I am a Plankton Ecologist, and recently completed my PhD thesis. My recent research has focused on the marine copepod Calanus helgolandicus in the English Channel and its population dynamics, particularly mortality rates and sources.
Key findings include that;
Prior to my PhD research I worked as a biologist in the Ocean Technologies Lab. at Bath University on an international project to develop a robot fish with an artificial lateral line (FILOSE). My contribution involved measuring and analysing rainbow trout swimming behaviour and kinematics.
I have also worked for the UK Environment Agency in a number of roles including Climate Change Scientist, Marine Scientist and Pesticides Scientist. I returned to academia in 2011 as I felt the calling of hands-on scientific research.
I have a MSc. Marine Biology (with Distinction) from Bangor University and a BSc. (Hons.) Environmental Sciences from Newcastle University.
Contact: Dr Paul Somerfield
The Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP) will address key knowledge gaps in marine ecosystem research. By bringing together existing data...
Contact: Dr Tim Smyth
The Western Channel Observatory (WCO) is an oceanographic time-series and marine biodiversity reference site in the Western English Channel. In...
Maud, JL; Atkinson, A; Hirst, AG; Lindeque, PK; Widdicombe, CE; Harmer, RA; McEvoy, AJ; Cummings, DG. 2015 How does Calanus helgolandicus maintain its population in a variable environment? Analysis of a 25-year time series from the English Channel. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 513-523. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.028
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
White, DA; Widdicombe, CE; Somerfield, PJ; Airs, RL; Tarran, GA; Maud, JL; Atkinson, A. 2015 The combined effects of seasonal community succession and adaptive algal physiology on lipid profiles of coastal phytoplankton in the western English channel. Marine Chemistry. (In Press)