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Elaine Fileman

Elaine Fileman

Plankton Ecologist

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Elaine Fileman has worked as a Plankton Ecologist at PML since 1989, she is specifically interested in the ecology of tiny single cells known as microzooplankton, what they eat and what eats them. Her research has examined the relationships between these planktonic predators and their prey in a range of ecosystems from the coastal waters off Plymouth to the oligotrophic Indian Ocean and the productive waters of the Antarctic. Her most recent research activities include the application of automated imaging of plankton using FlowCAM to assess feeding rates and diversity of zooplankton communities; an investigation into the occurrence of protective UV-protective compounds in zooplankton; the bioavailability of microplastic particles within the plankton of coastal waters.

Elaine has more than 35 peer reviewed publications, has participated in 12 oceanographic research cruises and has co-supervised 4 PhD students. She is an Education Outreach Officer for Plymouth Marine Laboratory and is the point of contact for schools outreach. She coordinates PML's activities for British Science Week and actively participates in STEM related activities to inspire and encourage children to study science.

  • Cole, MJ, Lindeque, P, Fileman, ES, Halsband, C, Goodhead, R, Moger, J, Galloway, TS. 2013. Microplastic ingestion by zooplankton. Environmental Science & Technology 47 (12), 6646-6655
  • Cole, MJ, Lindeque, PK, Fileman, ES, Halsband, C, Galloway, TSG. 2015. The impact of polystyrene microplastics on feeding, function and fecundity in the marine copepod Calanus helgolandicus. Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (2). 1130-1137. 10.1021/es504525u
  • Fileman, ES, Lindeque, PK, Harmer, RA, Halsband, C, Atkinson, A. 2014. Feeding rates and prey selectivity of planktonic decapod larvae in the Western English Channel. Marine Biology, 161 (11). 2479-2494. 10.1007/s00227-014-2520-9

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