Sofia C Franco


  • PA37 1QA

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 132 Citations
  • 6 h-Index

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Research expertise

I am a biologist interested in sustainable aquaculture and working across disciplines to support evidence-based policy and innovation.

My research focuses on aquaculture diversification, governance, perception of aquaculture and improving communication between researchers, industry and the public.

Sustainable aquaculture development, through an ecosystem approach to aquaculture, is dependent on assuring that applied research informs evidence-based policy and innovation, through effective collaboration and communication between stakeholders. My research interests focus on enabling this transition and ranges from aquaculture diversification, to policy and marine spatial planning, understanding public perception of aquaculture and pathways to improve communication between researchers, industry and public.

I have experience working in marine policy contexts, for the Marine Management Organisation and European Commission, and, as a NERC-BBSRC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in Aquaculture, I provide expert input to the UK aquaculture sector and contribute to the Aquaculture Initiative. I have extensive research experience on biofouling, from previous Innovate UK and the Office of Naval Research (USA) projects, and culture of copepods and stalked barnacles, from FCT, PROMAR (Portugal) and ERDF projects. 

I currently lead the Global Food Security project DIVERSEAFOOD (Evaluating the potential of multi-trophic aquaculture to improve nutrition and ecosystem sustainability in the UK) and the N8 project PERCEPT (Towards improved communication in aquaculture: exploring consumers perceptions and attitudes). I am also part of the EU Horizon 2020 project AQUAVITAE (New low trophic species, products and processes in marine aquaculture value chains across the Atlantic).

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Research Output

  • 132 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 12 Article

Engineered Chemical Nanotopographies: Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain-Transfer Mediated Grafting of Anisotropic Poly(acrylamide) Patterns on Poly(dimethylsiloxane) to Modulate Marine Biofouling

Kuliasha, C. A., Fedderwitz, R. L., Finlay, J. A., Franco, S. C., Clare, A. S. & Brennan, A. B., 14 Jan 2020, In : Langmuir. 36, 1, p. 379-387 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Lipidomics analysis of juveniles' blue mussels (Mytilus edulis L. 1758), a key economic and ecological species

    Laudicella, V. A., Beveridge, C., Carboni, S., Franco, S. C., Doherty, M. K., Long, N., Mitchell, E., Stanley, M. S., Whitfield, P. D. & Hughes, A. D., 21 Feb 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 2, e0223031.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 58 Downloads (Pure)

    Effects of culture conditions on larval growth and survival of stalked barnacles (Pollicipes pollicipes)

    Franco, S. C., Aldred, N., Cruz, T. & Clare, A. S., 1 Jun 2017, In : Aquaculture Research. 48, 6, p. 2920-2933 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    1 Downloads (Pure)

    Growth, egg production and hatching success of Acartia tonsa cultured at high densities

    Franco, S. C., Augustin, C. B., Geffen, A. J. & Dinis, M. T., 1 Feb 2017, In : Aquaculture. 468, Part 1, p. 569-578 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Marine anti-biofouling efficacy of amphiphilic poly(coacrylate) grafted PDMSe: effect of graft molecular weight

    Kuliasha, C. A., Finlay, J. A., Franco, S. C., Clare, A. S., Stafslien, S. J. & Brennan, A. B., 16 Mar 2017, In : Biofouling. 33, 3, p. 252-267 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)