Dr Helen Findlay
Dr Helen Findlay is a biological oceanographer at Plymouth Marine Laboratory whose research involves using a combination of modelling, observational and experimental data to investigate the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine organisms and ecological functioning. As the first recipient of the Lord Kingsland Fellowship at PML, Helen is actively involved in research with a current interest in the Polar Oceans. She is involved in the European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA) and has contributed to the UK government Marine Climate Change Impacts Programme. Helen also has research interests in understanding the relative contributions of biological and physical processes to controlling important biogeochemical dynamics and feedbacks with ocean chemistry. Helen is involved several outreach events including communication workshops, projects with schools and websites.
Helen has most recently worked in the Arctic investigating climate change (both temperature and ocean acidification) impacts on benthic invertebrates, focussing in two areas, firstly on assessing the impacts at different stages across an organism’s life-cycle: fertilisation, larval development, settlement, juvenile and adults; and secondly to compare populations at the northern limit of their biogeographic range to populations at the southern limit of their range. Organisms are most vulnerable to change at their range edges and therefore investigating how populations have acclimated to their local environment, as well as how they respond to changes in these areas, will help us to predict how they might adapt to future changes in climate.
In the Benthic UKOARP consortium Helen is overseeing the set up and running of the CO2 exposure systems, particularly the intertidal system at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, but also providing advice and guidance to all the experimental groups. She is also involved in integrating the experimental results into models to provide model parameters and validation.