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Dr Ana Queirós

Senior Benthic Ecologist

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Dr Ana M Queirós is a Senior Benthic Ecologist at PML, where she is involved in a diverse range of projects aimed at disentangling the impacts of global climate change on benthic biota and ecosystem processes, with a focus on blue carbon.

Ana is currently a Co-Investigator in the NERC-DEFRA Marine Ecosystems Research Programme, where she is leading benthic-pelagic coupling research into the role of coastal sediments, and the fauna within them, as potential sinks for carbon dioxide fixed by coastal seaweeds. This work is aimed to feed into the large efforts undertaken within the project to improve ecosystem models that are fit for purpose, and the estimation of ecosystem services provided by UK marine ecosystems.

Ana is also part of STEMM-CCS, an international project funded under the EU’s Horizons 2020 initiative looking into Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage. Carbon Capture and Storage is one of the key strategies highlighted in the 5th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that can support the decarbonisation of the global economy and halt detrimental global climate change.

Ana is also currently involved in:

The assessment of fauna-mediated ecosystem processes in Antarctic sediments exposed to ocean acidification:

The development of indicators for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, through the EU’s FP7 project DEVOTES:

The Western Channel Observatory, one of the longest and most complete ocean data time-series in the world:

You can follow Ana’s work on Twitter and Google Scholar:



SOLSTICE-WIO: Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean

Contact: Dr Dionysios Raitsos

SOLSTICE – WIO is a four year collaborative GCRF project that aims to strengthen capacity in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to address...


Strategies for Environmental Monitoring of Marine Carbon Capture and Storage (STEMM-CCS)

Contact: Jerry Blackford

STEMM-CCS is an ambitious multi-disciplinary project that will deliver new approaches, methodologies and tools for the safe operation of offshore...

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Other key projects

  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Ecosystem Modelling (UK Natural Environment Research Council’s National Capability, 2011-present)

Recent publications

  • Pettorelli, N; Schulte to Bühne, H; Tulloch, A; Dubois, G; Macinnis-Ng, C; Queiros, AM; Keith, DA; Wegmann, M; Schrodt, F; Stellmes, M; Sonnenschein, R; Geller, GN; Roy, S; Somers, B; Murray, N; Bland, L; Geijzendorffer, I; Kerr, JT; Broszeit, S; Leitão, PJ; Duncan, C; El Serafy, G; He, KS; Blanchard, JL; Lucas, R; Mairota, P; Webb, TJ; Nicholson, E; Rowcliffe, M; Disney, M. 2017 Satellite remote sensing of ecosystem functions: opportunities, challenges and way forward. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation. 10.1002/rse2.59
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  • Fernandes, JA; Papathanasopoulou, E; Hattam, C; Queiros, AM; Cheung, WWWL; Yool, A; Artioli, Y; Pope, EC; Flynn, KJ; Merino, G; Calosi, P; Beaumont, NJ; Austen, MC; Widdicombe, S; Barange, M. 2016 Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries. Fish and Fisheries, 18 (3). 389-411. 10.1111/faf.12183
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  • Coppock, RL; Cole, M; Lindeque, PK; Queiros, AM ; Galloway, TJ. 2017 A small-scale, portable method for extracting microplastics from marine sediments. Environmental Pollution, 230. 829-837. 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.07.017
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  • Ruhl, S; Calosi, P; Faulwetter, S; Keklikoglou, K; Widdicombe, S; Queiros, AM. 2017 Long-term exposure to elevated pCO2 more than warming modifies juvenile shell growth patterns in a temperate gastropod. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 10.1093/icesjms/fsw242
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  • Queiros, AM; Huebert, KB; Keyl, F; Fernandes, JA; Stolte, W; Maar, M; Kay, S; Jones, MC; Hamon, KG; Hendriksen, G; Vermard, Y; Marchal, P; Teal, LR; Somerfield, PJ; Austen, MC; Barange, M; Sell, AF; Allen, JI; Peck, MA. 2016 Solutions for ecosystem-level protection of ocean systems under climate change. Global Change Biology, 22. 3927-3936. 10.1111/gcb.13423
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  • Lessin, G; Artioli, Y; Queiros, AM; Widdicombe, S; Blackford, JC. 2016 Modelling impacts and recovery in benthic communities exposed to localised high CO2. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 109 (1). 267-280. 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.05.071
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Selected key publications

  • Queirós, A. M., K. B. Huebert, F. Keyl, J. A. Fernandes, W. Stolte, M. Maar, S. Kay, M. C. Jones, K. G. Hamon, G. Hendriksen, Y. Vermard, P. Marchal, L. R. Teal, P. J. Somerfield, M. C. Austen, M. Barange, A. F. Sell, I. J. Allen and M. A. Peck (2016). "Solutions for ecosystem-level protection of ocean systems under climate change." Global Change Biology 22: 3927–3936.
  • Fernandes, J. A., E. Papathanasopoulou, C. Hattam, A. M. Queirós, W. W. L. Cheung, A. Yool, Y. Artioli, E. C. Pope, K. J. Flynn, G. Merino, P. Calosi, N. Beaumont, M. C. Austen, S. Widdicombe and M. Barange (2016). "Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries." Fish and Fisheries 18: 389–411
  • Queirós, A. M., J. A. Strong, K. Mazik, J. Carstensen, J. Bruun, P. J. Somerfield, A. Bruhn, S. Ciavatta, R. Chuševė, H. Nygård, N. Papadopoulou, M. Pantazi and D. Krause-Jensen (2016). "An objective framework to test the quality of candidate indicators of good environmental status." Frontiers in Marine Science 3: 73.
  • Queirós, A. M., J. A. Fernandes, S. Faulwetter, J. Nunes, S. P. S. Rastrick, N. Mieszkowska, Y. Artioli, A. Yool, P. Calosi, C. Arvanitidis, H. S. Findlay, M. Barange, W. W. L. Cheung and S. Widdicombe (2015). "Scaling up experimental ocean acidification and warming research: from individuals to the ecosystem." Global Change Biology 21(1): 130-143.
  • Queirós, A. M., N. Stephens, R. Cook, C. Ravaglioli, J. Nunes, S. Dashfield, C. Harris, G. H. Tilstone, J. Fishwick, U. Braeckman, P. Somerfield and S. Widdicombe (2015). "Can benthic community structure be used to predict the process of bioturbation in real ecosystems?" Progress in Oceanography 137: 559–569.
  • Queirós, A. M., J. Bruggeman, N. Stephens, Y. Artioli, M. Butenschön, J. C. Blackford, S. Widdicombe, P. J. Somerfield and J. I. Allen (2015). "Placing biodiversity in ecosystem models without getting lost in translation." Journal of Sea Research 98: 83-90.