I am a marine ecologist with research interests in the resilience of marine invertebrates in changing environments. My expertise is in the thermally stable environments of Polar and tropical reef ecosystems. I am particularly interested in reproductive biology of benthic marine invertebrates.
I am a Polar Benthic Ecologist working at the University of Southampton, as part of the NERC Changing Arctic Ocean programme. My research explores how marine invertebrates respond to changing environments. I have a special interest in the reproductive processes and growth rates of invertebrates from shallow and deep-water ecosystems.
Most of my research has been conducted in the Polar seas where I use benthic invertebrates to study the effects of environmental change over time. The Southern and Arctic Oceans are vulnerable ecosystems, and we are still discovering how it will be affected by future predicted changes in temperature, acidification, and nutrient enrichment. My Antarctic research is in close collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey, and through the versatile facilities at the University of Southampton.
I have also worked in tropical reef ecology, studying the effects of nutrient enrichment on reef corals and their symbionts at the at the University of Southampton. I specifically looked into the proteins associated with the photosynthetic pathways during exposure to nutrient and thermal stress. During this time I built a large experimental aquarium system to maintain reef corals in specific nutrient conditions for extended periods.
Changing Arctic Ocean profile
University of Southampton Webpage
Antarctic Molluscs 'Switch Sex' - BBC Nature News 2012
Meet the Scientist on board RSS James Clark Ross
Set-up reef coral fluorescence display tank at the Southampton Boat Show 2015