Projects per year
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).
Franco, S. C. & Sharmina, M.
6/07/20 → 5/01/22
Diverseafood: Evaluating the potential of multi-trophic aquaculture to improve nutrition and ecosystem sustainability in the UK
Franco, S. C., Sharmina, M., Panzone, L. & Katic, P.
1/03/19 → 28/02/21
1/09/16 → 31/01/21
Engineered Chemical Nanotopographies: Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain-Transfer Mediated Grafting of Anisotropic Poly(acrylamide) Patterns on Poly(dimethylsiloxane) to Modulate Marine BiofoulingKuliasha, 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 journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)
Lipidomics analysis of juveniles' blue mussels (Mytilus edulis L. 1758), a key economic and ecological speciesLaudicella, 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 journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile64 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 journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)
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 journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile15 Citations (Scopus)7 Downloads (Pure)
Marine anti-biofouling efficacy of amphiphilic poly(coacrylate) grafted PDMSe: effect of graft molecular weightKuliasha, 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 journal › Article10 Citations (Scopus)
Poly(ethylene) glycol-modified, amphiphilic, siloxane–polyurethane coatings and their performance as fouling-release surfacesGalhenage, T. P., Webster, D. C., Moreira, A. M. S., Burgett, R. J., Stafslien, S. J., Vanderwal, L., Finlay, J. A., Franco, S. C. & Clare, A. S., 1 Mar 2017, In : Journal of Coatings Technology and Research. 14, 2, p. 307-322 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › ArticleOpen AccessFile26 Citations (Scopus)14 Downloads (Pure)
Role of Backbone Chemistry and Monomer Sequence in Amphiphilic Oligopeptide- and Oligopeptoid-Functionalized PDMS- and PEO-Based Block Copolymers for Marine Antifouling and Fouling Release CoatingsPatterson, A. L., Wenning, B., Rizis, G., Calabrese, D. R., Finlay, J. A., Franco, S. C., Zuckermann, R. N., Clare, A. S., Kramer, E. J., Ober, C. K. & Segalman, R. A., 11 Apr 2017, In : Macromolecules. 50, 7, p. 2656-2667 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article31 Citations (Scopus)