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Dr Ana Queirós

Senior Benthic Ecologist

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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:

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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

  • 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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  • Orland, C; Queiros, AM; Spicer, JI; McNeill, CL; Higgins, S; Goldworthy, S; Zananiri, T; Archer, L; Widdicombe, S. 2016 Application of computer-aided tomography techniques to visualize kelp holdfast structure reveals the importance of habitat complexity for supporting marine biodiversity. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 477. 47-56. 10.1016/j.jembe.2016.01.003
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Selected key publications

  • Smale, D. A., P. J. Moore, A. M. Queirós, N. D. Higgs and M. T. Burrows (in press). "Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to Blue Carbon management." Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Queirós, A. M., P. Taylor, A. Cowles, A. Reynolds, S. Widdicombe, and H. Stahl. (2014). Optical assessment of impact and recovery of sedimentary pH profiles in ocean acidification and carbon capture and storage research. International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 10.1016/j.ijggc.2014.10.018.
  • 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. 2014. Scaling up experimental ocean acidification and warming research: from individuals to the ecosystem. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12675
  • Queirós, A.M., Birchenough, S., Bremner, J., Godbold, J.A., Parker, R., Romero-Ramirez, A., Reiss, H., Solan, M., Somerfield, P.J., Colen, C.V., Hoey, G.V. & Widdicombe, S. (2013). A bioturbation classification of European marine infaunal invertebrates. Ecology & Evolution. 3:3958-3985
  • Queirós, A.M., McLay, A., Weetman, A. & Dobby, H. (2013). Variation of size at the onset of maturity of male and female Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L., Homarida: Decapoda), in Scottish waters. Fisheries Research. 139: 132-144.
  • Queirós A.M., Hiddink J.G., Johnson G., Cabral H.N. & Kaiser M.J. (2011). Context dependence of marine ecosystem engineer invasion impacts on benthic ecosystem functioning. Biological Invasions 13: 1059-1075.
  • Queirós A.M., Hiddink J.G., Hinz H. & Kaiser M.J. (2006). The effects of chronic bottom trawling disturbance on benthic biomass, production and size spectra in different habitats. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 335: 91-103