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Miss Abbie Sarah Amy Chapman BSc (Hons), MSc

Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD) SPITFIRE DTP

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Miss Abbie Sarah Amy Chapman is Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD) SPITFIRE DTP within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Abbie is a postgraduate research student, focussing on the functional biodiversity of deep-sea hydrothermal vent ecosystems.

Academic History

2012-2013: MSc Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton (National Oceanography Centre Southampton)

2009-2012: BSc (Hons) Physical Geography with Physical Oceanography, Department of Geography and School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton

Employment History

2014: Trainee Oil Spill Modelling Consultant, Oil Spill Response Limited

2013-2014: Business Development Intern, Oil Spill Response Limited

2012: BBC London Factual Work Experience Placement: ‘Rise of the Continents’ (BBC2 / Discovery)

2008-2013: Historic Property Steward, English Heritage

2007: NYSE Euronext.liffe Press Office Work Experience Placement

Research interests

My PhD research will focus on the roles of the species found at hydrothermal vents, to establish which species are vital for the health of these complex systems and whether they are at risk and in need of protection. The planet’s ecosystems are under threat, as we continue to exploit the Earth’s mineral resources. However, the deep sea has only recently begun to reveal its secrets and we, for the first time, have the opportunity to understand the working of hydrothermal vent environments before the first human footprints are made and their wealth of minerals are mined.

To date, much research into hydrothermal vent ecology has focussed on: microbiology; spatial and temporal changes in vent communities; biogeography; and taxonomy-based vent diversity patterns. Using a functional approach to this environment, we will be able to tackle questions about vent ecosystem function and the vulnerability of vents in a new way. We will consider the functional traits of vent species (features that affect a species’ performance or role within its environment, as well as its influence on the environment itself), to map functional diversity across a range of spatiotemporal scales and to identify the best areas for conservation, to promote healthy, diverse vent populations.

This research is supported by the University of Southampton and the NERC-funded SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership.

Research Project Team:

Dr Amanda Bates (OES)

Dr Jon Copley (OES)

Dr Adrian Glover (Natural History Museum)

Dr Verena Tunnicliffe (Biology Department and School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Canada)

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Affiliate research group

Natural History Museum

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Feb 2015: Poster presented at the Natural History Museum during an Introduction to Molecular Phylogenetics NERC Advanced Training Short Course

Sep 2013: MSc Thesis: ‘Spatial variation in the composition and distribution of faunal assemblages at hydrothermal vents in an Antarctic seafloor caldera’

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Miss Abbie Sarah Amy Chapman
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

Room Number: NOCS/566/03

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