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Anna Yunnie

Applied Research Scientist

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Anna Yunnie is a professional applied scientist trained in marine biology & ecology.  She specializes in non-native marine species, fouling fauna biology, ecology & taxonomy, marine biosecurity, fouling control solutions and in-water hull cleaning in the commercial shipping sector.
Anna is involved in the current movement to establish UK and international regulations and test protocols for in-water hull cleaning of commercial vessels and is working with international collaborators in an effort to align global standards and efficacy testing.
She works with in-water hull cleaning companies, ports & harbors, shipping & paint companies offering independent efficacy testing, technology reviews, biosecurity advice, surveys & regulatory advice, and consults with UK regulatory agencies such as the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Environment Agency (EA).  Clients that Anna has worked with include Rolls Royce, International Paint, EDF and Babcock International.
Additionally Anna has undertaken several teaching roles, from taxonomy classes for university students from undergraduate to PhD level, as well as BioSecurity and non-native species training for government agencies and ports and harbours representatives.
She has presented at the ANZPAC Workshop on Biofouling Management for Sustainable Shipping, has been invited to join the Alliance for Coastal Technologies and Maritime Environmental Resource Centre’s expert panel in Honolulu in April 2019 and is a member of the NACE 532X Technical Expert Group  and member of the IMarEST biofouling management expert group (BMEG).  Anna has an established track record of publishing in peer reviewed scientific journals on topics involving invasive species and biosecurity.
Anna has followed her BSc 1st Class Hons Marine Ecology & Coastal Ecology with numerous specialist training qualifications including taxonomy and microbiology and qualified as HSE Commercial Diver.
In her spare time Anna likes to don walking boots and a ruck sack and together with a couple of dogs she heads off to explore deep into the heart of Dartmoor, occasionally sleeping out under the stars. She enjoys a host of water sports including sailing, free diving, SCUBA, and kayaking.

Recent publications

  • Trindade de Castro, MC; Vance, T; Yunnie, ALE; Fileman, TW; Hall-Spencer, JM. 2018 Low salinity as a biosecurity tool for minimizing biofouling on ship sea chests. Ocean Science, 14 (4). 661-667.
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  • Bishop, JDD; Yunnie, ALE; Baxter, E; Wood, CA. 2017 Guide to early post-settlement stages of fouling marine invertebrates in Britain. Occasional Publication of the Marine Biological Association 29 (revised edition). Plymouth, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 50pp. (Occasional Publications of the MBA (29))
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  • Bishop, JDD; Wood, CA; Lévêque, L; Yunnie, ALE; Viard, F. 2015 Repeated rapid assessment surveys reveal contrasting trends in occupancy of marinas by non-indigenous species on opposite sides of the western English Channel [in special issue: The English Channel and it’s catchments: Status and Responses to Contaminants] Marine Pollution Bulletin, 95 (2). 699-706.
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  • Smale, DA; Burrows, MT; Evans, AJ; King, N; Sayer, MDJ; Yunnie, ALE; Moore, PJ. 2016 Linking environmental variables with regional- scale variability in ecological structure and standing stock of carbon within UK kelp forests. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 542. 79-95.
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  • Wood, CA; Bishop, JDD; Yunnie, ALE. 2015 Comprehensive Reassessment of NNS in Welsh marinas., GBNNSS. (UNSPECIFIED)
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  • Wood, CA; Bishop, JDD; Yunnie, ALE. 2015 RAS 2014 Non-Native Species Rapid Assessment Surveys in English Marinas., The Bromley Trust, 34pp. (UNSPECIFIED)
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