Staff

Leoni Adams

Leoni Adams Mres

Leoni is a Research Assistant on the MarClim Project and works on the Mieszkowska lab multiple stressors mesocosm experimental projects, maintaining the thermally and pH controlled tidal mesocosm systems at the MBA.

Students

Leoni Adams

Leoni Adams, PhD

PhD Long-term change in climate indicator species: patterns and processes 2014.

Barry Shurlock, PhD (with University of Southampton)

Growth, biometrics and behaviour of Osilinus lineatus field and laboratory studies of a grazing trochid, an indicator of climate change.

Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell, MRes

Anna is the MBA ocean acidification research technician, responsible for daily monitoring and maintenance of the system and monthly sampling of the gastropods held in the system. Anna is also carrying out her MRes research with the group. Her project explores the reproductive potential of wild populations of the non-native oyster Crassostrea gigas from the Yealm estuary, Devon. Experiments in the field will assess the impact of invasion on native biodiversity and laboratory mesocosm experiments will test the potential of increased water temperature as a trigger for reproductive activity.

KTvS rockpooling

Katherine van Santen, MRes 2012

The effect of ocean acidification and climate change on intertidal barnacles. KT is a Masters student at Plymouth University. Her project combines laboratory manipulations and computer modelling to investigate the effects of environmental change on the physiology of intertidal barnacles. The project uses ecologically relevant changes in seasonal and daily temperatures to determine the ability of two competing species to regulate internal pH. The aim is to find a mechanism contributing to the decline in the once dominant cold-water barnacle as sea surface temperatures increase, and to predict future abundance and distribution with climate change.

Roseanne Graham, BSc (Hons)

Climate change impacts on kelp forests and associated biodiversity.

Dannah Guest, MRes 2011

Climate change impacts on rocky intertidal species distribution; using chlorophyll as an indicator of changes in community composition.

David Musto, MRes 2011

Changes to Kelp Populations within Plymouth Sound and the Possible Consequences to Related Epibiont Biodiversity in Relation to Climatic Change

David Musto BSc (Hons) 2010

Distribution and abundance of key kelp species within Plymouth Sound.

Dani Fox, MRes 2010

Responses of keystone grazers of differing evolutionary origins to climate change.

Beatriz de Francisco Mora, MRes 2009

Temperature induced changes in gonad development and cycles of Gibbula umbilicalis (de Costa).

Greg Linguard, BSc (Hons) 2011

A study of the distribution and impacts of invasive species in the river Yealm estuary.

James Murphy, BSc (Hons) 2011

Kelp community changes in response to climate warming

University College London

University College London

The MBA hosts a field course for Masters students at UCL every May. They spend time in the field learning rocky shore survey techniques and taxanomic identification skills. The data collected on our shore days is used for the statistical analysis component of the course.

Volunteers

University College London

Emilia D'Avack

Emilia carried out her MRes research with the group in 2012 - 2013. Her project focused on the invasion dynamics of the Japanese kelp Undaria pinnatifida and the role of disturbance on invasion success on the rocky shore environment. After completing her Master degree, she remained at the MBA and now helps out on projects both in the lab and the field.

Alex Colberg

Alex will start the MBA MRes degree in 2014. She is working on the multiple stressor mesocosm research project to determine impacts of temperature, pH and microplastics on keystone intertidal species.

KTvS rockpooling

Tom Denbigh

Tom is an undergraduate at Bristol University who works with our group between semesters. Tom's painstaking QA work on the time-series database has been invaluable, and he assists with physiological sample analysis, mesocosm maintenance and field surveys.