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July 2016

More collaborative work in Brazil with Ronaldo Christofoletti  (here shown with Gray Williams from Hong Kong and Ricardo Coutinho from Rio). 

Ronaldos lab










December 2015

News just in that we were successful in a bid to NERC and the Chilean funding agency CONICYT for a project in Antarctica entitled: A multi-disciplinary approach to understand the impact of ice loss and deglaciation on Antarctic coastal benthic ecosystems. 


October 2015 New 3 year citizen science project begins- Capturing our Coast (CoCoast)

A Heritage Lottery funded citizen science project kicked off at 7 hubs around the UK.  At the School of Ocean Sciences, Dr Siobhan Vye and Vicky West joined my group  and will be leading activities in North Wales. The 3 year project aims to engage with the public to conduct extensive rocky shore observations addressing a wide range of ecological questions. 



April 2015 Workshop on 'Global change in coastal marine ecosystems' in Santos, Sao Paulo state, Brazil





In April myself and Ronaldo Christofoletti, (with additional mentors Aurea Ciotti, Alex Turra,Steve Hawkins, Mike Burrows)  hosted a 4 day workshop for early career researchers in Santos, Brazil  funded jointly by the British Council and FAPESP.  The workshop brought together 34 Early Career Researchers from Brazil and the UK across a range of disciplines including ecologists, environmental economists and researchers working on governance and social issues related to coastal management. In addition to the overarching goal of bringing together UK and Brazilian researchers to facilitate collaboration and career development, the aims of the workshop were to encourage an interdisciplinary approach among marine scientists and particularly to encourage an approach which integrates scientific research objectives with social and economic drivers. 

Oh- and we had lots of fun too.

Workshop picture
















December 2014 New paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society

Johnson AF, Gorelli G, Jenkins SR, Hiddink JG, Hinz H Effects of bottom trawling on fish foraging and feeding. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Dr Andrew Johnson's work on fish feeding in the Irish Sea conducted during his PhD has just been published in Proc Roy Soc.  He showed that changes in fish diet (rather than a reduction in feeding per se) is the likely cause of reduced fish condition in trawled areas.  Johnson conducted his PhD between 2009 and 2013 in the School of Ocean Sciences.  He is now undertaking a post-doc at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego. 


September 2014  New grants:


Dr Martin Skov (PI) and Stuart Jenkins, with colleagues at the Universities of Swansea, Cardiff and Plymouth, as well as the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology (CEH) and The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) have gained a new £580,000 grant from NRN-LCEE (National Research Network for Low carbon Energy and the Environment, Wales) to study patterns and processes of saltmarsh resilience and regime shifts, and the implication these have to key ecosystem services, especially flood management, and shoreline management planning (SMP).

The science components of the work will have a strong geomorphological slant, with focus on the biological (incl. biodiversity) and physical roles and feedback mechanisms behind marsh area changes. We will also test how current policies and management instruments are accommodating, or can be tuned to accommodate, coastal ecosystem resilence and state shifts. Funding goes towards supporting two research Fellows and two PhD studentships. Ocean Sciences leads this project and gains one fellow and one PhD (with CEH). We plan to advertise for these posts towards the end of this year. 


BRITISH COUNCIL- FAPESP workshop on Climate Change

Just received confirmation of funding to Stuart Jenkins and Ronaldo Christofoletti for a 4 day workshop in Santos, Brazil for 28 Early Career Researchers on climate change effects in the marine environment.  Half the workshop attendees will come from the UK and half from Sao Paulo state.  More details to follow.


21st-25th July 2014 Publishing your research in marine science: a workshop for early career  researchers.  Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil

I have just completed giving this one week course hosted by Dr Ronaldo Christofoletti at the Department of Marine Science, Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) in Santos, Brazil.  The course was attended by 25 early career researchers (Masters and PhD students, Post-docs).  Thanks to all participants for an enjoyable and stimulating week






6th March 2014 Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership Report Card on Non Native Species released

Our work on non natives in Wales and specifically Katrin Bohn´s work on Crepidula fornicata is reported in the most recent MCCIP report card on the impacts of climate change:

5th March 2014  Katie Sambrook's submission to Marine Policy accepted.

Katie graduated from her degree in Marine Biology and Zoology at Bangor in June 2013.  After having volunteered with my research group throughout her degree, I then employed Katie on a non native monitoring project funded by Natural Resources Wales over the summer and autumn 2013.  As well as trialing monitoring methods for non natives at aquaculture sites, Katie did a great deal of desk-top work investigating the current status of non-native monitoring and biosecurity in the UK in the context of proposed EU regulations.  Using the example of Didemnum vexillum in Holyhead marina as a case study she developed a manuscript which was submitted to the journal Marine Policy in December 2013. Katie has now just started a Masters degree in Australia funded by a highly competitive Australian scholarship. 

Katie`s accepted paper is entitled:

Sambrook K, Holt RHF, Griffith KM, Roche RC, Newstead R, Wyn G, Jenkins SR Capacity, capability and cross-border challenges associated with marine eradication programmes in Europe: the attempted eradication of an invasive non-native ascidian, Didemnum vexillum




30th January 2014 Fieldwork at Araca Bay, São Sebastião, São Paulo, Brazil

Taking Study Leave at the new marine science department of the Universidade Federal de São Paulo in Santos has proved immensely enjoyable so far.  I have discovered that my lack of patience does not work well when attempting to find ones way through the bureaucratic intricacies of visas, driving licences, car registrations etc etc in Brazil.  Thankfully my host Dr Ronaldo Christofoletti has infinitely better Portuguese and infinitely more patience than I do.


I have also discovered that the art of rocky shore ecology in Brazil is remarkably similar to that in the UK- lots of drilling.  Its just that its around thirty degrees hotter!