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Miss Ella McKnight BSc, MSc

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Miss Ella McKnight is a postgraduate research student within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

Academic history

2014-2015 MSc Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton where I published my thesis in the journal Global Change Biology entitled ‘A meta-analysis of native and nonindigenous trophic traits in aquatic ecosystems’.

2011-2015 BSc Marine Biology at Queens University Belfast

Employment History

2015-2016 I worked as an environmental monitoring technician for Southern Water on a project involved in enhancing the quality of bathing water at beaches along the south coast of England.

2012 - 2014 Worked part-time as an intern for the marine laboratory within Queens University Belfast. 

Research interests

My PhD involves investigating the influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organisms. I am focusing on the coastal epibenthic and biofouling marine communities, and centring on warming and freshening as climatic drivers. I am producing a meta-analysis and systematic review of climate change experiments on coastal epibenthic species in order to disentangle to patterns of research, and the effects of climate change on these communities, with a particular interest on the differences in the performance of native and non-native species.

Also, I am studying ecological succession of long-term settlement panels in UK and USA marinas. In addition to answering questions about recruitment, community development, and succession after a disturbance, I am investigating how spatial and temporal variability affects the seasonal composition of the biofouling community.

The project is SPITFIRE funded.


Dr Marc Rius
Dr Amanda Bates
Dr Dan Smale (MBA)

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)

The influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organisms

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Miss Ella McKnight
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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