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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. 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 (First Class Honours) Marine Biology, Queen’s University Belfast.

Employment History

2016-2017: Worked as an environmental monitoring officer for Southern Water enhancing the quality of bathing water along the south coast of England. Conducted sample and data collections, performed regular instrument checks and calibrations, and data cleaning to produce accurate datasets. Engaged with the public and private sector to deliver environmental consultancy.

2012 – 2014: Research assistant at Queen’s University Belfast marine laboratory. Worked with research students to construct large experiments. Conducted sample and data collections. Identified invertebrate, plant and algal species. Engaged in animal husbandry and welfare.

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

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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