Dr Sarah Dalesman


June 2016             HEA Fellow          Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Aberystwyth University.
2003-2007           PhD                        University of Plymouth. Anti-predator behaviour in the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis.
2002-2003           MRes                     University of Aberdeen. MRes (Distinction) in Marine and Fisheries Science.
1995-1999           BSc                         University of Edinburgh. BScHons (1st) Zoology

Positions Held
Jan 2014 – Current             Lecturer in Freshwater Biology    IBERS, Aberystwyth University, U.K.
Sept 2012 – Jan 2014          Postdoctoral Research Fellow        Biosciences, University of Exeter. U.K.
Sep 2008 – Sep 2012          Postdoctoral Research Fellow        Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary. Canada
June 2007 – Aug 2008       Administration Assistant                  Education department, University of Plymouth. U.K.
Sep 2003- June 2007          Ph.D.                                                      MBERC, University of Plymouth. U.K.

Teaching Responsibilities
Deputy co-ordinator            C164 Marine and Freshwater Biology scheme (~100 students)
Supervisor:                            C109 MBiol Marine and Freshwater Biology, 1-2 students p.a.
Supervisor:                            BR32330 Honours Dissertation (research project) 30 credits level 3, 10 students pa.
Co-ordinator:                       BR22020 Freshwater Biology (30 lectures; 6 laboratory classes) 20 credits level 2, 70 students pa
Co-ordinator:                       BR32910 Freshwater Biology Field Course (week long)10 credits level 3, 35 students pa.
Lecturer:                               BR31510 Behavioural Neurobiology  (6 lectures and 1 lab classes) 10 credits level 3, 95 students pa.
Lecturer:                                BR34210 Threats to Natural Ecosystems (7 lectures and 1 workshop) 10 credits level 3, 65 students pa
Tutor:                                     BR12210 Molecular Lab Skills (12 tutorials). 10 credits level 1, 10 students pa.
Tutor:                                    BR12410 Study and Communication Skills (12 tutorials) 10 credits level 1, 10 students pa.

PhD supervision:
2014-Current        T. Shepherd-Waring            IBERS   Developmental effects on plasticity and consistency in behaviour.

Masters supervision:
2016-Current       P. Stevenson         Impact of acid remediation on invertebrate communities. Aberystwyth University.
2014-2015            A. Doherty            Early life lessons in antipredator behaviour. Aberystwyth University.
2013-2014            M. Jackson           Developmental toxicity of beta-blockers in embryonic Lymnaea stagnalis. University of Exeter.

Academic Administration
2016-Current       External Examiner University of Chester, undergraduate level.
2015-Current       IBERS National Student Survey representative
2014-Current       Deputy degree scheme coordinator for Marine and Freshwater Biology (C164)

Editorial Responsibilities
2014-current:       Editor Animal Behaviour.
2012-2014:            Consulting editor, Animal Behaviour.

07/15-06/16         University Research Fund, Aberystwyth University
09/12-08/15         Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, University of Exeter initially, moved to Aberystwyth University (01/01/14).
Research area: The causes and consequences of variation in cognitive ability among natural populations.
Funding: The Leverhulme Trust.
10/08-08/12         AIHS Postgraduate Fellowship, University of Calgary.
Research area: The effects of environmental stress on learning and memory in the freshwater gastropod, Lymnaea stagnalis.
Funding: Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research       Fellowship from Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.

Small Grants
ASAB summer studentship (2013)
Joy Welch Foundation summer internship (2017)


Peer reviewed papers

  1. Jones, R., Williams, H., Dalesman, S., Sinmidele, A., Thomas, R.K., Brophy, P. (2017). The prevalence and development of digenean parasites within their intermediate snail host, Galba truncatula, in a geographic area where the presence of Calicophoron daubneyi has recently been confirmed. Veterinary Parasitology.
  2. Jones, R.A., Williams, H.W., Dalesman, S. & Brophy, P.M. (2015) Confirmation of Galba truncatula as an intermediate host snail for Calicophoron daubneyi in Great Britain, with evidence of alternative snail species hosting Fasciola hepatica. Parasites & vectors, 8, 656.
  3. Liddon, J. & Dalesman, S. (2015) Trail following differs between wild and captive-reared snails, Lymnaea stagnalis. Journal of Molluscan Studies, 81, 299-302.
  4. Dalesman, S., Thomas, A. & Rundle, S.D. (2015) Local adaptation and embryonic plasticity affect antipredator traits in hatchling pond snails. Freshwater Biology, 60, 663-672.
  5. Dalesman, S., Rendle, A. & Dall, S.R.X. (2015) Habitat stability, predation risk and ‘memory syndromes’. Scientific reports, 5, 10538.
  6. Sayer, E. J., Featherstone, H. C., Gosling, W. D., Bird-Matthews, F., Pierce, S. C., Heard, M. S., Griffiths, H., Walker, T., Gould, I. J., Baxendale, C., Fawdon, P., Gunn, L., Salmon, K., Dixon, S., Rogers, H., Rose, A., Dalesman, S. & Powell, T. (2014) Sex & Bugs & Rock ‘n Roll – getting creative about public engagement. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29, 65-67.
  7. Lukowiak, K., Sunada, H., Teskey, M. & Dalesman, S. (2014) Environmentally relevant stressors alter memory formation in the pond snail Lymnaea. Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, 76-83.
  8. Dalesman, S., Sunada, H., Teskey, M. L. & Lukowiak, K. (2013) Combining stressors that individually impede long-term memory blocks all memory processes. Plos One, 8.
  9. Teskey, M.L., Lukowiak, K.S., Riaz, H., Dalesman, S. and Lukowiak, K. (2012) ‘What’s Hot?’: The enhancing effects of thermal stress on long-term memory formation in Lymnaea. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215. 4322-4329.
  10. Dalesman, S. & Lukowiak, K. (2012) Alternate behavioural measurements following a single operant training regime demonstrate differences in memory retention. Animal Cognition. 15. 483-494.
  11. Dalesman, S. & Lukowiak, K. (2012) How Stress Alters Memory in ‘Smart’ Snails. PLoS ONE. 7 (2). e32334.
  12. Fruson, L., Dalesman, S. & Lukowiak, K. (2012) A flavonol present in cocoa ((-)epicatechin) enhances snail memory. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215. 3566-3576.
  13. Karnik, V., Dalesman, S. & Lukowiak, K. (2012) Input from a chemosensory organ, the osphradium, does not mediate aerial respiration in Lymnaea stagnalis. Aquatic Biology. 15. 167-173.
  14. Cantrup, R., Dixit, R., Palmesino, E., Bonfield, S., Shaker, T., Zinyk, D., Dalesman, S., Yamakawa, K., Stell, W.K., Wong, R.O., Kania, A., Sauvé, Y. & Schuurmans, C. (2012) Cell-Type Specific Roles for PTEN in Establishing a Functional Retinal Architecture. PLoS ONE e32795.
  15. Byzitter, J., Lukowiak, K., Karnik, V. and Dalesman, S. (2012) Acute combined exposure to heavy metals (Zn, Cd) blocks memory formation in a freshwater snail. Ecotoxicology. 21. 860-868.
  16. Karnik, V., Braun, M.H., Dalesman, S. and Lukowiak, K. (2012) Sensory input from the osphradium modulates the response to memory enhancing stressors in Lymnaea stagnalis. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215. 536-542.
  17. Dalesman, S. and Lukowiak, K. (2011) Social snails: the effect of social isolation on cognition is dependent on environmental context. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214. 4179.4185.
  18. Dalesman, S. and Lukowiak, K. (2011) Interaction between environmental stressors mediated via the same sensory pathway. Communicative and Integrative Biology. 4. 717-719.
  19. Dalesman, S. Rundle, S.D. and Lukowiak, K. (2011) Microgeographical variability in long-term memory formation in the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Animal Behavior. 82. 311-319.
  20. Dalesman, S., Karnik, V. and Lukowiak, K. (2011) Sensory mediation of memory blocking stressors in the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Journal of Experimental Biology. 2528-2533.
  21. Knezevic, B., Dalesman, S., Karnik, V., Byzitter, J. & Lukowiak, K. (2011) Low external environmental calcium levels prevent forgetting in Lymnaea. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214. 2118-2124.
  22. Dalesman, S. Braun, M.H. and Lukowiak, K. (2011) Low environmental calcium blocks long-term memory formation in a freshwater pulmonate snail. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 95. 393-403.
  23. Dalesman, S. and Rundle, S.D. (2010) Influence of rearing and experimental temperature on predator avoidance behaviour in a freshwater pulmonate snail. Freshwater Biology. 55. 2107-2113.
  24. Lukowiak, K., Orr, M., de Caigny, P., Lukowiak, K.S., Rosenegger, D., Han, J.I. and Dalesman, S. (2010) Ecologically relevant stressors modify long-term memory formation in a model system. Behavioural Brain Research. 214. 18-24.
  25. Dalesman, S. and Lukowiak, K. (2010) Effect of acute exposure to low environmental calcium alters respiration and locomotion of Lymnaea stagnalis (L.). Journal of Experimental Biology. 213. 1471-1476.
  26. Dalesman, S. and Rundle, S.D. (2010) Cohabitation enhances the avoidance response to heterospecific alarm cues in a freshwater snail. Animal Behaviour. 79. 173-177.
  27. Dalesman, S., Rundle, S.D. and Cotton, P.A. (2009) Developmental plasticity compensates for selected low levels of behavioural avoidance in a freshwater snail Animal Behaviour. 78. 987-991.
  28. Dalesman, S., Rundle, S.D. and Cotton, P.A. (2009) Crawl-out behaviour in response to predation cues in an aquatic gastropod: insights from artificial selection. Evolutionary Ecology. 23. 907-918.
  29. Dalesman, S. and Inchley, C.J. (2008) Interaction between olfactory and visual cues affects flight initiation by the hermit crab, Pagurus bernhardus. Behaviour, 145, 1479-1492.
  30. Dalesman, S., Rundle, S.D., Bilton, D.T. and Cotton, P.A. (2007) Phylogenetic relatedness and ecological interactions determine antipredator behaviour. Ecology 88 2462-2467.
  31. Dalesman, S., Rundle, S.D. and Cotton, P.A. (2007) Predator regime influences innate anti-predator behaviour in the freshwater gastropod Lymnaea stagnalis. Freshwater Biology. 52, 2134-2140.
  32. Dalesman, S., Rundle, S. D., Coleman, R. A. & Cotton, P. A. (2006) Cue association and antipredator behaviour in a pulmonate snail, Lymnaea stagnalis. Animal Behaviour, 71, 789-797. IF: 3.068, citations: 43
  33. Bricknell, I. R., Dalesman, S. J., O’Shea, B., Pert, C. C. & Luntz, A. J. M. (2006) Effect of environmental salinity on sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis settlement success. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 71, 201-212.

 Book chapter
Lukowiak, K. & Dalesman, S. (2013) Operant Conditioning of Respiration in Lymnaea: The Environmental Context. In: Eds Menzel, R. & Benjamin, P. Invertebrate Learning and Memory. Elsevier B.V.