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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre SouthamptonPostgraduate study

Miss Simone Pfeifer German Diploma, MSc

Postgraduate research student (SPITFIRE)

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

I studied Marine Biology at the University of Rostock, Germany and completed an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection at the University of Bangor in Wales. Following graduation, I worked 8 years as a marine ecologist for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee where I mainly provided technical advice and guidance to UK regulators and industry representatives concerning marine nature conservation, including impact assessment and management.

Research interests

Marine ecology, in particular present-day patterns and dynamics of benthic biodiversity and habitat and species distributions, and understanding the processes that control such patterns at varying spatial and temporal scales. I am also interested in the sensitivity of marine biodiversity to human activities and climate change, and the application of environmental planning, management and conservation approaches to marine ecosystems.

Research project: Regional habitat and megafaunal diversity on the Angolan Margin

In my PhD project, I am integrating biological and environmental data collected from the deep continental margin off Angola to characterise the present megabenthic environment of the area. In particular, my research focusses on identifying patterns in diversity, standing stock and distribution of megabenthic taxa across the different habitats present along the Margin and on testing how the environmental conditions across the study area shape to the observed patterns.


Dr Daniel Jones (NOC)
Dr Brian Bett (NOC)
Dr Lawrence Hawkins (UoS)
Dr Phillip Fenberg (UoS)

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology


SOES1005 Introduction to Ocean Biogeochemistry

SOES1007 Marine Invertebrates

Miss Simone Pfeifer
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH
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