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Saskia Ruhl

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow

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Saskia Rühl started her career in marine research at the University of Hull, where she carried out a BSc Coastal Marine Biology. She then went on to complete an MRes Marine Biology at Plymouth University, during which she completed a 9-month independent research project aimed to investigate the effects of long-term exposure to ocean acidification and warming on shell growth patterns in juvenile gastropods. In the year leading up to the start of her PhD, she worked at PML as part of the Marine Ecology and Biodiversity group. Between 2016 and 2020, Saskia carried out her PhD titled “Temporal variability in benthic-pelagic exchanges: Seasonal cycles, inter-and multiannual variability, and long-term climate change driven trends” at PML and Southampton University.

Saskia is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, where she investigates plankton and marine snow in European coastal and shelf seas using a combination of pictorial, oceanographic and biochemical data sets.


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...

Other key projects

  • Changing Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS)
  • Joint European Research Infrastructure of Coastal Observatories: Science, Service, Sustainability (JERICO-S3)

Selected key publications

  • Rühl, S., Thompson, C., Queirós, A.M., & Widdicombe, S. (2020): Missing links in the study of solute and particle exchange between the sea floor and water column. ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsaa060
  • Queirós, A.M., Stephens, N., Widdicombe, S., Tait, K., McCoy, S.J., Ingels, J., Rühl, S., Airs, R., Beesley, A., Carnovale, G., Cazenave, P., Dashfield, S., Hua, E., Jones, M., Lindeque, P., McNeill, C.L., Nunes, J., Parry, H., Pascoe, C., Widdicombe, C., Smyth, T., Atkinson, A., Krause‐Jensen, D., & Somerfield, P.J. (2019): Connected macroalgal‐sediment systems: blue carbon and food webs in the deep coastal ocean. Ecological Monographs 89( 3):e01366, doi:10.1002/ecm.1366
  • Ravaglioli, C., Bulleri, F., Rühl, S., McCoy, S.J., Findlay, H.S., Widdicombe, S., & Queirós, A.M. (2019): Ocean acidification and hypoxia alter organic carbon fluxes in marine soft sediments. Global change biology, 25:12, 4165-4178, doi:10.1111/gcb.14806
  • Rühl, S., Calosi, P., Faulwetter, S., Keklikoglou, K., Widdicombe, S., & Queirós, A.M. (2017): Long-term exposure to elevated pCO2 more than warming modifies early-life shell growth in a temperate gastropod. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74:4, 1113-1124, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsw242