foster, LC; Godley, BJ; Galloway, TSG; Lindeque, PK; Witt, MJ. 2017 Marine anthropogenic litter on British beaches: a 10-year nationwide assessment using citizen science data. Science of the Total Environmnet. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.11.137


Nelms, SE; Duncan, EM; Broderick, AC; Galloway, TSG; Godfrey, MH; Hamann, M; Lindeque, PK; Godley, BJ. 2016 Plastic and marine turtles: a review and call for research. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, 73 (2). 165-181. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv165


Cole, M., Lindeque, P.K., Fileman, E., Halsband, C., Galloway, T. 2015. The impact of microplastics on feeding, function and fecundity in the copepod Calanus helgolandicus. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(2): 1130–1137. doi: 10.1021/es504525u


Cripps, G., Lindeque, P.K., Flynn, K. 2014. Have we been underestimating the effects of ocean acidification in zooplankton? Global Change Biology. 20(11): 3377-3385. doi: 10.1111/gcb.12582


Lindeque, P.K., Parry, H.E., Harmer, R.A., Somerfield, P.J., Atkinson, A. 2013 Next Generation Sequencing Reveals the Hidden Diversity of Zooplankton Assemblages. PLoS ONE 8(11): e81327. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081327


Cole, M., Lindeque, P.K., Fileman, E., Halsband, C., Goodhead, R., Moger, J., Galloway, T.S. 2013. Microplastic ingestion by zooplankton. Environmental Science and Technology, doi: 10.1021/es400663f

Other activities

Dr Lindeque has held the post of Head of Postgraduate Studies at PML, including PML's involvement with the three Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), GW4+, Spitfire and EnvEast, since 2014.

Pennie is an invited chair of the Study Group on Integrated Morphological and Molecular Taxonomy (SGIMT).

Recent impact and outreach activities include:

  • Presentation to the Parliamentary and Scientific committee on the problem of plastics and plankton (London, 2016).
  • Contribution to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) briefing on public policy issues related to marine microplastic pollution (2016).
  • Popular science articles including International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) feature article on ‘Plastics and Plankton’ (August 2016); Marine Biologists article ‘Plastics, plankton and pollution’ (Oct 2016), ‘Microplastics, Major problem’, Pipeline magazine, Surfers against sewage 2015.
  • BBC Inside Out feature on microplastics in the marine environment, Oct 2015.
  • Involvement with the production of educational films and lessons plans for GSCE national curriculum based around microplastic research in the marine environment.