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Claire Widdicombe

Plankton Ecologist



Contact Details

clst23/11/2017 20:07:37@pml.ac.uk

Claire is a plankton ecologist with over 20 years research experience and over 50 publications relating to plankton biodiversity, community structure and ecosystem function. Specifically, Claire is highly skilled in plankton identification and has studied planktonic communities in temperate (N&S Atlantic, North Sea), tropical (Indian Ocean, Mauritanian upwelling) and polar (Antarctica) systems.

In 2005, Claire took over the responsibility for maintaining the long-term phyto- and microzooplankton Station L4 time-series dataset within Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Western Channel Observatory programme. This programme has been running for over 25 years and is a key resource in Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s efforts to identify and predict the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems. Her current research explores long-term trends in the diversity of phytoplankton communities so as to quantify the potential impacts of climate change (ocean acidification, rising temperatures and nutrient supply) on microbial communities.

Projects

S-3 EUROHAB - Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events

S-3 EUROHAB - Sentinel products for detecting EUtROphication and Harmful Algal Bloom events

Contact: Dr Gavin Tilstone

S-3 EUROHAB will use the latest satellite technology to improve the way water quality and harmful algal blooms (HABs) are monitored in the English...

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP)

Contact: Dr Paul Somerfield

The Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) will address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research. By bringing together existing data...

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Recent publications

  • Keys, M; Tilstone, GH; Findlay, HS; Widdicombe, CE; Lawson, T. 2017 Effects of elevated CO2 on phytoplankton community biomass and species composition during a spring Phaeocystis spp. bloom in the western English Channel. Harmful Algae, 67. 92-106. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hal.2017.06.005
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  • Mutshinda, CM; Finkel, ZV; Widdicombe, CE; Irwin, AJ. 2016 Ecological equivalence of species within phytoplankton functional groups. Functional Ecology, 30 (10). 1714-1722. 10.1111/1365-2435.12641
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  • Segura, AM; Calliari, D; Lan, BL; Fort, H; Widdicombe, CE; Harmer, RA; Arim, M. 2017 Community fluctuations and local extinction in a planktonic food web. Ecology Letters. 10.1111/ele.12749
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  • Lewandowska, AM; Biermann, A; Borer, ET; Cebrián-Piqueras, MA; Declerck, SAJ; De Meester, L; Van Donk, E; Gamfeldt, L; Gruner, DS; Hagenah, N; Harpole, WS; Kirkman, KP; Klausmeier, CA; Kleyer, M; Knops, JMH; Lemmens, P; Lind, EM; Litchman, E; Mantilla-Contreras, J; Martens, K; Meier, S; Minden, V; Moore, JL; Olde Venterink, H; Seabloom, EW; Sommer, U; Striebel, M; Trenkamp, A; Trinogga, J; Urabe, J; Vyverman, W; Van de Waal, DB; Widdicombe, CE; Hillebrand, H. 2016 The influence of balanced and imbalanced resource supply on biodiversity – functioning relationship across ecosystems. Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B, 371 (1694). 10.1098/rstb.2015.0283
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  • Clark, DR; Widdicombe, CE; Rees, AP; Woodward, EMS. 2016 The significance of nitrogen regeneration for new production within a filament of the Mauritanian upwelling system. Biogeosciences, 13. 2873-2888. 10.5194/bg-13-2873-2016
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  • Steele, DJ; Tarran, GA; Widdicombe, CE; Woodward, EMS; Kimmance, SA; Franklin, DJ; Airs, RL. 2015 Abundance of a chlorophyll a precursor and the oxidation product hydroxychlorophyll a during seasonal phytoplankton community progression in the Western English Channel. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 434-445. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.021
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Selected key publications

  • Rees, AP; Tait, K; Widdicombe, CE; Quartly, GD; McEvoy, AJ; Al-Moosawi, L. 2016. Metabolically active, non-nitrogen fixing,Trichodesmiumin in UK coastal waters during winter. Journal of Plankton Research, 38 (3). 673-678. 10.1093/plankt/fbv123
  • Atkinson, A; Harmer, RA; Widdicombe, CE; McEvoy, AJ; Smyth, TJ; Cummings, DG; Somerfield, PJ; Maud, JL; McConville, K. 2015. Questioning the role of phenology shifts and trophic mismatching in a planktonic food web. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 498-512. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.023
  • Widdicombe, CE; Eloire, D; Harbour, D; Harris, RP; Somerfield, PJ. 2010. Long-term phytoplankton community dynamics in the Western English Channel. Journal of Plankton Research, 32. 643 - 655. 10.1093/plankt/fbp127
  • Widdicombe, CE; Archer, SD; Burkill, PH; Stefels, J. 2004 Microzooplankton grazing in Phaeocystis and diatom-dominated waters in the southern North Sea in spring. Journal of Sea Research, 51. 37 - 51. 10.1016/j.seares.2003.04.004
  • Widdicombe, CE; Archer, SD; Burkill, PH; Widdicombe, S. 2002. Diversity and structure of the microplankton community during a coccolithophore bloom in the stratified northern North Sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 49 (15). 2887 - 2903. 10.1016/S0967-0645(02)00062-0

Other activities

  • Member of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group on Phytoplankton and Microbial Ecology (WGPME)
  • Member of the International Group for Marine Ecological Time-series (IGMETS)