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Dr Ana M Queirós

Marine and Climate Change Ecologist

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+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)


Dr Ana Queirós has is an internationally recognised expert on seaweed blue carbon and climate change ecology, with expertise in field, laboratory and modelling based approaches.

Ana is working specifically on helping to manage ocean habitats through the advancement of our understanding of global blue carbon capacity and the identification of ecosystem-level climate signals. She recently published the first field-based quantification of sedimentary seaweed carbon sequestration in the wild, highlighting the need for joint conservation of seaweed and sedimentary habitats.

Ana has an extensive track record in the development of nature-based solutions for ocean management, and is leading research within globally distributed programmes that aim to help practitioners build climate resilience into marine conservation, restoration, harvesting and marine spatial planning, including important blue carbon habitat management (e.g. UNESCO Man & Biosphere programme collaborations).

Her work is presently funded through various NERC, UKRI GCRF, EMFF, H2020, and Copernicus programmes, in the UK, the EU, Tanzania, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, with broader collaborations world-wide. She has presented on these subjects at the United Nations Climate Change Conference since COP22. Google h-index 28, i-10 index = 48, >3,000 cites (October 2021)..




FutureMARES: Climate Change and Future Marine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity

Contact: Dr Ana M Queirós

FutureMARES is examining the relations between climate change, marine biodiversity and ecosystem services. The goal of the project is to...


Artificial Light in Coastal Ecosystems (ALICE)

Contact: Dr Tim Smyth

Artificial light at night (ALAN) can now be detected above 22% of the world’s coasts, and will dramatically increase as coastal human...

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Other key projects

  • Marine Spatial Planning Addressing Climate Effects (MSPACE) - Sustainable Management of Marine Resources (
  • FutureMARES – EU Climate Change and Future Marine Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (2020-2024, WP4 lead). A Horizon 2020 Programme.
  • COPERNICUS Climate Change Service (C3S) Marine Coastal & Fisheries Sectoral Information System: Marine Spatial Planning end-use demonstrator (2017-2021, Co-I, lead Marine Spatial Planning demonstrator). A project funded by COPERNICUS via ECMWF.
  • Spatial Data and Evidence Projects to support Marine Spatial Planning and the Goals of Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth (Co-I, scientific lead) A European Maritime Fisheries Fund/ Marie Institute project (2-18-2020)

Selected key publications

Queirós, A. M., E. Talbot, N. J. Beaumont, P. Somerfield, S. Kay, C. Pascoe, S. Dedman, J. Fernandes, A. Jütterbrock, P. I. Miller, S. F. Sailley, G. Sará, L. M. Carr, M. C. Austen, S. Widdicombe, G. Rilov, L. A. Levin, S. C. Hull, S. F. Walmsley and C. N. Aonghusa (2021). "Bright spots as climate-smart marine spatial planning tools for conservation and blue growth " Global Change Biology 27: 5514-5531. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15827

Queirós, A. M., N. Stephens, S. Widdicombe, K. Tait, S. J. McCoy, J. Ingels, S. Rühl, R. Airs, A. Beesley, G. Carnovale, P. Cazenave, S. Dashfield, E. Hua, M. Jones, P. Lindeque, C. L. McNeill, J. Nunes, H. Parry, C. Pascoe, C. Widdicombe, T. Smyth, A. Atkinson, D. Krause-Jensen and P. J. Somerfield (2019). "Connected macroalgal-sediment systems: blue carbon and foodwebs in the deep coastal ocean" Ecological Monographs 89(3): e01366. doi:10.1002/ecm.1366

Bates, A. E., B. Helmuth, M. T. Burrows, M. I. Duncan, J. Garrabou, T. Guy-Haim, F. Lima, A. M. Queiros, R. Seabra, R. Marsh, J. Belmaker, N. Bensoussan, Y. Dong, A. D. Mazaris, D. A. Smale, M. Wahl and G. Rilov (2018). "Biologists ignore ocean weather at their peril." Nature 560: 299-301. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-05869-5

Queirós, A. M., J. A. Fernandes, L. Genevier and C. Lynam (2018). "Climate change alters fish community size-structure, requiring adaptive policy targets." Fish and Fisheries 19: 613-621. doi:10.1111/faf.12278

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 (2017). "Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries." Fish and Fisheries 18: 389–411. doi:10.1111/faf.12183

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(12): 3927–3936. doi:10.1111/gcb.13423

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. doi:10.1111/gcb.12675

Other activities

  • Climate Change co-lead of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea’s Working Group on Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management.
  • Advisory roles in several projects of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
  • Contributed to several Parliamentary Enquiries on issues ranging from biodiversity, fisheries and climate change.
  • Advisory board of several European research programmes.