Published Papers

SAHFOS is a science led, research driven, marine organisation.  The knowledge and expertise held by our team of researchers is demonstrated through the production of high quality scientific publications.

SAHFOS Staff in bold. *Associate Researchers/ Research Fellows/ PhD Students  


Peer-reviewed Publications 

Brown, T., D. D. Kelly, S. Vercauteren, W. H. Wilson and A. Werner (2017). "How Biobanks Are Assessing and Measuring Their Financial Sustainability." Biopreservation and Biobanking 15(1): 65-71. 

Chivers, W. J., A. W. Walne and G. C. Hays (2017). "Mismatch between marine plankton range movements and the velocity of climate change." Nature Communications 8

dos Santos Schmidt, T. C., A. Slotte, J. Kennedy, S. Sundby, A. Johannessen, G. J. Óskarsson, Y. Kurita, N. C. Stenseth and O. S. Kjesbu (2017). "Oogenesis and reproductive investment of Atlantic herring are functions of not only present but long-ago environmental influences as well." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(10): 2634-2639. 

Evans, C., J. Brandsma, D. W. Pond, H. J. Venables, M. P. Meredith, H. J. Witte, S. Stammerjohn, W. H. Wilson, A. Clarke and C. P. Brussaard (2017). "Drivers of interannual variability in virioplankton abundance at the coastal Western Antarctic Peninsula and the potential effects of climate change." Environmental Microbiology 19(2): 740-755. 

Giering, S. L. C., R. Sanders, A. P. Martin, S. A. Henson, J. S. Riley, C. M. Marsay and D. G. Johns (2017). "Particle flux in the oceans: Challenging the steady state assumption." Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Middleton, J. E., J. Martínez Martínez, W. H. Wilson and N. R. Record (2017). "Functional dynamics of Emiliania huxleyi virus‐host interactions across multiple spatial scales." Limnology and Oceanography

Lynam, C. P., M. Llope, C. Möllmann, P. Helaouët, G. A. Bayliss-Brown and N. C. Stenseth (2017). "Interaction between top-down and bottom-up control in marine food webs." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(8): 1952-1957. 

Weynberg, K., M. Allen and W. H. Wilson (2017). "Marine Prasinoviruses and Their Tiny Plankton Hosts: A Review." Viruses 9(3): 43.



*Blackett, M., C. H. Lucas, K. Cook and P. Licandro (2016). “Occurrence of the siphonophore Muggiaea atlantica in Scottish coastal waters: source or sink?” Journal of Plankton Research.

Barton, A. D., A. J. Irwin, Z. V. Finkel and C. A. Stock (2016). “Anthropogenic climate change drives shift and shuffle in North Atlantic phytoplankton communities.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(11): 2964-2969.

Batten, S. D., S. Moffitt, W. S. Pegau and R. Campbell (2016). “Plankton indices explain interannual variability in Prince William Sound herring first year growth.” Fisheries Oceanography 25(4): 420-432.

Beaugrand, G. and R. R. Kirby (2016). “Quasi-deterministic responses of marine species to climate change.” Climate Research 69(2): 117-128.

Brown, C. J., M. I. O’Connor, E. S. Poloczanska, D. S. Schoeman, L. B. Buckley, M. T. Burrows, C. M. Duarte, B. S. Halpern, J. M. Pandolfi, C. Parmesan and A. J. Richardson (2016). “Ecological and methodological drivers of species’ distribution and phenology responses to climate change.” Global Change Biology 22(4): 1548-1560.

Brun, P., T. Kiørboe, P. Licandro and M. R. Payne (2016). “The predictive skill of species distribution models for plankton in a changing climate.” Global Change Biology 22: 3170-3181.

Brun, P., M. R. Payne and T. Kiørboe (2016). “Trait biogeography of marine copepods–an analysis across scales.” Ecology Letters.

Constable, A. J., D. P. Costa, O. Schofield, L. Newman, E. R. Urban, E. A. Fulton, J. Melbourne-Thomas, T. Ballerini, P. W. Boyd, A. Brandt, W. K. de la Mare, M. Edwards, M. Eléaume, L. Emmerson, K. Fennel, S. Fielding, H. Griffiths, J. Gutt, M.A. Hindell, E.E. Hofmann, S. Jennings, H. La, A. McCurdy, B.G. Mitchell, T. Moltmann, M. Muelbert, E. Murphy, A.J. Press, B. Raymond, K. Reid, C. Reiss, J. Rice,I. Salter, D.C. Smith, S. Song, C. Southwell, K.M. Swadling, A. Van de Putte, Z. Willis, (2016). “Developing priority variables (“ecosystem Essential Ocean Variables”—eEOVs) for observing dynamics and change in Southern Ocean ecosystems.” Journal of Marine Systems 161: 26-41.

*Defriez, E., L. Sheppard, P.C. Reid and D. Reuman (2016). “Climate-change related regime shifts have altered spatial synchrony of plankton dynamics in the North Sea.” Global Change Biology.

Evariste, E., P. Claquin, J.-P. Robin, A. Auber, A. McQuatters-Gollop and J.-C. Dauvin (2016). “The Channel ecosystem, a cross-roads of anthropogenic pressures and scientific studies: Lessons learned from the European INTERREG IV projects (2009–2015).” Marine Policy 63: 158-165.

Friedland, K. D., N. R. Record, R. G. Asch, T. Kristiansen, V. S. Saba, K. F. Drinkwater, S. Henson, R. T. Leaf, R. E. Morse and D. G. Johns (2016). “Seasonal phytoplankton blooms in the North Atlantic linked to the overwintering strategies of copepods.” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 4(1): 000099.

Gilg, I. C., S. D. Archer, S. A. Floge, D. M. Fields, A. I. Vermont, A. H. Leavitt, W. H. Wilson and J. M. Martínez (2016). “Differential gene expression is tied to photochemical efficiency reduction in virally infected Emiliania huxleyi.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 555: 13-27.

Gsell, A.S., U. Scharfenberger, D. Özkundakci, A. Walters, L.-A. Hansson, A.B. Janssen, P. Nõges, P. C. Reid, D.E. Schindler, and E. Van Donk. 2016. “Evaluating Early-Warning Indicators of Critical Transitions in Natural Aquatic Ecosystems.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi 10.1073/pnas.1608242113

Hátún, H., K. Lohmann, D. Matei, J. Jungclaus, S. Pacariz, M. Bersch, A. Gislason, J. Ólafsson and P. C. Reid (2016). “An inflated subpolar gyre blows life towards the northeastern Atlantic.” Progress in Oceanography.

Hélaouët, P., G. Beaugrand and G. Reygondeau (2016). “Reliability of spatial and temporal patterns of C. finmarchicus inferred from the CPR survey.” Journal of Marine Systems 153: 18-24.

Jansen, T. (2016). “First-year survival of North East Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) from 1998 to 2012 appears to be driven by availability of Calanus, a preferred copepod prey.” Fisheries Oceanography 25(4): 457-469.

Martinez, E., D. E. Raitsos and D. Antoine (2016). “Warmer, deeper, and greener mixed layers in the North Atlantic subpolar gyre over the last 50 years.” Global Change Biology 22(2): 604-612.

Mullowney, D., G. Maillet, E. Dawe, G. Rose and S. Rowe (2016). “Spawning delays of northern capelin (Mallotus villosus) and recovery dynamics: A mismatch with ice-mediated spring bloom?” Progress in Oceanography 141: 144-152.

Pacariz, S. V., H. Hátún, J. A. Jacobsen, C. Johnson, S. Eliasen and F. Rey (2016). “Nutrient-driven poleward expansion of the Northeast Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) stock: A new hypothesis.” Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 4(1): 000105.

Reid, P. C., R. E. Hari, G. Beaugrand, D. M. Livingstone, C. Marty, D. Straile, J. Barichivich, E. *Goberville, R. Adrian and Y. Aono (2016). “Global impacts of the 1980s regime shift.” Global Change Biology 22(2): 682-703. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13106

*Rivero-Calle, S., C. E. Del Castillo, A. Gnanadesikan, A. Dezfuli, B. Zaitchik and D. G. Johns (2016). “Interdecadal Trichodesmium variability in cold North Atlantic waters.” Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

Schmidt, K., C. Schlosser, A. Atkinson, S. Fielding, H. J. Venables, C. M. Waluda and E. P. Achterberg (2016). “Zooplankton gut passage mobilizes lithogenic iron for ocean productivity.” Current Biology 26(19): 2667-2673.

Thackeray, S. J., P. A. Henrys, D. Hemming, J. R. Bell, M. S. Botham, S. Burthe, P. Hélaouët, D. G. Johns, I. D. Jones, D. I. Leech, E. B. Mackay, D. Massimino, S. Atkinson, P. J. Bacon, T. M. Brereton, L. Carvalho, T. H. Clutton-Brock, C. Duck, M. Edwards, J. M. Elliott, S. J. G. Hall, R. Harrington, J. W. Pearce-Higgins, T. T. Høye, L. E. B. Kruuk, J. M. Pemberton, T. H. Sparks, P. M. Thompson, I. White, I. J. Winfield and S. Wanless (2016). “Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels.” Nature 535(7611): 241-245.

*Vezzulli, L., C. Grande, P. C. Reid, P. Hélaouët, M. Edwards, M. G. Höfle, I. Brettar, R. R. Colwell and C. Pruzzo (2016). “Climate influence on Vibrio and associated human diseases during the past half-century in the coastal North Atlantic.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: 201609157.

Wiebe, P. H., R. Harris, A. Gislason, P. Margonski, H. R. Skjoldal, M. Benfield, S. Hay, T. O’Brien and L. Valdés (2016). “The ICES Working Group on Zooplankton Ecology: Accomplishments of the first 25 years.” Progress in Oceanography 141: 179-201.

Wigington, C. H., D. Sonderegger, C. P. D. Brussaard, A. Buchan, J. F. Finke, J. A. Fuhrman, J. T. Lennon, M. Middelboe, C. A. Suttle, C. Stock, W. H. Wilson, K. E. Wommack, S. W. Wilhelm and J. S. Weitz (2016). “Re-examination of the relationship between marine virus and microbial cell abundances.” Nature Microbiology 1: 15024.

Wilson, R. J., M. R. Heath and D. C. Speirs (2016). “Spatial Modeling of Calanus finmarchicus and Calanus helgolandicus: Parameter Differences Explain Differences in Biogeography.” Frontiers in Marine Science 3(157).



Alvarez-Fernandez, S., P. Licandro, C. van Damme, and M. Hufnagl. “Effect of Zooplankton on Fish Larval Abundance and Distribution: A Long-Term Study on North Sea Herring (Clupea harengus).” ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil  (2015)

Barton, A., M. Lozier, and R. Williams. Physical Controls of Variability in North Atlantic Phytoplankton Communities. Limnology and Oceanography 60, no. 1 (2015).

Beaugrand, G*., A. Conversi, S. Chiba, M. Edwards, S. Fonda-Umani, C. Greene, N. Mantua, S. Otto, P. Reid, and M. Stachura. “Synchronous Marine Pelagic Regime Shifts in the Northern Hemisphere.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 370, no. 1659 (2015).

Beaugrand, G*., M. Edwards, V. Raybaud, E. Goberville, and R.R. Kirby. “Future Vulnerability of Marine Biodiversity Compared with Contemporary and Past Changes.” Nature Climate Change, advance online publication (2015).

Blackett, M*., C.H. Lucas, R.A. Harmer, and P. Licandro. “Population Ecology of Muggiaea atlantica (Cnidaria, Siphonophora) in the Western English Channel.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 535.

Burthe, S.J., P.A. Henrys, E.B. Mackay, B.M. Spears, R. Campbell, L. Carvalho, B. Dudley, I.D.M. Gunn, D.G. Johns, S.C. Maberly, L. May, M.A. Newell, S. Wanless, I.J. Winfield, S.J. Thackeray, and F. Daunt. “Do Early Warning Indicators Consistently Predict Nonlinear Change in Long-Term Ecological Data?”. Journal of Applied Ecology (2015).

Castellani, C., P. Licandro, E. Fileman, I. di Capua, and M.G. Mazzocchi. “Oithona similis Likes It Cool: Evidence from Two Long-Term Time Series.” Journal of Plankton Research (2015).

Chiba, S., S.D. Batten, T. Yoshiki, Y. Sasaki, K. Sasaoka, H. Sugisaki, and T. Ichikawa. “Temperature and Zooplankton Size Structure: Climate Control and Basin-Scale Comparison in the North Pacific.” Ecology and Evolution 5, no. 4 (2015).

Conversi, A., V. Dakos, A. Gårdmark, S. Ling, C. Folke, P.J. Mumby, C. Greene, M. Edwards, T. Blenckner, M. Casini, A. Pershing, and C. Möllmann. A Holistic View of Marine Regime Shifts. no. 370, 2015. Journal Article.

Decelle, J., S. Romac, R.F. Stern, E.M. Bendif, A. Zingone, S. Audic, M.D. Guiry, L. Guillou, D. Tessier, and F. Le Gall. “Phytoref: A Reference Database of the Plastidial 16s rRNA Gene of Photosynthetic Eukaryotes with Curated Taxonomy.” Molecular Ecology Resources (2015).

Edwards, M. Sea Life (Pelagic  Ecosystems). In Letcher, Trevor M., ed. Climate change: observed impacts on planet Earth. (Elsevier, 2015).

Elliott, M., Á. Borja, A. McQuatters-Gollop, K. Mazik, S. Birchenough, J.H. Andersen, S. Painting, and M. Peck. “Force Majeure: Will Climate Change Affect Our Ability to Attain Good Environmental Status for Marine Biodiversity?” Marine Pollution Bulletin. (2015).

Evariste, E., P. Claquin, J.-P. Robin, A. Auber, A. McQuatters-Gollop, and J.-C. Dauvin. “The Channel Ecosystem, a Cross-Roads of Anthropogenic Pressures and Scientific Studies: Lessons Learned from the European Interreg IV Projects (2009–2015).” Marine Policy 63 (2016).

Evariste, E., P. Claquin, J.-P. Robin, A. Auber, A. McQuatters-Gollop, S. Fletcher, G. Glegg, and J.-C. Dauvin. “What Did We Learn from Pegaseas Forum “Science and Governance of the Channel Marine Ecosystem”?” Marine Pollution Bulletin, (2015).

Gilbert, A.J., A. McQuatters-Gollop, O. Langmead, L. Mee, and J. Vermaat. “Visions for the North Sea: The Societal Dilemma Behind Specifying Good Environmental Status.” AMBIO 44, no. 2 (2015).

Harrison, P., A. Zingone, M. Mickelson, S. Lehtinen, N. Ramaiah, A. Kraberg, J. Sun, A. McQuatters-Gollop, and H. Jakobsen. “Cell Volumes of Marine Phytoplankton from Globally Distributed Coastal Data Sets.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science  (2015).

Hastie, l., J. Rasmussen, M. Angel, G. Boxshall, S. Chambers, D. Conway, S. Fielding, A. Ingvarsdottir, A. John, and S. Hay. “Zooplankton Identification Manual for North European Seas (Zimnes).” Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research  (2015): 107. (M Wootton Chapter contributor in book)

Hélaouët, P., G. Beaugrand*, and G. Reygondeau. “Reliability of Spatial and Temporal Patterns of C. finmarchicus Inferred from the CPR Survey.” Journal of Marine Systems (2015).

Licandro, P., M. Blackett*, A. Fischer, A. Hosia, J. Kennedy, R.R. Kirby, K. Raab, R. Stern, and P. Tranter. “Biogeography of Jellyfish in the North Atlantic, by Traditional and Genomic Methods.” Earth System Science. Data 7, no. 2 (2015).

Hänninen, J., I. Vuorinen, M. Rajasilta, and P.C. Reid. “Response of the Baltic and North Seas to River Runoff from the Baltic Watershed – Physical and Biological Changes.” Progress in Oceanography 138, Part A (2015).

McManus, M.C., P. Licandro, and S.H. Coombs. “Is the Russell Cycle a True Cycle? Multidecadal Zooplankton and Climate Trends in the Western English Channel.” ICES Journal of Marine Science: Journal du Conseil  (2015).

McQuatters-Gollop, A., M. Edwards, P. Helaouët, D.G. Johns, N.J. Owens, D.E. Raitsos, D. Schroeder, J. Skinner, and R.F. Ster. “The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey: How Can Long-Term Phytoplankton Datasets Contribute to the Assessment of Good Environmental Status?” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2015).

Melle, W., J. Runge, E. Head, S. Plourde, C. Castellani, P. Licandr, J. Pierson, S. Jonasdottir, C. Johnson, and C. Broms. “Biogeography of Key Mesozooplankton Species in the North Atlantic, by Manual Counting Methods, and Egg Production of Calanus finmarchicus.” Earth System Science Data 7 (2015).

Molinos, J.G., B.S. Halpern, D.S. Schoeman, C.J. Brown, W. Kiessling, P.J. Moore, J.M. Pandolfi, E.S. Poloczanska, A.J. Richardson, and M.T. Burrows. “Climate Velocity and the Future Global Redistribution of Marine Biodiversity.” Nature Climate Change (2015).

Möllmann, C., C. Folke, M. Edwards, and A. Conversi. “Marine Regime Shifts around the Globe: Theory, Drivers and Impacts.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 370, no. 1659 (2015).

Montero-Serra, I., M. Edwards, and M.J. Genner. “Warming Shelf Seas Drive the Subtropicalization of European Pelagic Fish Communities.” Global Change Biology 21, no. 1 (2015).

National Research Council. “Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences”.  Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015.

Reid, P.C., R.E. Hari, G. Beaugrand*, D.M. Livingstone, C. Marty, D. Straile, J. Barichivich, E. Goberville, R. Adrian, Y. Aono, R. Brown, J. Foster, P. Groisman, P. Hélaouët, H.-H. Hsu, R. Kirby, J. Knight, *A. Kraberg, J. Li, T.-T. Lo, R.B. Myneni, R.P. North, J.A. Pounds, T. Sparks, R. Stübi, Y. Tian, K.H. Wiltshire, D. Xiao, and Z. Zhu. “Global Impacts of the 1980s Regime Shift.” Global Change Biology (2015).

*Rivero-Calle, S., A. Gnanadesikan, C.E. Del Castillo, W.M. Balch, and S.D. Guikema. “Multidecadal Increase in North Atlantic Coccolithophores and the Potential Role of Rising CO2.” Science 350, no. 6267 (2015).

Stern, R.F., K.T. Picard, K.M. Hamilton, A. Walne, G.A. Tarran, D. Mills, A. McQuatters-Gollop, and M. Edwards. “Novel Lineage Patterns from an Automated Water Sampler to Probe Marine Microbial Biodiversity with Ships of Opportunity.” Progress in Oceanography 137, Part B (2015).

Wilson, R.J., D.C. Speirs, and M.R. Heath. “On the Surprising Lack of Differences between Two Congeneric Calanoid Copepod Species, Calanus finmarchicus and C. helgolandicus.” Progress in Oceanography 134 (2015).

Wouters, N., V. Dakos, M. Edwards, M. Serafim, P. Valayer, and H. Cabral. “Evidencing a Regime Shift in the North Sea Using Early-Warning Signals as Indicators of Critical Transitions.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 152 (2015).

Yoshiki, T.M., S. Chiba, Y. Sasaki, H. Sugisaki, T. Ichikawa, and S. Batten. “Northerly Shift of Warm-Water Copepods in the Western Subarctic North Pacific: Continuous Plankton Recorder Samples (2001–2013).” Fisheries Oceanography (2015).

Zingone, A., P.J. Harrison, *A. Kraberg, S. Lehtinen, A. McQuatters-Gollop, T. O’Brien, J. Sun, and H.H. Jakobsen. “Increasing the Quality, Comparability and Accessibility of Phytoplankton Species Composition Time-Series Data.” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2015).


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PlyMSEA is a shared, open access repository where you can find the research output from Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS), The Marine Biological Association (MBA) and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML).  The repository includes: peer-reviewed journal articles, published conference papers, books and book chapters.

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