Chris Hauton, FRSB
Ph.D. University of Southampton, U.K. (1995)
B.Sc. University of Southampton, U.K. (1992)
Contact Number: +44 (0) 023 8059 5784
Interests: Chris' research interests include all aspects of marine invertebrate ecophysiology and immunology, essentially how natural and anthropogenic environmental drivers impact organism biology and host pathogen interactions. His research encompasses all levels of biological organization from molecular studies of gene expression to assays of whole organism physiology. Whilst most work is conducted as controlled laboratory experiments, he has also worked in situ in shallow waters using scuba and with the NERC ROV Isis in the bathyal and abyssal North Atlantic (RRS James Cook cruise JC036) and Antarctic (RRS James Clark Ross cruise JCR166).
Collaborations: Chris has worked at the Universities of Southampton, London (University Marine Biological Station Millport) and St Andrews as well as with the NERC Sea Mammal Research Unit and with environmental consultancies. Current collaborators include researchers at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, the University of Bangor, CEFAS Fish Disease Laboratory Weymouth, UK BBSRC Pirbright Institute, University of Malaya, the C. Abdul Hakeem College, Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture, and the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources – India, and Bangladesh Agricultural University. Chris’ research and collaborations have been funded through diverse UK sources, including the NERC and BBSRC, British Ecological Society, Royal Society, Natural History Museum and DEFRA as well as the EC Framework Programme, the Office of Economic and Cultural Development, the Malaysian AgroBiotechnology Institute (ABI) and the Newton Fund.
Master, University of Pisa, Italy (2013)
B.Sc. University Trieste, Italy (2011)
Room: 566/05 National Oceanography Centre
Contact Number: +44 (0) 23 8059 4786
M.Sci. (Hons) University of Southampton, U.K. (2010)
Ph.D. University of Southampton, U.K. (2014)
M.Sc (Hons) University of Antioquia, Colombia (2013)
B.Sc. (Hons) University of Antioquia, Colombia (2009)
Room: 25/2019 Highfield campus, University of Southampton
Interests: I aspire to reveal physiological influences on the distribution of marine organisms and aim to develop wider understanding of environmental factors influencing adaptation in marine fauna over evolutionary time periods. As part of the MIDAS project, I am investigating ecotoxicological risks to deep-sea fauna posed by deep-sea mineral extraction. The pressure lab is a key facility in this work.
Interests: My interests focus on the eco-physiological consequences of hypoxia on different aspect of the physiology of the ditch shrimp, Palaemon varians. I am particularly interested in looking at the effects of prolonged, cyclic hypoxic exposures to identify the physiological response of the animals at different level of biological organisation from the molecular up to the whole-organism level.
Interests: My interests focus on the biological and reproductive processes of a collapsing population of the European flat oyster Ostrea edulis in the Solent. My work recognises the main factors that can affect reproductive parameters in O. edulis, such as temperature and pollution that can mimic hormones. Understanding the effects of these variables is important for fisheries management and restoration activity. I am particularly interested in looking at the effects of temperature, hormones and different pollutants on different reproductive parameters, identifying the mechanism for gametogenesis, sex change and sex ratio in this species. Analysis will include measure of biometric parameters, histology, concentration of hormones and biochemical profile under laboratory settings and natural conditions. Click for Lina's publications
Maria Loreto Mardones Velozo
B.Sc. (Hons), Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile (2010)
Room: 066/15 National Oceanography Centre
Interests: My research is focused to understanding the importance of maternal effects in the development and physiology of a direct developer species. My principal aim is to evaluate transgenerational plasticity between mother-offspring and how these effects can persist throughout the development of the oyster drill, Ocenebra erinaceus, when exposed to environmental conditions expected to have occurred towards the end of the twenty-first century. The analysis will include physiological and morphological responses exposed to high pCO2 concentration and high temperature in variables such as: maternal investment, intracapsular development, larval embryonic reserves and larval-juvenile growth. Furthermore, my work will include an understanding about encapsulation process in gastropods, how the intracapsular conditions can change throughout development and also the effect of climate change in variables such as: oxygen availability and pH intracapsular. Click for Loreto's publications
M.Sci. (1st class Hons) University of Southampton, U.K. (2016)
BA (Hons) Kings College London, U.K. (2011)
Room: 184/08 National Oceanography Centre
Interests: My research will focus on the physical wellbeing and physiological activity of European native oysters, Ostrea edulis, placed on the Solent seabed. These individuals will be monitored at regular intervals throughout a restoration project currently led by Blue Marine Foundation. Observations will include respiration and filtration rates, condition index and prevalence of disease (Bonamia spp., Martelia refringens and OsHV-1). The genetic diversity of this population will be compared to that found in other locations around the UK using various molecular techniques. Hydrodynamic modelling, fieldwork and molecular laboratory techniques will be used to help quantify the benefits and issues with native oyster restoration projects of this kind for future benefit.
Senior Marine Biology Technician
B.Sc. Cardiff University, U.K. (2008)
Room: 456/16 National Oceanography Centre
Contact Number: +44 (0) 23 8059 6447
Interests: My research focuses on studying the molecular response of marine invertebrates to accidental carbon dioxide release from sub-seabed carbon capture and storage (CSS) systems. Using quantitative PCR, we aim to compare the expression of important metabolic genes in Mytilus edulis, Pecten maximus and Echinocardium cordatum, between control and release sites. Our findings will shed light on the potential risks associated with this method of carbon dioxide emission control.
Previous Group Members
Alastair Brown: PGCE
Ben Ciotti: Lecturer in Marine Biology, Marine Biology & Ecology Research Centre, Plymouth University, UK