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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 a Co-Investigator in several projects funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and Research Councils UK through the Global Challenges Research Fund. In these projects, Ana aims to improve the climate-readiness of marine spatial planning and associated uses of the marine environment  based on modelling and GIS, supporting food provision and marine conservation  in the Western Indian Ocean and SE Asia:

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DREAMS - Decommissioning - Relative Effects of Alternative Management Strategies

Contact: Dr Paul Somerfield

The highly integrated DREAMS project is designed to bring together information about the effects of man-made structures on the marine ecosystem and...


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

Contact: Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou

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

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Other key projects

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

Selected key publications


Other activities

  • BlueWebs research program: Advisory Board (under BONUS, the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme 2017-2020).
  • Fish Forward 2: Expert Scientific Advisor (European Commision’s Horizon 2020 framework, co-led by WWF and the Environmental Justice Foundation 2017-2020).
  • EUROMARINE Member of several multi-disciplinary consortiums, including benthic-pelagic ecosystem model development and ecosystem engineering.
  • ICES Study Group on Climate Related Benthic Processes in the North Sea (2011-2013)