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Dr Angus Atkinson

Plankton Ecologist



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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

aat21/10/2017 06:02:43@pml.ac.uk

Dr Angus Atkinson is a marine ecologist with over 25 years of research experience and over 100 publications.

He currently leads the plankton ecology group at PML and co-leads the NERC-funded Western Channel Observatory, where is responsible for the delivery of plankton data from this valuable 25-year time series.

Before 2012 Dr Atkinson worked at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge where he studied the distribution, feeding and energy budgets of zooplankton, particularly copepods and Antarctic krill.

Angus' current research interests lie in bentho-pelagic coupling, involving zooplankton vertical migration and gravitational fluxes, phenology shifts and seasonal succession in plankton communities, zooplankton feeding and pelagic food webs, as well as the role of zooplankton in biogeochemical cycles, particularly in modifying nutrient ratios in particulate matter.

 

Other key projects

NERC Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry Programme (SSB): Co-leader of grazing module 4 of the pelagic component of SSB

NERC Marine Ecosystems Research Programme (MERP): leader of fieldwork module 2

Western Channel Observatory time series
 


Recent publications

  • Fileman, ES; White, DA; Harmer, RA; Aytan, U; Tarran, GA; Smyth, TJ; Atkinson, A. 2017 Stress of life at the ocean’s surface: Latitudinal patterns of UV sunscreens in plankton across the Atlantic [in special issue: Atlanic Meridional Transect] Progress in Oceanography. 10.1016/j.pocean.2017.01.001
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  • Tarling, GA; Hill, SL; Peat, H; Fielding, S; Reiss C, c; Atkinson, A. 2016 Growth and shrinkage in Antarctic krill Euphausia superba is sex-dependent. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 547. 61-78. 10.3354/meps11634
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  • Polimene, L; Mitra, A; Sailley, SF; Ciavatta, S; Widdicombe, CE; Atkinson, A; Allen, JI. 2015 Decrease in diatom palatability contributes to bloom formation in the Western English Channel. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 484-497. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.026
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  • Maud, JL; Atkinson, A; Hirst, AG; Lindeque, PK; Widdicombe, CE; Harmer, RA; McEvoy, AJ; Cummings, DG. 2015 How does Calanus helgolandicus maintain its population in a variable environment? Analysis of a 25-year time series from the English Channel. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 513-523. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.028
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  • Atkinson, A; Harmer, RA; Widdicombe, CE; McEvoy, AJ; Smyth, TJ; Cummings, DG; Somerfield, PJ; Maud, JL; McConville, K. 2015 Questioning the role of phenology shifts and trophic mismatching in a planktonic food web. Progress in Oceanography, 137. 498-512. 10.1016/j.pocean.2015.04.023
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  • Lindeque, PK; Parry, HE; Harmer, RA; Somerfield, PJ; Atkinson, A. 2013 Next Generation Sequencing Reveals the Hidden Diversity of Zooplankton Assemblages. PLoS ONE, 8 (11). e81327. 10.1371/journal.pone.0081327
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Selected key publications

Atkinson A, Hill SH, Barange M, Pakhomov EA, Raubenheimer D, Schmidt K, Simpson SJ, Reiss C (2014) Sardine cycles, krill declines and locust plagues: revisiting “wasp-waist” food webs. Trend in Ecology and Evolution 29: 309-316

Smyth TJ, Allen I, Atkinson A, Bruun JT, Harmer RA, Pingree RD, Widdicombe CE, Somerfield PJ (2014) Ocean net heat flux influences seasonal to interannual patterns of plankton abundance PLoS One 9(6) e98709

Schmidt K, Atkinson A, Pond DW, Ireland LC (2014). Feeding and overwintering of Antarctic krill across its major habitats: the role of sea ice cover, water depth, and phytoplankton abundance. Limnol Oceanogr 59: 17-36.

Lindeque PK, Parry HE, Harmer RA, Somerfield PJ, Atkinson, A (2013) Next generation sequencing reveals the hidden diversity of zooplankton assemblages. PLoS One 8 (11) e81327

Atkinson A, Fileman E, Widdicombe C, Harmer R, McEvoy A, Harris R, Smyth T (2013) 7.5 Plymouth L4 (Site 48) In: O’ Brien TD, Wiebe PH, Falkenhaug T (Eds) ICES Zooplankton Status Report 2010/2011. ICES Cooperative Research Report No. 318, p 127-131.

Hill SL, Phillips A, Atkinson A (2013) potential climate change effects on the habitat of Antarctic krill in the Weddell quadrant of the Southern Ocean PLoS One 8 (8) e72246

Flores H, Atkinson A and others (2012) Krill and Climate Change. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 458: 1-19

Atkinson A, Nicol S, Kawaguchi S, Pakhomov EA, Quetin LB, Ross RM, Hill S,Reiss C, Siegel V (2012) Fitting Euphausia superba into Southern Ocean food web models: a review of data sources and their limitations. CCAMLR Science 19: 219-245.

Atkinson A, Ward P, Hunt BPV, Pakhomov EA, Hosie GW (2012) An overview of Southern Ocean zooplankton data: abundance, biomass, feeding and functional relationships. CAMLR Science 19: 171-218

Mackey AP, Atkinson A, Hill SL, Ward P, Cunningham NJ, Johnston NM, Murphy EJ (2012) Antarctic macrozooplankton of the southwest Atlantic sector and Bellingshausen Sea: baseline historical distributions (Discovery Investigations, 1928-1935) related to temperature and food, with projections for subsequent ocean warming Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 130-146

Hill SL, Lees K, Atkinson A, Murphy EJ (2012) A foodweb model to explore uncertainties in the South Georgia shelf pelagic ecosystem. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 237-252

Stowasser G, Atkinson A, McGill RAR, Phillips RA, Collins MA, Pond DW (2012) Food web dynamics in the Scotia Sea in summer: a stable isotope study. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 208-221

Venables, HJ, Meredith MP, Atkinson A, Ward P (2012) Fronts and habitat zones in the Scotia Sea. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 14-24.

Schmidt K, Atkinson A, Venables HJ, Pond DW (2012) Early spawning of Antarctic krill in the Scotia Sea is fuelled by “superfluous feeding” on non-ice-associated phytoplankton blooms. Deep-Sea Research II 59/60: 159-172

Atkinson A, Schmidt K, Fielding S, Kawaguchi S, Geissler P (2012) Variable food absorption by Antarctic krill: relationships between diet, egestion rate and the composition and sinking rates of their fecal pellets. Deep-Sea Research II 59/60: 147-158

Whitehouse, MJ, Atkinson A, Korb RE, Venables HJ, Pond DW, Gordon M (2012) Substantial primary production in the land-remote region of the central and northern Scotia Sea. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 47-56 

Ward P, Atkinson A, Venables HJ, Tarling GA, Whitehouse MJ, Fielding S, Collins MA, Korb, RE, Black A, Stowasser G, Schmidt K, Thorpe S, Enderlein (2012) Food web structure and bioregions in the Scotia Sea: a seasonal synthesis. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 253-266

Ward P, Atkinson A, Tarling GA (2012) Mesozooplankton community structure and variability in the Scotia Sea: a seasonal comparison. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 78-92

Venables, HJ, Meredith MP, Atkinson A, Ward P (2012) Fronts and habitat zones in the Scotia Sea. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 14-24.

Stowasser G, Atkinson A, McGill RAR, Phillips RA, Collins MA, Pond DW (2012) Food web dynamics in the Scotia Sea in summer: a stable isotope study. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 208-221

Hill SL, Lees K, Atkinson A, Murphy EJ (2012) A foodweb model to explore uncertainties in the South Georgia shelf pelagic ecosystem. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 237-252

Mackey AP, Atkinson A, Hill SL, Ward P, Cunningham NJ, Johnston NM, Murphy EJ (2012) Antarctic macrozooplankton of the southwest Atlantic sector and Bellingshausen Sea: baseline historical distributions (Discovery Investigations, 1928-1935) related to temperature and food, with projections for subsequent ocean warming Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 130-146

Tarling GA, Ward P, Atkinson A, Collins MA, Murphy EJ (2012) DISCOVERY 2010: spatial and temporal variability in a dynamic polar ecosystem. Deep-Sea Res II 59/60: 1-13

Atkinson A, Ward P, Hunt BPV, Pakhomov EA, Hosie GW (2012) An overview of Southern Ocean zooplankton data: abundance, biomass, feeding and functional relationships. CAMLR Science 19: 171-218

Atkinson A, Nicol S, Kawaguchi S, Pakhomov EA, Quetin LB, Ross RM, Hill S,Reiss C, Siegel V (2012) Fitting Euphausia superba into Southern Ocean food web models: a review of data sources and their limitations. CCAMLR Science 19: 219-245.

Flores H, Atkinson A, Rebolledo E, Cirelli V, Cuzin-Roudy J, Fielding S, van Franeker JA, Groeneveld JJ, Haraldsson M, Kawaguchi S, Krafft BA, Lombana A, Marschoff E, Meyer B, Milinevsky G, Nicol S, Pakhomov EA, Vande Pute AP, Reiss C, Rombolá E, Schmidt K, Siegel V, Tarling GA, Teschke M, Tonkes H, Toullec J-Y, Trathan PN, Tremblay N, Werner R, Werner T. (2012) Krill and Climate Change. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 458: 1-19

Murphy EJ, Watkins JL, Reid K, Meredith MP, Hill S, Thorpe SE, Johnston, N, Clarke A, Tarling G, Collins M, Forcada J, Atkinson A, Ward P, Staniland I, Pond D, Cavanagh R, Shreeve R, Korb R, Whitehouse M, Rodhouse PG, Enderlein P, Hirst A, Martin A, Briggs ID, Cunningham N, Fleming A (2012) Spatial and temporal operation of the Scotia Sea ecosystem. In Rogers AD, Johnston NM, Murphy EJ, Clarke A (Eds) Antarctic ecosystems: an extreme environment in a changing world. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 201 pp

Hill SL, Phillips A, Atkinson A (2013) potential climate change effects on the habitat of Antarctic krill in the Weddell quadrant of the Southern Ocean PLoS One 8 (8) e72246 doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0072246  

Lindeque PK, Parry HE, Harmer RA, Somerfield PJ, Atkinson, A (2013) Next generation sequencing reveals the hidden diversity of zooplankton assemblages. PLoS One 8 (11) e81327 

Atkinson A, Siegel, V, Pakhomov EA, Rothery P, Loeb V, Ross RM, Quetin LB, Schmidt K, Fretwell P, Murphy EJ, Tarling GA, Fleming AH (2008) Oceanic circumpolar habitats of Antarctic krill. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 362: 1-23  Atkinson A, Siegel V, Pakhomov EA, Jessopp MJ, Loeb V (2008) A re-appraisal of the total biomass and annual production of Antarctic krill. Deep-Sea Res I 56: 727-740.

Atkinson A, Schmidt K, Fielding S, Kawaguchi S, Geissler PA (2012) Variable food absorption by Antarctic krill: relationships between diet, egestion rate and the composition and sinking rates of their fecal pellets. Deep-Sea Res II 59: 147-158. 

Other activities

External responsibilities:

Associate Editor, Marine Biology

Associate Editor, Polar Biology

Current Guest editor, Progress in Oceanography

Member of the ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology

Member of NERC Peer review College