Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research Group: Marine Biology and Ecology

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.

Currently Active: Yes

Group Overview

Understanding how processes scale from individuals to ecosystems in a changing ocean




Species: the operating unit for evolution

· How molecular mechanisms shape the functioning of individuals and their interaction with the environment






Communities: the operating unit for ecology

· What controls the assembly, function and stability of ecological communities

· How do communities respond to natural and human perturbation?





Ecosystems: the operating unit for global functioning and ecosystem services

· How sensitive are complex biological systems to change?






Patterns in space and time: the operating unit for resilience

· At what scales of space and time do patterns hold, and how do they vary across different scales?





Society and human well-being: the operating unit for resource allocation

· Identifying the benefits that ecosystems provide people

· Improving sustainable resource use by society

· Communicating risks and values to policy makers and citizens globally



Staff Members

M. Baker

A. Bates

K. Collins

J. Copley

C. D'Angelo

P. Fenberg

J. Gittins

J. Godbold

L. Grange

C. Hauton

L. Hawkins

C. Lucas

M. Rius

M. Solan

S. Thatje

C. Trueman

P. Tyler

J. Wiedenmann


Post Doctoral Research Fellows

K. Bohn

A. Brown

B. Ciotti

R. Hale

B. Hume

E. Morgan

A. Reed



Selected publications associated with this group from the University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints):


Members of staff associated with this group:


Facilities linked to Marine Biogeochemistry include:

Research Vessels

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.

Research Aquarium

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.

Pressure Lab

The pressure lab enables us to study deep-sea organisms under pressurised conditions.

Coral Reef Laboratory

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.

Scanning Electron Microscope Facility

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.

Carbonate Chemistry Facility

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.