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Miss Rose E Stainthorp BSc, MSc, ARCS, DIC

Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD SPITFIRE)

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Miss Rose E Stainthorp is Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD SPITFIRE) within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

First year post-graduate research student focussing on linking the physiological mechanisms of thermal tolerance to population- and community-level responses to climate change.


Academic history:

2011-2012 MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College London

2008-2011 BSc Ecology & Environmental Biology, Imperial College London

Employment history:

2012-2013 Environmental data analyst, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, North Devon

2011 Field assistant, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, North Devon

2010-2011 Research assistant, Imperial College London

2009-2011 Collections assistant, Natural History Museum, London

2008 Volunteer, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Panatanal, Brazil

2007 Research assistant, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, North Devon

Research interests

  • Understanding current and future patterns of biodiversity
  • Mechanisms behind biogeographic shifts
  • Physiological and behavioural responses to environmental variability
  • Synergistic effects of abiotic stressors and their effect on species resilience and community structure and function

Research project: Testing the ecological relevance of oxygen and capacity limited thermal tolerance

Shifts in the geographic distributions of species are already documented and are expected to become more common under future climate scenarios as species track their thermal niche. A central paradigm to our understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying temperature sensitivity of aquatic ectotherms is the oxygen- and capacity- limited thermal tolerance hypothesis (OCLTT). However, the OCLTT is largely based on the results of acute experiments run over days or weeks, with only weak links to ecological data. My research aims to address this through lab experiments, mesocosms and energy budget modeling to test if aerobic scope is a fundamental limit to the long-term survival of species in warming conditions, or whether other factors become more important over longer time scales.


Dr Simon Morley (British Antarctic Survey)

Dr Amanda Bates (University of Southampton)

Professor Lloyd Peck (British Antarctic Survey)

Dr Cathy Lucas (University of Southampton)

Grants & Awards:

2014-2018 Ocean & Earth Science PhD scholarship, National Oceanography Centre & British Antarctic Survey
Sponsors: NERC-funded SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership & Dean Contribution scholarship, University of Southampton

2014 SEB Annual Meeting Prague 2015 – Travel grant
Sponsor: The Society for Experimental Biology

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Affiliate research groups

Marine Biogeochemistry, British Antarctic Survey

Postgraduate representative on NSPGC committee

2015 SOES6021 – Ecological Modelling

2014 Statistics workshops for MSci and MSc Marine Biology students

2010-2012 Academic tutor, London



2015 Talk: Contrasting responses to oxygen and temperature under chronic and acute warming scenarios
SEB Annual Meeting, Prague

2015 Talk: Estimation of Dynamic Energy Budget parameters for the Antarctic Sea Urchin (Sterechinus neumayeri)
4th International DEB School & Symposium, Marseille



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