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Dr Helen Findlay

Biological Oceanographer



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Dr Helen Findlay is a biological oceanographer who uses a combination of experimental, observational and modelling tools to investigate the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecosystem functioning. She has an interest in understanding the biological, physical and chemical interactions within the marine environment, specifically relating to carbon biogeochemical cycling, with a particular focus in Arctic regions.

Helen was the first recipient of the PML Lord Kingsland Fellowship, allowing her to continue her research on ocean acidification in both temperate seas and in the Arctic. She is currently the co-chair for the North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification (NEA-OA) Hub for the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON), and an Executive council member for GOA-ON. Helen is currently involved in the European Space Agency OceanSODA project and was previously involved in the UK Ocean Acidification project and the UK Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry Programme. Helen participates in research cruises to investigate nutrient and carbon biogeochemical cycling, offers advice for setting-up and running CO2 and multi-stressor experiments, and is lead on an Arctic project which couples ocean acidification resarch with outreach to schools across the globe. Helen facilitates PML's carbon chemistry research, with an aim to understand short-term variability relating to ocean acidification and climate change.

Helen is also involved in the outreach of marine science to schools and educators, working alongside Encounter Edu (previously known as Digital Explorer) and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) to promote ocean learning in the classroom.

Projects

North East Atlantic hub of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network
North East Atlantic hub of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network

Contact: Dr Helen Findlay

The North East Atlantic Ocean Acidification Hub was established to serve European countries that are conducting monitoring, and other OA activities...

Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry research programme: biogeochemistry
Shelf Seas Biogeochemistry research programme: biogeochemistry, macronutrient and carbon cycling in the benthic layer

Contact: Professor Steve Widdicombe

The shelf seas are of major importance to society, providing a diverse range of goods, such as fisheries, renewable energy, transport and services...

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Other key projects

Current:
ESA OceanSODA
 
NE Atlantic Ocean Acidification Hub

Past:
IUCN Mission Blue: Ocean Acidification in Arctic Fjords

NERC UK Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry

NERC UK Ocean Acidification

ESA Pathfinders - Ocean Acidification

Catlin Arctic Survey

EU FP7 European Project on Ocean Acidification
 

Selected key publications

PE Land, HS Findlay, et al. 2019. Optimum satellite remote sensing of the marine carbonate system using empirical algorithms in the global ocean, the Greater Caribbean, the Amazon Plume and the Bay of Bengal. Remote Sensing of Environment 235, 111469
 
C Ravaglioli, F Bulleri, S Rühl, SJ McCoy, HS Findlay, et al. 2019 Ocean acidification and hypoxia alter organic carbon fluxes in marine soft sediments. Global change biology 25 (12), 4165-4178
 
S Mangan, MA Urbina, HS Findlay, RW Wilson, C Lewis. 2017 Fluctuating seawater pH/pCO2 regimes are more energetically expensive than static pH/pCO2 levels in the mussel Mytilus edulis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284 (1865), 20171642
 
LE Cornwell, HS Findlay, et al. 2018. Seasonality of Oithona similis and Calanus helgolandicus reproduction and abundance: contrasting responses to environmental variation at a shelf site. Journal of Plankton Research 40 (3), 295-310.

Henry, L.-A., Vad, J., Findlay, H.S., Murillo, J., Milligan, R., Roberts, J.M., 2014. Environmental variability and biodiversity of megabenthos on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount (Northeast Atlantic). Nature Scientific Reports, 4: 5589, doi: 10.1038/srep05589

Findlay, H.S., Hennige, S.J., Wicks L.C., Moreno Navas J., Woodward E.M.S., Roberts J.M., 2014. Fine-scale nutrient and carbonate system dynamics around cold-water coral reefs in the northeast Atlantic. Nature Scientific Reports, 4: 3671-3681, doi:10.1038/srep03671 

Lewis, C.N.,* K.A. Brown, L. Edwards, G. Cooper, H.S. Findlay,* 2013. (*contributed equally) Sensitivity to ocean acidification parallels natural pCO2 gradients experienced by Arctic copepods under winter sea ice. PNAS 110: E4960-E4967, doi:10.1073/pnas.1315162110.

Land, P.E., Shutler J.D., Cowling R.D., Woolf D.K., Walker P., Findlay H.S., 2013. Climate change impacts on sea-air fluxes of CO2 in three Arctic seas: a sensitivity study using Earth observation. Biogeosci. 10: 8109-8128, doi:10.5194/bg-10-8109-2013 

Lewis, C.N.,* K.A. Brown, L. Edwards, G. Cooper, H.S. Findlay,* In press. (*contributed equally) Sensitivity to ocean acidification parallels natural pCO2 gradients experienced by Arctic copepods under winter sea ice. PNAS.

Land, P.E., J.D. Shutler, R.D. Cowling, D.K. Woolf, P. Walker, H.S. Findlay, in press. Climate change impacts on sea-air fluxes of CO2 in three Arctic seas: a sensitivity study using Earth observation. Biogeosci.

Russel, B., S.D. Connell, H.S. Findlay, K. Tait, S. Widdicombe, N. Mieszkowska, (2013). Unbalanced ecosystems: ocean acidification and temperature increase primary productivity but supress consumption. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B., 368, 20120438, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2012.0438.

Findlay, H.S., Y. Artioli, J. Moreno Nava, S.J. Hennige, L.C. Wicks, V.A.I. Huvenne, E.M.S. Woodward, J.M. Roberts, 2013. Tidal downwelling and implications for the carbon biogeochemistry of cold-water corals in relation to future ocean acidification and warming. Glob. Change Biol. 19, 2708-2719, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12256

Findlay, H.S., H.L. Wood, M.A. Kendall, J.I. Spicer, R. Twitchett, S. Widdicombe, 2011. Comparing the impact of high CO2 on calcium carbonate structures in difference marine organisms. Mar. Biol. Res., 7: 565-575

Findlay, H.S., P. Calosi, K. Crawfurd, 2011. Determinants of the PIC:POC response in the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi under future ocean acidification scenarios. Limnol. Oceanogr. 56: 1168-1178

Findlay, H.S., M.T. Burrows, M.A. Kendall, J.I. Spicer, S. Widdicombe, 2010. Does ocean acidification affect population dynamics: A modelling study? Ecology, 91: 2931-2940

Other activities

Fellow of Royal Geographical Society with IBG

Executive Committee Member for Arctic in Rapid Transition (ART) IASC Network

Member of the Association for Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)

Editorial Board member for Ocean Challenge, Challenger Society Magazine