Dr Ciara Baines

Dr Ciara Baines


I joined the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in 2023 for a project exploring the tropicalisation of reefs in Japan. I completed my PhD at the University of Tartu, Estonia in June 2023. My research explored the effect of pollution on cancer in aquatic species. I researched differences in genetic cancer defences across fish species and undertook a fieldstudy exploring whether two flatfish species could adapt to polluted environments using cancer as a biomarker. I completed an MSc at the University of Essex in Tropical Marine Biology in 2019 and a BSc at the University of Hull in Environmental Science in 2016. 


Research interests

I am a quantitative marine ecologist with a specific interest in the effects of anthropogenic change (climate change, pollution) on aquatic systems and species. 

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Zoology and Hydrobiology
  • MSc Tropical Marine Biology
  • BSc Hons Environmental Science