Dr Cecilia Liszka is a biological oceanographer with particular interests in Southern Ocean zooplankton ecology, the role of zooplankton in ecosystem processes and carbon cycling and the response of pelagic ecosystems to environmental change.
Cecilia conducted her PhD jointly between the British Antarctic Survey and University of East Anglia, where she investigated the role of zooplankton in active carbon flux in the Southern Ocean. She subsequently held a fixed term post-doctoral position at the University of East Anglia, working on the REMAIN project (REMineralisation of organic carbon by marine bActerIoplanktoN).
She currently holds a post-doctoral position in the Ecosystems team at the British Antarctic Survey where she is working on the zooplankton of the South Sandwich Islands.
Previously, she has also worked in the climate change sector managing multi-stakeholder projects and working closely with climate and energy policy development and delivery.
2018 NERC funded PhD in Biological Oceanography, British Antarctic Survey & University of East Anglia
Thesis: Zooplankton-mediated carbon flux in the Southern Ocean: influence of community structure, metabolism and behaviour
Supervisors: Professor Geraint Tarling, Dr Clara Manno, Dr Carol Robinson and Dr Gabriele Stowasser
Examiners: Professor Corinne le Quéré (UEA) and Dr Hauke Flores (AWI)
2014 MSc Environmental Sciences with Distinction, University of East Anglia, UK
Dissertation: Elucidating the physiological role of rhodopsin proton pumps in marine dinoflagellates
2005 MA Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
My interests in biological oceanography stem from the importance of plankton in the global climate system and carbon cycling, and the sensitivity of marine ecosystems to environmental changes. I am particularly interested in polar marine ecosystem research because of the vital role of polar oceans in current and future climate.
During my PhD I investigated the role of zooplankton on active carbon flux in the Southern Ocean, with particular focus on diel vertical migration, zooplankton community structure and faecal pellet export. For my MSc thesis I studied the physiological role of rhodopsin as a putative alternative ATP pathway in a temperate, and a bi-polar species of dinoflagellate.
My current research interests are on the zooplankton ecology of the waters around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and the environmental variables driving observed zooplankton distributions and abundances.
I retain ongoing interests in all of the above projects and would be open to discussing any potential collaborations.
Details of previous research and reports can be found on Research Gate and LinkedIn:
Liszka, Cecilia, Manno, Clara, Stowasser, Gabriele, Robinson, Carol, Tarling, Geraint. (2019) Mesozooplankton community composition controls faecal pellet flux and remineralisation depth in the Southern Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6. 10.3389/fmars.2019.00230
Liszka, Cecilia. (2018) Zooplankton-mediated carbon flux in the Southern Ocean: influence of community structure, metabolism and behaviour. University of East Anglia, PhD thesis