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Publications 2017

Allen, R., Foggo, A., Fabricius, K., Balistreri, A., Hall-Spencer, J.M. (2016) Tropical CO2 seeps reveal the impact of ocean acidification on coral reef invertebrate recruitment. Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.12.031

Bilton, D.T., Turner, L.M. & Foster, G.N. 2017. Frequent mismatch between morphology and mitochondrial DNA in a European water beetle species group (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). PeerJ 5: e3076.

Bilton, D.T.  2017. Water beetles from the Bokkeveld Plateau: a semi-arid hotspot of freshwater biodiversity in the Northern Cape of South Africa. Zootaxa in press.

Bilton, D.T. 2017. A revision of the South African riffle beetle genus Leielmis Delève, 1964 (Coleoptera: Elmidae). Zootaxa in press.

Bird, M.S., Bilton, D.T. & Perrissinotto, R. 2017. Diversity and distribution of polyphagan water beetles (Coleoptera) in the Lake St Lucia system, South Africa. Zookeys 656: 51–84.

Calosi, P., Melatunan, S., Turner, L.M., Artioli, Y., Davidson, R.L., Byrne, J.J., Viant, M.R., Widdicombe, S. & Rundle, S.D. (2017) Regional adaptation defines sensitivity to future ocean acidification. Nature Communications, 8, 13994. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms13994

Carbonell, A. Bilton, D.T., Calosi, P., Millán, Stewart, A.J.A. & Velasco, J. 2017. Metabolic and reproductive plasticity of core and marginal populations of the eurythermic saline water bug Sigara selecta (Hemiptera: Corixidae) in a climatic change context. Journal of Insect Physiology 98: 59–66.

Castro, M.C.T., Fileman, T.W., Hall-Spencer, J.M. (2017) Invasive species in the Northeastern and Southwestern Atlantic Ocean: A review. Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.12.048

Castro, M.C.T., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Poggian, C.F., Fileman, T.W. (2017) Ten years of Brazilian ballast water management. Journal of Sea Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.seares.2017.02.003

Celis-Plá, P.S.M., Martínez, B., Korbee, N., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Figueroa, F.L. (2017) Ecophysiological responses to elevated CO2 and temperature in Cystoseira tamariscifolia (Phaeophyceae). Climatic Change. DOI 10.1007/s10584-017-1943-y

Foster NL, Rees S, Langmead O, Griffiths C, Oates J & Attrill M 2017 'Assessing the ecological coherence of a marine protected area network in the Celtic Seas' Ecosphere 8, (2) e01688 DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1688

Lane, S. M., & Briffa, M. (2017) The price of attack: Rethinking damage costs in animal contests. Animal Behaviour. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.015

Sunday, J.M., Fabricius, K.E., Kroeker, K.J., Anderson, K.M., Brown, N.E., Barry, J.P., Connell, S.D., Dupont, S., Gaylord, B., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Klinger, T., Milazzo, M., Munday, P.L., Russell, B.D., Sanford, E., Thiyagarajan, V., Vaughan, M.L.H., Widdicombe, S., Harley C.D.G. (2017) Ocean acidification can mediate biodiversity shifts by changing biogenic habitat. Nature Climate Change 7, 81-85.

Publications 2016

Amaro, T., V. A. I. Huvenne, A. L. Allcock, T. Aslam, J. S.Davies, R. Danovaro, H. C. De Stigter, Duineveldi, G.C.A. , Gambig, C., Gooday,A.J., Gunton, L.M., Halld, R., Howell, K.L., Ingels, J., Kiriakoulakis,K., Kershaw, C.E., Lavaleye, M.S.S., Robert, K., Stewart, H., Van Rooij, D.,White, M., Wilson, A.M., (2016) The Whittard Canyon–A case study of submarinecanyon processes. Progress in Oceanography 146: 38-57.

Bicknell AWJ, Godley BJ, Sheehan EV, Votier SC & Witt MJ. Getting the picture: the role and potential of cameras in monitoring marine biodiversity and anthropogenic change in marine ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment in press

Bilton, D.T. 2016. Two new water beetles from the South African Cape (Coleoptera, Hydraenidae). Zootaxa 4137: 585–591.

Bilton, D.T. 2016. A new species of Hydrobiomorpha from iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 56: 149-157.

Bilton, D.T. & Foster, G.N. 2016. Observed shifts in the contact zone between two forms of the diving beetle Hydroporus memnonius are consistent with predictions from sexual conflict. PeerJ 4: e2089.

Bilton, D.T., Hayward, J.W.G., Rocha, J. & Foster, G.N. 2016. Sexual dimorphism and sexual conflict in the diving beetle Agabus uliginosus (L.) (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society DOI: 10.1111/bij.12850.

Bilton, D.T. & Komarek, A. 2016. A new species of Anacaena Thomson, 1859 from South Africa (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae). Zootaxa 4139: 593–599.

Bitterli-Rudin, T., Spicer, J.I. Rundle, S.D (2016) Early development of adult cardio-respiratory function enables larval marine gastropods to survive hypoxia. Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 1076-1085.

Bray, L.; Reizopoulou, S.; Voukouvalas, E.; Soukissian, T.; Alomar, C.; Vázquez-Luis, M.; Deudero, S.; Attrill, M.J.; Hall-Spencer, J.M. (2016) Expected Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on Mediterranean Marine Life. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 4, 18 DOI: 10.3390/jmse4010018

Carter, M.I.D.; Cox, S.L.; Scales, K.L.; Bicknell, A.W.J.; Nicholson, M.D.; Atkins, K.M.; Morgan, G.; Morgan, L.; Grecian, W.J.; Patrick, S.C.; Votier, S.C. (2016) GPS tracking reveals rafting behaviour of Northern Gannets (Morus bassanus): implications for foraging ecology and conservation. Bird Study 63 (1), 83-95. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1134441

Celis-Plá, P.S.M., Bouzon, Z.L., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Schmidt, E.C., Korbee,N., Figueroa, F.L. (2016) Seasonal biochemical and photophysiological responses in the intertidal macroalga Cystoseira tamariscifolia (Ochrophyta). Marine Environmental Research 115, 89-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.11.014

Chakravarti, L.J. & Cotton, P.A. (2014) The effects of a competitor on the foraging behaviour of the shore crab Carcinus maenas. PLoS One 9 (4), p e93546

Cioffi, R., Moody, J.A., Millan, A., Billington, R. & Bilton, D.T. 2016. Physiological niche and geographical range in European diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Biology Letters 12: 20160130.

Collard, M., Rastrick, S.P.S., Calosi, P., Demolder, Y., Dille, J., Findlay, H.S., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Milazzo, M., Moulin, L., Widdicombe, S., Dehairs, F., Dubois, P. (2016) The impact of ocean acidification and warming on the skeletal mechanical properties of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus from laboratory and field observations. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73, 727-738. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsv018

Cox, S.L., Witt, M.J., Embling, C.B., Godley, B.J., Hosegood, P.J., Miller, P.I., Votier, S.C., Ingram, S.I. (2016) Temporal patterns in habitat use by small cetaceans at an oceanographically dynamic marine renewable energy test site in the Celtic Sea. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.07.001

Firth L.B., Knights A.M., Bridger D., Evans A., Mieskowska N., Moore P.J., O’Connor N.E., Sheehan E.V., Thompson R.J., and Hawkins S.J. (2016) Ocean sprawl: challenges and opportunities for biodiversity management in a changing world. Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review 54: 189-262. (IF = 11.1)

Firth LB, White FJ, Schofield BM, et al. (Inc. Hanley ME) (2016) Facing the future: The importance of substratum features for ecological engineering of artificial habitats in the rocky intertidal. Marine and Freshwater Research 67: 131–143.

Franzitta G, Hanley ME, Airoldi L, et al. (2015) Home advantage? Decomposition across the freshwater-estuarine transition zone varies with litter origin and local salinity Marine Environmental Research 110: 1-7.

García-Vázquez, D., Bilton, D.T., Alonso, R., Benetti, C.J., Garrido, J., Valladares, L.F. & Ribera, I. 2016. Reconstructing ancient Mediterranean crossroads in Deronectes diving beetles. Journal of Biogeography DOI:10.1111/jbi.12740.

Greaves, D., Conley, D., Magagna, D., Aires, E., Chambel Leitao, J., Witt., M., Embling, C.B., Godley, B.J., Bicknell, A.W.J., Sulnier, J.-B., Simas, T., O'Hagen, A.M., O'Callagahan, J., Holmes, B., Sundberg, J., Torre-Enciso, Y., & Marina, D. (2016) Environmental Impact Assessment: gathering experience from wave energy test centres around Europe. International Journal of Marine Energy, 14: 68-7

Hall-Spencer, J.M., Lauenstein, G.G., Leung, K.M.Y. (2016) Research highlights from Regional Studies in Marine Science. Regional Studies in Marine Science 6. DOI: 10.1016/j.rsma.2016.05.008

Hanley ME, Gove TL, Cawthray GR & Colmer TD (2017) Differential responses of three coastal grassland species to seawater flooding. Journal of Plant Ecology doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtw037

Hart, M.B., Cartwright, K., Fisk, B., Smart, C.W., Consolaro, C. and Hall-Spencer, J.M. (in press) Foraminifera of the Fal Estuary (Cornwall), including taxa associated with maerl beds. Geoscience in South-West England, 13, 483-490

Harvey, B.P., McKeown, N.J., Rastrick, S.P.S., Bertolini, C., Foggo, A., Graham, H. Hall-Spencer, J.M., Milazzo, M., Shaw, P.W., Small, D.P., Moore, P.J. (2016) Individual and population-level responses to ocean acidification. Scientific Reports, 6, 20194. DOI: 10.1038/srep20194

Heery E.,…Sheehan E.V. et al. Identifying the consequences of ocean sprawl for sedimentary habitats. JEMBE in press

Howell, K.L., Piechaud, N., Downie, A.L., Kenny, A. (2016) The distribution of deep-sea sponge aggregations in the North Atlantic and implications for their effective spatial management. Deep Sea Research Part I,115: 309–320.

Jarrold, M.D., Rodriguez-Romero, A., Massamba-N’Siala, G., Spicer, J.I., Calosi, P. (2016) Multi-generational responses of a marine polychaete to a rapid change in environmental pCO2. Evolutionary Applications, first published online 18/12/2015 DOI: 10.1111/eva.12344

Kletou, D., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Kleitou, P. (in press) A lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion has begun in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Biodiversity Records. DOI: 10.1186/s41200-016-0065-y

Knights A.M., Hawkins S.J., Thompson R.C., Yunnie A.J. and L.B. Firth (2016) Plymouth – A World Harbour through the ages. Regional Studies in Marine Science. doi: 10.1016/j.rsma.2016.02.002

Knights A.M., Piet G.J., Jongbloed R., Tamis J.E. et al. (2015) An exposure-effect approach for evaluating ecosystem-wide risks from human activities. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72(3): 1105-1115.

Martin, S. & Hall-Spencer, J.M. (in press) Effects of ocean warming and acidification on rhodolith/maerl beds. In Rhodolith/maerl beds: A Global Perspective. (eds. Riosmena-Rodriguez, R., Nelson W. and Aguirre J.) Springer, Coastal Research Library, series editor: Charles W. Finkl.

Martín González, A. M., Dalsgaard, B., Nogués-Bravo, D., Graham, C. H., Schleuning, M., Maruyama, P. K., Abrahamczyk, S., Alarcón, R., Araujo, A. C., Araújo, F. P., de Azevedo, S. M., Baquero, A. C., Cotton, P. A., Ingversen, T. T., Kohler, G., Lara, C., Las-Casas, F. M. G., Machado, A. O., Machado, C. G., Maglianesi, M. A., McGuire, J. A., Moura, A. C., Oliveira, G. M., Oliveira, P. E., Ornelas, J. F., Rodrigues, L. d. C., Rosero-Lasprilla, L., Rui, A. M., Sazima, M., Timmermann, A., Varassin, I. G., Vizentin-Bugoni, J., Wang, Z., Watts, S., Rahbek, C. and Martinez, N. D. (2015) The macroecology of phylogenetically structured hummingbird–plant networks. Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12355

Maruyama, P.K., Vizentin-Bugoni, J., Sonne, J., Martín González, A.M., Schleuning, M., Araujo, A.C. , Baquero, A.C., Cardona, J., Cardona, P., Cotton, P.A., Kohler, G., Lara, C., Malucelli, T., Marín, O.H., Ollerton, J., Rui, A.M., Timmermann, A., Varassin, I.G., Zanata, T.B., Rahbek, C., Sazima, M., & Dalsgaard, B. (2016) The integration of alien plants in plant-hummingbird pollination networks across the Americas: the importance of species traits and insularity. Diversity & Distributions 2016: 1-11.

Milazzo, M., Cattano, C., Alonzo, S.H., Foggo, A., Gristina, M., Rodolfo-Metalpa, R., Sinopoli, M., Spatafora, D., Stiver, K. A., Hall-Spencer, J.M. (in press) Ocean acidification affects fish spawning but not paternity at CO2 seeps. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Orland, C.S.J., Querós, A.M., Spicer, J.I., McNeil, C.L., Higgins, S., Goldsworthy, S., Zananiri, T., Archer, L.,Widdicombe, S. (2016) Application of computer-aided tomography techniques to visualize kelp holdfast structure reveals the importance of habitat complexity for supporting marine biodiversity. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology, 477, 47-56.

Papathanasiou V, Orfanidis S, Brown MT (2016) Cymodocea nodosa metrics as bioindicators of anthropogenic stress in N. Aegean, Greek coastal waters. Ecological Indicators 63, 61-70.

Pallares, S., Velasco, J., Millan, A., Bilton, D.T. & Arribas, P. 2016. Water beetles dealing with dehydration: do desiccation resistance traits differ in species with contrasting habitat preferences? PeerJ 4:e2382; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2382.

Park J, Brown MT, Han T (2016) The Lemna toxicity test: guidelines of a new test system based on root regrowth. Protocol Exchange doi:10.1038/protex.2015.09.

Park J, Jin G-S, Hwang MS, Brown MT, Han T (2016) Toxicity tests using the kelp Undaria pinnatifida for heavy metal risk assessment. Toxicology & Environmental Health Sciences 8, 86-95.

Park J, Yoon-J-H, Depuydt S, Oh Y-W, Jo Y-M, Kim K, Brown MT, Han T (2016) The sensitivity of an hydroponic lettuce root elongation bioassay to metals, phenol and wastewaters. Ecotoxicology & Environmental Safety 126, 147-53.

Parmesan C & Hanley ME (2015) Plants and climate change: complexities and surprises. Annals of Botany 115: 849-864.

Small, D.P., Milazzo, M., Bertolini, C., Graham, H., Hauton, C., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Rastrick, S.P.S. (2016) Temporal fluctuations in seawater pCO2 may be as important as mean differences when determining physiological sensitivity in natural systems. ICES Journal of Marine Science 73, 604-612. DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsv232

Perissonotto, R., Bird, M. & Bilton, D.T. 2016. Predaceous water beetles of the Lake St. Lucia system, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa: biodiversity, community ecology and conservation implications (Coleoptera: Hydradephaga). Zookeys 595: 85-135.

Ross, R.E., Nimmo-Smith, W.A.M., Howell, K.L. (2016) Increasing the Depth of Current Understanding: Sensitivity Testing of Deep-Sea Larval Dispersal Mode. PLOS ONE. In press.

Sheehan, E.V. and Cousens, S.L., (2016). “Starballing”: a potential explanation for mass stranding. Marine Biodiversity, pp.1-2.

Sheehan, E.V., Vaz, S., Pettifer, E., Foster, N.L., Nancollas, S.J., Cousens, S., Holmes, L., Facq, J.V., Germain, G. and Attrill, M.J., (2016). An experimental comparison of three Towed Underwater Video Systems using species metrics, benthic impact and performance. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Small, D.P., Calosi, P., Boothroyd, D., Widdicombe, S., Spicer, J.I. (2016) Elevated pCO2 and temperature cause moult death syndrome in early benthic juvenile European lobsters, Homarus gammarus (L.) Marine Biology, 163, 53-66.

Smith, J.N., De’ath, G., Richter, C., Cornils, A., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Fabricius, K.E. (2016) Ocean acidification reduces demersal zooplankton that reside in tropical coral reefs. Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE3122

Sonne, J., Martin González, A.M., Maruyama, P.K., Sandel, B., Abrahamczyk, S., Alarcon, R., Araujo, A.C., Araujo, F.P., de Azevedo Jr., S.M., Baquero, A.C., Nogues-Bravo, D., Cotton., P.A., Ingversen, T.T., Kohler, G., Lara, C., Las-Casas, F.M.G., Machado, A.O., Machado, C.G., Maglianesi, M.A., Moura, A.C., Olivera, G.M., Oliveira, P.E., Ornelas, J.F., da Cruz Rodrigues, L., Rosero-Lasprilla, L., Rui, A.M., Sazima, M., Schleuning, M., Timmermann, A., Varassin, I.G., Vinzentin-Bugoni, J., Wang, Z., Watts, S., Fjeldså, J., Svenning, J.-C., Rahbek, C., & Dalsgaard, B. (2016) High proportion of smaller-ranged hummingbird species coincides with ecological specialization across the Americas. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 283: 20152512. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.251

Tills, O., Sun, X., Rundle, S.D., Heimbach, T., Gibson, T., Cartwright, A., Palmer, M., Rudin-Bitterli, T., Spicer, J.I. (2016) Reduced pH affects pulsing behaviour and body size in ephyrae of the moon jellyfish, Aurelia aurita. JEMBE 480, 54–61. DOI:10.1016/j.jembe.2016.03.014

Tills, O., Truebano, M., Rundle, S.D (2015) An embryonic transcriptome of the pulmonate snail Radix balthica. Marine Genomics 24, 259–260. DOI:10.1016/j.margen.2015.07.014

Toussaint, E.F.A., Beutel, R.G., Morinière, J., Jia, F., Xu, S., Michat, M., Zhou, X., Bilton, D.T., Ribera, I. & Balke, M. 2016. Molecular phylogeny of the highly disjunct cliff water beetles from South Africa and China (Coleoptera, Aspidytidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 176: 537–546.

Truebano, M., Tills, O., Spicer, J.I. (2016) Embryonic transcriptome of the brackishwater amphipod Gammarus chevreuxi. Marine Genomics. DOI:10.1016/j.margen.2016.02.002

Valladares, L-F., Bilton, D.T. & Gerende, R. 2016. Further records of endemic Portuguese Hydraena Kugelann (Coleoptera: Hydraenidae). Boletín de la Asociación española de Entomología 40: 213-216.

Votier, S.C., Bearhop, S., Bilton, D.T., Newton, J., Alstrom, P., Leader, P., Carey, G., Furness, R. & Olsson, U. 2016. Stable isotopes and mtDNA reveal niche segregation but no evidence of intergradation along a habitat gradient in the lesser whitethroat complex (Sylvia curruca; Passeriformes; Aves). Journal of Ornithology DOI: 10.1007/s10336-016-1351-5.

Wasson B, Sheehan E.V. (2016) The first records of Megalomma lanigera (Polychaeta: Sabellidae) from British waters. Cah. Biol. Mar. 57, 281-283.

White AC, Colmer TD, Cawthray GR & Hanley ME (2014) Variable response of three Trifolium repens ecotypes to soil flooding by seawater. Annals of Botany 114: 347-356.

Books/Book Chapters/Reports

Attrill MJ, Foster NL (2015) Changes in coral reef ecosystems. In: Letcher TM (ed) Climate change: Observed impacts on planet earth. Elsevier Science, p 183-193

Foster, G.N., Bilton, D.T. & Nelson, B.H. 2016. Atlas of the Predaceous Aquatic Beetles (Hydradephaga) of Britain and Ireland. Field Studies Council.

Gubbay, S. et al., inc. Hall-Spencer, J.M. (2016) European Red List of Habitats, Part 1 Marine habitats. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 52pp. ISBN 978-92-79-61586-3 doi: 10.2779/032638

Hernandez-Kantun, J.J., Hall-Spencer, J.M., Grall, J., Adey, W., Rindi,F., Maggs, C.A., Bárbara, I., Peña, V. (in press) North Atlantic rhodolith/maerl beds. In: Rhodolith/maerl beds: A Global Perspective. (eds. Riosmena-Rodriguez, R., Nelson W. and Aguirre J.) Springer, Coastal Research Library, series editor: Charles W. Finkl.

Martin, S., Hall-Spencer, J.M. (in press) Effects of ocean warming and acidification on rhodolith/maerl beds. In Rhodolith/maerl beds: A Global Perspective. (eds. Riosmena-Rodriguez, R., Nelson, W. and Aguirre, J.) Springer, Coastal Research Library, series editor: Charles W. Finkl.

Spicer, J.I. (2016) Respiratory responses of marine animals to environmental hypoxia. In (eds M. Solan and N.M. Whiteley), Stressors in the marine environment. Physiological and ecological responses; societal implications Chapter 2, Cambridge University Press., 384 pages,


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