My research is primarily focussed on how the information stored in age registering structures, such as shells and ear bones (otoliths), can be used to inform management of marine fisheries. Over the last 5 years I have worked on projects that utilized sclerochronology (the study of periodic growth rings in calcified structures) aiming to improve our understanding of several biological and ecological aspects of commercially important species. My PhD research focussed on the development of reliable ageing techniques for the common whelk, which supports important fisheries within the UK. This was achieved with a wide range of experimental and geochemical analyses to validate annual rings in statoliths (analogous to otoliths).
I began working with BAS as a post-doc investigating benthic community structure and Antarctic gastropods on the ICEBERGS project. I then started my current post as the fisheries ecologist, where I work on several aspects of the fisheries around the island of South Georgia. One of my main responsibilities is the Patagonian Toothfish ageing program at BAS, where I work closely with the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Isles (GSGSSI), and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) to provide information for the long-term ecosystem based management of this species.
Since 2018, I have been a member of the UK delegation to CCAMLR, and have participated in the working group on stock assessment and management (WG-SAM) and the working group in fish stock assessment (WG-FSA).
Hollyman, P.R., Chenery, S.R.N., Leng, M.J., Laptikhovsky, V.V., Colvin, C. N. & Richardson, C.A. Age and growth rate estimations of the commercially fished gastropod Buccinum undatum. ICES journal of marine science, 75(6), 2129-2144.
Arkhipkin, A., Bizikov, V., Doubleday, Z., Laptikhovsky, V.V., Lishchenko, F., Perales-Raya, C., Hollyman, P.R. Techniques for estimating the growth of molluscs. II: Cephalopods. Journal of Shellfish Research, 37(4), 783-792.
Hollyman, P.R., Laptikhovsky, V. V. & Richardson, C.A. Techniques for estimating the growth of molluscs. I: Gastropods. Journal of Shellfish Research, 37(4), 773-782.
Hunter, E., Laptikhovsky, V. V., Hollyman, P.R. (2018) Innovative use of sclerochronology in marine resource management. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 598, 155-158.
Zwerschke, N., Hollyman, P.R., Wild, R., Strigner, R., Turner, J.R., & King, J. Limited impact of an invasive oyster on intertidal assemblage structure and biodiversity: The importance of environmental context and functional equivalency with native species. Marine Biology, 165:89.
Hollyman, P.R., Chenery, S.R.N., EIMF, Konstantin Ignatyev, Laptikhovsky, V.V. & Richardson, C.A. (2017) Micro-scale geochemical and crystallographic analysis of Buccinum undatum statoliths reveals annual periodicity of visible growth rings. In Press: Chemical Geology, doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.09.034
Laptikhovsky, V.V., Barett, C & Hollyman, P.R. (2017) From coral reefs to whale teeth: estimating mortality from age-registering structures in dead assemblages. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 598, 273-298. doi.org/10.3354/meps12260
Hollyman, P.R., Leng M.J., Chenery, S.R.N., Laptikhovsky, V.V. & Richardson, C.A (2018) Statoliths of the whelk Buccinum undatum: a novel age determination tool. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 598, 261-272.
Reynolds, D.J., Richardson, C.A., Scourse, J.D., Butler, P.B., Hollyman, P., Roman-Gonzales, A., & Hall, I.R. (2016) Signals of North Atlantic climate variability in an absolutely-dated sclerochronology spatial network. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 465(b), 333-346.
Laptikhovsky, V., Barrett, C., Firmin, C., Hollyman, P., Lawler, A., Masefield, R., McIntyre, R., Palmer, D., Soeffker, M., Parker-Humphreys, M. (2016) A novel approach for estimation of the natural mortality of the common whelk, Buccinum undatum (L.) and role of hermit crabs in its shell turnover, Fisheries Research. 183, 146-154.
Bušelic, I., Peharda, M., Reynolds, D. J., Butler, P. G., González, A. R., Ezgeta-Balic, D., Vilibi c, I., Grbec, B., Hollyman, P., & Richardson, C. A. (2015) Glycymeris bimaculata (Poli, 1795) – A new sclerochronological archive for the Mediterranean? Journal of Sea Research. 95, 139–148.
Hollyman, P., Luckenback, M. & Richardson, C.A. (2013) Non-daily deposition of striae in the Bay Scallop, Argopecten irradians (concentricus), in the laboratory. Journal of Shellfish Research. 32 (2), 361-368.
Publications from NERC Open Research Archive
Fitzcharles, E., Hollyman, P.R. ORCID record for P.R. Hollyman, Goodall-Copestake, W.P. ORCID record for W.P. Goodall-Copestake, Maclaine, J.S., Collins, M.A ORCID record for M.A Collins. (2021) The taxonomic identity and distribution of the eel cod Muraenolepis (Gadiformes: Muraenolepididae) around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Polar Biology. 15 pp. 10.1007/s00300-021-02819-2
Borsetti, S., Hollyman, P.R. ORCID record for P.R. Hollyman, Munroe, D.. (2021) Using a sclerochronological approach to determine a climate-growth relationship for waved whelk, Buccinum undatum, in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic. Estuarine and Coastal Shelf Science, 252. 10.1016/j.ecss.2021.107255
Alexandroff, Stella J., Butler, Paul G., Hollyman, Philip R. ORCID record for Philip R. Hollyman, Schöne, Bernd R., Scourse, James D.. (2021) Late Holocene seasonal temperature variability of the western Scottish shelf (St Kilda) recorded in fossil shells of the bivalve Glycymeris glycymeris. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 562. 15 pp. 10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.110146
Hollyman, Philip R. ORCID record for Philip R. Hollyman, Leng, Melanie J. ORCID record for Melanie J. Leng, Chenery, Simon R.N., Sloane, Hilary J., Richardson, Christopher A.. (2020) Calibration of shell δ18O from the common whelk Buccinum undatum highlights potential for environmental reconstruction. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 560. 13 pp. 10.1016/j.palaeo.2020.109995
Emmerson, J.A., Hollyman, Philip R. ORCID record for Philip R. Hollyman, Bloor, I.S.M., Jenkins, S.R.. (2020) Effect of temperature on the growth of the commercially fished common whelk (Buccinum undatum, L.): A regional analysis within the Irish Sea. Fisheries Research, 223. 10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105437
Hunter, Ewan, Laptikhovsky, Vladimir V., Hollyman, Philip R. ORCID record for Philip R. Hollyman. (2018) Innovative use of sclerochronology in marine resource management. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 598. 155-158. 10.3354/meps12664