Published articles by Dr Lauren Smith

Shark Evolution and Classification
Shark Senses
The Importance of Sharks
Shark Habitat
Shark Physiology
References and Suggested Further Reading (PDF)

Scientific Publications

Smith, L. E. , Matthews, C., Cliff, A. (2016). Hook removal from Scyliorhinus stellaris with a complete oesophagus perforation. Fish Veterinary Journal. 15. 1-7.

Mackenzie, K. & Smith, L.E. (2015). Two little-known metazoan parasites potentially pathogenic to smooth-hounds Mustelus sp., in captivity. Journal of fish diseases. Doi: 10.1111/jfd.12380.

Smith, L.E., O’Connell, C.P., The effects of neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnets on the behaviour of the small spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) and the thornback skate (Raja clavata), Ocean & Coastal Management (2013),

Crouch, K., Smith, L.E. et al., (2013). Humoral immune response of the small-spotted catshark, Scyliorhinus canicula. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. In Press.

Smith, L.E. et al.,(2012). Characterization of the immunoglobulin repertoire of the Spiny Dogfish (Squalus acanthias). Developmental & Comparative Immunology, 36, 4, 665-669.

Fraser, P.J., S.F, Cruickshank, R.L. Shelmerdine and L.E. Smith (2008) Hydrostatic pressure receptors and depth usage in crustacea and fish. Navigation: Journal of the Institute of Navigation Special Issue on Bio-Navigation 55, No. 2, 159-165

Fraser, P.J. and L. E. Smith (2008) Depth: A forgotten dimension Proceedings of the Royal Institute of Navigation RIN08: 32.1-7

Smith, L.E.; Gruber, S.H.; Kessel, S.; Metcalfe, J. Fraser, P.J. (2007). Generation 5 data storage tags, GPS and developed methodology for studying the hydrostatic pressure environment of the juvenile lemon shark (Negaprion brevirostris). Proceedings of the Institute Of Navigation 63rd Annual Conference, Cambridge, Boston, Ma. Pp 253-263.

Fraser, P.J.; Cruickshank, S.F.; Shelmerdine, R.L.; Smith, L.E. (2007). Hydrostatic Pressure Receptors and Path Integration in Crustacea and Fish. Proceedings of the Institute Of Navigation 63rd Annual Conference, Cambridge, Boston, Ma. Pp 264-269.


Lauren Online - Lauren's Blog entries covering dives and research work and the fascinating life of a marine biologist.

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Taking the Plunge with Predators

In my latest Guardian blog I report on diving with sharks which are well known for their bold, unhesitant approach. 

The Cull Controversy

In my sixth Guardian blog I examine the issues around the call for culls of sharks following the tragic death of a boarder in...

When the Research is Wrong

A public campaign to cull ‘invasive’ cownose rays was hugely successful. But re-examining the data revealed a horrible truth: the rays weren’t the problem....