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MBERG performs leading edge strategic and applied interdisciplinary research across a range of model organisms and ecosystems, from the coast to the deep ocean, from the tropics to the poles.
Work with the most innovative technology
Learn about the oceans
Solve global challenges
How molecular mechanisms shape the functioning of individuals and their interaction with the environment
· What controls the assembly, function and stability of ecological communities
· How do communities respond to natural and human perturbation?
· How sensitive are complex biological systems to change?
· At what scales of space and time do patterns hold, and how do they vary across different scales?
· Identifying the benefits that ecosystems provide people
· Improving sustainable resource use by society
· Communicating risks and values to policy makers and citizens globally
Facilities linked to Marine Biology and Ecology include:
We have two vessels based at NOCS that are available to staff and students of Ocean and Earth Science. R.V. Callista and R.V. Bill Conway.
We have a multi-use aquarium, with a variety of tanks and facilities for keeping and handling live specimens. In the entrance, large observation tanks contain different biotopes, displaying animals from a variety of habitats, including seagrass beds and rocky shores.
The pressure lab enables us to study deep-sea organisms under pressurised conditions.
The coral reef laboratory propagates and studies more than 40 species of cnidarians in a multi-compartment aquarium system circulating more than 4200 litres of artifical seawater.
This facility provides a range of services including, secondary electron and backscattered electron imaging, automated image acquisition, qualitative and quantitative elemental spot analysis and elemental mapping.
The NERC funded facility analyses seawater samples for carbonate variables, and has state-of-the-art instrumentation. We also undertake carbonate chemistry calculations following total alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon analysis, providing pCO2, pH and other carbonate chemistry variables.
PhD Project Titles
Aerial Surveying of UK Wildlife at Inshore sites by Unmanned Systems
Prof James Scanlan (Faculty of Engineering & the Environment, UoS), Prof Kirk Martinez (Faculty of Physical Science & Engineering, UoS), Dr Russel Wyn (NOC), Dr Glen Tyler (Policy and Advice Officer - Marine Ornithology SNH Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Unit, Shetland).
Aggravated aggregation of marine snow in the biological carbon pump
Dr Adrian Martin, Adrian Burd (University of Georgia).
Analysis of body size trends of molluscs and butterflies
Dr Phillip Fenberg, Jasmin Godbold (Ocean and Earth Science and Department of Biological Sciences. UoS), Judith Lock (Biological Sciences, UoS), Steve Brooks (Department of Life Sciences, Natural History Museum).
Benthic Microbial Diversity in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
Dr Rob Young, Dr Henry Ruhl.
Characterizing the role of sub-aqueous vegetation in modulating flow fields and sediment dynamics in estuaries and rivers
Professor Stephen Darby (UoS, Geography & Environment), Dr Julian Leyland (UoS, Geography & Environment).
Detecting Tipping Points in Lake Ecosystems
Prof Pete Langdon (Geography & The Environment), Prof John Dearing (Geography & The Environment), Prof Patrick Doncaster (Centre for Biological Sciences), Dr James Dyke (Geography & the Environment).
Environmental DNA and the study of marine biological invasions
Dr Marc Rius, Dr Simon Creer (School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University), Dr Mark de Bruyn (School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University), Prof Gary Carvalho (School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University).
Exploring the metabolic responses of marine fishes to climate change using stable carbon isotope composition of otoliths
Dr Clive Trueman, Dr Ewan Hunter (Cefas), Dr Audrey Darnaude (University of Montpellier 2, France).
Impact of rapid climate change on Antarctic krill and the Southern Ocean food web
Angus Atkinson (Plymouth Marine Laboratories), Geraint Tarling (British Antarctic Survey), Dan Mayor (National Oceanography Centre).
Mechanisms of extreme temperature tolerance of reef corals revealed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
Dr Cecilia D'Angelo, Dr Joern Werner (Centre for Biological Sciences, UoS), Prof Joerg Wiedenmann (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS).
Oiling the Microbial Carbon Pump: lipids in refractory dissolved organic matter
Prof Richard Sanders, Lead Supervisor - Dr Claire Evans (National Oceanography Centre), Joost Brandsma (Medicine, UoS), Tony Postle (Medicine, UoS), John Langely (UoS Chemistry).
The effects of environmental change on species functional traits
Dr Jasmin Godbold (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Laura Grange (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Clement Garcia (CEFAS), Dr Stefan Bolam (CEFAS).
The influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organisms
Dr Marc Rius, Dr Amanda Bates, Lead Supervisor - Dr Dan Smale (Marine Biological Association).
The role of zooplankton in ocean biogeochemistry
Prof Richard Lampitt, Dr Daniel Mayor, Geraint Tarling (BAS) and David Pond (SAMS).
Variation in predation by soft bodied predators from the tropics to the poles
Prof Lloyd S Peck (BAS), Dr Laura Grange (Ocean & Earth Science, UoS), Dr Elizabeth Harper (Cambridge University) Dr Simon Morley (BAS).
“Mixing it up” - the ecological and biogeochemical consequences of seabed resuspension in shallow coastal ecosystems
Dr Charlie Thompson, Lead Supervisor - Prof Steve Widdicombe (Plymouth Marine Laboratory), Dr Ana M Queirós (Plymouth Marine Laboratory).
Examining the balance between respiration and sinking in controlling the penetration depth of organic carbon into the ocean
Prof Richard Sanders, Dr Adrian Martin, Dr Stephanie A Henson.
How fast is the ocean’s biological carbon pump?
Dr Adrian Martin, Dr Sarah Lou Carolin Giering, Dr Klas Ove Möller (Hamburg).
The impact of ocean acidification and climate change on the skeletal strength of coral and coralline algae assessed using finite element analysis
Prof Gavin Foster, Prof Atul Bhaskar (Engineering), Prof Ian Sinclair (Engineering), Dr Nick Kamenos (Glasgow), Dr Seb Hennige (Heriot-Watt).
The role of zooplankton in trace metal cycling and P availability in subtropical gyres
Dr Daniel Mayor, Dr Maeve Lohan, Dr Alex J Poulton, Dr Alessandro Tagliabue (Liverpool).
|Staff Member||Primary Position|
|Fadilah Ali||Postgraduate research student|
|Maria Baker||Senior Research Fellow|
|Amanda E Bates||Lecturer|
|Jessica Bellworthy||Postgraduate research student|
|Noelie M A Benoist||Postgraduate research student|
|Sarah E Birchenough||Postgraduate research student (part-time)|
|Elena Bollati||Postgraduate research student|
|Steven Bourne||Postgraduate research student|
|Alastair Brown||Visiting Researcher|
|Abbie Sarah Amy Chapman||Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD) SPITFIRE DTP|
|Gemma Clucas||Postgraduate research student|
|Matthew R D Cobain||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Amber C Cobley||Postgraduate research student|
|Ken Collins||Senior Research Fellow|
|Jonathan Copley||Associate Professor in Marine Ecology|
|Gemma Cripps||Postdoctoral Research Fellow|
|Cecilia D'Angelo||Senior Research Fellow|
|Stephanie RA Deane||Postgraduate research student|
|Phillip Fenberg||Lecturer in Marine Biology|
|John Gittins||Marine and Molecular Biology Experimental Officer|
|Jasmin A Godbold||Lecturer|
|Laura J Grange||Lecturer in Marine Biology|
|Rachel Hale||Research Fellow|
|Graihagh Elizabeth Hardinge||Postgraduate research student|
|Chris Hauton||Associate Professor in Invertebrate Ecophysiology and Immune Function|
|Lawrence Hawkins||Associate Professor in Marine Biology|
|Stephen J Hawkins||Professor of Natural Sciences|
|Danja Persephone Hoehn||Postgraduate research student|
|Zoë Holbrook||Postgraduate research student (LTDS, GSNOCS, FEE)|
|Patrick Holligan||Emeritus Professor|
|Anita L Hollingsworth||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Luke Holman||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Jamie Hudson||Postgraduate research student|
|Antony Jensen||Associate Professor in Marine Ecology|
|Hyeong-Gi Kim||Postgraduate research student|
|Cathy Lucas||Associate Professor in Marine Biology|
|Moira MacLean||Research Technician|
|Leigh Marsh||Visiting Fellow|
|Elizabeth Martin||Postgraduate research student|
|Ella A McKnight||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Matt O'Shaughnessy||Biology Technician|
|Tabitha Pearman||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Frances Perry||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Luca Peruzza||Postgraduate research student|
|Nicola Pratt||Senior Marine Biology Technician|
|Clare Prebble||Postgraduate research student|
|David Price||Postgraduate research student (NEXUSS)|
|Cathryn Quick||Postgraduate research student|
|Adam J Reed||Visiting Fellow|
|Robbie Robinson||Aquarium Technician|
|Saskia Rühl||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Anna Rumyantseva||Postgraduate research student|
|Dawoud Ajeel Sheail||Postgraduate research student|
|Erik Simon Lledó||Postgraduate research student|
|Samantha Simpson||Postgraduate research student|
|David Sims||Professor of Marine Ecology, MBA Senior Research Fellow|
|Martin Solan||Professor in Marine Ecology|
|Marla Kiel Spencer||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Rose E Stainthorp||Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD SPITFIRE)|
|Paris Vasileios Stefanoudis||Postgraduate research student|
|Katie St John Glew||Postgraduate research student|
|Sven Thatje||Associate Professor in Marine Evolutionary Ecology|
|Matthias Schmidt Thomsen||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Paul Tyler||Emeritus Professor|
|Conor A Waldock||Postgraduate research student|
|Jörg Wiedenmann||Professor of Biological Oceanography|
|Rebecca Wilson||Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)|
|Daniel Wohlgemuth||Postgraduate research student|
|Christina L Wood||Postgraduate research student and Mayflower scholar|
|Edward Wort||Postgraduate research student|
|Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer (BMCC)||Active|
|Biogeography of deepwater chemosynthetic ecosystems (ChEss) - Dormant||Dormant|
|Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)||Active|
|ECO2 Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems||Active|
|Environmental DNA and the study of marine biological invasions||Active|
|Exploring the Deep Ocean||Active|
|Galapagos Marine Invasive Species: Prevention, Detection and Management||Active|
|The role of habitat gaps and oceanography on the biogeography of rocky intertidal species over historic time scales||Active|
|Hybridisation of marine biota on a changing planet||Active|
|Impacts of ocean acidification on key benthic ecosystems, communities, habitats, species and life cycles||Active|
|The influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organisms||Active|
|Influence of Nutrient Starvation on Corals' Susceptibility to Thermal Bleaching (INCORALS)||Active|
|International network for Scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (INDEEP)||Active|
|UK ocean acidification impacts on the surface ocean (UKOARP)||Active|
|Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)||Active|
|The genomics of adaptation and its consequences for marine biological invasions||Active|
|The role of climate change, species invasions and hybridisation in the redistribution of marine biodiversity||Active|
|Understanding the exceptional heat tolerance of reef corals from the Persian/Arabian Gulf||Active|