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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Dr Rachel Hale BA, MSc, PhD

Research Fellow

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Dr Rachel Hale is Research Fellow within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

My work forms part of Work Package 2 on the UK Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Project

Academic Experience

2014-Present: Post-doctoral Research Fellow on NERC Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Project, University of Southampton, Southampton

2010-2013: PhD in Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, UK
Thesis: The influence of macrofauna on intertidal sediment stability and biogeochemical properties

2008-2009: MSc (Distinction) in Applied Marine Science, University of Plymouth, UK with NERC Scholarship
Thesis: The effect of CO2 induced seawater acidification and elevated temperature on the diversity and structure of macro-invertebrate algal holdfast communities.

2003-2006: BA (Hons.) 2,1 in Biological Sciences, Worcester College, University of Oxford, UK
Thesis: The distribution and coral associations of polychaete tube worms in the Wakatobi Marine National Park, Sulawesi.

Other Experience

2010-2014: University Associate Tutor and Student Demonstrator, University of East Anglia, Norwich

2009-2010: Benthic Ecologist and Environmental Consultant with Ecospan Environmental Limited, Plymouth

2007: Science Officer and Internship with Coral Cay Conservation (Tobago Reef Conservation Project)

2006-2007: Museum Technician and Taxonomist, Oxford University Natural History Museum, Oxford

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Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of marine ecology, the community ecology of invertebrates and the response of these communities and the surrounding ecosystem to changes in their environment. I try to combine field and laboratory experiments to gain both an ecosystem wide and mechanistic view of important ecological processes.

I am currently involved in the NERC Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry project looking at how macrofaunal bioturbation and bioirrigation affect carbon and nutrient cycling in the Celtic Sea as part of a large consortium aiming to increase understanding of these processes to improve predictive marine biogeochemical and ecosystem models over a range of scales.

I am also involved in developing work initiated during my PhD thesis, using computed tomography and novel techniques to determine how bioturbating species affect sediments and sedimentary properties.

The majority of my experimental work takes place in the NOCS Biodiversity and Ecosystem Futures Facility or on board the NERC ship RRS Discovery.

Research Projects:

NERC Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Project, Work Package 2
http://www.uk-ssb.org

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)

Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer (BMCC)

Articles

SOES6001 Contemporary Topics

Dr Rachel Hale
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