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The University of Southampton
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Research Group: Marine Biology and Ecology

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MBERG performs leading edge strategic and applied interdisciplinary research across a range of model organisms and ecosystems, from the coast to the deep ocean, from the tropics to the poles.

Understanding how processes scale from individuals to ecosystems in a changing ocean



How molecular mechanisms shape the functioning of individuals and their interaction with the environment



· What controls the assembly, function and stability of ecological communities
· How do communities respond to natural and human perturbation?



· How sensitive are complex biological systems to change?


Patterns in space and time

· At what scales of space and time do patterns hold, and how do they vary across different scales?


Society and human well-being

· Identifying the benefits that ecosystems provide people
· Improving sustainable resource use by society
· Communicating risks and values to policy makers and citizens globally


Staff Members

Maria Baker Ken Collins Jonathan Copley Cecilia D'Angelo Phillip Fenberg
John Gittins Jasmin Godbold Laura Grange Chris Hauton Lawrence Hawkins
Cathy Lucas Marc Rius Martin Solan Sven Thatje Clive Trueman
Jörg Wiedenmann        

Post Doctoral Research Fellows

Katrin Bohn Alastair Brown Benjamin Ciotti Rachel Hale Benjamin Hume
Elizabeth Morgan Adam Reed      

Associated research themes

Institute for Life Sciences

Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute

Facilities linked to Marine Biology and Ecology include:

Research Vessel

We have a research vessel based at NOCS that is available to staff and students of Ocean and Earth Science. R.V. Callista.

Research Aquarium

We have a multi-use aquarium, with a variety of tanks and facilities for keeping and handling live specimens. In the entrance, large observation tanks contain different biotopes, displaying animals from a variety of habitats, including seagrass beds and rocky shores.

Pressure Lab

The pressure lab enables us to study deep-sea organisms under pressurised conditions.

Coral Reef Laboratory

The coral reef laboratory propagates and studies more than 40 species of cnidarians in a multi-compartment aquarium system circulating more than 4200 litres of artifical seawater.

Scanning Electron Microscope Facility

This facility provides a range of services including, secondary electron and backscattered electron imaging, automated image acquisition, qualitative and quantitative elemental spot analysis and elemental mapping.

Carbonate Chemistry Facility

The NERC funded facility analyses seawater samples for carbonate variables, and has state-of-the-art instrumentation. We also undertake carbonate chemistry calculations following total alkalinity and dissolved inorganic carbon analysis, providing pCO2, pH and other carbonate chemistry variables.



Book Chapters





List of related projects to Marine Biology and Ecology
Related ProjectsStatus
The Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS) - how changing sea ice conditions impact biological communities, biogeochemical processes and ecosystemsActive
Current and Future Effects of Microplastics on Marine Shelf Ecosystems (MINIMISE)Active
UK ocean acidification impacts on the surface ocean (UKOARP)Active
Hybridisation of marine biota on a changing planetActive
Physical and biological dynamic coastal processes and their role in coastal recovery (BLUEcoast)Active
Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological Carbon Storage (QICS)Active
PISTON: Does Developmental Plasticity Influence Speciation?Active
Development and application of molecular surveillance methods to facilitate the spatial mapping of marine invasive species in Irish nearshore and benthic habitatsActive
Understanding the exceptional heat tolerance of reef corals from the Persian/Arabian GulfActive
The genomics of adaptation and its consequences for marine biological invasionsActive
Environmental DNA and the study of marine biological invasionsActive
The role of habitat gaps and oceanography on the biogeography of rocky intertidal species over historic time scalesActive
The role of climate change, species invasions and hybridisation in the redistribution of marine biodiversityActive
The influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organismsActive
Climate change and future marine ecosystem services and biodiversity (FUTUREMARES)Active
A comprehensive framework to assess the effects of methane seeps activity on deep-sea assemblagesActive
International network for Scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (INDEEP)Active
ECO2 Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine EcosystemsActive
Marine biodiversity and genomics: from Population to Communities (PopCOmics)Active
Galapagos Marine Invasive Species: Prevention, Detection and ManagementActive
Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)Active
Impacts of ocean acidification on key benthic ecosystems, communities, habitats, species and life cyclesActive
Interdependencies between biological communities, their activities and the sediment environment in determining the acoustic properties of the shelf seafloorActive
Implications of intraspecific trait variability across different environmental conditions for projections of marine ecosystem futuresActive
Influence of Nutrient Starvation on Corals' Susceptibility to Thermal Bleaching (INCORALS)Active
COMPADRE and COMADRE databases of population projection matricesActive
Impacts of El Niño events on ecosystem services provided by Colombian mangrovesDormant
Biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer (BMCC)Dormant
A hierarchical approach to the examination of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service flows across coastal marginsDormant
Biogeography of deepwater chemosynthetic ecosystems (ChEss) - DormantDormant
Building resilience along the Colombian Caribbean coast in the face of sudden and slow-onset environmental hazardsDormant
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