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Sophie has worked for Cefas since 2003, mainly as a Plankton ecologist with a view to undertake research into the role of zooplankton in the marine ecosystem and its influence on fisheries. She has experience in the analysis of long-term time series and in 2005, Sophie won an associate researcher grant with SAHFOS as a result of collaboration and gained knowledge of CPR data. Her research include studies on the impact of climate change on the recruitment of commercial marine fish species and the development of Individual Based models. More recently Sophie has developed an interest in gelatinous plankton, including the spread of non-native species and their impact on invaded ecosystems. She is currently leading on Defra contract to optimize the monitoring of zooplankton with the aim to satisfy the needs of modelers and policy makers, and is increasingly involved in the design of a new UK monitoring program for plankton. Sophie has authored 20 scientific papers to date.

I collaborated with Prof. Kerry Turner (ENV) and Dr Tiziana Luisetti as part of the MEMO project (Interreg IVa 2seas, 2010-2013), based on a socio-economic study concerning observed nuisances and potential problems caused by gelatinous plankton. I currently co-supervise a PhD student, Rebecca Wright, with Prof. Corrinne Le Quere (ENV). This PhD study aims to quantify the role of climate change on the occurrence of jellyfish blooms in the world’s oceans. To do this it will use a combination of data analysis, ecosystem modelling and economic valuation. 

Additional Contacts

I work at Cefas in the Pelagic Science Team
CEFAS Lowestoft Laboratory
Pakefield Road
NR33 0HT
Tel. 01502 527785

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

External positions

Plankton ecologist, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science

Nov 2003 → …

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