Pippa Moore

Marine Ecology and the Impacts of Environmental Change

Aberystwyth seafront

Climate change and marine ecosystems

We use long-term data, in-situ gradients, ex-situ experimental manipulations and synthetic approaches to determine the impacts of environmental change, particularly global warming and ocean acidification, on marine biodiversity and the structure and function of shallow-water marine ecosystems.

We are particularly interested in how these stressors interact and alter the strength and direction of biotic interactions and in turn how this alters key ecosystem processes e.g. productivity.


Previous research, in a single region, has shown that warm-water species are experiencing increased spawning success, while cool-water species are experiencing increased reproductive failure (Moore et al, 2011).

Patella depressa gonads
Left: male, stage iv               Right: female, stage v

Patella depressa male Patella depressa female

EuroNads is extending this research via a collaborative project involving 14 partners from 8 countries, covering 23 degrees of latitude and using contemporary and historic data to determine the effects of climate change on the phenological (timing of key events e.g. reproductive) response of intertidal grazers.


Prof Mike Burrows (SAMS), Dr Dave Schoeman (The University of the Sunshine Coast), Dr Jason Hall-Spencer & Dr Andy Foggo (Plymouth University), Dr Anthony Richardson & Dr Elvira Poloczanska (CSIRO), Dr Kathryn McMahon (Edith Cowan University), Dr Louise Firth (Galway University), NCEAS Marine Climate Impacts Working Group & the EuroNads consortium.

Research supported by

NERC Standard Grant. £450,000 Burrows, M.T., Schoeman, D.S., Mieszkowska, N. & Moore, P.J. Shifting climate as a predictor for change in marine biodiversity at local, regional and global scales. June 2012

Marie Curie Career Integration Grant. €100,000 Moore, P.J. The impacts of global environmental change for marine biotic interactions and ecosystem functioning. May 2012

NCEAS Working Group of Marine Biological Impacts of Climate Change. February 2009

NERC Urgency Grant. £38,000 Hawkins, S.J., Burrows, M.T. & Moore, P. The consequences of the forecast cold winter on the biogeographic range and population structure of intertidal species. February 2006



Climate change and marine ecosystems

Biological habitat enhancement of coastal engineering

Fisheries management