Dr Ana Queirós

Senior Benthic Ecologist

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Dr Ana M Queirós is a Senior Benthic Ecologist at PML, where she is involved in a diverse range of projects aimed at disentangling the impacts of global climate change on benthic biota and ecosystem processes, with a focus on blue carbon.

Ana is currently a Co-Investigator in the NERC-DEFRA Marine Ecosystems Research Programme, where she is leading benthic-pelagic coupling research into the role of coastal sediments, and the fauna within them, as potential sinks for carbon dioxide fixed by coastal seaweeds. This work is aimed to feed into the large efforts undertaken within the project to improve ecosystem models that are fit for purpose, and the estimation of ecosystem services provided by UK marine ecosystems.

Ana is also part of STEMM-CCS, an international project funded under the EU’s Horizons 2020 initiative looking into Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage. Carbon Capture and Storage is one of the key strategies highlighted in the 5th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that can support the decarbonisation of the global economy and halt detrimental global climate change.

Ana is also currently involved in:

The assessment of fauna-mediated ecosystem processes in Antarctic sediments exposed to ocean acidification: http://www.antarctica.gov.au/science/human-impacts/foce-experiment.

The development of indicators for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, through the EU’s FP7 project DEVOTES: http://www.devotes-project.eu/.

The Western Channel Observatory, one of the longest and most complete ocean data time-series in the world: http://www.westernchannelobservatory.org.uk/

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Key Projects

STrategies for the Environmental Monitoring of Marine CCS (European Community’s Horizons 2020, 2016-2020, STEMM-CCS)

MERP: Marine Ecosystems Research Program (UK Natural Environment Research Council, 2014-)

Western Channel Observatory (UK Natural Environment Research Council’s National Capability, 2011-present)

Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Ecosystem Modelling (UK Natural Environment Research Council’s National Capability, 2011-present)

DEVOTES: Development of innovative tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status (European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, 2012-present)

VECTORS: Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, 2011-present)

VALMER: Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel (INTERREG IV A, 2012 - present)

ECO2: Sub-seabed CO2 Storage: Impact on Marine Ecosystems (European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme, 2011-present)

QICS: Quantifying and Monitoring Potential Ecosystem Impacts of Geological carbon Storage. (Natural Environmental Research Council, 2012-2014)

UKOA: Benthic consortium of the UK Ocean Acidification (Natural Environment Research Council, 2011-2013)


Smale, D. A., P. J. Moore, A. M. Queirós, N. D. Higgs and M. T. Burrows (in press). "Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to Blue Carbon management." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

AM Queirós, KB Huebert, F Keyl, JA Fernandes, W Stolte, M Maar, S Kay, MC Jones, LR Teal, KG Hamon, G Hendriksen, Y Vermard, P Marchal, PJ Somerfield, MC Austen, M Barange, AF Sell, JI Allen and MA Peck (2016). Solutions for ecosystem-level protection of ocean systems against climate change. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13423

Papathanasopoulou E, AM Queirós, N Beaumont, T Hooper and J Nunes (in press). What are the local impacts of energy systems on marine ecosystem services: A systematic map. Env Evidence

Rastelli, E, C Corinaldesi, A Dell'Anno, T Amaro, S. Greco, ML Martire, L Carugati, AM Queirós, S Widdicombe, and R Danovaro. 2016. CO2 leakage from carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) systems affects organic matter cycling in surface marine sediments (in press). Mar Env Res.
Lynam, CP, L Uusitalo, J Patrício, C Piroddi, AM Queirós, H Teixeira, AG Rossberg, Y Sagarminaga, K Hyder, N Niquil, C Möllmann, C Wilson, G Chust, I Galparsoro, R Forster, H Verissimo, L Tedesco, M Revilla, and S Neville. (in press). Uses of innovative modelling tools within the implementation of the marine strategy framework directive. Front Mar Sci. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00182
Fernandes JA, E Papathanasopoulou, C Hattam, AM Queirós, WWL Cheung, A Yool, Y Artioli, EC Pope, KJ Flynn, G Merino, P Calosi, N Beaumont, MC Austen, S Widdicombe, M Barange (in press). Fish & Fisheries.
Lessin G, Y Artioli, AM Queirós, S Widdicombe and J Blackford. Impacts and recovery in benthic communities exposed to localised high CO2: a modelling study (2016). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 109: 267–280.
Watson SCL, DM Paterson, AM Queirós, AP Rees, N Stephens, S Widdicombe and NJ Beaumont (2016). A Conceptual Framework for Assessing the Ecosystem Service of Waste Remediation: In the Marine Environment. Ecosystem Services. 20: 69–81.

Queirós, A. M., J. A. Strong, K. Mazik, J. Carstensen, J. Bruun, P. J. Somerfield, A. Bruhn, S. Ciavatta, R. Chuševė, and H. Nygård. 2016. An objective framework to test the quality of candidate indicators of good environmental status. Frontiers in Marine Science 3:73.
Ruhl, S, P Calosi, S Falwetter, N Keklikoglou, S Widdicombe and AM Queirós (in press) Long-term exposure to ocean acidification more than warming modifies juvenile shell growth patterns in a temperate gastropod. ICES Journal of Marine Science.
Papathanasopoulou, E., N Beaumont, T  Hooper, J Nunes & AM Queirós (2015). Energy systems and their impacts on marine ecosystem services. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 52, 917-926.
Fernandes, J.A., Santos, L., Vance, T., Fileman, T., Smith, D., Bishop, J.D., Viard, F., Queirós, A.M., Merino, G., Buisman, E. and Austen, M.C., 2016. Costs and benefits to European shipping of ballast-water and hull-fouling treatment: Impacts of native and non-indigenous species. Marine Policy, 64, pp.148-155.

Orland, C, AM Queirós, JI Spicer, CL McNeill, S Higgins, S Goldworthy, T Zananiri, L Archer, and Stephen Widdicombe. Application of computer-aided tomography techniques to visualize kelp holdfast structure reveals the importance of habitat complexity for supporting marine biodiversity (2016). J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 477: 47-56.

Payne, M. R., M. Barange, W. W. Cheung, B. R. Mackenzie, H. P. Batchelder, X. Cormon, T. D. Eddy, J. A. Fernandes, A. Hollowed, M. C. Jones, J. S. Link, P. Neubauer, I. Ortiz, A. D. M. Queirós, and J. R. Paula. in press. Uncertainties in projecting climate change impacts in marine ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science

DG Jones, SE Beaubien, JC Blackford, EM Foekema, J Lions, C De Vittor, JM West, S Widdicombe, C Hauton, AM Queirós (in press) Developments since 2005 in understanding potential environmental impacts of CO2 leakage from geological storage. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control.

Lyons, Devin; Arvanitidis, Christos; Blight, Andrew; Chatzinikolaou, Eva; Guy-Haim, Tamar; Kotta, Jonne; Queirós, Ana; Rilov, Gil; Somerfield, Paul; Crowe, Tasman. In press There are no whole truths in meta-analyses: all their truths are half truths." Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12989

T Smyth, A Atkinson, S Widdicombe, M Frost, JI Allen, J Fishwick, AM Queirós, D Sims, M Barange (in press). The Western Channel Observatory. Progress in Oceanography.

JA Strong, E Andonegi, KC Bizsel, R Danovaro, M Elliott, A Franco, E Garces, S Little, K Mazik, S Moncheva, N Papadopoulou, J Patrício, AM Queirós, C Smith, K Stefanova, O Solaun (2015) Marine biodiversity and ecosystem function relationships: The potential for practical monitoring applications. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science. DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.04.008

Queirós, A. M., N. Stephens, R. Cook, C. Ravaglioli, J. Nunes, S. Dashfield, C. Harris, G. H. Tilstone, J. Fishwick, U. Braeckman, P. Somerfield, and S. Widdicombe. (in press). Can benthic community structure be used to predict the process of bioturbation in real ecosystems? Progress in Oceanography. DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.027

Queirós, A. M., K. Norling, T. Amaro, J. Nunes, D. Cummings, E. Yakushev, K. Sorensen, C. Harris, M. Woodward, R. Danovaro, E. Rastelli, E. Alve, C. De Vittor, A. Karuza, T. Cibic, M. Monti, G. Ingrosso, D. Fornasaro, S. E. Beaubien, K. Guilini, A. Vanreusel, M. Molari, A. Boetius, A. Ramette, F. Wenzhöfer, D. de Beer, M. Weber, S. Grünke, N. Bigalke, and S. Widdicombe. 2014. Potential impact of CCS leakage on marine communities. Plymouth marine Laboratory. Kiel, Germany. 86 pp.

Queirós, A. M., P. Taylor, A. Cowles, A. Reynolds, S. Widdicombe, and H. Stahl. (2014). Optical assessment of impact and recovery of sedimentary pH profiles in ocean acidification and carbon capture and storage research. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.10.018.

Queirós, A. M., J. Bruggeman, N. Stephens, Y. Artioli, M. Butenschön, J. C. Blackford, S. Widdicombe, P. J. Somerfield, and J. I. Allen. In press. Placing biodiversity in ecosystem models without getting lost in translation. Journal of Sea Research.

Queirós, A. M., J. A. Fernandes, S. Faulwetter, J. Nunes, S. P. S. Rastrick, N. Mieszkowska, Y. Artioli, A. Yool, P. Calosi, C. Arvanitidis, H. S. Findlay, M. Barange, W. W. L. Cheung, and S. Widdicombe. 2014. Scaling up experimental ocean acidification and warming research: from individuals to the ecosystem. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12675

Lyons, D. A., C. Arvanitidis, A. J. Blight, E. Chatzinikolaou, T. Guy-Haim, J. Kotta, H. Orav-Kotta, A. M. Queirós, G. Rilov, P. J. Somerfield, and T. P. Crowe. 2014. Macroalgal blooms alter community structure and primary productivity in marine ecosystems. Global Change Biology. 20: 2712–2724.
Queirós, A.M., Birchenough, S., Bremner, J., Godbold, J.A., Parker, R., Romero-Ramirez, A., Reiss, H., Solan, M., Somerfield, P.J., Colen, C.V., Hoey, G.V. & Widdicombe, S. (2013). A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates. Ecology & Evolution. 3:3958-3985
Findlay, H. S., A. Beesley, S. Dashfield, C. L. McNeill, J. Nunes, A. M. Queirós, and E. M. S. Woodward. 2013. UKOA Benthic Consortium, PML intertidal mesocosm experimental environment dataset.in P. M. Laboratory, editor., British Oceanographic Data Centre - Natural Environment Research Council, UK.

Queirós, A.M., McLay, A., Weetman, A. & Dobby, H.  (2013). Variation of size at the onset of maturity of male and female Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L., Homarida: Decapoda), in Scottish waters. Fisheries Researc. 139: 132-144.

ICES (2012). Report of the Study Group on Climate related Benthic processes in the North Sea (SGCBNS), 29–29 October 2012. ICES CM 2012/SSGEF:14. 21 pp

Rilov, G., Mant, R., Lyons, D., Bulleri, F., Benedetti-Cecchi, L., Kotta, J., Queirós, A.M., Chatzinikolaou, E., Crowe, T. & Guy-Haim, T. (2012). How strong is the effect of invasive ecosystem engineers on the distribution patterns of local species, the local and regional biodiversity and ecosystem functions? Environmental Evidence 1: 10.

Queirós A.M., Hiddink J.G., Johnson G., Cabral H.N. & Kaiser M.J. (2011). Context dependence of marine ecosystem engineer invasion impacts on benthic ecosystem functioning. Biological Invasions 13: 1059-1075.

Queirós A.M., Hiddink J.G., Hinz H. & Kaiser M.J. (2006). The effects of chronic bottom trawling disturbance on benthic biomass, production and size spectra in different habitats.  Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 335: 91-103

Hiddink J.G., Jennings S., Kaiser M.J., Queirós A.M., Duplisea D.E. & Piet G.J. (2006). Cumulative impacts of seabed trawl disturbance on benthic biomass, production and species richness in different habitats. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63: 721-736.

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