Knowledge exchange

The Benthic Acidification Consortium is committed to exchanging its knowledge to the widest possible audience. Below is a list of knowledge exchange activities that the Consortium's scientists have been involved with:

Policy



Dr Silvana Birchenough was approached by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) to be a convener at the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) meeting in Hiroshima, Japan in October 2012 (Changing ocean biogeochemistry and its ecosystem impacts. Co-sponsored by ICES and Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research project [IMBER]).

Dr Murray Roberts contributed text on deep-sea impacts of ocean acidification and warming to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report Chapter 6 ‘Ocean Systems’.

Dr Steve Widdicombe and Dr Murray Roberts are members of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Expert Group on ocean acidification, which met in Montreal (Canada) in October 2011.

Presentations to Policy Makers


6th World Fisheries Congress Fisheries Society of the British Isles (UK)
May 2012
Acclimation of the cold water coral Lophelia pertusa to predicted rises in atmospheric CO2 and sea temperatures
Sebastian Hennige, Laura Wicks, Nick Kamenos & Murray Roberts

5th International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals Internatioanal Symposium on Deep Sea Corals (Amsterdam)
April 2012
Ecohydrodynamics of Mingulay Reef complex
Juan Moreno Navas & Murray Roberts

5th International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals Internatioanal Symposium on Deep Sea Corals (Amsterdam)
April 2012
Trans-Atlantic perspectives on the history of Lophelia cold-water coral development
Murray Roberts

5th International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals Internatioanal Symposium on Deep Sea Corals (Amsterdam)
April 2012
Responses of Lophelia pertusa to ocean acidification
Sebastian Hennige, Laura Wicks, Nick Kamenos & Murray Roberts

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (USA)
February 2012
Acclimation of the cold water coral Lophelia pertusa to predicted rises in atmospheric CO2 and sea temperatures
Sebastian Hennige, Laura Wicks, Nick Kamenos & Murray Roberts

UKOA Benthic Consortium Annual Meeting (UK)
July 2012
Relative impacts of temperature and pH on survival, growth and reproduction of the predatory Boreal gastropod Nucella lapillus and grazing Lusitanian gastropod Osilinus lineatus
Nova Mieszkowska & Mike Burrows

UKOA Annual Science Meeting (UK)
April 2012
Population and reproduction mesocosm studies of Nucella lapillus and Osilinus lineatus
Nova Mieszkowska & Mike Burrows

Agence des aires marines proteges (France)
November 2011
Le changement climatique sur la biodiversité marine côtière: tendances, prévisions et conséquences pur la gestion
Nova Mieszkowska

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World Monterey (USA
September 2012
Buffering of skeletal calcium carbonate changes by red coralline algae in response to ocean acidification
Nick Kamenos, Jonathan Dunn, Calosi, Helen Findlay, Steve Widdicombe, Elena Aloisio & Heidi Burdett

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World Monterey (USA
September 2012
The effect of low and low-spiked pH on the intracellular DMSP production and epithelial cell morphology of red coralline algae
Heidi Burdett, Elena Aloisio, Piero Calosi, Steve Widdicombe, Helen Findlay, Angela Hatton & Nick Kamenos

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World Monterey (USA)
September 2012
Synergistic effects of temperature and pCO2 on photosynthesis, respiration and calcification in the free-living coralline alga Lithothamnion glaciale
Penelope Donohue, Sebastian Hennige, Murray Roberts, Maggie Cusack & Nick Kamenos

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World Monterey (USA)September 2012
Using an evolutionary approach to investigate the responses of marine organisms to elevated temperature and CO2
Piero Calosi, Melatunan Sedercor, Simon Rundle & Steve Widdicombe

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World Monterey (USA)September 2012
Determining the resilience of ecologically-important intertidal invertebrates to elevated CO2 and temperature: Phisiological response and energetic trade-offs
Samuel Rastrick, Piero Calosi, Helen Findlay, Helen Graham, Jasmin Godbold, Chris Hauton, Ana Queiros, Martin Solan, John Spicer, Nia Whiteley & Steve Widdicombe

University of Portsmouth Environment Network (UK)
September 2011
Climate change and the Solent
Nova Mieszkowska

4th International Rhodolith Workshop Granada, Spain 4th International Rhodolith Workshop (Spain)
September 2012
Buffering of skeletal calcium carbonate changes by red coralline algae in response to ocean acidification
Nick Kamenos, Jonathan Dunn, Piero Calosi, Helen Findlay, Steve Widdicombe, Elena Aloisio, & Heidi Burdett

4th International Rhodolith Workshop Granada, Spain 4th International Rhodolith Workshop (Spain)
September 2012
Application of proteomics to assess the synergistic effects of elevated temperature and ocean acidification on temperate marine calcifying organisms
Penelope Donohue, Henrik Stahl, Murray Roberts, Maggie Cusack & Nick Kamenos

4th International Rhodolith Workshop Granada, Spain 4th International Rhodolith Workshop (Spain)
September 2012
The effect of low and low-spiked pH on the intracellular DMSP production and epithelial cell morphology of red coralline algae
Hedid Burdett, Elena Aloisio, Piero Calosi, Steve Widdicombe, Helen Findlay, Angela Hatton & Nick Kamenos

2nd UKOA Bentic Consortium Meeting (UK)
July 2012
Coralline algae show variable responses to ocean acidification and warming
Nick Kamenos, Elena Aloisio, Heidi Burdett, Piero Calosi, Maggie Cusack, Penelope Donohue, Jonathan Dunn, Helen Findlay, Angela Hatton, Natalie Hicks, Murray Roberts, Henrik Stahl & Steve Widdicombe

2nd International Symposium ‘Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans’ PICES/ICES/IOC (Korea)
May 2012
Using an evolutionary approach to investigate the responses of marine organisms to elevated temperature and CO2
Piero Calosi, Melatunan Sedercor, Simon Rundle & Steve Widdicombe

2nd International Symposium ‘Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans' ES/ICES/IOC (Korea)
May 2012
Synergistic impacts of climate change drivers on the developmental ecophysiology, growth and survival of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus
Daniel Small, Piero Calosi, John Spicer, Dominic Boothroyd & Steve Widdicombe

EPOCA final meeting European Project on Ocean Acidification (France)
April 2012
Effects of ocean acidification and temperature on cold-water calcifiers
Sebastian Hennige, Laura Wicks, Nick Kamenos & Murray Roberts

2nd UKOA Annual Meeting UK Ocean Acidification Program (UK)
April 2012
The effects of ocean acidification and tmperature on the physiology and burrowing behaviour of two infaunal invertebrates
Jasmin Godbold, Sam Rastrick, Piero Carlosi & Martin Solan

2nd UKOA Annual Meeting UK Ocean Acidification Program (UK)
April 2012
Physiological adaptation of marine invertebrates to high CO2/low pH and hypoxia - paradigms and pitfalls
Piero Calosi, Marie Hawkins, Lucy Turner, Manuela Truebano & John Spicer

2nd UKOA Annual Meeting UK Ocean Acidification Program (UK)
April 2012
Long-term physiological responses to elevated CO2 and temperature in the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus
Sam Rastrick, Piero Calosi, Helen Findlay, Helen Graham, Chris Hauton, Niki Lacey, Ana Queiros, John Spicer, Nia Whiteley & Steve Widdicombe

EPOCA final meeting European Project on Ocean Acidification (France)
April 2012
Impact of ocean acidification on benthic nitrification: comparisons of surface and burrow microbial communities
Karen Tait, Bonnie Laverock, Vassilis Kitidis & Steve Widdicombe

Aquatic Sciences 2011 ASLO (Puerto Rico)
February 2011
High pCO2 induces a new pathway for the release of DMSP from coralline algae
Heidi Burdett, Nick Kamenos, Elena Aloisio, Piero Calosi, Helen Findlay, Steve Widdicombe & Angela Hatton

Ocean Sciences 2012 ASLO, AGU (USA)
February 2012
Acclimation of the cold water coral Lophelia pertusa to predicted rises in atmospheric CO2 and sea temperatures
Sebastian Hennige, Laura Wicks, Nick Kamenos & Murray Roberts

Ocean Sciences 2012 ASLO, AGU (USA)
February 2012
Application of proteomics to assess the synergistic effects of elevated temperature and ocean acidification on temperate marine calcifying organisms
Penelope Donohue, Henrik Stahl, Murray Roberts, Maggie Cusack & Nick Kamenos

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity Aberdeen, UK
September 2011
The effects of ocean acidification and temperature on invertebrate behaviour, activity and function
Jasmin Godbold & Martin Solan

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity Aberdeen, UK
September 2011
Application of proteomics to assess the synergistic effects of elevated temperature and ocean acidification on temperate marine calcifying organisms
Penelope Donohue, Henrik Stahl, Murray Roberts, Maggie Cusack & Nick Kamenos

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland 2nd Annual Science Meeting MASTS Edinburgh (UK)
August 2011
Low pH induces a new pathway for the release of DMSP from coralline algae
Heidi Burdett, Nick Kamenos, Elena Aloisio, Piero Calosi, Helen Findlay, Steve Widdicombe & Angela Hatton

Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland 2nd Annual Science Meeting MASTS Edinburgh, UK
August 2011
Application of proteomics to assess the impact of elevated CO2 levels on marine organisms
Penelope Donohue, Heidi Burdett, Nick Kamenos,Elena Aloisio, Piero Calosi, Helen Findlay, Steve Widdicombe & Angela Hatton

University of Aberdeen, Seminar (UK)
March 2011
The effects of ocean acidification and temperature on invertebrate behaviour, activity and function
Jasmin Godbold 

Joint Annual Meeting EPOCA, BIOACID and UKOARP (Germany)
September 2010
Can predicted levels of future ocean acidification and temperature rise alter community structure and biodiversity in marine benthic communities? Evidence from previous experiments and plans for future research
Steve Widdicombe, Rachel Hale, Louise McNeill, Nova Mieszkowska & Piero Calosi

Joint Annual Meeting EPOCA, BIOACID and UKOARP (Germany)
September 2010
Can ocean acidification affect population dynamics of the barnacle Semibalanus balanoides at its southern range edge
Helen Findlay, Mike Burrows, Mike Kendall, John Spicer & Steve Widdicombe

Posters for Policy Makers



European Project on Ocean Acidification at the European Commission (Brussels)
November 2012
Synergistic effects of ocean acidification and warming on biomineralisation and functioning of marine calcifiers
Sebastian Hennige, Laura Wicks, Nick Kamenos, Penelope Donahue, Heidi Burdett & Murray Roberts

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (USA)
September 2012
Biomineralisation: protein and mineral response of Mytilis edulis to ocean acidification
Susan Fitzer, Maggie Cusack, Vernon Phoenix & Nick Kamenos

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (USA)
September 2012
Biomineralizing epiphytes of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica meadows from a CO2 vents coastal system
Chiara Lombardi, Maria-Cristina Gambi, Silvia Cocito, Anthony Kearsley, Piero Calosi & Peter Taylor 

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (USA)
September 2012
Structural and functional vulnerability to elevated pCO2 in marine benthic communities
Nadja Christen, Piero Calosi, Caroline L. McNeil & Steve Widdicombe

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (USA)
September 2012
Metabolic plasticity and adaptation in polychaete species inhabiting a co2 vent coastal system
Piero Calosi, Samuel Rastrick, Chiara Lombardi & Maria-Cristina Gambi

3rd International Symposium on the Ocean in a High CO2 World (USA)
September 2012
The combined effects of CO2 and temperature on acid-base regulation during tidal emersion and re-immersion in necora puber
Samuel Rastrick, Piero Calosi, Ruth Calder-Potts, Greg Nightingale, Simon Thomas, Steve Widdicombe & John Spicer

2nd International Symposium ‘Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans’
PICES/ICES/IOC (Korea)
May 2012
Structural and Functional Vulnerability to Elevated pCO2 in Marine Benthic Communities
Nadja Christen, Piero Calosi, Caroline L. McNeill & Steve Widdicombe

UKOA Annual Meeting UK Ocean Acidification Program Exeter (UK)
April 2012
Ocean acidification: the next chapter
Ruth Calder-Potts, Steve Widdicombe, Helen Findlay, John Spicer & Piero Calosi

EPOCA final meeting European Project on Ocean Acidification (France)
April 2012
A physiological trade-off in mussels exposed to ocean acidification – Immune system plasticity ensures survival but at the cost of reproduction
Rob P Ellis, Helen Parry, John Spicer & Steve Widdicombe

EPOCA final meeting European Project on Ocean Acidification (France)
April 2012
Interactive effects of multiple climate change drivers on the developmental ecophysiology of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus
Dan Small, Piero Calosi, John Spicer, Dominick Boothroyd & Steve Widdicombe

EPOCA final meeting European Project on Ocean Acidification (France)
April 2012
Ocean acidification: the next chapter
Ruth Calder-Potts, Steve Widdicombe, Helen Findlay, John Spicer & Piero Calosi

UKOA Annual Meeting UK Ocean Acidification Program Exeter (UK)
April 2012

A physiological trade-off in mussels exposed to ocean acidification – Immune system plasticity ensures survival but at the cost of reproduction
Rob P Ellis, Helen Parry, John Spicer & Steve Widdicombe

UKOA Annual Meeting UK Ocean Acidification Program Exeter (UK)
April 2012
Interactive effects of multiple climate change drivers on the developmental ecophysiology of the European lobster, Homarus gammarus
Dan Small, Piero Calosi, John Spicer, Dominick Boothroyd & Steve Widdicombe 

Planet under Pressure Conference (UK)
March 2012
Long-term exposure to ocean acidificaton and warming reduce burrowing and ventiation behaviour of the polychaete Alitta (Nereis) virens
Jasmin Godbold & Martin Solan

World Conference on Marine Biodiversity University of Aberdeen (UK)
September 2011
Ecophysiology of marine calcifying macro-invertebrates exposed to elevated pCO2 and temperature: a multigenerational approach
Piero Calosi & John Spicer

Society for Experimental Biology SEB Glasgow, UK
July 2011
Application of proteomics to assess the synergistic effects of elevated temperature and ocean acidification on temperate marine calcifying organisms
Penelope Donohue, Henrik Stahl, Murray Roberts, Maggie Cusack & Nick Kamenos 

CCS UK Society Carbon Capture and Storage Society Annual Meeting (UK)
April 2011
Impact of exposure to elevated levels of CO2 on the physiology and behaviour of an important ecosystem engineer; the burrowing thalassinidean shrimp Upogebia deltaura
Penelope Donohue, Piero Calosi, Adam Bates, Bonnie Laverock & Steve Widdicombe

CCS UK Society Carbon Capture and Storage Society Annual Meeting (UK)
April 2011
Impact of medium-term exposure to CO2 enriched seawater on the physiology of the velvet swimming crab, Necora puber
Dominic Small, Piero Calosi, Daniel White, Steve Widdicombe & John Spicer

UKOA Kick-off meeting UK Ocean Acidification (UK)
May 2011
Effects of ocean acidification and temperature on invertebrate activity, behaviour and function
Jasmin Godbold & Martin Solan

Media



Marine Scientist magazine published a 4 page article entitled "Corals of the deep", with information being provided by Dr Sebastian Hennige.

The Geographer Newsletter published an article entitled "Corals at risk", written by Dr Nick Kamenos.

Planet Earth published an article entitled "Ocean acidification and life on the sea floor" written by Kelvin Boot and Dr Steve Widdicombe.

The article "Ocean acidification vs. biogenic calcifiers", written by Dr Laura Wicks, Dr Sebastian Hennige and Prof. Murray Roberts, appeared in the EU's Hermione (Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact On European Seas) project newsletter (page 5).

The video on BBC Scotland news entitled 'Footage reveals life on the sea floor' featuring footage from the Changing Oceans expedition. Contributed to by Prof. Murray Roberts.

The BBC Radio Scotland show 'Good Morning Scotland' featured Prof. Murray Roberts as a guest, speaking about the Changing Oceans expedition.

Rowan Byrne featured in a podcast on Irish radio station RTE Radio 1 on the programme Mooney before the Changing Oceans expedition departed.

The BBC visited the Changing Oceans team onboard before departure where Prof. Murray Roberts was filmed for a feature entitled 'Scientists to survey Scotland's coral reefs' featured on BBC Reporting Scotland.

The Irish Times published an article entitled 'Deep sea expedition on impact of carbon' which was contributed to by Rowan Byrne.

Other



The Changing Oceans expedition had a blog which featured updates on the progress of the cruise from Laura Wicks.

The research vessel RRS James Cook was visited by Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Climate Change Stewart Stevenson, who was briefed by the Changing Ocean expedition team (including Prof. Murray Roberts).

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