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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Mr Matthias Schmidt Thomsen MSci

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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Mr Matthias Schmidt Thomsen is Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE) within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2014: Laboratory technician on the Coastal Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) project.

2009-2013: MSci in Marine Biology, University of Southampton. Master thesis on the effects of ocean warming and acidification on native and invasive species using a mesocosm approach.

2012-13: Volunteer at the Natural History Museum, London. Taxonomic research on freshwater nematodes.

2011: Internship at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (biogeochemistry research group), working on the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms and biogeochemical cycling using an experimental flume system approach.

Research interests

• Biodiversity-ecosystem functions, process and services

• Global change and biodiversity loss

• Compensatory responses

I am a marine ecologist at the National Oceanography Centre of Southampton, where I specialise in the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem processes. My research explore how post-extinction compensatory mechanisms modify the consequences for ecosystem functioning in benthic marine communities.

My work adopts an interdisciplinary approach that spans both theory and empirical methods, including numerical simulation models, mesocosm experiments and analyses of large data sets. The combination of fine and larger scale community processes allows us to understand how different drivers of global change and types of compensatory responses alter biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relations.

Research project: Incorporating compensation effects into predictive models of shelf sea biodiversity – ecosystem functioning


Prof Martin Solan (OES)

Dr Jasmin Godbold (OES)

Dr Clement Garcia (Cefas)

Dr Stefan Bolam (Cefas)

Dr Ruth Parker (Cefas)

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Affiliate research group

Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science, Cefas

News article

Study sheds new light on how species extinction affects complex ecosystems

Scientific article

Consequences of biodiversity loss diverge from expectation due to post-extinction compensatory responses

Consensus has been reached that global biodiversity loss impairs ecosystem functioning and the sustainability of services beneficial to humanity. However, the ecosystem consequences of extinction in natural communities are moderated by compensatory species dynamics, yet these processes are rarely accounted for in impact assessments and seldom considered in conservation programmes.

Talk on “Effects of compensation alter the consequences for ecosystem functioning” at the 2015 Aquatic Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conference, Liverpool, UK.


Mr Matthias Schmidt Thomsen
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
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