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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 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:

Blue Communities:



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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...

GCRF Blue Communities

GCRF Blue Communities

Contact: Professor Melanie Austen

GCRF Blue Communities is a 4 year research capacity-building programme for marine planning in East and South-East (E/SE) Asia, funded by UK...

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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

  • Bulleri, F; Eriksson, BK; Queiros, AM ; Airoldi, L; Arenas, F; Arvanitidis, C; Bouma, TJ; Crowe, TP; Davoult, D; Guizien, K; Iveša, L; Jenkins, SR; Michalet, R; Olabarria, C; Procaccini, G; Serrão, EA; Wahl, M; Benedetti-Cecchi, L. 2018 Harnessing positive species interactions as a tool against climate-driven loss of coastal biodiversity. PLOS Biology, 16 (9). e2006852. 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006852
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  • Rastelli, E; Corinaldesi, C; Dell’Anno, A; Amaro, T; Queiros, AM ; Widdicombe, S; Danovaro, R. 2015 Impact of CO2 leakage from sub-seabed carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) reservoirs on benthic virus–prokaryote interactions and functions. Frontiers in Microbiology, 6. 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00935
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  • Queiros, AM ; Fernandes, JA; Genevier, L; Lynam, CP. 2018 Climate change alters fish community size-structure, requiring adaptive policy targets. Fish and Fisheries. 10.1111/faf.12278
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  • Payne, MR; Barange, M; Cheung, WWL; MacKenzie, BR; Batchelder, HP; Cormon, X; Eddy, TD; Fernandes, JA; Hollowed, AB; Jones, MC; Link, JS; Neubauer, P; Ortiz, I; Queiros, AM; Paula, JR. 2015 Uncertainties in projecting climate-change impacts in marine ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil, 73 (5). 1272-1282. 10.1093/icesjms/fsv231
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  • Smale, DA ; Moore, PJ; Queiros, AM; Higgs, S; Burrows, MT. 2018 Appreciating interconnectivity between habitats is key to Blue Carbon management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16 (2). 71-73.
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  • Watson, SCL; Paterson, DM; Queiros, AM ; Rees, AP ; Stephens, N; Widdicombe, S; Beaumont, NJ. 2016 A conceptual framework for assessing the ecosystem service of waste remediation: In the marine environment. Ecosystem Services, 20. 69-81. 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.06.011
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Selected key publications

  • 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: 3927–3936.
  • 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 (2016). "Estimating the ecological, economic and social impacts of ocean acidification and warming on UK fisheries." Fish and Fisheries 18: 389–411
  • Queirós, A. M., J. A. Strong, K. Mazik, J. Carstensen, J. Bruun, P. J. Somerfield, A. Bruhn, S. Ciavatta, R. Chuševė, H. Nygård, N. Papadopoulou, M. Pantazi and D. Krause-Jensen (2016). "An objective framework to test the quality of candidate indicators of good environmental status." Frontiers in Marine Science 3: 73.
  • 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.
  • Queirós, A. M., N. Stephens, R. Cook, C. Ravaglioli, J. Nunes, S. Dashfield, C. Harris, G. H. Tilstone, J. Fishwick, U. Braeckman, P. Somerfield and S. Widdicombe (2015). "Can benthic community structure be used to predict the process of bioturbation in real ecosystems?" Progress in Oceanography 137: 559–569.
  • Queirós, A. M., J. Bruggeman, N. Stephens, Y. Artioli, M. Butenschön, J. C. Blackford, S. Widdicombe, P. J. Somerfield and J. I. Allen (2015). "Placing biodiversity in ecosystem models without getting lost in translation." Journal of Sea Research 98: 83-90.

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)