I’m currently a PhD student working on understanding how zooplankton migration patterns may be aiding carbon sequestration in our oceans.
In this PhD I aim to understand the vertical migration patterns being carried out by a range of zooplankton species. This will be done in a number of ways, initially I am aiming to find out where different zooplankton are found within the water column at different times of day. Following this I am hoping, that by using novel methods, I can determine migration behaviour on a individual level. This information can then be used to evaluate the role this behaviour plays in the active transport of carbon from the ocean surface to the interior.
My research is focused on three main areas: a transect carried out in the Scotia Sea allows me to compare zooplankton migrations and patterns across an area of differing regimes; The Arctic Ocean will be sampled in a similar manner and allow for a polar comparison; Loch Etive, Scotland will also be sampled in collaboration with SAMS. This sampling will enable the migration behaviour and physiological differences arising from migration to be better understood in the copepod, Calanus finmarchicus.
Prior to starting my PhD, I graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences with study abroad (university of Queensland) from the University of Exeter. During my time as an undergraduate I carried out a project looking into the impact of copper and hypoxia had upon developing zebrafish. I then went on to a Masters by Research degree at the University of Exeter where I focused on the impacts of microplastics. Specifically, I looked at the impact ingestion of microplastics may have upon native sea squirts.
The University of East Anglia
The Scottish Association of Marine Science
Fitzgerald, J. A., Jameson, H. M., Dewar Fowler, V. H., Bond, G. L., Bickley, L. K., Uren Webster, T. M., Bury, N. R., Wilson, R. J., and Santos, E. M. (2016) Hypoxia Suppressed Copper Toxicity during Early Development in Zebrafish Embryos in a Process Mediated by the Activation of the HIF Signaling PathwayEnvironmental Science & Technology 50 (8), 4502-4512 doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01472